By Danica Low
Three years ago, store owners Lisa Dalby and Terree Tucker of Gainesville purchased their boutique consignment store. The shop continues to thrive today in the same Haymarket location, selling only high-end designer items. It is clear from their social media that The Very Thing for Her boutique brings with it a dedicated following of skilled shoppers who are keen on brands, fashion, and designer names.
With a storefront property and an online shopping experience offered to its patrons, The Very Thing for Her brings the glamour of Neimen Marcus, the shine of Michael Kohrs, and the class of Chanel to the Piedmont at a discounted price. It is one of the only retailers in Virginia north of Charlottesville to sell exclusively these high-end fashions.
The store operates solely through consignments. It has a hefty list of do’s and don’ts for its consignors and a long list of brands that will not be accepted. This integrity and quality control maintain the excellence sought by its customers.
Once Lisa and Terree select fashion items to be consigned, the agreement states the consignor will receive 50 percent of the sale. Items are sold at a dramatically reduced price off the standard retail price and customers are often given an additional promotional discount for holidays and sales. Last year’s Christmas sales boasted up to 40 percent off the consignment price.
Some of the shop’s most popular items sold last holiday season were mink coats, sweaters, boots, designer handbags, and fine jewelry. Furla, Brighton, Cole Haan, Joan & David, Burberry, David Meister, Arcadi, Ferragamo, JW Hulme, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton are just some of the brands and designer pieces found in its inventory.
“Our typical shopper is a stylish, middle-aged or older woman looking for chic, quality clothing and accessories at a great price,” says Lisa. “Stylish pieces last winter were long tunic sweaters with quilted vests, jeans tucked into riding boots, scarves, hats, statement necklaces, and handbags. Now, we have all kinds of beautiful spring items. Lavender is hot this spring, we have maxi dresses, gorgeous items. We have a pink and black lace Valentino dress that is just beautiful. We have lovely scarves, straw hats, purses, jewelry. Bright colors for spring, turquoise! For those shopping for Mother’s Day, sales will be popping up in April. Stay tuned to our Facebook page, where photos of our popular items are frequently posted.”
The Very Thing for Her is located on Jefferson Street in Haymarket and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.