Resale Retail Shopping: The Best of Both Worlds

As college students, money is always a concern, as is trying to remain fashionable on the weekends when going out on the town. While buying brand names may not be in the price range for some students, there are still ways to get the same designer brands for less than designer prices. This is where consignment and resale stores come in handy. Instead of purchasing full-priced items in department stores, these consignment and resale stores offer quality items for substantially less. People use consignment stores often to clean out gently used items they no longer have a use for and they will take them to stores where they trade them in for store credit or they will get paid when their item is sold.
One of the more popular consignment stores in Raleigh is located close to William Peace University is called FiFi’s. FiFi’s, an upscale retail store that sells consignment designer clothing, can be found less than 2 miles from campus, in Cameron Village Shopping Center. The consignment store has a wide variety of items to browse; ranging through brands such as Lilly Pulitzer, The Loft, Express, Jack Rogers, Banana Republic.  There is also a jewelry section that houses a collection of unique necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.
According to William Peace University senior, Connor Davis, “FiFi’s is an excellent place to shop when you really like to give yourself a treat but don’t feel like spending a lot of money on an item. Recently I went there and bought a Longchamp purse for only $50 and it was in great condition.”
FiFi’s offers a 50% discount off of items that are not a brand name after it has been there for over a month. Each item in the store has a tag on it that will have a red dot to label it as designer so that items will not be confused. In the corner of the label there will be the price and the date that the item came into the store that way when customers are shopping they will be able to tell if they are able to get this monthly discount.
Merica Ivey, senior at William Peace University, has used FiFi’s as a source of selling her items.  “I have taken some of my material items to FiFi’s and they have sold them for me. One time I took a Coach purse and made a great profit off of it. It is not only a great place to shop but a great place to sell name brand items.”

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