New 2 You Family Boutique was named The Valley Advocate Reader's Best Consignment Shop for its carefully selected second-hand threads for men, women, and children. Rifle through a selection of brand-name women's tops ($8–$12) or protect fannies from freshly painted benches with a pair of men's jeans ($10–$12). Local artists supply the store with hand-crafted jewelry ($5–$18), and a selection of baby clothes ($1–$5) bundles up newborns and tots. Invest in a collection of furniture, lamps, and rugs ($8–$100) to spruce up abodes suffering from empty-nest syndrome. New 2 You also offers wedding dresses ($80–$500), mother of the bride dresses ($20–$120), and evening gowns ($20–$120).
Much of the jewelry at this eclectic boutique has traveled from distances as far as Russia, where talented artists carefully painted delicate pieces, and as wide as Mexico, where artisans crafted horse statues by hand. Adornments made of stainless steel, sterling silver, and bronze, and gemstones including amethyst, tiger eye, garnet, and amber distinguish the jewelry selection at Silver Spirit. Bracelets, pendants, necklaces, rings, and other accessories are individually displayed in the glass cases that line this Pleasant Street boutique, allowing shoppers to eye each item, carefully plotting their purchases and potential underwater, archaeologist-proof hiding spots. While the jewelry and gifts are impressive by nature, the range of prices (from $11.95) is equally remarkable, as storeowner Cecile Lackie aims to appeal to shoppers of all tastes, ages, and metal cravings.
Rows upon rows of stacked glass and beads glitter in the morning sun as Deja Jewelz’s staffers polish the store’s display cases in preparation for the day’s customers. Boasting upward of 3,000 beads and charms, the cozy shop’s vast inventory caters to all personal styles and tastes, from elegant and simple pieces to vibrantly hued sparklers that will come in handy if the sun burns out. Throughout the day, knowledgeable staffers can be found bustling about the shop helping customers pick out a signature bauble or answering questions about the store’s collection of chic handbags.
At Goldsmith Jewelers, owner Ludwig Goldsmith tackles a wide range of jewelry repair and touch-ups, from fixing damaged and broken chains to setting stones and stringing beads. In addition to ensuring rings fit snugly and diamonds shine brightly, the versatile jeweler also performs house calls for grandfather clock repair.
College Formals of Massachusetts is a third-generation family business that outfits men and women for formal occasions ranging from proms to weddings. Men can dress up in a three-piece suit and tie with a vest that matches the wedding colors or their prom date's dress, and women's gowns add a touch of elegance to the occasion with floor-length and knee-length designs in a variety of hues.
The staff at Smarty Pants Consignment Shop fills their boutique with gently used clothes to fit mothers-to-be and preemies through size-12 kids, as well as books, toys, and baby equipment. Maternity tops ($4–$10) and pants ($9–$14) easily accommodate expanding bellies, and infant and children's pajamas ($3–$6) keep little ones warm during nightly visits of dreams and tiny particles of silica. Novice and expert walkers lace up pairs of shoes and sneakers ($3–$10) as novice and expert readers leaf through a library of colorful books ($1–$5). Among the more than 200 items added to the stock each day, highchairs and swings ($19.99–$59.99) suspend babies in a stationary or metronomic manner.