Designer duds (for less)

A friend introduced me to consignment shopping in Brussels a couple of years ago. Unlike thrift or charity stores, these shops sell used, barely used or new merchandise and the original owner gets a cut of the profits. Consignment clothing stores often carry high-end labels and offer heavily discounted prices. On my first visit to one of these shops, I managed to find a Gucci handbag for under €100 – a true bargain!

Les Enfants d’Edouard on Avenue Louise is one of the top spots for used designer goods. Opened 40 years ago, this two-floor store is now an institution, selling evening dresses, suits, accessories, coats, shoes, and even haute couture, collected from individuals and liquidation stocks. And guys, be sure to check out the Men’s store next door.  

175 Avenue Louise, 1000 Brussels
Open Monday to Saturday, 10:00-6:30pm

I recently discovered L’Exception, a chic second hand store just off Place Stephanie. Although smaller than Les Enfants, they have an impressive selection of shoes, bags and other accessories and friendly staff. Note – you have to ring the bell to be let in this “exclusive” little shop.  

102 Rue de Stassart, 1050 Ixelles
Open Monday to Saturday, 10:00-6:00pm

Another new find comes courtesy of Bruxelles la Belle, a charming blog on shops and eateries in Brussels. Version Originale is a luxury outlet and consignment store in the Avenue Louise area, with a good choice of brands and a men’s boutique across the street.

10 Rue Jean Stas, 1060 Saint Gilles
Open Monday to Saturday, 10:00-6:30pm

I’m eager to check these places out with the new autumn season beginning. I’ll just have to clean out my closet first so I can find some items to sell at the same time!

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