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What: Redress NYC. A slamming new consignment shop/ vintage boutique for plus size fashionistas in Brooklyn, NY. Located in the Boerum Hill section, Redress NYC is one of the first consignment/vintage shop to specialize in sizes 14+.
Prior to the opening of the store, plus size shopping in New York fell into three categories: Somewhat stylish, but poor quality (Ashley Stewart, plus junior lines at Macys, places we do shop), Muumuus for Ladies who Lunch (Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor which we love at times, especially during a sale), and cool, but out of our price range (Monif C, Lee Lee Valise, whom we heart like Target, but can make a sista go broke). Redress offers plus size fashionistas a solid, affordable, alternative to this option.
What I Like: The space is incredible, at least 2000 sq feet, which is something you will not find in Manhattan for any store, yet alone a plus size store, with a large selection of both mall based plus size brands like Lane Bryant and Torrid and classic vintage pieces from the 30s, 40s, 50s, etc expertly curated and arranged by the store’s owner Deb Malkin. The actual quality of the vintage pieces were perhaps the best I’ve ever seen in any consignment shop, regardless of size classification.
Most of all, there was no digging cause Deb has already done it for you. I love the hunt as much as the next bargain hunter (more about my longtime love affair with Sally’s boutique), but sometimes you just want to go into a store and shop without the drama. Prices fall in the $15-$600 price range, with items from mall stores on the low end and the vintage items commanding the big bucks.
Also, I loved the bathroom. You can tell a lot about a place from its bathroom and Redress has the best store bathroom I’ve ever been in. Seriously… Painted flowers, smelly hand soap and lotion. Made me feel special and welcomed, like Deb really did put some thought into the store and her customers. You feel good about shopping there because the store wants you as a customer- something you rarely get as a plus size shopper.
What I Didn’t Like: First, if you’re looking to make some cash off your clothing, the price paid for garments is low, compared to the amount in which Redress would sell it for (ex: y$5 for a shirt that they would sell for like $30), so you’re probably better off heading to another consignment store to sell your items (plus size garments are often the top sellers at consignment shops). However, you can opt to get paid in store credit, which is a much higher payout (almost twice as high in my case) and a good option if you’re more interested in recycling your clothing than cash in your pocket. Some of the vintage pieces were crazy expensive, like $500 expensive, which is way too much for handmade (ie something your grandma sewed for you or your mom back in the day) garments. However, I did find a rare pucci-esque print dress with a front slit up to my waist for $70 in store credit. Cheap? Nope. Unique? Yes.
The Brooklyn location, especially for visitors and those of us who live in Manhattan, isn’t the most convenient but the store is located in a cute, hipster, neighbor and the F train stop is nearby.
Yea or Nay: Hells to the Yea, but keep in mind that it’s not extreme budget and if you’re taking the train, make sure you have a flexible schedule.
109 Boerum Place
between Pacific + Dean
f/g train to Bergen Street stop
Thursday – Saturday / noon to 9pm
and Sunday / noon to 7pm
You can reach owner Deb Malkin and Re/Dress: