Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Adventures In Shopping: The Private Label

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Hey Country Life friends! Since we have so much great shopping in the Nashville area, I'm starting Adventures in Shopping — a regular spotlight on local businesses and shops around town I think you should check out.

I'm talking about everything from clothing boutiques to thrift/vintage shops, home decor to hair decor, old stores, new stores, whatever. If you can put it on your body or put it in your house — and if it's awesome — I want to write about it. I try to practice retail therapy as much as possible, but I'm only one woman, so let me know what you want to read about in the comments section below, and I'll get right on that.

Sooooo, here we go! Join me on my adventures in shopping!

We all like to get nice things for less, right? Fortunately, this fashionable city is filled with incredible vintage and consignment stores, and a very luxe one opened recently in Green Hills.

The Private Label is located inside Illusion Nail Spa, next to Cheeseburger Charley's near the Regal Green Hills movie theater. When you initially walk in, you may think you have the wrong place, but all you have to do is look up and you'll see a loft that overlooks the main floor. The ledge is filled with designer shopping bags, alerting you to the possibility that something fabulous might be upstairs.

And yes, something fabulous is upstairs. Beth Fabel opened The Private Label, a luxury designer consignment store, in November of 2012, and she's the first to tell you that when really good stuff comes in the door, someone snaps it up pretty quickly.

What kind of stuff, you ask?

How about Imogene + Willie jeans for $125?

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A pristine Burberry trench for $300! I might fight you for it.

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YSL shoes, NEVER WORN!

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Local jewelry favorite Sleeveless bracelet for $35!

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And this is just scratching the surface. Among the racks of clothing, wall of purses, and tables of accessories, you'll find formal gowns for a song, upscale everyday basics that will never go out of style, and indulgent jewelry and watches. Like labels? You'll find Jimmy Choo, Calvin Klein, Tiffany, Fendi, Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, BCBG and Marni, to name just a few.

And if you think it's weird to shop in a nail salon, I'm here to tell you that it isn't. Not only do you get to kill two birds by getting a mani-pedi knocked out in the same trip, but the store's vibe makes you feel like you've happened upon a fabulous sample sale or a pop-up shop.

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"I felt there was a need for a consignment store that offers high-end items for sale exclusively," Fabel explains. "We do not sell fakes and guarantee our pieces to be real. Instead of purchasing an item for a retail price, my client is able to buy a much desired, luxury item at a discounted price."

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Shoppers win at The Private Label, and if you're looking to clean some luxe stuff out of your closet, you'll win too.

"I realized there was a need for women to have an outlet to sell their no-longer-used luxury items in a confidential manner," Fabel says. "I offer an at-home pick-up service for consignors. I sell items through many venues…in store, online, Facebook and have even sold items by sending text pictures. I receive items for sale every day, and the turnaround is tremendous."

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Fabel only consigns items in new — many of the items still have the original tags attached — or gently used condition. If you have something you'd like to sell, call or email Beth (contact info below) and set up an appointment.

"Consignor confidentiality is a top priority. The consignment split is 50/50, and I pay monthly once an item sells, which is different than most consignment shops. (Most pay only after the season ends which is about three and a half months)."

So, if you're lucky enough to have a mother-in-law who gave you a pair of Louboutins that you'll never wear, you can get rid of them — and make a nice chunk of change — in secret. And if you wear a size 9 ½, please do so, because I'm not paying full-price for those babies.

Oh, and might I suggest grabbing a glass or three of wine at Table 3 nearby before going shopping with your girlfriends? This one is fun to shop with (and you don't even want to know the amazing deal she got on her Burberry ... you'll be as jealous as I am).

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The Private Label, located inside Illusion Nail Spa on the second floor
3809 Green Hills Village Drive
615-428-7000
theprivatelabel@comcast.net
Hours: Tues through Sun, 12 to 6 or by appointment

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