Like many of you, I have a deep passion for second-hand and sustainable fashion. As someone who enjoys creating and putting together outfits, whether it's for myself, clients, or store displays, I find great joy in the process.
As the owner of a consignment/small business, my ultimate goal is not solely profit-driven. I believe that without passion and a drive for change, a business cannot thrive in the long term. Today, I wanted to share some valuable tips I've learned over the years. I've accumulated and worn numerous "never-go-out of style" pieces in my own closet, some of which I've cherished for over a decade. It's incredibly convenient to be able to shop at my own store, where I have the first pick and can make purchases before items hit the sales floor. However, I always make a point to explore and shop my own closet first. If I do decide to add something new, it must seamlessly integrate with my existing wardrobe and have the potential for long-term use. Just as I curate each piece that comes into my store for consignment, I curate my own closet in the same meticulous manner.
Today, I'd like to share some tips on how to transform your closet into a boutique and shop your own "closet boutique" before considering consignment or donation. Ultimately, I encourage you to treat your closet as if it was your favourite boutique. Here are 6 key tips:
Tip #1: Sort through your inventory each season and curate it into four groups/boxes: 1. Consigning Box: Items that are in good condition and can be resold. This allows you to earn money back. Bring them to a consignment shop for extra cash. I'd suggest to enquire about the store's consigning policies first before bringing them in. Prepare them the right way would save your time and the store's time. 2. Donating Box: Items that no longer bring you joy but are still usable. These can be donated to a local charity, benefiting your community while making you feel good. 3. Out-of-season articles: Create subgroups for each season (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring). Sort and store them accordingly. 4. Unsure/Undecided Box: It can be challenging to let go of certain belongings. If you're uncertain about an item, store it in a bin labeled for review in the next 3 or 6 months or when the right season comes. If it remains unused during that time, you'll have a better decision to make—consign or donate. Both choices are beneficial as they clear up space and either make some money or give to those in need. *Special tip: To protect your clothes, hang them on hangers and place them in clear, large bags to prevent dust and odors. If you're extra cautious like me, you can add a few drops of Peppermint oil on a tissue inside the bag to keep it smelling fresh and repel insects. Tip #2: Display in-season items prominently. Once you've sorted through your inventory, arrange and display your articles. For nice and expensive pieces, I prefer hanging them up. If you have a spacious closet, consider hanging one item per hanger for easy visibility and a neat display. Tip #3: Organize items by color palettes and distinguish between solid and print patterns. If you're unsure where to start, consider arranging your colors in rainbow order. You can even create a color chart and attach it to a wall in your closet. Once you've decided on the color palette, hang the solid color items first, followed by the print pattern items. If you're a regular shopper at my store, you may have noticed this practice in the store. Tip #4: Group similar styles together. For instance, start with sleeveless tops and arrange them by color palette (solid colors first, then prints as mentioned in Tip #3). Next, sort short-sleeve tops and long-sleeve tops. Apply the same method to blazers, jackets, coats, shorts, skirts, pants, jeans, and dresses. Hang short articles first, then longer ones. This way, the shorter articles are easily visible, but you can still see the longer ones behind them. Always display smaller items in front of larger ones. By ensuring visibility, you're more likely to reach for and utilize your items, while delicate materials won't get lost in the closet. Tip #5: Place everyday-used items at the front and center of your closet, at eye level. This saves you time in the morning by allowing you to quickly grab and go. Streamlining your morning routine reduces stress and makes you feel productive and ready for the day ahead.
Tip #6: Arrange your clothes according to your profession or lifestyle. For example, if you work in an office, prioritize organizing your work clothes and place them front and center. This saves time and reduces unnecessary stress when getting ready.
Tackling your closet may seem daunting and time-consuming. However, once you've devised a plan, the process becomes easier, and you'll complete the task quickly. Seek inspiration from platforms like Pinterest or your local small clothing boutiques, and let your imaginations guide you. Ask yourself how you envision your closet transformation. Once you've turned your closet into your favorite boutique, you'll be more inclined to shop from your own collection, making you a happy person. Not only will you enjoy seeing your favorite items more often, but you'll also become your own stylist, looking your best every day. This approach may even save you money, as you'll discover new ways to mix and match your existing wardrobe. My advice is simple: transform your closet into your favorite boutique and always shop your own closet first. When you do decide to add a new piece, you'll know exactly what you need and how it can work with what you already have.
Having said that, it's important to note that my own closet is still a work in progress. The task of curating and organizing is ongoing, and it's essential to become skilled in this practice.
At last, if you have any tips that have worked wonders for you, I'd be happy to hear about them. Sharing is caring, my friends! The more we learn together through stories, tips, and tricks, the more inspired we become to improve. Remember, having fun while tackling this task is important! Thank you for your time.
With Christmas fast approaching, It’s a perfect time think deep about your personal style. You see an influencer’s style and wonder “what makes it look so good?”. Well, you’re about to find out…
Here are 8 tips to help you find your personal style
Look for inspiration. Admire a certain celebrity’s fashion sense? Take a detailed look at what they’re wearing. How does their shirt fit? What colors are they wearing? What is it exactly you like about that person’s style? Develop a portfolio of your favorite styles to inspire your next outfit!
Look in your own closet. What items do you like best? Pull them out and figure out why you like them the best? Are they cozy? Do you feel confident in them? Is the quality, just right? These are the qualities you will be looking for in your next purchase.
Bring a friend. Bringing a friend to try on outfits is a perfect way to gain a different perspective that might stick. You see, we get engrained in what we already know and like. Having a friend to coax you into trying on an outfit you wouldn’t normally try can open your eyes to different styles!
Get with the lingo. Different styles have different names. Here are a few styles to get familiar with: vintage, bohemian, casual, vibrant, elegant, cowgirl, business formal, goth, and punk. Incorporating small elements is is a good way to ease into these styles!
Try on a friend’s clothes. Have a friend with impeccable fashion sense? Ask if you can try on their clothes. This will open doors to new outfits you may not have known you liked.
Less is more. Clean out your closet! Yes, that’s right, cleaning out your closet can help streamline your wardrobe and make you think more clearly about what items go well together. From there, the next time you are shopping, you will have a better idea of what you need to fit your fashion vision.
What is your lifestyle? Developing your wardrobe relies heavily on your lifestyle. It helps to be clear of your activities when wearing your newly developed wardrobe.
Don’t forget the accessories! Accessories will complete the look you’re going for. Again, look for inspiration in pop-culture or your social circle to determine what accessories will propel your personal style. You can also try accessories from the styles listed above. Feeling like a farm-girl? Try some cowgirl boots. Feeling adventurous? Try a vibrant scarf!
There you have it! With a combination of these tips and tricks, you’ll be on your way to a head-turning sense of style!
They say there’s no bad weather, just bad clothing! Winter is officially here. That means we're accepting Winter consignment.
Why Shop Consignment?
After many years accepting all sorts of clothing, we’ve noticed a trend in todays retail fashion market.
Clothing is becoming less and less about the quality, and more about producing it cheaply.
With that, brings paper thin material that deteriorates after a few washes. Introducing...
You see a trendy sweater at the local mall and decide to pick it up. You wear it and it feels amazing but after a few washes, it becomes useless. The threads are unravelling and the logo is flaking off.
This type of fashion isn’t sustainable and something we avoid at Pipsqueaks and Damsels Consignment. Every item we accept has withstood changing trends and tumbling driers. You can feel great knowing you aren’t producing more garbage for the planet by shopping for fast fashion.
Consignment and Waste Reduction
Many shoppers have a negative stigma around consignment thinking that it’s “thrifty” or “out of style”. But what if we changed the narrative? What if consignment was in fact trendy AND sustainable.
By working together, building a community, and getting the word out about consignment, we can reduce the amount of waste in our landfills. The average Canadian throws away 37 kg of textiles per year with North American sending over 10 million tons of textiles to the landfill every year. The staggering fact is that 95% of these textiles could be reused or recycled. Crazy!
"What a great store! It’s huge and full of great stuff. They are very picky about what they’ll accept for consignment so you’re bound to find something awesome" - Jackie
We sort through the clothing and put only the best on the floor. From our hand picked selection, shoppers commonly find rare items at a fraction of the price, we even have a dedicated Lulu rack! Along with our Lulu rack, we have a section of the highest quality items. You can come in and know exactly where to go without sifting through unwanted items.
With several racks of new items entering our system daily, you can be assured there will be something new every time you shop.
Here is an outfit from our store!
As we strive to be Penticton’s best clothing store and build the consignment community, we are forever grateful for the kind hearted people that walk through our doors. We love to share stories and laughter with you and can't wait to see you again.
After our fashion show last year, we began thinking what our next big event would be.
We wanted to educate the Penticton clothing scene about the benefits of consignment. To get the word out, we wanted to do something big.
With COVID-19 preventing gatherings in our store, we had to go outside. Something big was in the making, we just didn’t know what.
After seeing pop-up sales in large cities, we came up with the idea of a tent sale. Penticton, although small, has a community feel that we want to nurture.
Also, we redesigned our logo and bought new signs. It was time to reveal them to the world!
It's Show Time!
On the early morning of Saturday, September 5, we carried 15 racks of clothes down stairs.
With the help of some friends, we had everything set up for our famous fill-a-bag sale.
The community flocked to the opportunity to fill a large bag for just $15. It got a little crazy!
Calming jazz music set the tone for what was a rather hectic event. Under the shining sun and warm Okanagan weather, laughs were shared as friends and family spent time together looking for their next treasure.
Penticton needs some excitement once in a while and our tent sale accomplished that.
Shoppers were thrilled when they discovered they could stuff as much as they could in the bag!
Upon The Setting Sun, We Were Finished
At the end of the day we donated 39 bags to the Canadian Diabetes charity. It was a pleasure to meet so many new people and hear how they loved our selection of items.
As the awareness towards consignment grows, we find our quality of clothes increasing which is awesome for everyone!
We look forward to seeing you again Penticton,
Pipsqueaks and Damsels
"Great place to shop. Quality clothing at great prices. There are a couple of staff with a fantastic sense of color and fashion to help shoppers say what looks great on someone. So very helpful for those of us who need an extra eye to help us shop." - Simona