Living on a tight budget because of the recession has taken second-hand shopping to a new level.
Shoppers looking to get the most bang for their buck or people who have unwanted items collecting dust can find several second-hand and consignment stores to donate, sell or buy used merchandise.
Serendipity Lane on Painters Run Road is celebrating its first birthday this month, and the consignment store features high quality and eclectic furniture, lamps and home décor. Owner Debbie Meixell said the inventory of unique pieces changes frequently and is arranged to give customers a visual by how it’s laid out in the store. Serendipity Lane also sells hand-painted furniture, artisan jewelry, floral arrangements and even has a dining room table from the 16th century. The store is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Just down the road will be another new consignment called The Forget-Me-Not Shoppe, which closed it doors in Peters Township last week to make the move. The shop is scheduled to open April 11 on Painters Run Road and will be filled with estate furniture and antiques. They also sell vintage jewelry, custom floral arrangements, unique home décor and much more.
ARTiques and Collectibles on Baldwin Street in Bridgeville is owned by a mother and daughter duo that has hand painted items, home decor, slightly used furniture and antiques. Patti and Nancy Livingston started the store in 2008 because of their love to paint and restore antiques. Nancy said the store specializes in one-of-a-kind hand painted furniture and glassware. Additionally, she does custom gifts for holidays, weddings, birthdays and other various items including portraits and murals.
Jason Beggarly is no stranger to the secondhand world at the The Beggarly Used Furniture and Antiques on Washington Avenue in Bridgeville. Beggarly has retail business in his blood as his grandmother owned an auction house in Maryland and his father had a furniture business. The store mainly sells used furniture, collectables and antiques. If you are looking for a bargain on furniture, Beggarly said his store is the place to check out, as they are very customer oriented and recently helped someone on a budget furnish an entire apartment for $400. In addition to selling furniture and antiques the shop also buys furniture out right if you are looking to get rid of that piece that has been sitting the basement.
But people aren’t just looking for great prices on quality furniture. In these economic times, shoppers want to spend less on attire, as well.
Plato’s Closet located in the Chartiers Valley Shopping Center is like heaven to money-conscious teens, young adults and their parents who are looking for better brand clothing. The franchise, which is independently owned and operated, buys and sells name brand apparel, such as Abercrombie, Hollister, American Eagle, Bebe, Victoria’s Secret, Affliction and much more. The well-known clothing brands and fashionable accessories are priced at 50 to 70 percent off their original selling prices. In addition to great prices, Plato’s Closet gives cash on the spot if you bring in your used clothing. The store carries boys, girls, teens and young adult fashions, shoes and accessories.
Bargain Land USA on East Railroad Street in Heidelberg has great deals when on a tight budget. The thrift store takes donations and has everything from clothing to silverware. It is a multi-purpose shop where you can buy things for your home, something to wear or even a game for family night.
Just down the street on Greentree Road is The Savvy Fox of Mt. Lebanon. The unique boutique and consignment store has been recognized as “Best Consignment Shop” by area publications and was also a bronze winner in “Best Women’s Clothing” by local readers. The store, which has another location in Peters Township, is best known for its major brands and has over 4,000 consignors. The Savvy Fox has a niche as it is does not only carry clothing and accessories but it also has home décor and furnishings. Proprietress Colleen McKenzie said the store sells its items for one-third of retail and is constantly receiving new items. As of late, the store features formal gowns for prom season. In addition to helping people save, The Savvy Fox donates to the Washington Women’s Shelter and also helps provide foster children with secondhand name brand clothing.
And if youth clothing is what you’re searching for, check out Kids Consignment, a second-hand children’s clothing store on Painters Run Road. The store recently changed hands and offers great prices and a great selection on name brands and toys.
The Chartiers Valley area is rich with second-hand and consignment shops that help the consumer get the most for their money. With shopping trips full of great deals, fun clothing and quality used furniture, buyers won’t be worried about breaking the bank.