I love second-hand shopping. When I lived in Muskegon I would go to many second-hand stores to see what treasures I could find including: Goodwill, Salvation Army, Dibs, The Attic, and, one of my personal favorites, Plato’s Closet. Plato’s Closet is a resale shop that will buy trending, newly used cloths from those cleaning out their closets and resell them for a very reasonable price. When you shop at resale stores that are not selective you are asking for a hunt for newly used items but at Plato’s you are guaranteed to find something that is totally you and has barely been worn! Plato’s Closet reaches out to young women and men in their late teens through their early twenties; but where can you buy and sell your clothing once you’ve hit your mid to late twenties and are no longer shopping at Abercrombie? Winmark, creator of Plato’s Closet, come up with Style Encore. Similar to Plato’s, Style Encore takes in and resells newly used cloths that are trending in the 25+ world. They take in cloths from brands such as: Loft, Ralph Lauren, Anthropologie, JCrew, etc. Being a woman in her mid-twenties these are the brands my style is shifting towards and so when I was asked to do a review for Style Encore I was very curious!
I did my review on the Portage Style Encore on a Tuesday afternoon. As soon as I walked into Style Encore I was greeted by their friendly staff. Both employees were busy with someone else but they still took the time to greet me and assure me that someone would be able to assist me shortly. I first met with store owner Lori and store manager Madeline, whom, I could tell by their excitement to show me around, love their jobs at Style Encore! I always enjoy going into a business where the employees actually want to be there. The staff was friendly from start to finish. They came around to see how I was doing and to take clothing I had taken off the rack to a dressing room so I did not need to carry them around; which is smart because once my hands get full I feel that I need to stop shopping (I probably do at that point lol) but it frees my hands for more finds! I observed that they did this for all their customers. I even witnessed one customer that would open her fitting room door to get an opinion by the staff. I felt that gave Style Encore an edge that will bring women back.
I first started in the back of the store which had purses, blazers, and dress pants. The store was very organized, by color and size, which I appreciated. Then it moved into dresses, tops, shorts, tanks, etc all the way to the front of the store. One of my favorite features of Style Encore is that they have about 5 displays which have a few purses, wallets, necklaces, shoes, and scarves that all match; all yellow, all blue, etc. This not only could help someone who is looking for a specific color but inspire an outfit for a customer who is not really sure how to shop. The store has a great selection of neutral colors for those who like their earth tones but most of their clothing was rich in color and detail. That is something that is hard to find in many resale shops.
As I was looking through the dresses Perfect Day by Huko came on. It’s best known from being at the beginning of Legally Blonde. It made me feel girly and confident. Suddenly I grabbed the dress I didn’t think I could pull off thinking “WHY can’t I pull this off!” Their playlist was all girl power motivational and when I left the store I did feel an inch more confident. I can definitely see a woman who is having a bad day going into Style Encore and leaving with a boost of energy!
I found many items I loved and was greeted at the dressing room to try them on. Once I had decided on my final purchases I made my way to the check out. I found a tan leather jacket, fur vest (SCORE), a fun spring / summer dress, a black blouse, and a checkered black and white blouse all for $50.00. All was in new condition and ready to go in their new home; my closet! The leather jacket and fur vest were $10 each… at a regular retail store they would have been $30 dollars AT least. It was clear that Style Encore was selective and only took in clothing of good quality.
I really enjoyed my time reviewing Style Encore. From meeting the staff who love their jobs to things as simple as the playlist in the background. These things are all essential for a positive shopping experience. Not to mention I snagged some amazing deals and now my wardrobe is that much cuter! Style Encore is always having 70% off sales, getting new items, and having new perks/ deals so you will find me there again soon!
P.S. Stay tuned for posts on my finds at Style Encore: Leather Jacket – Fur Vest – and more!
Until the next review,
Xoxo, stylemeag ❤