After attending a blogger's promotional event at Red Finch Boutique last night, providing an insight into the world of pre-loved high end fashion labels, I have warmed to the idea of shopping in consignment stores.
The owner's passion for Red Finch Boutique is evident. Sarah Woolway opened her store in Eltham, Melbourne's North East, after 21 years being a full time mother to her two children. Sarah grew up in a little town called Marblehead, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. Her family moved frequently, finally settling in Melbourne, Australia.
Realising the time would soon come when her grown up daughters would fly the nest, Sarah embarked upon a brave new adventure, to open an exclusive store selling pre-loved designer and top labels. Red Finch Boutique opened its doors to the public a year ago, providing a beautiful space for women to sell their special, too good to give away pieces. In turn, Red Finch Boutique offers the buyer near new and second flight designer and top label fashions, presented in a beautiful shop space within the leafy suburban Melbourne town of Eltham.
Walking into a consignment store compared to that of my overly familiar thrifty charity shop, would of course be a completely different experience. Browsing the racks of well presented high quality pre-loved clothes in Red Finch Boutique is just as much of an experience as taking home a new-to-you beloved piece.
We were treated to a Spring Racing Fashion Show on the night, showcasing some of the outfits available to buy in Red Finch Boutique:
Thanks to Laura (A Little Boutique Near Home) for sharing her photographs
Yes there are certainly much higher prices than I am used to in op shops, which can be expected of labels such as Chanel, but I did find a selection of affordable quality items that would not break the bank.
I did walk away with a few gems, a parrot print sleeveless top for $20 that I couldn't say no to, and some ceramic necklace pendants, made from broken pieces of plate all the way from Shanghai.
Sneaky snap by by Laura!
Parrot Top from Red Finch Boutique
Ceramic Broken Crockery Pendants
If you find yourself in Melbourne's North East, do pay Sarah's beautiful shop Red Finch Boutique a visit, which can be found at 902a Main Road, Eltham, otherwise you can find Red Finch Boutique via the usual social media haunts; online, facebook, twitter and instagram.
Tell me readers, do you shop at consignment stores, and if so, where are your favourites?