No one is a bigger proponent of consignment than I. It’s where I start with each client, every budget, all ages and body types. As both a consigner and a shopper of our fabulous Common Threads and (when I’m back in NYC), INA, I’ve given and received from consignment, and I rarely ever feel that terrible tug at the gut of regret, when months or even years pass and I realize I’ve given away something I shouldn’t, something I want back.
This is happening to me now. As I detailed back in May, the Fendi Baguette is having its 15th anniversary and being memoralized in print. While I’m happy to have one holdout from my early 20s, I’m missing the ones that got away. Specifically, I consigned to INA two Fendi baguettes: a somewhat unremarkable purple paillette and a showstopper of sea green iridescent tags that even men would compliment. At the time, I found it too specialized. Now I am kicking myself because special is forever.
At the time, they were on the downward trajectory typical of ‘It’ bags: market saturated, knock-offs everywhere, almost over. Additionally, I was of the mindset that no one needs 3 of anything. Now I know better: a collector does. I collect the Balenciaga Giant City bag with textured hardware in bright colors. I collect Carla Morrison custom jewelry. And now I’ll have to go about the costly process of re-collecting the Fendi baguette, with the important lesson learned: special never goes out of style.