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.
Alexis Grace Consignment Boutique, named Worcester's best consignment store in 2010 by Worcester Mag, restocks wardrobes with gently used, brand-name apparel and accessories, including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and American Eagle. Housed inside a restored factory building, the ever-changing inventory includes an expansive vintage section that harbors items dating back to the 1920s. Slip into the cozy confines of various fall sweaters ($8–$10), or snag a splash of attitude with a leather jacket ($35), perfect for escaping unnoticed from violent sing-offs between rival gangs of sharks and jets. Meanwhile, designer purses (50%–75% off retail prices) from names such as Coach, Gucci, and Prada are also available. To further accessorize, shoppers can brandish vacant body branches in vintage jewelry, and quirky neckties ($4) inject workdays with playful imagery including mid-swing golfers and movie stars. A men's section is also available and Alexis Grace Consignment Boutique and they also carry a large selection of buttons and books.
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.
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.
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.
Over the course of 20 years, family-operated Just Like New has inspected apparel, accessories, and home furnishings from thousands of consigners, accepting only the pieces that meet strict quality and style standards. At the start of each fashion season, the family treks to New York City to gather enough designer duds to restock two 5,000-square-foot locations. Clothing, shoes, and accessories by classic brands such as Coach and Ann Taylor adorn shelves and keep mannequins from being charged with public indecency, and a children's section outfits youngsters in apparel purchased exclusively from catalog brands and specialty stores. Just Like New's jewelry selection glitters with 14-karat gold and sterling silver; vintage and costume jewelry occasionally makes the cut by way of jingling the shop owners' favorite songs. Vintage glassware, furniture, and artwork make unique design accents for the home.