May 12, 2015 |
Her arms draped in Hermes Birkin handbags that retail for $13,000 each, a laughing Linda Lightman had to confess: She doesn't own a single one herself. "But they're coveted by many," she added with considerable appreciation. Such longing will translate into $25 million in sales this year for Linda's Stuff, the online luxury-consignment business Lightman started 15 years ago. At eBay, where a projected $83 billion in gross merchandise value was transacted last year, Linda's Stuff is considered a superstar.
January 30, 2015
P ATRICIA DONAHUE, 62, of Roxborough, owns Consignment Marketplace in Manayunk. The business carries a variety of used housewares and furniture for every room in a house. The items are displayed in a 5,000-square-foot showroom on Main Street near Shurs Lane. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: It's 3 years old, but I've owned it since June 2014. I worked for the former owner. When she sold the building, I bought her business for $25,000 and rented the first floor from the new landlord.
June 27, 2013 |
DUBLIN - Ireland will pay hundreds of former residents of Catholic-run Magdalene laundries at least $45 million for their years of unpaid labor and public shame, the government announced Wednesday, following a decade-long campaign by former residents of the workhouses. Justice Minister Alan Shatter apologized to the women - an estimated 770 survivors out of more than 10,000 who lived in the dozen facilities from 1922 to 1996 - that it had taken so long for them to receive compensation.
April 20, 2012 |
Lynne Mastrilli's Greene Street Consignment has just added its seventh store, in Chestnut Hill, but it has yet to add a single friend on Facebook. You'll find Greene Street's clean, bright, fashionable resale boutiques in tony locations like Bryn Mawr, Lambertville, and Princeton - but you won't find them on Twitter. Indeed, Mastrilli, who exudes a youthful, earthy look at 50, seems to take the notion of a privately held company to a new level, especially in an era of nonstop Internet sharing.
March 16, 2012 |
Once upon a time, furniture purchases, like marriages, were supposed to last forever. You know what's happened to the latter. As to the former, a growing movement's afoot to breathe new life into tables, chairs, and breakfronts that were once landfill-bound, or destined for eternity beneath a sheet in Aunt Ethel's attic. If cynics think these pieces land in flea markets waiting for the down and out, think again. Jeffrey Cofsky, owner of Consignment Furniture Gallery in Cherry Hill, says his customers have high incomes.
November 16, 2011 |
Bookcases of shoe boxes filled with barely worn pairs of embroidered Manolo Blahniks, platform Christian Louboutins, and chunky Prada boots line Janet Weitz's garage. In her Plymouth Meeting basement are 20-plus rolling racks filled with Chanel suits, puffy Moncler coats, and almost-brand-spanking-new striped Etro shirts. And let's not forget the packing table. On this particular afternoon, Weitz is planning to ship a vintage black Hermés alligator bag, a pair of Balenciaga pumps, and an Oscar de la Renta-inspired autumnal plaid taffeta dress to shoppers of her eBay-based boutique, Rodeo Drive Deals (stores.ebay.com/Rodeo-Drive-Deals)
August 10, 2011 |
Pittsburgh may be the City of Champions, but the city of catwalks and couture? Not so much - at least in the eyes of GQ magazine. The monthly men's style and culture publication recently ranked Pittsburgh No. 3 on its list of 40 worst-dressed cities in America online at www.gq.com . The author claimed the fashion offense Pittsburghers are most guilty of committing is donning too much "Game Day Casual," or opting for sports attire -...
May 30, 2011 |
NEW YORK - It's graduation season, which means there's no shortage of lectures for new college graduates about the things they shouldn't buy. This isn't one. No matter how tight the budgets of new baccalaureates, some spending is required. Here are a few of the items that should be at the top of every grad's shopping list. Go to lunch: This isn't to endorse eating out when leftovers at your desk will do. But there's great value in calling a senior colleague at work, a recruiter at a place you want to work, or a mentor from a previous job and asking him or her to lunch.
May 30, 2010 |
Karen Pierce was examining two hand-painted wine glasses in the Wayne Woman's Exchange when the manager gave her the bad news: The shop was closing at the end of June. "Oooh, you're leaving?" asked Pierce, a regular customer, sounding genuinely sad. "How long have you been here?" Since the height of the Great Depression - 1932 - when the Lancaster Avenue gift store opened as part of the Federation of Woman's Exchanges, places where women could sell handwork and homemade goodies to earn extra cash.
March 5, 2009 |
Yo, I'm Penny Pincher, trying to survive these hard times without bailouts, handouts or freakouts by living small but smart. You are, too, judging from the dollar-stretching secrets you've been sending me at email@example.com - so keep 'em coming, fellow-Pinchers! Copycat Cost Cutters: Ellen Merrigan, from Bustleton, writes: "I make my own cleaning products with vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and water. I bought a 1.32-gallon jug of vinegar at BJ's Wholesale Club for under $4.00, then got household cleaner recipes at . "And this one is huge!