The second law of thermodynamics and the first law of Nelly lyrics hold that ambient heat and clothing have an inverse relationship. Disturb the natural order with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale apparel from Sophisticated Ladies Consignment Boutique in Chadds Ford.
“Consignment” means the store buys directly from consumers and designers; the staff only accepts high-quality new and gently used items. Chic dresses, jackets, tops, and accessories often come with tags attached from designers including Prada, Versace, Gucci, Cole Haan, and Coach. Some recent bargains include a brand-new beaded cashmere sweater from Saks Fifth Avenue for $32 and an Ann Taylor jacket for $24. Formerly $400 prom gowns may go for $32–$42, while mint-condition Coach and Prada handbags can sell for $60–$75.
SLC Boutique is the pet project of a retired nurse eager to give Philadelphia-area women a hot apparel infusion at a fraction of the cost. Doors opened in October of 2009, in the midst of the economic downturn, but the boutique’s classy looks and constant influx of merchandise have made it thrive. The flip side of the boutique's gleaming doubloon is that items can also be bought on consignment. Buy a classy gown from SLCB for a job interview, wedding, or diamond heist, then return it there for the majority of its cost. The shop has $2,000 wedding gowns on sale for around $200, perfect for the non-sentimental bride who wants to look great on her big day, but doesn't mind not having the dress forever in a storage trunk. Whatever the motivation, SLCB provides the means to obtain sophisticated clothes and rare apparel items once thought to only exist on the pages of obscure wildlife magazines.
Sophisticated Ladies Consignment Boutique
Stepping into Sophisticated Ladies Consignment Boutique is a bit like stepping into a fashionable friend's closet. That's because the staff stocks the shelves with clothes they would recommend to their friends, taking care to sell only gently-worn items in the latest styles. The vast inventory includes everything from evening gowns and costume jewelry to work-appropriate blouses and designer jeans, all of which have been inspected for quality before being placed on the racks. The selection––which can include labels like Chanel, Gucci, Kate Spade, and Louis Vuitton––varies day to day, but it's not unusual for customers to come across sample pieces and occasional sample pieces from New York designers and even high-end handbags.