You can get a complete outfit for a fraction of the retail price at Alexis' Suitcase.
Photo: Photo Credit: Veronica Cornish for Alexis Suitcase
Photo: Photo Credit: Veronica Cornish for Alexis Suitcase

Snag gently used designer fashion at Alexis' Suitcase

Have you ever been on the hunt for an amazing Louis Vuitton bag but couldn't afford the price-tag? Don't fret. Alexis' Suitcase, an Atlanta consignment store staple, can have you in a designer bag in no time with up to 70 percent off of the retail price. The bag will be gently used or vintage, but we won't tell your secret.

The owner, Atlanta native Jayna Thompson, decided to open a resale boutique after seeing a need for stores that were trendy yet had great prices on previously loved items.

"Growing up I loved fashion but my family didn't have a lot of money. My mother was a huge consignment store junkie and so she made our money go further by shopping resale. However, there were not any consignment stores that had 'cute, trendy' clothing that I liked to purchase. l always wished there was a consignment store that was more like shopping in a boutique," said Thompson.

The first location opened in 2005 in Sandy Springs and since then they have opened two additional locations in Buckhead and Alpharetta. You can find everything from Christian Louboutin pumps to a Free People dress. From day to day and store to store you can find great steals. They process over 500 items a week per store so you never know what you will find. That is the beauty of a consignment boutique. It's the thrill and the hunt of getting the bargain.

From teens to retirees, they have something in store for everyone and every budget. "We sell everything from Gap to Gucci, so clothing and handbags all start at $10 and go up to the thousands. We really carry something for every budget," Thompson said.

Items come from all types of sellers, included some local celebrities. You might be purchasing an item that your favorite local celebrity once wore.

"Our top selling brands for clothing are contemporary designers like Tory Burch, Rag & Bone, Rebecca Taylor, Free People, J Crew, Johnny Was, Madewell, 7 for all Mankind, Milly, Tibi and more,"Thompson said. So, you can skip the mall and head straight to Alexis Suitcase to save some serious cash.

In addition to offering great brands, the excellent customer service is another driver of the popularity of this trio of boutiques. Smiles and salutations offer a warm greeting when you enter any of the three locations. We can't forget about the knowledgeable sales team who can point you in the right direction based on your needs and budget. They can even help you put outfits together. Who doesn't love a boutique where the staff is actually attentive and knows their fashion?

The friendliness of the staff doesn't stop just at the store. If you want to snag a particular designer handbag, stop by the store and put the item on your wish list. If that item comes in, a sales team member will call you to see if you want to purchase it. You have to make a decision quickly because awesome bags like the Louis Vuitton "Neverful" go quickly.

Not looking to shop, but looking to sell? Clean out your closet and gather your gently used items from popular brands. Alexis' Suitcase prides themselves on giving customers the best value for current styles and in-season fashions. No need for an appointment, just stop by to drop off your items. If they select your fashions, they will be on the floor in no time. Once they sell, that's money in your pocket or you can use it to shop in the store and receive a 20 percent bonus store credit.

Want an extra deal? Every April and October they have a storewide sale where you get an additional discount on items. They even do charity sales in March and September where a portion of the proceeds go to local charities such as For A Day Foundation.

Alexis' Suitcase locations:

Buckhead, 2221 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta

Sandy Springs, 7878 Roswell Rd, Atlanta

Alpharetta, 5805 State Bridge Rd, Johns Creek

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