Autumn Love.

There is a crispness in the air.  Leaves on the trees are starting to change color.  The sunsets are arriving earlier & the farmers markets booths are overflowing with squash, apples & sunflowers.  AND, just like clockwork, pumpkin is starting to show up in, well, pretty much everything.  Here in Colorado, the change of season is certainly upon us & boy, do we love change!

In the consignment world, Fall is our BUSIEST time of year.  It's kind of like how the holiday season is for "typical" retail stores - crazy, hectic & fun all at once!  At the end of Summer, everyone heads to their closet or storage area to put away their lightweight wardrobe & bring out their transitional pieces.  It's at that very same time that we get absolutely flooded with consignment.  (The exact thing happens when there's a rainy day or even after a weekend - our stores are busy the following day because consignors had the time to go through their closets.)  

At the beginning of September, both of our stores began accepting Fall consignment!  But, we always seem to get the question:  What exactly does Fall entail?  To us, it is the season of transition between hot & cold that is full of layers, thicker fabrics & texture, texture, texture!  

We're extra-choosy this time of year because there is SO MUCH coming in, so here are a few specifics we are looking for & what to look for in your own closet. 

1. Current styles.  We have a rule of thumb:  if it wasn't in a full-priced store within the past two years, we're going to pass.  We have such limited retail space & really love the idea of shopping in a highly curated space.  If you shop our stores, you know that we keep our store inventory current, but tend to steer clear of "mall brands".  We select unique brands, designer labels & boutique styles to sell, so there is absolutely no digging for gems - you are surrounded by them!

2. Outerwear.  Thick twill, classic denim, military-esque & yummy leather jackets in modern shapes & like-new condition.  

3. Blazers.  While we are transitioning into cooler weather, this staple is one that can pull a casual outfit together in an instant!  We are always looking for wonderfully tailored pieces in gorgeous fabrics, such as wool suiting, velvet (so hot right now!) & thick knits for a more casual feel. 

4. Scarves.  But not just any ol' scarf.  We look for season appropriate colors, luxurious textiles (think cashmere, wool, silk or modal) & current prints.  Brands we love include: Faliero Sarti, Chan Luu, Avant Toi & Matta.  

5. Texture.  Beautifully-knit oversized sweaters, delicious cashmere (always a great seller), fringe, frays, distressed denim, natural leather, studs, tweed & interesting woven pieces...  We love it all!

6. Layers.  Great basics that translate to multiple seasons so we can get more milage out of them, chunky "grandpa" cardigans (or any cardigan for that matter!), leggings to wear with tunics or dresses & ponchos that can be worn for either a sweater or outerwear look.  

7. Boots & Booties.  We did an entire blog post about this, which you can read HERE.  We sell booties like mad & taller boots are close to follow!  Colorado women really do LOVE their boots & with good reason too - they are a true transitional piece that can practically be worn year-round.  Best selling brands include: Fiorentini + Baker, Rachel Comey, Rag & Bone, Prada, No. 6, Stuart Weitzman, Freebird & Frye.  

When going through your own closet, be sure to keep those heavier-weight garments (& holiday party pieces!) for your Winter consignment drop-off.  Chunky knit hats & scarves, winter boots (Sorel, Ugg, etc), thick puffer coats, ski & snowboard clothing, wool coats, turtleneck sweaters & anything that has bling or sparkles that would be great for holiday!  

We look forward to seeing you soon!  Happy consigning & shopping!

xoxo

Photo from our Fall photoshoot, courtesy of Noelle Ireland Photography.

Photo from our Fall photoshoot, courtesy of Noelle Ireland Photography.

BOOTIE-FUL!

It's funny to think that (especially when it's ninety degrees out!) we'll soon be transitioning our Colorado wardrobes to Fall!  While many other local retailers have been receiving their pre-Fall & Fall deliveries, we're usually the last to switch over our inventory.  Our shoppers are more "shop for now" instead of "shop for the future", which is great!  Needless to say, we're not selling cashmere sweaters when it's sweltering out....

We start saying ¡Adios! to Summer when the kiddos return to school in mid-August & the evenings start to get a little chillier.  With that comes along lighter transitional pieces:  cardigans, twill & leather jackets, blazers, long-sleeved blouses, felted hats & you know it - booties!  

Being in the consignment business, we have found that booties are the one accessory that every woman loves - our shoppers just go CRAZY for them!  Heeled or flat, leather or faux, studded or buckled, chunky or slim, they really are the perfect shoe to complete (almost) every look.  With a tee & jeans, sneakers often look too casual, but a chunky-heeled slim bootie is the perfect answer to making that combo dinner or date appropriate.  With a dress & blazer, pumps can many times feel too dressy, but adding a bootie dresses it down a bit - looking hot....not overdone.  

Beginning September 1st, we'll begin transitioning to Fall in our stores & this is prime time to bring your booties in to sell or to shop for them.  Mark your calendars & start going through your closets!  

Our predictions are that Fall 2017 is going to be full of booties, luxe scarves, quality sculpted hats (think Royal Stag), amazing designer basics (hello, anything from Cedar & Hyde!), the coolest denim & a drool-worth color palette of peachy-nude, mauve, burgundy, merlot, mushroom forest green, navy blue & of course charcoal grey!  Download our Fall color palette below to your phone & bring it with you when you shop!  

xoxo

RAQUEL, RAQUEL, RAQUEL!

One of the most in-demand design labels in our stores, Raquel Allegra, is certainly not like the masses. The fabrics, finishes & shapes are completely unique & totally sought after - for good reason! Known for gorgeous "grown-up" tie-dyed pieces, distressed (some are even deconstructed) tees, as well as fine silk & cashmere, everything is hand-wrapped, tied & dyed to artisan perfection.  

Growing up in California with artist parents, she was exposed to finely-crafted goods all of her life. Reflecting on that, her company manufactures the majority of her line (which really turned the corner to more womenswear pieces in 2009) in Los Angeles. We LOVE that!  

Photo by Noelle Ireland Photography for Common Threads Boulder.

Photo by Noelle Ireland Photography for Common Threads Boulder.

One of our favorite local boutiques, MAX, happens to be hosting Raquel Allegra trunk shows at their Denver & Boulder locations this week! The designer will be there to meet & answer any questions about her collection. How lucky are we?!

DENVER
264 Detroit Street
Thursday, May 25th
10AM-6PM (cocktails from 6-8PM)

BOULDER
1177 Walnut Street
Friday, May 26th
10AM-6PM

Luxurious Bags We All Love!

Oh yes.  Those coveted brands that we are crazy about:  Louis Vuitton, Chloé, Gucci, Prada, Stella McCartney...  They show a certain status, but also an appreciation of design, construction & attention to detail, as well as a love of fine materials.  Finding the perfect one for you & your wardrobe can take a bit of time, but when you do find it, snag it!  A well-made bag can bring an outfit together in an instant & step it up to another caliber.

We get many luxurious bags into our stores & they never seem to last long.  That's for a reason.  Yes, they are certainly investment pieces, but finding them in amazing condition second-hand is so much easier on your wallet as many retail for $800+ new!  Because of the fine craftsmanship, they will last you through the seasons, making them well worth their cost.  If you are looking for a particular brand, style or color, we have Wishlists at both our Boulder & Denver locations.  All you need to do is call, email or stop in & we can add you to the list!

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Over the past few years, we've (unfortunately) noticed that there are more & more faux designer bags being produced & purchased by online sellers & shoppers.  At Common Threads, we pride ourselves in carrying ONLY authentic designer pieces & this will never EVER change.  With the growing amount of issues we've had around replicas & wanna-be bags, we now have an authentication policy in place (& it has been for over a year now).  Any bag with the below brands MUST be accompanied by an original receipt (authentication cards cannot be accepted as they too can be replicated).  If you do not have your original receipt, many times it can be re-printed for you by the store of purchase.  Also, for a small charge, bags can be authenticated by our trusted online resource, AuthenticateFirst.com.  

- Balenciaga
- Bottega Veneta
- Bruno Cucinelli
- Burberry
- Céline
- Chloé
Fendi
- Gucci
- Hermés
- Louis Vuitton
- Marni
- Miu Miu
- Prada
- Stella McCartney
* Other luxury brands may be subject to authentication requirements!

If you are shopping for designer bags online, ALWAYS purchase from a trusted seller.  Know the product & brand that you shopping for:  brand spelling, origin (where it's produced), styles, colors & price points are things to be conscious of.  If an offer seems too good to be true....well, you know the answer.

We want you to feel comfortable & happy while shopping with us, whether it's for an investment bag or anything else!  Always feel free to ask any of our associates questions about the products we carry or put in a special request for your dream piece.  Hey, once you put it out there to the universe, you just never know what will happen!

xoxo