Greene Street: consignment prices, boutique ambiance

LAMBERTVILLE, New Jersey - February 22, 2010

Shopping websites show an Alice and Olivia black silk cocktail dress, with rosettes at the neckline priced at $264. Greene Street has the same dress for $58. They also have a silk blouse from The Limited for $26.

Greene Street is a consignment shop that feels more like a boutique.

"It's just a really nice environment to shop in and you don't feel like it's a thrift-type store," explains Greene Street's Lauren Venuto. "We try to keep the atmosphere upscale."

Also among the inventory, we found a Lilly Pulitzer suit for $54, Raven wool pants -- new with tags for $44 , a Diane Von Furstenberg wool dress for $64, and Patrick Gerard jeans for $54.

There was also a genuine Coach bag for for $78, a J.Crew sleeveless dress with silk sash for $32, and a Juicy Couture jersey tunic for $28.

The combination of atmosphere and prices is why women like Laurie Londoner -- who only sold in consignment shops five years ago -- are now shopping here.

"They have great clothes and it's less expensive than in a normal store," Londoner says. "And in this economy, you want to look for savings."

Consigners get 40% of the price. The store keeps 60%. Items stay on the floor for two months, then end up in the clearance section for 50% off.

Sometimes, the deals are so good, even the employees can't help but shop.

"I bought a pair of Frye boots -- they're like $200 boots, and I got 'em for like $67," Venuto says. "They're in immaculate condition. They're my favorite, I wear them all the time."

In addition to the Greene Street location at 44 Bridge Street in Lambertville, there are other locations in Princeton, New Jersey, and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and on South Street in Philadelphia.

For more information about all the locations and the consignment policies, check out the Greene Street website.

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