1810 Broad Ripple Ave. #4
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Store hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 12pm-5pm
It’s a funny name with an unexpected meaning. Toggery, which sounds to me like a snobby British-nose-in-the-air phrase, simply means clothing store. But you’ll find much more than clothes and accessories at this resale boutique.
Sights: A crowded sales rack is the first thing you’ll see as you walk toward the entrance of this mid-size boutique along busy Broad Ripple Avenue. Pass up this rack, and you’ll surely miss a deal – some of the dresses and tops hanging here are 75% off! Inside, more bargains, but pack some patience. The Toggery accepts literally 20 different types of items besides clothes (home décor items, lamps, rugs, tables, chairs, artwork, cosmetics and more). You might find yourself helplessly and happily distracted by stuff you hadn’t planned to buy.
Sounds: A wide variety – from jazz to country and classic to contemporary.
What I purchased: A bodice top for $4.50. It was 75% off. I looked like a 80s reject in it. I plan to pass it along to my dear 19-year-old daughter. She can make anything look good.
What I wish I could purchase: A navy faux fur chain trim coat with gold buttons by St. John by Marie Gray Collection for $395! Retail price: $1,900.
Labels sold here: Armani, Oilily, Hermes, Prada, Anne Klein, Rozae Nichols, Oscar de la Renta, Coach, St. John, Etro, Dian von Furstenberg, Badgley Mischka, Chanel, Nine West, J. Crew, Gap, Chico’s, J. Jill, Lucky Brand, Burberry, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Pucci, Dior – and more.
Price Range: $-$$$ – Bargain basement to Too High to be Fly! – Shoes and boots – from $8 to $400. Dress pants – from $12 to $200. Suits – from $28 to $400. Items can be marked down as low as 75% off. There are also some items as low as $1.
Helpful hints: If you wear glasses or contacts – make sure you shop with them on! I found The Toggery’s ambience to be much too dimly lit and shadowy in some of the corners. I felt like I needed a flashlight for this shopping experience.
Consignment Rules: The Toggery takes clothing by appointment, Tuesdays through Friday, from 9:30am until 6:30pm. All clothes must be clean and on hangers, ready to wear, and current. The store prices your merchandise at about 30% of its retail price. Consignors receive 50% of the selling price.
What makes The Toggery so special: It has been around for 25 years! Some of the store’s consignors and customers have shopped there for a quarter of a century!