PALM BEACH, Fla. — From Chanel jackets to Birkin bags and Lilly Pulitzer, consignment stores and even bargain thrift shops in the Palm Beach, Florida, area, have all the labels you love. Here's a guide.
—FASHIONISTA PALM BEACH, 298 S. County Road, Palm Beach
The exquisite 1980s floor-length sequined white-and-black Chanel dress that greets visitors at this Palm Beach gem says it all. The store specializes in high-end women's vintage. It's a must for fashion lovers, even if you aren't looking to buy. Recent finds: an Armani black mink coat with fox collar, $20,000, and an Oscar de la Renta silk strapless lace gown, $3,000.
The store has a large collection of Hermes Birkins and designer shoes, plus fun accessories like black Chanel kidskin gloves adorned with pink stingray designs for $975, a $600 Alexander McQueen lacy knitted dress and a $650 Chanel slip dress.
—CLASSIC COLLECTIONS, 118 N. County Road, Palm Beach
This store recently added an entire room for Chanel, including signature jackets for around $1,250, plus shoes, bags and jewelry. Recent finds included a wide selection of purses (including four Birkins); gowns by Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera; plus vintage Krizia and Mary McFadden.
Fine and costume jewelry, including Tiffany, Cartier and Chopard, set the store apart. South Sea baroque pearls were $11,900, a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and gold necklace was $31,995 and a Charles Krypell diamond ring was $6,995. There's wiggle-room to negotiate higher-end jewelry prices.
—PARADISE LOST, 227 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach
Paradise Lost has three charming stores within walking distance. The high-end boutique carries labels like Chanel, Hermes and Valentino plus rare items like a Louis Vuitton tennis racket cover and a red suede Cartier train case. Recent finds included Chanel shoes around $299, a Hermes silk blouse, $499, and a short Missoni dress, $399, plus lots of St. John and several stunning, reasonably priced evening wear options, including a gold-beaded floor-length Escada dress for $699. At the lower-end boutique, Lilly Pulitzer sweaters were $30 to $70. A furniture and home goods store has tons of Louis Vuitton luggage and unique estate pieces like Mizner chandeliers.
—SERENDIPITY, 2200 Glades Road, Suite 506, Boca Raton
Everything is less than 2 years old and in pristine condition at Serendipity: furs, Chanel jackets, Louis Vuitton, a table of stunning Hermes scarves and a case of Hermes bags. Fashion designer Betsey Johnson and famed "Sex & the City" costume designer Patricia Field have shopped here. Looking for that hard-to-find designer bag? If owner Lisa Stark doesn't have it, she'll hunt it down. Layaway offered.
—ENCORE PLUS BOUTIQUE, 281 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton
Encore Plus organizes its large selection of high-end designers including Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel and Dior by colour. Find everything from a silver Chanel zippered track-style jacket for $1,150 to a bell-sleeved V-neck Missoni dress for $350. There's a fur room in back along with vintage gowns. The boutique also offers mid-tier designers like a $70 Trina Turk yellow sheath, a black leather Milly cropped jacket with cutouts for $125 and a black and white Tracy Reese dress for $140. Chanel purses ranged from $800 to $4,700. A wall of shoes, many Christian Louboutin, were $200 to $400.
THRIFT STORE BARGAINS
—GOODWILL EMBASSY BOUTIQUE, 210 Sunset Ave., Palm Beach
There are lots of gems at this small and well-curated Goodwill boutique that takes castoffs from the well-heeled and from stores like Brooks Brothers and Saks. It's not uncommon to find new items with original tags. Seen on a recent visit: three new Lilly Pulitzer dresses, $99 each; a wine-colored Tadashi cocktail dress, new with original $370 tags, for $85, and a Michael Kors tie-dye maxi dress, $20. A good selection of menswear includes button-downs for $25.
Jay Strongwater items are among a small selection of fine housewares, with a Lalique bowl recently selling for $1,000. Look for items tagged in different colours for weekly 50 per cent off sales, plus 25 per cent discounts on certain days for students and seniors.
—CHURCH MOUSE, 374 S. County Road, Palm Beach
This unique Palm Beach landmark offers men's and women's clothing. It's a great place to pick up Maus & Hoffman, a Brooks Brother suit jacket for $150 or men's Ralph Lauren button-downs for $20. Be prepared for a little digging, but that's half the fun. A Tahari sheath dress was $95 and a rack of women's pants were all priced at $8. Also: lots of Lilly Pulitzer dresses, books, furniture, home decor and other odds and ends.
—NEARLY NEW, 2218 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
Behind the furniture and housewares, the clothing section here has some notables mixed with basic labels like $10 Talbots shorts. A Lilly Pulitzer blouse was $40, Lilly shorts were $25, Nanette Lepore pants were $80 and a short-sleeved Escada knit was $30. It's also a good place for fashionable no-name clothes, like a printed wrap dress for $8. A clearance rack of elegant cocktail and full-length dresses had several items in good condition for $25 and $45.
—BETHESDA BARGAIN BOX, 12 NE Fifth Ave., Delray Beach
This store has a notable men's section where recent finds included a Burberry suit for $230, blazers for $25 and quality button-downs for $11. Clothes are more worn here, but scores exist, like pink Lilly Pulitzer skinny jeans for $60, a $50 white double-breasted Tory Burch jacket and a Trina Turk shift dress for $40. The shop is geared toward basic labels like Ann Taylor and Banana Republic, with deals like shorts for $6, a black Express dress, $7, and $40 trench coats. There's a sweet selection of children's clothes. Oh, and everything is an additional 50 per cent off.
Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press