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Industry + Insights / October 15, 2014 / Morgan Mercer
The Consignment Bar: Raising the Bar on Consignment Shopping
“I wanted to change how people felt about consignment. I can’t tell you how many times women have told me I’ve changed their mind about buying second-hand.” – CC Levin
  [caption id="attachment_16161" align="alignnone" width="682"] "Where items didn't look or feel pre-owned." [/caption]   The Consignment Bar raises the bar (literally) when it comes to consignment shopping. This chic boutique, located just north of the trendy Wynwood district of Miami, focuses on a high-end experience that recreates the sentiments of ordering cocktails at a bar. On a flight back from L.A., owner CC Levin conceived the clever idea of creating a luxury consignment boutique “where items didn’t feel or look pre owned and were visually perfect.” Make a trip down to palm tree lined streets of Miami and immerse yourself in the chandeliers, fur rugs, and floor-to-ceiling Venetian mirrors that is The Consignment Bar, or get the exclusive inside scoop below. SnobSwap: Can you tell us a little bit about how you decided on the atmosphere of The Consignment Bar? CC: “The mission is to change the way people feel about consignment. It may be more expensive, but my layout is so beautiful because a lot of my friends are in the furniture industry. I’ve gotten to use chandelier lamps and fur rugs. Everything was custom made and built from scratch. I take a lot of pride in it, and it was well worth it. The merchandise speaks for itself, but I think it’s important for people to enjoy their environment while shopping.” [caption id="attachment_16130" align="aligncenter" width="690"]IMG_7402 "Everything was custom made and built from scratch."[/caption] SnobSwap: Explain the layout of the store to us. How did you plan it? CC: "It’s beautiful, relevant, and high-end. Some of my first clients were women such as the basketball wives. I wanted to cater to them. I did sell jeans, but they were in a different section. You don’t mix Chanel with $250 jeans. If you’re going to sell a bag for $20,000, people shouldn’t be able to touch it. It should be handed down to you from a counter like when you walk into Louis Vuitton or Hermès." SnobSwap: Tell us a little bit about your curation process for The Consignment Bar. CC: "It’s all in the master plan. I never wanted to carry brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Missoni or denim. However, my clients occasionally talk me into taking things. At that point, I am extremely specific taking only items that I know my clients come in and look for. Outside of that it’s strictly Hermès, Chanel, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and brands of that caliber. I don’t want to overstock the store.” [caption id="attachment_16129" align="aligncenter" width="690"]IMG_7409 (1) CC Levin carefully curates all items in her store and offers only the best available.[/caption]   SnobSwap: What’s the most interesting piece somebody has brought in? CC: "One of my clients brought in a crocodile Hermès brief-case from the 60’s. It was in amazing condition and originally a family heirloom of an international Swiss banker. It was one of those pieces that you never find. It was in amazing condition for the time period. They still make it today retailing at $50,000. I’ve also gotten pieces ranging from a vintage Kelly from the 70’s to a runway white tweed Boy Bag from 20’s. It’s always interesting to see what people can put in your store. I always get really interesting pieces and beautiful things because of the clientele I have built." SnobSwap: Would you say that you have a niche market? CC: "I’m very specific to premier designers. It doesn’t matter if it’s a vintage piece from the 70’s, but it has to be a premier designer name. I don’t mean to sound snobby about it, but I’ve been in this location for a while and I know my clientele well." SnobSwap: Give us a glimpse into where you hope to see The Consignment Bar in the future. CC: "It’s a work in progress. My goal is to expand the business and the brand. I actually do have a secret master plan for this brand and hopefully one day, if it goes through, I’ll let you in on it. I’ve worked very hard to build a service oriented business and a brand that stands out." Shop The Consignment Bar’s exclusive collection on SnobSwap.
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