by Jessica Jones
Bring in spring during the d’Trespa vintage boutique and consignment open house April 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A quaint boutique located in Homewood, d’Trespa’s selections range from vintage to more modern styles, offering customers various options from the little black dress selections, men and women’s vintage jewelry, purses, hats and scarves.
“We have a lot of spring things out,” owner LaRyoce Marsh said. “A lot of spring hats, vintage hats, lots of new men’s clothes in for spring.”
The boutique is currently stocked with many of the popular brands, styles and colors such as nudes and pastels Marsh said.
“We have Free People, Tori Burch, and St. Johns,” Marsh said. “We have a lot from Anthropology and Juicy Couture. Our open house will be our regular store hours and we serve refreshments, and there’s usually a door prize, which is usually a gift certificate to the store.”
Current men’s fashions include Polo, Ralph Lauren and Tommie Bahama.
A former stay-at-home mom, Marsh opened her shop just three months after she decided to go into business. Since then the shop has grown into the business of her dreams.
“I’m really eclectic which is what I like about the store; it’s a little bit of everything,” she said. “We have a vintage section in the back. We have men’s. I have everything except maternity and children’s. We have everything from Gap to Gucci.”
While some might have reservations about shopping consignment, stores often carry items that have never before been worn, some of which still have the original price tags.
“It’s probably safe to say about 30 percent of the things that come into the store are brand new and still have tags on them,” Marsh said, including a brown jacket originally priced at $1,700 and a $695 tank that a consigner brought in that she’d never worn.
Marsh also values quality when assessing items for the store.
“I tell people, don’t bring it in if you wouldn’t buy it,” she said.
Just like the styles and brands, prices vary as well. Cheaper finds include a $12 dollar pair of shorts, while more expensive pieces such as evening gowns are available, too.
“If you have $20 to spend on a dress, you can come in here and find something for under that or if you have an unlimited budget, we had a Valentino dress that just came in that was originally $1,200, so if you have that kind of money, you can find something in here as well, “Marsh said.
Out-of-state consigners often mail items to her store, giving customers access to items they might not have seen elsewhere in Birmingham.
by Jessica Jones