Thursday, July 23, 2009

Second Bloom

I LOVE saving money on clothes, so today I checked out Second Bloom, a consignment shop in Fairport that sells women's clothing and household items. The store, which opened in 2006, has a pretty wide variety of brands -- I spotted pieces from the Limited, DKNY, Sigrid Olsen, Old Navy, Express, Anne Klein, H&M, French Connection, Jones New York, Ralph Lauren, etc.

The other items they sell include picture frames and framed prints, vases and other decorative pieces, kitchenware, books, DVDs, and a small selection of furniture. A sample price: $13.39 for a Farberware stainless steel tea kettle.

While the clothing prices at Anything Goes (my favorite consignment shop) are significantly cheaper than T.J. Maxx or Marshalls, Second Bloom's aren't as low; for example, an Ann Taylor cotton/spandex T-shirt was $15.39, and a Jones New York silk/nylon short-sleeved shirt was labeled at $10.49. Anything Goes seems to have both a greater number of higher-end items and lower prices across the board. Second Bloom is worth a look, but I'll stick to Anything Goes (which reopens on August 3 after closing for vacation).

TIP: Second Bloom accepts clothing on consignment, and you'll receive 50% if your items sell. Details are on their website.

NEARBY: Perinton Park (on the canal)

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