The Wish List: Your Personal Style Sleuth

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One of the most exciting elements of consignment is its element of surprise. We genuinely cannot predict what treasures will come through the door! After nearly a quarter of a century in business, however, we do start to notice patterns. For example, boots tend to spike in arrival just before Fall. Certain consignors tend to consistently bring similar brands. If you have ever visited us in person or perused through our blog archive, you might have noticed this common buzz phrase: the Wish List.

What is this curious crystal ball of a program? It’s one of our most prized staples at Here We Go Again, and many of our regulars have maintained the same ones for years. All you have to do is write your preferences on a little slip, and we file it away in our trusty rolodex of wishes. For example, if you’re on the hunt for Frye boots in a size 8.5, just put your name and contact info and we’ll call you when they come in! We’ve even been known to sent a photo if you prefer, or send it to your email of choice. Here are five suggested ways to use it:

1. Favorite Designer

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Some of our regulars have weakness for specific designers, which top their browsing list each time they visit. Because it *might* not be so realistic to wander down to our shops daily (but hey, we won’t stop you!), signing up for a certain designer lets us do some of the shopping for you.

2. General Shoe or Clothing Size

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Especially our customers with a harder-to-find shoe size, this sometimes makes for a challenging shopping experience. Although we have Wish Lists in the entire range of shoe sizes, we recommend making one if you tend to have a difficult time finding it in stores. We have thousands of consignors, so you never know who shares the same size as you! The same also works for clothing, which makes for a very tempting Wish List. Imagine getting the call: “We just received thirty new pieces in your size!” #swoon

3. Special Events

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Perhaps you’re in search of a special dress for that upcoming reunion. Or maybe you’re a Mother-of-the-Bride who would rather rock something super unique than the same department store collection. In any case, filling out a Wish List gets us all over the search. In the meantime, carry on with your busy life and we’ll contact you when we get a possible match! We’ve even seen brides themselves walk out with a super special dress, all because of a little Wish List filed away.

4. Consignor Match

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Consignor Match might be the most serendipitous Wish List of all, and we’ve stayed amazed out how successful it can be. It usually happens when we start to notice that a particular shopper seems to be buying items from the same account, which is typically when we suggest this unique match-up. While still keeping the consignor completely anonymous, we sign up our shopper so that she is contacted when a new batch comes in. My favorite Consignor Match lately? A woman with the same weakness for size 7.5 Prada shoes as a long-time consignor. The result? She scooped up all three pairs in the front case, all because of a little phone call…

5. Style Sleuth

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The Style Sleuth Wish List is pretty special. As you continue to shop with us, you might start to connect up with one or two of our lovely staff members. As they get to know your style, you might pick up on the fact that they’ve got your style down! It might consist of their abilities to grab the exact thing you didn’t even know you wanted, or a suggestion you’d never considered but worked out perfectly. Sign up for a Style Sleuth Wish List and essentially have your own personal stylist. It may sound like a dream, but this is a tried-and-true service! In four years at HWGA, I’ve seen this evolve from simple Wish List visits to entire styling sessions. The more you get to know us, the more we get to know you!

Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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