Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lighthouse international's Designer Sale

Vintage shopping used to be so much fun, but it's become a victim of its own popularity. Between the dealers and the high prices, it's rare to find real treasures. But when a neighborhood organization hosts a "clean out of the closet sale" you know there are going to be great finds.

Every year, Upper East Siders (and even some Upper West Siders) clean out their closets and donate their unwanted and unused items to Lighthouse International for their annual designer sale. Most of the merchandise is vintage, but designers like Carolina Herrera and Courrèges donated new clothing from their inventories.

The first thing we did when arrived was hit the designer room. Some items were priced on the high side, but you can't blame them-- it's charity. While browsing the preview, we found lots of quality new or almost new items that included; Manolos for $250, YSL pumps for $200 (Tom Ford era?), and Dior booties for $250. There were also lots of great bags like a Lanvin shoulder bag at $400, a limited edition Louis Vuitton Olympe priced at $900, a white Prada Saffiano Satchel at $400, a Louis Vuitton Vernis tote for $850, and a huge Vuitton suitcase priced at $900.

The clothing selection was just as impressive. We found a Chloe sheer blouse for $100, a tweed Chanel dress priced at $950, a Chanel tweed skirt suit for $1900, a Carolina Herrera dress for $900, a black wool YSL dress at $450. Fur coats? Yes, there were racks: silver fox for $750, lunaraire mink at $1850, Russian sable priced at $5000, and ranch mink for $1950.

Then we found the jewelry. We were tickled by the Joan Rivers collection of jewels tat were all priced at about $20, but it was the Chanel collection of bijoux that really dazzled. Again prices were high ranging from $600 to $1200.

We noticed lots of people haggling and making deals. As the sale continues, we imagine that the prices will become increasingly more flexible. The sale runs until Sunday, May 6th. Details are below.

Lighthouse International's Posh Fashion Sale
Thursday, May 13 to Sunday, May 16
Thurs-Sat:11am to 7pm, Sun 11am to 5pm
111 East 59th Street (bw Park and Lex)
Daily pass: $10 or Four Day Pass: $30


Anonymous said...

This sale gets worse every year and 'finds' are very scarce. While POSH gets some great pieces, many are grabbed by animal resellers who shove their way into the event during the preview days and take them. I heard from some people that one reseller brought six people who actually pushed ladies away to ensure that no one got to any clothing before him and his group. POSH has tolerated these actions for years afraid to lose the sale (which makes no sense since the best pieces are the ones these animals take!) The rest of us are left with inappropriate priced items (i.e., priced above their value) or damaged and passe goods.

Also, seems that POSH decided that if resellers could profit on items they purchased at the event, the items were being priced too low to begin with. So this year,prices were increased.

Personally, I found better prices for comparable goods on Ebay without the stress of the POSH environment.

My recco: Donate to somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

I went once. I bought a white Lanvin top that I loved until I noticed it had an ever so slight faded stain :-(

Also, it smells bad in there, like really old dirty clothes. And my stained shirt reminded me, hey I don't like used clothes.

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Anonymous said...

I loved this sale a few years ago--though it's true that resellers dominate the preview night. POSH provides the resellers with rolling racks and they have teams of people grabbing clothes by the handful. They then weed through the clothes and make the volunteers put everything they don't want back.

I found a few finds today, but the designer section was much more expensive than usual and the jewelry was primarily Joan Rivers rather than vintage. Also, there weren't as many dresses/gowns in the regular section.

Lastly, the young woman who checked me out was yelling at the elderly woman volunteering with her. It was kind of shocking.

Anonymous said...

I went to the sale and boy oh boy was i disappointted. Never have i seen such a mess in all my yrs of shopping. i paid my $10 fee at the door for a good cause but only stayed for a new minutes.....

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