Cheap Thrills - Consignment and antiques
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Shopping consignment is a great way to find designer merchandise for a fraction of its original price. At Tulsa stores, it’s not uncommon to find a $1,500Waterford lamp for $450; a pair of Ralph Lauren leather chairs retailing at $1,200 each for $400 each; a $1,200 Dolce & Gabbana dress for $100; or a $59 Banana Republic skirt for $4. You can also re-sell your own furniture, clothing and accessories.
8248 E. 41st St.
French, English and American armoires, chairs, sofas, desks, sofas and custom-made furniture. A wide variety of prices and constant sales bring fresh inventory into the store, and items are marked down every 30 days. Owner Judy Warren attracts consignors because she keeps 20 percent of an item’s commission while they keep 80 percent.
Mustard Seed Consignment
8290 E. 41st St.
With a new sale every Saturday, it’s no wonder customers visit this store weekly. Owner Diana Clark recently moved her store to the Antique Trade Center, where she sells high-end home furnishings, including one-of-a-kind pieces, architectural doors, Country French WHAT?, chandeliers, chairs, lamps and Persian rugs.
Round the House
4941 S. Peoria Ave.
With a variety of finer used furniture in her store, owner Tana Large says she sells home furnishings made by moderate to upper-end manufacturers. Customers can find lighting, artwork and rugs, and especially home accessories such as table linens, floral arrangements, candleholders and trays. Don’t forget to peruse the year-round bargain corner, where everything is 75 percent off.
Clothing and Accessories Consignment
6929 S. Lewis Ave.
You don’t have to look twice to see Prada, Escada, Christian LaCroix, and other high fashion labels at DejaVu. Known for its designer clothing and furs, this store also sells jewelry, shoes and a diverse selection of authentic handbags, including Coach and Kate Spade. Every Thursday night is ladies’ night — women can shop for designer wear while munching hors d’ oeuvres and tasting wine. Join the store’s e-mail list for special weekly sales.
6642 S. Lewis Ave.
Designer ladies’ clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories and jewelry, including some locally made, fill this consignment store’s racks. Customers can find labels including Ann Taylor, Dana Buchman and The Limited during ongoing sales varying each month. A winter clothing closeout sale runs this year from February through March. A rewards system allows customers to bring back receipts from their previous visit and receive an extra percentage off their next visit.
5926 S. Lewis
5922 S. Lewis Ave.
This upscale resale shop’s labels include St. John, Harold’s, Max Mara, Chico’s, J. Jill and other name brands, and no merchandise is more than 2 years old. Customers can find current styles at affordable prices within organized racks of separates, dresses and nightwear, and a plethora of shoes, jewelry and purses by Coach, Brahmin, Prada, Tod’s and Louis Vuitton. The men’s shop also sells retail such as slacks, jeans, work clothes and sportswear. After-Thanksgiving and Memorial Day clearance sales make way for new merchandise, as does Echo’s 30-day markdown noted by ticket color.
4918 W. Kenosha St.
A chain, Plato’s Closet sells relaxed wear for teens and young adults. It provides name-brand clothing from stores such as Aeropostale, The Limited, Abercrombie & Fitch and Express. Denim racks hold designer jeans by 7 for All Mankind, True Religion and Citizens of Humanity.
Although antique shopping may involve higher prices, there are always great new buys and new ways to use old and previously owned items. Several antique shops line Main Street in Jenks, known as the “Antique Capital of Oklahoma,” so be sure to spend a morning or afternoon strolling through these distinctive shops.
Miss McGillicutty’s Antiques
106 E. Main St.
This store is known for having a little bit of everything. Vintage jewelry, World War II memorabilia, coins, early American furniture and many German pieces are a few of the items in this large, uniquely named store. The many different vendors and the constant change of merchandise live up to the store’s motto, “Something old every time you visit.”
Rebecca’s Memories Antiques and Collectibles Mall
102 S. First St.
Furniture, glassware, Disney and Howdy Doody collectible cookie jars, linens, furniture, antique clocks, quilts and vintage jewelry, hats, gloves and purses are a few of the many items for sale in this newly expanded shop. Low prices are offered around festivals in Jenks, and the end of the year always brings extra discounts to store merchandise.
Abbey Road Antiques
107 E. Main St.
Find vintage antiques for one-third of the price in this Jenks shop. Pottery, estate jewelry, antique lighting fixtures, chandeliers, sculptures, hand-painted dress boxes, WWII military items, pocket watches and many men’s items decorate the store’s interior; art glass, old carnival glass and Depression-era glass are available as well.
Shop local and find bargains among fellow Tulsans through online classifieds at www.tulsa.craigslist.org. Tickets, boats, clothing, games and toys are a few of the many items for sale, and free items are also listed, including coffee tables, computer monitors, swingsets and sewing machines. Electronics are a great buy through Craigslist, and shoppers can find new iPod shuffles for $40, as well as big-screen TVs, DVD players and gaming systems with games included.
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