Spring and summer are wedding season, and that can mean coming up with a pretty dress or a sharp suit once, twice or even three times a month. Resale and consignment shops are your best bet for keeping your wardrobe fresh. Plus, you can always turn around and sell stuff back to recoup at least a fraction of your investment. Whether you're looking for something new (to you) or it's time to part ways with some of your acquisitions, here are three of Orlando's top-notch resale shops. Follow them on Instagram so you can pounce first on the true treasures like the fashion vulture you are.
Best bets: high-end handbags and out-there shoes
Those on the selling side sometimes grumble at the extreme choosiness of the buyers at Dechoes, but for shoppers, it's reassuring to know that Dechoes' experts have examined each millimeter of the items they take for resale, and tossed back anything with spots, snags or sticky zippers. The Dechoes team stays up-to-the-minute on trends and will ruthlessly refuse your ballet flats if they think everyone is going to be wearing loafers this summer, but again, this makes for a good shopping experience. Dechoes buys outright for store credit or cash – no consignment. Dechoes, three Orlando locations, dechoesresale.com
Best bets: Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer
Harlow serves the ladylike designer-phile, young or old, with looks by Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer, Anne Fontaine, Nanette Lepore and others perfect for the uber-feminine but always polished woman. Harlow is a consignment boutique, meaning clothes stay on the floor up to 90 days and if they are bought during that time, the consignor gets 40 percent of the purchase price. After that, if unsold, they can be reclaimed by the seller or they become Harlow property. Harlow Resale Boutique, 631 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-960-6993, harlowresale.com
Best bets: Jordans, Dunks, lightly used Urban Outfitters
Avalon is the new kid on the block, a chainlet of large resale stores somewhat akin to Crossroads or Beacon's Closet. The selection is vast – this is the kind of place you leave with a garbage bag full of stuff if you're not careful. Men get just as much love on the racks as the ladies do here, with button-down shirts and polos for days; for the girls, there are dresses, sure, but this is more of a high tops-and-rompers kind of place. Avalon Exchange, 745 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-636-9304, avalonexchange.com
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