Shop ’til You Drop: Atlanta Consignment Bus Tour
The weekend flew by, but we hope y’all had a great one. A belle had an awesome weekend shopping at some of the consignment stores around Atlanta. We were invited to attend the Atlanta Consignment Bus Tour, and had a grand ole time! You didn’t know there was a such thing as shopping bus tours? Neither did we, but we are so glad we know now–and you will too after this post!
The mom is still in town, so she decided to tag along with the shopping addicts. The tour was hosted by Melissa Baxter, the owner of Back by Popular Demand, a local consignment store boasting 3 locations. Melissa is the hostess with the most, and her personality is unbelievable.
We learned that there are 116 consignment stores in Atlanta. Our tour only hit 5 stores…yep, you read right. Okay, so I know you’re excited to see how we spent the day. Come on and jump on the huge Mercedes chartered bus with us. Shoppers unite!
Here’s where we went, what we did, and what we thought (and bought) as we sipped on mimosas and tasty snacks:
Back by Popular Demand (Marietta): The sis and I loved this shop! From its funky pink exterior (and interior), to the layout, this store is on point! Tamika and I were impressed at the organization and didn’t feel as if we had to hunt to find great items.
Everything is clearly labeled (small tops, large tops, XL tops, etc.). Another bonus is that BBPD has a VERY NICE plus-size section, so curvy girls–you will not feel left out! Melissa says that her location in Lilburn, GA has an even bigger plus-size section (the entire store is for us curvy divas). The store also has a massive amount of jewelry. Once you find the perfect outfit, you can accessorize it beautifully. The sis bought a fierce red coat and more!
the Couture Consigner: This store is a smaller shop. If you’re into designer bags, you won’t find a huge selection at this store, although we saw a few. If you’re into faux bags, you’ll find those here (and they’re clearly labeled). The owner is so jazzy it’s ridiculous! Her style is incredible, and she is so sweet!
I found a cute skirt for $5 and saw a cute pair of leopard heels, but they were too rich for my blood. Tamika scored a gorgeous designer bag, and the mom bought a cute top.
We had a break between these stores and ate a yummy lunch courtesy of The Brickery Grill & Bar. The sis, mom and I ate chicken salad sandwiches and pasta salad. We enjoyed the food and the pasta salad was super yummy! Tamika and I aren’t fans of pasta salad, but we sure loved The Brickery’s.
Alexis’ Suitcase (John’s Creek): I love this store down to their pink hangers…literally! I found the cutest dress here, a necklace, along with some other items you’ll see in a later post. The store has a great selection of designer bags and shoes. Their jewelry is always on point and so are their sales.
I LOVE that their store always has colored tags that often have a discount attached to them. Unlike other stores, shoppers were able to take an additional 20% off the sale prices. So, if something was already 50% off, one received an additional 20% off. Y’all know I was in heaven! The best part is that the store offers a shoppers card and rewards you for being a frequent shopper. Need I say more? Score!
Shelly’s Clothesline: Initially, I thought this store catered more to older women. However, my mom proved me wrong. She found me the cutest lounging outfit, which is hip enough for my blood! Tamika found a lovely pashmina scarf, which cost under $10.
This store has a good selection of jewelry; we found some cute earrings under $6! I didn’t see many shoes, but it was because they’re in the process of moving. Shelly’s also gives store bucks when you make a purchase. Woot! When they open at the new location we’ll check them out.
Closet Exchange: I told Tamika this store is the ‘grown woman store.’ I was impressed with the professional wear and the quality of the clothing they have. If you’re looking for a business suit, this is your place!
Their prices are belle approved as well. I scored a Kasper suit for under $25!! The mom found a beautiful winter coat for a steal (less than $32)!
Encore Boutique: As you’ve probably noticed, each store has a different flavor. EB is catered more towards older women, but don’t let that discourage you. Expect to see high end designers like Chanel (with the tags on), Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, etc. I found a chic wool coat here that was catered to a belle perfectly!
The owner is super sweet, which is always a plus in our book. Each shopper received a free gift, which turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL wooden bracelet. We were allowed to pick out the style we wanted. Thanks mom for gifting me yours!
The tour began and ended at Alexis’ Boutique (Sandy Springs), so I’d be remiss not to review this location as well. I love the 50% off sale racks and the great prices they have on boutique clothing. I scored a cute pair of jeans, along with a few items you’ll see later.
This store has that IT factor and the staff is always friendly! Their designer purse game is on point and you will not find fakes here as they authenticate them. I can go on and on about their prices, but y’all know how I am already…
I know you’re wondering about the deets right? The bus tour is from 10:00-5:30 p.m. and costs $39.99 per person. If you’re scoffing at the price, please don’t. A frugal loving belle approves! You get to ride in air conditioned luxury, don’t have to worry about driving, are fed, and meet some great people.
You also get a cute reusable shopping tote. And guess what else? You receive 20% off regular priced inventory!!! Sweet! And speaking of sweets, each shop owner provides little goodies on each stop of your tour. I ate too many cupcakes, which means I’ll be doing overtime at the gym.
After all that walking and shopping, my tootsies still felt fine!
A few tips:
- Wear comfy shoes/clothes
- Bring cash & credit (many stores don’t accept checks)
- Bring a friend (one that likes to shop )
- Adhere to the time you’re allotted at each store, or else the other shoppers will wave you a goodbye as they drive off.
- Have fun and SHOP!
Disclosure: We received tickets to this tour. Our opinions are a belle’s own.