FROCK STARS ON BOND STREET: NEW CONSIGNMENT STORE ROCKS!
Founded by Susan Sitar-Clark and Pat Jordan in November, the Asbury Park Trading Post high-end consignment for women and men is a fantastic addition to other savvy style options in town including Alan & Suzi the retro-fashion consignment shop around the corner.
“One evening in the fall, Sue looked at me and said ‘let’s open our own consignment store and offer people the opportunity to have great style and get a really good deal,” said Pat. “And I said ‘Let’s do it… when’?”
A few months later the Trading Post is filled with hot style for men and women at prices even the most fancy of style stalker will flip for.
As my friend Kevin would say, the store is a “shopportunity” filled with “cashmiracles” sweaters and other things.
The store would be called “fierce”… if it were 2001.
“We sell everything from J. Crew to Jimmy Choo,” said Susan. “Some of my favorite items right now are a phenomenal Burberry raincoat, chunky Gucci shoes, a hand-beaded cashmere sweater, Hermes and Helmut Lang shirts, a great Gucci purse and beautiful Tiffany lariat star necklace.”
Susan and Pat agree that the best part of their new business is acting as the style go-between for the person with too many clothes and the one with not enough –recently getting a large FedEx shipment from a summertime Deal resident who cleaned out her designer closets in Florida.
“It works out for everyone when items sell in the store – the consigner makes money, the buyer gets something beautiful at a fraction of the price and shopping this way is also the epitome of recycling and reimagining of fashion,” said Susan, who offers concierge pick-up service for consignment items. “It is a gift for Pat and I to be the liaison for the consigner of the clothes to the consumer and it is fun when someone who has never been to a store like this comes in and leaves thrilled, with bags of amazing bargains.”
If you want to consign, the Trading Post works like this: you go through your closets and take out the nice stuff you are done with (if you have not worn it for two years, it’s done according to those clutter experts on Nate Berkus’ show), Sue or Pat picks what will be most sellable for their customer with consideration to the price-point and when the item sells you split the profit.
The Trading Post has no membership fees or extra charges like many consignment stores. Each piece taken in for consignment is logged into their merchandise tracking software, which Susan explained “means there is complete accountability and nothing can get lost.”
For the savvy shopper, every item on the sales floor is clean, in excellent condition and steamed or pressed.
“It is honestly the most beautiful consignment shop I have ever been to – beautiful quality and top-of-the-line merchandise,” said Ingrid Lorimer of Wall, who, the day I spent some time at the store walked away with Fendi sunglasses, ultra-hot Rock & Republic jeans and a Michael Kors blouse.
And the place is a party on First Night in the city. Visit the store on the first Saturday evening of every month for wine, food, fashion and fun.
The Trading Post represents a goal realized for Susan and Pat, partners and parents of three who met at a golf course almost 15 years ago. Pat was a fancy-pants golf pro for 30 years, teaching around the country – including Twin Brook Golf Center in Tinton Falls and Trump National in Colts Neck.
“This store embodies who we are – we love fashion and people and believe strongly in the importance in giving back and environmental responsibility,” said Pat. “We didn’t want to do it anywhere else but Asbury Park.”
For more info: AsburyParkTradingPost.com.