Location: 13686 North Meridian Street
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday 10am – 8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm. Sunday 12 pm to 5pm
Looking for a Hamilton County experience without the price tag? Check out Carmel Consignment – and you might say bye-bye to your favorite boutique!
Sights: From outside, it’s pretty nondescript. But step inside Carmel Consignment and you’ll bear witness to a fabulous fashion secret for skinny girls, big mamas, handbag-aholics, shoe gluttons and Pretty Preggies! There is something for every woman and at any price. You’ll see endless racks of clothing – some sectioned off by labels and themes (Plus, Maternity, Athletic, Formal). There’s also a shoe section that boast brands from Coach, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman and more.
What’s in it for Pretty Preggies: A small maternity section with higher-end brands like Pea in the Pod and Ann Taylor! It has a nice assortment of dresses, pants, tops and tee-shirts. I fell in love with a $30 Pea in the Pod maternity peacoat, but I left it hanging on the rack. Didn’t want to break my $10 per outfit rule on a coat I’d wear only a month.
What I bought: A $10 H&M Divided snakeskin print dress in black and grey that ties beneath my belly. The back of it shows just enough skin to keep me out of HR. In fact, I wore the dress as a top to work, pairing it with a $3 Motherhood maternity skirt. (Yep, broke my Pretty Preggie budget by $3 – but I had to get that dress!)
Labels you’ll see (according to website): Coach, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, David Yurman, John Hardy, Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen, Rock & Republic, Citizens of Humanity, Cole Hahn, Ann Taylor, J Crew, Coldwater Creek, J Jill, Jimmy Choo, White House-Black Market, Hollister, American Eagle, and many, many more!
Price range: $$-$$$ Mid to High. I felt the price tags in the maternity section were way too high! $9 for a Gap tee, $20 for a Motherhood dress, and $13 for a pair of capris – not for my money!
Sounds: If you get your groove on to 80s music, you’ll be at home at Carmel Consignment. I heard oldies, but goodies by Prince, Mellencamp, Hall & Oates and Chaka Khan – compliments of Sirius satellite radio.
Smells: Clean. Like Glade Plug-Ins – all over the store.
What makes it special: LAYAWAY and their Frequent Buyer Program. If you spend $25 or more, you’ll receive a stamp on your Smart Shopper Card. Fill up the card and you’ll get $25 in free merchandise.
How consignment work here: Carmel Consignment accepts women’s and junior’s clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories, plus fine and fashion jewelry. When your item(s) sell, you make a percentage of the selling price (70% for fine jewelry and 40% for clothing and accessories). You and Carmel Consignment agree on the price. The consignment contract runs 90 days. 20 items or more require an appointment.
Helpful hint: Their sales rack features clothing marked down as much as 75%!