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LAB CONSIGNMENT 1956 Avenue Road, 416-302-6739, labconsignment.bigcartel.com
What makes a downtown boutique owner like Lauren Baker relocate her shop to a storefront on Avenue Road north of Lawrence? Next door to a seafood house named the Lobster Trap, no less? Well, in Baker's world of high-end consignment clothing and accessories, it's all about location, location, location. The neighbourhood is ground zero for shoppers interested in selling and buying never- to barely-worn womenswear. And seriously, readers, it's not that far.
The new digs (Baker's original LAB space behind Silver Falls at 15 Ossington closes at the end of February) mean she's set aside her stash of downtown-friendly labels like Isabel Marant and Jeremy Laing in favour of big designer names. There are chic little black Prada dresses and over-the-top Balmain tanks. Baker admits to having to brush up on designer purse names to appease anxious shoppers who call in to ask if she has any "it" bags in stock.
LAB Consignment picks: That Balmain tank is an extravagant animal-print piece covered in tiny sequins and trimmed in chain, $1,199; Baker has her own eye on a printed silk Yves Saint Laurent dress, $699; shoppers with smaller budgets can scoop up accessories like a pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs suede polka dot heels, $125.
Look for: Sign up for Lab's mailing list for info on upcoming shopping parties.
Hours: Monday to Friday 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday noon to 6 pm.