Vintage and Consignment Shopping Cheat Sheet
Courtesy of The Spotted Cow
The Spotted Cow
Newly opened in June, The Spotted Cow carries merchandise ranging from furniture to household décor and wall art. The store not only serves its customers, but also gives local artists, antique dealers, and craftspeople the opportunity to display and sell their items in an assigned space within the store. Workshops and classes for customers who want to learn how to redesign vintage pieces are also offered.
2631 North Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 933-7768, thespottedcowvintage.com.
Due to Labels’ enormous size, fashionistas are likely to find anything from a summer picnic outfit to that perfect statement piece for a black-tie gala. Besides offering a wide spectrum of styles and prices, this downtown spot also hosts many showcase events that feature various designers, and offers seasonal storewide discount days.
1367 North Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-4566, labelsluxury.com.
Main Street Rags
Founded in 1987, Main Street Rags provides shoppers with a frequently rotating selection of clothing and accessories. Brands include BCBG, J. Crew, and Gucci—but, unlike many consignment stores, Main Street Rags is a fur-free environment.
1380 North Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 943-1459, mainstreetrags.com.
J. Colleen Boutique
J. Colleen offers a diverse selection of jewelry, shoes, handbags, apparel, and art from all around the country, both vintage and new. Owner Julie Rubio credits her inspiration for creating a store with such unique style to her Hawaiian heritage and to her mother, who owned a store in Los Angeles’s Fashion District during Rubio’s childhood.
261 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 258-0300, jcolleen.com.
Chameleon Consignment is the place to go for high-end furniture in pristine condition. This family-owned shop in Lafayette expertly arranges a variety of secondhand furniture pieces in their showroom so that you can visualize them in the best way possible.
1003 Blackwood Ln., Lafayette, (925) 299-1994, chameleonconsignment.com.
This brand-new spot allows customers to consign high-end jewelry, as well as designer handbags, for a whopping 60 percent of the selling price (50 percent is the average profit). Pieces are evaluated and authenticated by GemLust before being sold.
3529 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 385-7121, gemlust.com.
Consignit Couture is a shopper of any age’s one-stop destination. In addition to the extensive selection of clothing, a plethora of shoes, jewelry and purses can often be found. Look for brands like Michael Kors, Dooney and Burke, and Coach.
398 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 837-7100; 1414 North Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 988-9000, consignitcouture.com.
A Dress Change
This consignment shop offers new and slightly used items; inventory dates two years back at most, so current styles are likely to be found here. On average, A Dress Change has over 5,000 items to browse.
125 Railroad Ave., Danville, (925) 855-5581, adresschangeconsignment.com.
Bloom Space, Danville
Formerly of Lafayette, the Bloom Space has recently relocated to Danville. Over the past two years, the store has widened and evolved into a chic yet rustic store full of eco-friendly merchandise. Customers can also take DIY classes and learn how to repurpose old items.
444 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 357-7168, (502) 558-2486, thebloomspace.com.
Home Consignment Center
With seven locations throughout Northern California, the Home Consignment Center offers a monstrous selection of home furnishings, décor items, and jewelry. From pool tables to fine art, truckloads of treasures arrive on a daily basis.
1901 Camino Ramon, Danville, (925) 866-6164, thehomeconsignmentcenter.com.
Vintage and contemporary tastes alike will find goodies at this eclectic vintage store. Decorate your home or estate with items from bookcases to chandeliers that have been acquired from around the country. If you prefer purchasing accessories for yourself over those for your home, a bevy of watches and vintage jewelry await.
1500 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 682-6800, estateconsignments.com.
Glamora by Sadia
Sophistication and edge come together at this upscale consignment space. Owner Sadia merges bold island styles with European sophistication, reflecting her many travels around the world and her one-of-a-kind personal style.
2475 Sand Creek Rd., Brentwood, (925) 516-4760, glamorabysadia.com.