Secondhand Style: Chicago's Top Consignment Stores
From gabardine suits to kitschy decor
Store B sells pieces from the 1940s to 1960s, acquired from estate sales, auctions and private referrals. An oh-so-sophisticated wool gabardine suit starts at $165. A genuine white patent leather handbag with Lucite chain handle runs $95. A flowered, Mary Tyler Moore-style shift is perky perfect for a patio party at $75. Or you can deck out your daddy in a Jack Lord-style Hawaiian shirt or a Humphrey Bogart fedora.
Store B's vintage, kitschy home decor can spice up dinner parties with a kind of Rat Pack charm. Want examples? We found a sleek chrome martini shaker with six stemmed glasses for $85.
What $150 will buy: $65 Carol Brent cocktail dress; $35 pair of pink patent leather toe-cleavage pumps; $12 clip-on vintage button earrings; $38 patent leather clutch purse.
Store B, 1472 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago (773/772-4296)