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Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Value World (Fountain Square, Indianapolis)

My eclectic lampshade crochet hat ($3.49 at Value World - Fountain Square). My daughter thinks I look ridiculous in it, but I love it!

Where have you been all my life?  You reel me in with low prices.  You spoil me rotten with your unexpected splendor.  You have so much more to offer than that sister of yours on the west side of town.  My only problem with you is that you don’t accept checks!  And – if I hadn’t already fallen in love with that yellow lampshade hat – I would have left you.. empty-handed!     

Value World (Fountain Square, Indianapolis)

Value World, 1201 Prospect Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203
317.322.1867
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 12-6
Website:  http://www.valueworld.net

Sights:  In my eight years of living here in Indianapolis, I had never ventured to the Fountain Square area of town.  Now, I’m kicking myself over what all I’ve missed.  This working class southeast side neighborhood is home to at least six resale, consignment or antique shops.  And although Value World is somewhat of a Midwest franchise, its fabulous finds fit right into the funky spirit of Fountain Square’s retro vibe. 

Baby clothes at Value World.

This mammoth-sized resale store has something for everyone. 

Love my newly purchased fur hat.

Whether you’re shopping for a newborn or senior citizen, a conversation piece or a conservative look, a vintage hat, a wedding dress, boxer shorts or even adult size diapers  (strangely enough – they sell Depends) – this Value World location has got you covered!

Smells:  Not stuffy at all – considering how much stuff is packed in here. 

Adorable conversation piece purses at Value World.

Sizes:  Everything.  Newborns, infants, toddlers, juniors, women’s, petite, plus, men’s, big and tall.

Bebe and Jones New York on the cheap! Each top under $4 at Value World/Fountain Square.

Labels:  Everything – but here’s a few I spotted on the top/blouse rack:  Croft & barrow, Rue 21, Xhilaration, Bebe, Jones new York, Guess, DKNY, New York & Company, Ann Taylor, Talbot,  The Limited.

What’s in it for Pretty Preggies:  A small, dusty maternity section that leaves much to be desired.  People in this area of town must stay pleasantly pregnant, because the pickings were slim.

What I purchased: A full length angora/wool sweater coat ($8.69), fur hat ($3.49) and my eclectic lampshade crochet hat ($3.49).  My daughter thinks I look ridiculous in it, but I love it! 

Check out my daughter’s steals and deals:  My 20-year-old hit the jackpot.  Three skirts, a blazer and a leather vest for under $20.

Price range:  $ – $$ – VERY AFFORDABLE!  Prices start as low as $.49!  Top/blouses: $1.09 – $6.86; Dresses:  $2.09- $24.89; Skirts: $1.89 – $5.09; Blazers: 2.09-17.69.  They also offer a Value card and coupons on the website!

What makes Value World so special: A great selection of children’s clothing!  I found onesies as low as $1.09!  They have a plethora of socks, coats, hats, jackets, sleepwear, and outerwear for newborns, infants and toddlers.

Socks and gloves for babies and toddlers at Value World.

Suggestions for Value World:  (1) Get dressing rooms!  I’m too pregnant to try on clothes in the aisle! (2) Please start accepting checks for old school girls like me.

Check out this location!  If you like the 38th street Value World, you’ll love this one!

DeShong Perry-Smitherman

The Secondhand Pretty Preggie

Pretty Preggie’s Consignment/Resale Roundup

Pretty Preggie's Consignment Roundup - Take a look at shops I've reviewed so far! (Love this top and hat from Designer Outlet Fine Consignments. The top was less than $4!)

Just wanted to catch all my local readers up on the shops I’ve visited so far. I had no idea, when I started this journey, just how much central Indiana had to offer in the way of consignment and resale! I’ve reviewed 12 shops in about three months. But there are so many spots left to visit. Here’s my list from the first Pretty Preggie Spotlight to the most recent:

High-end designers an every Butterfly rack.

 Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Butterfly Consignment (Indianapolis)

Walk into Butterfly Consignment and the charm and class of this mid-size boutique will greet you at the door. 

Pea in the Pod top from the Maternity section at Carmel Consignment.

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Carmel Consignment (Carmel)

 Looking for a Hamilton County experience without the price tag?  Check out Carmel Consignment – and you might say bye-bye to your favorite boutique! 

Pretty Preggie DeShong Perry-Smitherman at Goodwill (Carmel West)

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Goodwill (Carmel)

There’s one secondhand store I brag about consistently!  In just about every photo I’m wearing something from the Goodwill in Carmel, Indiana.  Take a look at why this particular GW ranks amongst my all-time faves.

The Toggery Resale Boutique, 1810 Broad Ripple Ave. #4

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: The Toggery (Indianapolis)

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.

Value World - Off 38th Street on the west side of Indianapolis.

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Value World (Indianapolis)

Value World boasts 40,000 square feet of space inside a strip mall near 38th and Georgetown Road.  On Sunday afternoons, this place is a  madhouse.  It’s not pretty. Not tidy.  And, can be downright overwhelming for the Virgin Secondhand Shopper (VSS). 

Selective Seconds sells both "Women" and "Junior" clothing.

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Selective Seconds (Greenwood)

Each rack is a constant reminder of this store’s respect for its customers’ time, style, wisdom and money.  Everything I picked up was stain-free, rip-free and fairly priced. Surely, there’s truth and pride behind the name Selective Seconds.

Boots from $30 - $150 at Designer Men's Room (brands include: Justin, Dan Post, Tony Llama, Nacona, Lucchese.

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Designer Men’s Room – Consignment for guys (Indianapolis)

Welcome to a Batcave for the man who hates the hassle of big box shopping, but loves having a diverse array of style choices at his fingertips.  Designer Men’s Room appeals directly to a man’s sensibilities from the time he steps over the threshold.

I love this sales girl! She has an eye for style and found me three fabulous fits and a purse for under $17 at In Vogue Consignment!

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: In Vogue Consignment Boutique (Carmel)

In Vogue Consignment is very easy to navigate if you know your price range.  From the front door, look to the right – for a mid-size section full of discounted clothing.  Look to the left for the newer items that aren’t yet on sale. And if you have designer taste, and you’re willing to splurge a bit – head straight toward the back left side of the store – where you’ll find enough high end suits, dresses, shoes and coats to make your wallet ask for CPR. 

Katie's Consign & Resale – the first consignment store on the west side!

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Katie’s Consign & Resale (Avon)

A welcomed retreat from loud Rockville Road. Check out the first consignment store in Avon.

Salvation Army Family Thrift Store & Donation Center

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Salvation Army Family Thrift Store & Donation Center (Indianapolis)

If there’s ever a shopping spot where I  leave needing a hot shower to get rid of the grime, it’s the Salvation Army.  No matter which location I travel to, I go home feeling the same:  baptized in the funk of crawlspace clothes, Frito feet and grandma’s attic.  But as I always say, there are several saving graces to any Sal’s:  No one will bother you, everyone is helpful, and if you are a true treasure hunter, you will leave with clothes, shoes, boots and even jewelry that costs pennies compared to normal retail, resale and consignment store prices.

Designer Outlet Owner Ellen T. Smith holds one of her eclectic feather-embellished hats. She's been in the consignment business for more than 25 years.

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Designer Outlet Fine Consignments (Indianapolis)

I knew there was something unique about this place, but I couldn’t quite put my swollen preggie finger on it right away.  As I waddled around Designer Outlet, I found myself wanting to touch and try on so many of its eclectic offerings. 

Off the Hanger Consignment (Greenwood). Pretty Preggie DeShong Perry-Smitherman and owner Beth Ripani.

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Off the Hanger Consignment (Greenwood)

Spacious and diverse.  Welcome to a one woman show that does it all.  Off the Hanger offers a smorgasbord of styles for men, women and juniors of all sizes!  There’s a wall filled with shoes, 4 racks for the big and beautiful, a tie rack, 3 men’s racks, 2 maternity racks, a long rack filled with higher end labels – plus jewelry, belts, hats, scarves and purses galore!  Whoa!  You will need a ton of time to explore this southside style depot.

Stay tuned for my Pretty Preggie Spotlight Best of Awards. Find out which consignment/resale stores were my best and worst picks.
Have a happy shopping weekend and enjoy your Halloween!
DeShong Perry-Smitherman, The Secondhand Pretty Preggie

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Off the Hanger (Greenwood)

 

Off the Hanger Consignment (Greenwood). Pretty Preggie DeShong Perry-Smitherman and owner Beth Ripani.

Inspiring – not necessarily a word you’d hear describing a consignment store, but meet the 27-year-old who owns and runs Off the Hanger and you’ll understand what I mean.  But don’t let Beth Ripani’s age and fresh face fool you.  She’s one smart, experienced cookie!  Beth has 10 years in the consignment industry, including eight years under her belt as a consignment manager  – plus a degree in convention, tourism and hospitality management from IUPUI.  No wonder – she surely knows how to pile on the warmth as customers and clients walk through her doors.  For girls and women who dream of starting their own business, Beth is a beacon of hope and encouragement.  She works hard and cannot call in sick.  She is the sole employee for her business that opened in June 2011!  Take some time to visit her dream-come-true for a look at what it really takes to make your passion a reality.

Off the Hanger Consignment, 8944 South St. Peter Street, just north of Greenwood Park Mall.

Off the Hanger Consignment, 8944 South St. Peter Street (Greenwood)

Phone:  317-881-2900  Hours:  Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm
 
Website: www.offthehanger.net  Owner:  Beth Ripani, info@offthehanger.net
 

Sights:  Spacious and diverse.  Welcome to a one woman show that does it all.  Off the Hanger offers a smorgasbord of styles for men, women and juniors of all sizes! 

Pretty Preggie's fabulous find: a beautiful floral print polyester dress by Motherhood Maternity. It was only $6!

There’s a wall filled with shoes, 4 racks for the big and beautiful, a tie rack, 3 men’s racks, 2 maternity racks, a long rack filled with higher end labels – plus jewelry, belts, hats, scarves and purses galore!  Whoa!  You will need a ton of time to explore this southside style depot.  But – you won’t need a ton of money.  Off the Hanger is not only organized, clean as a whistle and easy to navigate… it’s also extremely affordable for the fashionista (or fashionisto) on a budget.

Off the Hanger tie rack.

Off the Hanger Plus-size rack.

Sounds: Local radio station 107.9.  Beth likes this station, she says, because it plays everything.

Smells:  Clean and clear for allergy sufferers!  No Benadryl needed.

Sizes:  Plus (up to 4X for men and women), petites, maternity!  There’s even a rack full of scrubs!

Off the Hanger dresses.

Labels I spotted:  BCBG Max Azria, Dana Buchman, Ellen Tracy, Juicy Couture, DKNY jeans, Harve Benard, Misook, St. John, Theory, Bebe, Ralph Lauren, Tahari, Calvin Klein, Escada, Diane Von Furstenberg Laundry by Shelli Segal, Michael Kors, Louis Feraud, Giorgio Armani.  These are just a few from Off the Hanger’s Designer rack.

Two MATERNITY racks at Off the Hanger!

What’s in it for Pretty Preggies?  A REAL MATERNITY SECTION!!!!  It was truly wonderful to find two full maternity racks!  Every since I’ve done this blog, I’ve searched for consignment shops that house a maternity section.  This is the second one I’ve found!  I found several items that fit, but settled on a beautiful floral print polyester dress by Motherhood Maternity.  It was only $6!  I also purchased a non preggie sweater dress ($4),

African mudcloth bag. Just $2.50 at Off the Hanger. In the clearance box!

African mudcloth print bag ($2.50), and a striped Polo shirt for my Honeydew ($4).

Price range:  $ – $$ Very affordable!  Boots – $10 – $40.  Shoes $8 – $12.  Dress pants $10 – $12.  Suits $30 – $40.  These are average prices – depending on brands. 

Wow! 75% off on Off the Hanger's sales rack!

Prices can be reduced as low as 75% off.  Beth plans to add another clearance rack with prices ranging from $1 to $5 – once she’s been open long enough.

Consigning with Off the Hanger:  2 bag limit.  Items don’t have to be on hangers.  Customer earns 40% of final selling price.  Items are accepted Monday – Friday only between 11am – 7pm.

Costume jewelry at Off the Hanger.

Also sold here:  Hats, jewelry, shoes, belts, scarves, ties, purses, sunglasses, jewelry, small houseware items.

What makes Off the Hanger so special:  (1) They accept men’s and junior clothing, (2)  They are open longer hours to accommodate customers with busy schedules, (3) They offer consignment or cash options for items – and appointments are not required.

Enjoy!  You’ll love it here!

DeShong Perry-Smitherman, The Secondhand Pretty Preggie

   
 

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Designer Outlet Fine Consignments (Indianapolis)

I love this dress! It was less than $3.50 at Designer Outlet Fine Consignments (Indianapolis).

Designer Outlet Fine Consignments
1349 West 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN  46260
317-255-3228
Hours:  Monday – Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4
Owner:  Ellen T. Smith
 
Sights: I knew there was something unique about this place, but I couldn’t quite put my swollen preggie finger on it right away.  As I waddled around Designer Outlet, I found myself wanting to touch and try on so many of its eclectic offerings. 

1960s vintage hat embellished with scarlet feathers. $14!

From the 1960s helmet style vintage hat embellished with scarlet feathers, to a 1980s Escada multi-colored sweater, to a rich, black velvet cape adorned with bold white, rhinestones. 

Black velvet cape adorned with bold white, rhinestones. I was too big to try it on.

The only problem?  I couldn’t fit any of my favorite finds because of the size of my big head and diameter of my nearly-9 month preggie belly.  Nonetheless, I found this quaint, mid-size boutique a refreshing, one-of-a-kind for Indy for three reasons:  (1) The owner accepts both up-to-date and rare, gently used vintage pieces, (2) she consigns fur coats and jackets at affordable prices, and (3) several of her consigners ship in their clothing from cities like New York, Los Angeles and Denver. 

Several of Designer Outlet's consigners ship in their clothing from cities like New York, Los Angeles and Denver.

The third fact is what would keep me coming back – the possibility that I could be the only woman in central Indiana rocking a fashionable fit mailed here from a distant place.  Isn’t it the reason so many of us spend much of our lives shopping for splendid clothing – the hope that our rare selection will be the  crowned jewel of the room?  Well, Designer Outlet Fine Consignments gives you that chance.. a chance at show-stopping glory!
 
Sounds:  Local radio stations that play anything but rap. Hallelujah!  My ears can’t take the new stuff anyway!
Sizes:  Petite to plus.

Owner Ellen T. Smith holds one of her eclectic feather-embellished hats. She's been in the consignment business for more than 25 years.

Labels:  Ann Taylor, Ann Klein, Banana Republic, BCBG, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Coach, Dana Buchman, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Ellen Tracy, Escada, Free People, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, J. Crew, Jil Sander, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, St. John, Tahari – and more.
 
What’s in it for Pretty Preggies:  No maternity rack, but many high-end trendy, high end and vintage dresses and tops that would fit over a preggie belly. I purchased a DKNY top, Ann Taylor Loft top, Tahari top and a dress (designer’s tag cut out) for under $13 – all from the sales rack in the back of the store. 
 
Price range: $ – $$$  From bargain basement  on the sales rack to shelling out a pretty penny on the high-end designer and fur racks.  Clothing is usually priced at 20% to 30% of the original retail pric, depending on condition.  Make sure to pay close attention to the date on your tag.  It determines the discount on your selection.  Most consignment stores I’ve visit use the colored tag system.

The hat that got away. Didn't want to break my over $10 rule!

 
Consigning with Designer Outlet:  Consignment period is 90 days.  The price of your items will be reduced by 20% off the original price after 30 days, 40% after 60 days, and 60% after 90 days.  Additional markdowns for seasonal and special event sales. 

Sheared mink/reversible $2,798.00

 

Persian lamb/mink reversible $2,099

Extras:  (1)  Fur coats galore – various lengths and types – more than I’ve seen at any local consignment store  (2)  They offer pick up service for clients with large quantities of clothing  or special needs (3) Layaway available with 50% down. 
 
Suggestion for Designer Outlet:  Create a website and Facebook page.  Potential clients and customers would love to see your offerings on their phones and computer screens.
 
What makes this place special:  The funny, fun and feisty sales manager who won’t allow me to publish her name!  My favorite quote from her on why she’ll never wear vintage clothes:  “Young people can wear vintage and look cool.  Old people can wear it and look old — that’s why I refuse to do vintage.” 
 
Hope you enjoy this spot as much as I did!
 
DeShong Perry -Smitherman
The Secondhand Pretty Preggie

Pretty Preggie Spotlight: Salvation Army Family Thrift Store & Donation Center

A true Salvation Army lover realizes the search and rescue of fabulous finds for ridiculously low prices is worth the time it takes to cut through the clutter.

Pretty Preggie Spotlight:  Salvation Army Family Thrift Store & Donation Center

Salvation Army Family Thrift Store & Donation Center


3620 Bethany Rd, Indianapolis, IN  46268
Phone:  317-471-8262
 
If there’s ever a shopping spot where I  leave needing a hot shower to get rid of the grime, it’s the Salvation Army.  No matter which location I travel to, I go home feeling the same:  baptized in the funk of crawlspace clothes, Frito feet and grandma’s attic.  But as I always say, there are several saving graces to any Sal’s:  No one will bother you, everyone is helpful, and if you are a true treasure hunter, you will leave with clothes, shoes, boots and even jewelry that costs pennies compared to normal retail, resale and consignment store prices.
 

This place is absolutely, positively, fabulous and tacky at the same time!

Sights:  This place is absolutely, positively, fabulous and tacky at the same time!  First off, you’ll need a map to navigate through your shopping adventure.  The signage here is limited to four walls that point out the women’s, men’s and housewares areas.  There is no additional signage to let you know where to find skirts, tops, dresses and blazers.  But a true Salvation Army lover is okay with the confusion, because she realizes that the search and rescue of fabulous finds for ridiculously low prices is worth the time it takes to cut through the clutter.  Sal’s has everything from high-end vintage coats to wraparound dresses that never go out of style.  No matter your age, size or socioeconomic level, it’s a shopping spot that has something for every taste.
 
Smells:  Sensitive noses need not  shop here.  The stuffy, musty odor of lived-in clothes permeates every square foot of this huge Family store.  At Sal’s, it seems many donors could care less about washing, dry cleaning or steaming their clothes before dropping them off in the back of the building.  In fact, be careful not to take home something that came straight from a donor’s dirty clothes hamper.  There is little or no care taken toward improving the look or smell of the clothing you buy here – a great way for Sal’s to keep overhead costs down.
 
 Labels:  Everything!  From Dickies to Dior.  You name it, it’s there!

There is NO dressing room and limited mirrors. You'll want to wear clothing that allows you to try on outfits.

 
What’s in it for Pretty Preggies:  No maternity section.  But, I found two wrap dresses, a beautiful top and a wonderful vintage jacket – all for just $7.49 – half off the original price!
 
Sizes:  All sizes.
Sounds:  Christian and gospel music.
Price ranges:  $ – Extremely low.  Sal’s also honors the color label system.  Half-off on the color of the week.Helpful Hints:  Pack your hand sanitizer and latex gloves if you’re a germaphobe.   Also, there is NO dressing room and limited mirrors. You’ll want to wear clothing that allows you to try on outfits.  I’d wear a thin tank (for slipping on tops and dresses) and a long, flowing skirt (to try on pants/jeans).  You could also ask an attendant to allow you to use a bathroom to try on outfits.     
 

This dress cost $1.10! Sal's has everything from high-end vintage coats to wraparound dresses that never go out of style.

Why I love this place:  It may sound strange, but Sal’s actually brings out the creativity in me.  Because it’s full of vintage coats, jackets and dresses, I go into a different kind of shopping mold.  I become a huntress – looking for outfits that are more imaginative and less conservative.  Over the years, I’ve found that the most compliments I’ve gotten about my clothing, come from the steals and deals I’ve gotten from Salvation Army and Goodwill stores.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I also LOVE Sal’s because the folks at the register will cut you a deal!
 
Enjoy your thrifty adventures at Salvation Army!  It’s worth the work!
 
DeShong Perry-Smitherman
The Secondhand Pretty Preggie