Many of these boutiques will also purchase gently-used, yet still hip, clothing from fashionistas who have trade-ins (or are having a mini credit crunch of their own).
In addition to resale boutiques, there are also some great sample sales in the area. So, by all means, get your shop on--just keep in mind that its possible to get a great deal while you do it!
Consignment ShopsRevolver Consignment Boutique
124 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27608
Revolver sells new and gently-used designer and vintage menswear, jewelry, women's clothing and accessories. The store has an impressive selection of shoes, ranging from Cole Hahn loafers to sky-high Via Spiga pumps.
My Girlfriend's Closet -- A Consignment Boutique for the Simply Chic
104 W. Chatham St., Apex NC (919) 303-0651
My Girlfriend's Closet sells clothing (from sizes 0-1x) as well as handbags and luggage. My Girlfriend's Closet is located in an adorable historic home in downtown Apex, NC, and regularly holds lifestyle workshops including fashion and home organization seminars.
My Overstock Boutique
828 Trollingwood Hawfields Rd, Mebane (919) 923-3014
My Overstock Boutique sells new, overstocked merchandise from boutiques across the country. The store is literally a warehouse, and is open to the public only during the last weekend of each month (usually Fri., Sat. and Sun. from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.). If you're looking for some Lilly Pulitzer, Nanette Lepore or Anna Sui as discount prices, give My Overstock Boutique a try--they even have a limited selection of items available for sale online.
Class for Half
1614 North Market Drive, Raleigh (919) 876-5572
This consignment shop is located just outside the beltline, near Atlantic Ave. It sells designer label clothing, evening wear, jewelry and shoes.
241 Crossroads Blvd, Cary (919)-851-9737
Plato's Closet is an upscale consignment boutique for kids and junior's/young men's clothing. It buys and sells clothing and accessories from brands such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Banana Republic, Baby Phat as well as room décor, books, CDs and DVDs.
322 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603
115 W Chatham St #B Cary, NC 27511 (919) 481-1151
Purple Armchair opened in 2008 with 9,000 square feet of retail space devoted to unique merchandise. However, it closed a scant six months after it opened. The space was taken over by