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Currently happening on the Upper East Side is consignment shop Encore's semi-annual sale, which started today and goes through Sunday. And it's jam-packed with high-end designer brands like Chanel, Oscar de La Renta, Prada, Manolo...you name it, they've got it. Some of the goods are definitely better than others, but we'd say it's worth the train ride uptown for the prices.
They have two floors to serve their customers. On the first floor to your right, you'll find racks of discounted clothes organized by sizes and style (coats, dresses, skirts, pants, jeans, sweaters) and to your left, there are clothes as well as handbags and scarves on shelves or in a glass case.
Most bags, accessories and jewelry in the cases are 20% off (10% off Chanel handbags, and we didn't spot any). Clothing appeared to be additionally marked down on the first floor, while the second floor was mostly 20% off. The final discounted prices are marked on each item and vary by brands/condition/style.
We spotted a gorgeous and almost immaculate Oscar De La Renta overcoat going for $97. A white Céline button-down dress (size 2) is going for $106, which would look perfect paired with a big straw hat for a summer picnic. On the second floor, there was a Maison Martin Margiela gray sweater for $84, a Prada sleeveless tops for $70, and a DKNY blouse for $60.
The selection of handbags was quite disappointing, and there wasn't anything too alluring. There were a couple of Louis Vuitton clutches or wallets on the second floor, safely tucked behind the cashier, along with jewelry and designer sunglasses. A sign reads 20% off everything in the case (exclusions apply).
Swimwear was available, with tops and bottoms priced below $40. There was a vast selection of shoes to pick from, with bins filled with shoes that have not been put out, probably due to lack of space. Most of the Jimmy Choos and Manolos we looked at were going for about $140-$165, but there were a couple pairs with multiple markdowns, such as cute Céline size 36 kitten heels for $33(!), and Christian Louboutin embellished sandals in size 36 for $132.
There were also these vintage Gucci loafers (size 6.5) that were also going for $33. As you can see in the pictures, they were in pretty good condition. We found plenty more shoes to check out, from brands like Valentino, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent all for less than $200!
It's definitely worth a trip if you have an hour or two to kill, since you have to go through the racks to find something worth buying. There are definitely damaged items to look out for, so inspect your garments thoroughly and be sure to try everything on before leaving.—Hsini
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