Nov 6 - Nov 13 2002
Second Time Around has been the gem of Boston consignment for
over 27 years, and the last few months have been very interesting.
With three clothing stores (each with their own personalities)
and the recently opened home store in Brighton, it’s just
getting better and better.
A landmark for selling designer women’s and men’s
clothing - particularly the Newbury St. location - Second
Time Around carries names like Armani, Chanel, Prada, Gucci and
Versace, with styles no older than two years. Sure, there’s
a smattering of J. Crew, Nine West, Chinese Laundry and a few
fake Kate Spade bags, but, for the most part, they are pretty
upscale. Whole wardrobes can be outfitted, from shoes, bags,
jewelry and accessories to coats, skirts, jeans and suits. Look
out for the seasonal sales, when the markdowns really kick in
for some good deals.
The past few months have brought some interesting changes to
the Second Time Around on Newbury St. They began carrying (and
consigning) wedding dresses, and they moved one block over to
a slightly bigger space - unfortunately located under Cigar
Masters, which made the store smell like a dirty ashtray. But
now Cigar Masters has also moved, which has left Second Time
Around’s dedicated customers a much nicer shopping experience - one
filled with even more new clothing from boutiques like Theory,
Girlfriend, Tibi and Nanette Lepore.
Personally, I’m a bigger fan of the Cambridge store, which
carries more funky, low-key brands, where the prices are more
in the $15-$50 range instead of the $40-$250 range. Sure, there
are some DKNY or Prada shoes, and a cluster of knock-off Burberry
hats; but on the whole, both city stores are worth the peek.
And now with their new home store, there’s an answer for
those who watch way too much interior design on HGTV and wonder, “Where
is there a furniture consignment store in Boston?"