Consignment stores are a portal to fashion's recent past, but don't threaten humanity with the risk of altering history or creating a present in which Charles Dickens is still around—but arguing with H.G. Wells about Mark Twain's aviator sunglasses. Dress for success with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale consignment boutique clothing and accessories at The Clothes Horse.
The Clothes Horse's fashion experts select the finest upscale, contemporary clothing for their richly decorated storefront. Mannequins show off finery in the glass storefront window, inspiring customers to reach trendy new heights or to start careers as statues. Inside the cozy shop, customers meander over scarlet carpets and browse racks of name-brand clothing, neat rows of shoes, and accessories displayed on columned tables. Shoppers can try on a contemporary dress ($8-$30) for size, or sample a Banana Republic skirt that emigrated from its tropical home only six months ago ($16). Customers can complete outfits with a fashionable purse ($6–$20) or use it for street art by cramming it with ketchup packets and stomping it like a barrel of grapes at a vineyard. Festive umbrellas hang upside-down from the shop’s ceiling, and handbags, elegant dresses, ornate mirrors, and poster art deck the pale walls.