Location: 6697 E. 82nd Street (Castleton Village Shopping Plaza – Craig St. intersection – near Skyline Chili)
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11am – 7pm, Sat. – 11am – 5pm, Sun. 12-5pm
Sights: Walk into Butterfly Consignment and the charm and class of this mid-size boutique will greet you at the door. In every nook and cranny, you’ll see the things that make pretty girls tick: a crystal chandelier in the center of the store, racks of high-end clothes, and a show-stopping collection of purses and jewelry. There’s a well-organized shoe section, a plus-sized area for voluptuous divas and clean, spacious dressing rooms. You get a feeling that the new and gently used tops, bottoms and dresses on Butterfly’s velvet hangers are proud to be in their temporary home.
What’s in it for Pretty Preggies: Pretty Preggies have to be creative and flexible at Butterfly. There’s no maternity section, but you can still leave with some swagtastic gear. It helps to know which non-maternity labels fit your belly (I’ll save my tips on this for a future blog entry).
What I bought: Two tops – one from Banana Republic and another from Storm. They were $7 each (off the sales rack)! I wore the Banana Republic top to work Tuesday – and to my late-night run to Fiesta Mexicana. Check it out – a tan and green polka-dot rayon-lyocell non-preggie top that still accentuates my belly. The jeans are left over from my last pregnancy – purchased full price before I had my secondhand sense!
Labels you’ll see: Arden B., Armani, Banana Republic, BCBG, Bebe, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Citizens of Humanity, Diane von Furstenberg, Free People, Guess, Gucci, J. Crew, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Manolo Blahnik, Miu Miu, Prada, Seven for all Mankind, St. John, True Religion, Valentino, Versage, YSL – and much more.
Price Range: $$ Mid-to-high. But remember, some of these threads are high end.
Sounds: Quiet shopping in a relaxing environment. Soft music accompanies your experience.
Smells: Fresh than a mug! You will not smell the familiar funk of old clothes and B.O. found in some run-of-the mill thrift stores.
What makes it special: Juice and donuts on the welcome table, floor to ceiling length mirrors, a variety of styles (casual to formal) and sizes (petite to plus), and Margaret, the friendly sales diva. She offered my inconsolable teething-toddler two crayons and a page from a coloring book (it worked just a hot second, but I appreciated the effort).
How consignment works: Like a business partnership. You bring in your items, B-Fly selects what they can sell and displays them in the store. Once they sell, B-Fly splits the selling price with you 50/50. (From www.shopbfly.com)
Helpful hint: Don’t sleep on the sales rack! Items there are 50% off!