Monday, November 15, 2010

Last Chance $5 Sale!!!

Did you know that the last weekend of each month is Raspberry Beret's 'Last Chance $5 Sale'! Forget Black Friday - we won't make you get up at the crack of dawn for incredible deals. All the items that are just about to leave our store for good will be priced at only $5!!!

Mark your calendars, tell your friends and start making room in your closet for all of the great clothes you'll be bringing home!

Saturday, November 27th

Sunday, November 28th

p.s. You know we'll always love you but we love EVEN MORE when you bring your own bag!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rachael's Back Bay Escada Escapades

Yesterday, I went to clear out the closets of Faye - a Boston Socialite. She is closing out her Back Bay Apartment after years of parties, shopping and luncheons. Faye answered the door in black rimmed glasses that reminded me of Iris Apfel. The walls behind her were a papered in a black floral similar to the 70's blouse that I was wearing (phew I had chosen the right outfit for our appointment!) She said, "You want klinky? (maybe a 60's word) I have klinky."

We started with the closet in one of the bedrooms. She pulled out a mauve mohair feather trimmed cape with matching hat and skirt from London circa 1970. Next came Alberto Cavalli, she showed me a hand-painted leather jacket with pants, a corduroy jacket and denim and leather skirt with a breathtaking Native American goddess image hand-painted by Cavalli himself. The next closet must have been the luncheon closet, it was filled entirely with Escada and St. John sets.

We usually only consign at the Raspberry Beret, but since Faye is moving to Florida, I did a buyout. When the price was agreed upon I filled the brass dolly up with goodies. Faye had a lunch date to attend so I quickly loaded up everything, emptying her three closets of all of her fluffiness, leather and couture to be looked at later at the shop. I arrived at the store with plenty of treats for Mariel and Kerry. They were especially delighted by a wild 80's white leather jacket and amazing headpieces.

When we were inventorying I looked up some of the labels. This pink dress is designed by Ferarra. He made one-of-a-kind pieces for Cher, Tina Turner and many other entertainers.

This red number is from a boutique in Boca Raton. The dress has a 1930's drop waist, the jacket has a flowy 1980's cut.

The Escada and St. John collection was immense. While this isn't our typical fare at Raspberry Beret, we cannot argue with the amazing quality and fine fabrics. We now have a selection of beautiful silk blouses and blazers. The highlight is a red leopard three piece suit. I hope someone finds this Escada gem for the holidays. It retailed for a few grand. We are selling it at Raspberry Beret for $400.

Altogether this buyout was a fun experience. I can't wait until she calls me to pick up her costume jewelery and hope she gives our Raspberry Beret card to her friends.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Belts, Bags, Blazers & Boots

Check out Bobbie's Style Buzz from yesterday's Today Show. She talks about the 4 B's of second-hand shopping - great tips!

Tee Shirt Design Contest

Raspberry Beret is looking for a fun, original and creative tee shirt design to represent our store! Got a great idea that you'd like to submit? Want to win one of Raspberry Beret's gorgeous new Freya handbags? Please read through the following guidelines to see how the contest works.

Submission Guidelines
Tee shirt designs should be one color only. Your image should be at least 850x1100 and 150dpi. Your design can be hand-drawn or digitally mastered but it must be your own original concept. Artwork that has copyrighted material or offensive or inappropriate content will be rejected.

Submit Your Design
To submit your design, please email it as a jpeg to or drop it off to the Cambridge store located at 1704 Massachusetts Avenue. You will receive a confirmation email once your design has been approved. The deadline for submission is 5pm on Tuesday, November 30th.

Promote Your Design
All tee shirt design submissions will be posted in an album on Raspberry Beret's Facebook Fan Pages on December 1, 2010 through December 7, 2010. Spread the word by letting your friends and family know they have one week to go there and vote for their favorite design!

How & What You Win
The 'Likes' and comments each submission receives on Facebook will help determine the winning design for Raspberry Beret's tee shirt design contest. The winner will be announced on December 8, 2010. They will receive a beautiful plum colored Freya handbag and their design will be printed on Raspberry Beret's new store tee shirt! The winner will also be featured and promoted on the Raspberry Beret website, blog and Facebook Fan pages.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Guest Post by Blog Author Lindsay Morrissey

Today's guest blog post was written by Lindsay Morrissey, a Raspberry Beret consignor and shopper, who is currently a college-student at an all woman’s' school. Lindsay is the blog author of The College Chick's Guide to Being Chic (and Cheap), aimed at helping girls who may be tight on cash still be fabulous. We completely agree with her belief that being fabulous doesn’t have to mean going broke and she offers some great tips for consigning.

In this post, I’d like to share the basics of consigning and shopping at consignment stores. I have been consigning at the Raspberry Beret for about four years and have made tons of money from selling my slightly used clothes, and using the money to buy new clothes (which is really my problem in the first place!!) Since I am addicted to shopping, consignment stores really help me in two ways:
  1. I am able to get rid of older styles of clothing, making room in my closet for new stuff, without throwing them away.
  2. I save money on perfectly good clothing that I buy from these shops. Just 2 months ago, I cleaned out my overly-packed closet and packed up shopping bags with 17 bottoms and 73!!!!! tops!!!!!!!!!!!!...and the saddest thing is that my closet is still full! Oops!
So, here are some tips on actually selling your clothes:
  1. Find a good store which fits your style. Selling college-chic clothing may not go over well at a boutique meant for older women and more mature clothing wouldn't sell well in a store meant for the younger crowd. Make sure you find a consignment boutique that fits you, or else your clothing may not be accepted by the owner, or it may not sell once it hits the floor.
  2. Make sure clothes are clean, ironed and neatly packaged. Imagine shopping in a store and seeing products that were dirty and wrinkly... would you want to buy them? This is the same outlook that the shop-owner has in mind, so don't bring your clothes in big trash bags... you want her to think that they are not trash, but treasures that people won't be able to resist scooping up.
  3. Think in the 'now'. When I was cleaning out my closet, I continually would see an item and reminisce about who I bought it with, where I wore it, and ended up getting all sappy over items that didn't fit and were running out style. Instead of keeping these clothes for sentiment or in hopes that they may fit someday, do yourself a favor and SELL them! When you lose that last five pounds you're not going to wanna squeeze back into clothes from high school, you're going to want to go out and buy new clothes for your new body! Don't hang onto stuff that another woman could get a lot better use out of. Think of it as a type of good deed.
  4. Make friends with the owner of the boutique. Don't always look at consigning as a business transaction but as a fun way to help others find cool stuff for a cheap price and a way to purge your closet and cleanse your shopping soul!
Tips for Shopping at Consignment Stores:
  1. DIG, DIG, DIG! Consignment stores can sometimes be like 'the needle in the haystack' type of deal, with tons of clothes that may not be right for you, with a few key items hiding that will fit you like a glove and come at a nice price, so definitely take your time to scour the racks. It may seem tedious but when you find that $100 Burberry trench, originally $450, that fits perfectly you'll know it was worth it.
  2. Pay attention to sizing. As women, we all know how hard it is to find consistent sizes anyways but since these clothes have been previously worn, it may make it all the more difficult. Maybe Lucy shrunk her cashmere cardigan by accident and now that medium is a small, or Lianna may have stretched out her Seven Jeans, making the 28 a 29... you never know, so try different sizes on! It may hurt to put on a larger size and have it fit, but just know that no one else can see the tag. Think about it: wouldn't you rather look hot than have a smaller number on the inside of your jeans and look like you're a sausage squeezed into casing?
  3. Ask about deals. Since consignment boutiques are mostly independently owned, the owners often have more flexibility in pricing. My Raspberry Beret offers deals all the time from $5 off to 20%-off, all through their email subscription. So ask about a frequent buyer's discount card or an email list or even about current specials. And, most importantly, if an item you love may have a stain, rip, or missing button, ask about a discount. Often, the consignors are very flexible with things like this, but don't push it. The prices are often so low anyways, that defects may be considered in the price already.
So, make some extra money with your old clothes, because in this economy, we all KNOW how important it is to have some extra cash!