Bay Ridge, Brooklyn is a pretty little place. It has a gorgeous pedestrian path adjacent to a bay, architecture that ranges from McMansion horrors to Gothic Revival Mansions and bluestone plates left over from the days carriages flanked unpaved roads.
Unfortunately, there’s also bad Bay Ridge — and it looks a little like this:
A plethora of shops along 86th Street with names like “Pretty Girl” are where you can find $20 thigh-high tinsel-colored dresses that probably fit like tube socks. Not exactly the kind of recession shopping that makes me happy.
And then there’s Consign Connection.I’m a big fan of consignment shopping and have been since I discovered Ina in Noho. There really is no other way my broke feet are going to know what a Jimmy Choo feels like unless that Choo cost $90 and once belonged to a very blonde girl named Brookie.
Consign Connection is different. There’s some hefty editorial work involved in the selection of such perfect and unique pieces, and a very caring matron indeed who slaps $30 price tags on worn, but not WORN, designer pieces.
A few treasures I found:
A crisp Anna Sui blouse for $45…funky vintage winter coats — the magical kind that boast interesting wraparound collars and 3/4 length sleeves AND actually keep you warm without adding garbage bag-like bulk — for less than $200…tailored Tahari suit jackets for less than you’d pay in retail for super nice jeans.
Oh, and a fantastic store owner who will offer suggestions without being pushy, compliments with sincerity, and who — in true Brooklyn fashion — has so little room she sets up an ironing board in the middle of the floor and gets to work making your future dream pieces look their very best.
In a word: charming.
Consign Connection: 8715 Third Ave., Brooklyn. (718) 491-6083. http://www.consignconnectioninc.com