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Have you ever been curious about consignment shopping or consigning your luxury items and what it really means? Each Wednesday when my youngest son is at guitar lessons, I walk around downton Summit and when I took a browse in 2TimeAround, I was suprised at the inventory I found. Beautiful pieces by designer labels and everything from tops to coats to dresses to handbags. Even more delightful is how friendly and inviting the store manager, Gabrielle Newkirk, is. She welcomes you in to take a look around and check out her boutique. Gabrielle is my guest writer this week with your top consignment Q&As below.

Gabrielle says: "I would love potential clients to know that we are not your local thrift shop—we offer current, trendy pieces at a fraction of the cost. It’s a clean, organized, warm, welcoming environment in which we encourage you to browse, try items on, take your time and LOVE what you find. We are always honest and even if you are just in for a browse, we hope it encourages you to clean out your closet!"


  • How does consigning work?

Bring in your seasonally appropriate clothing and accessories. We take everything from your gently used clothing to purses, jewelry, shoes, scarves and more. No appointment necessary and it’s free— no monthly or annual fee. We most likely can look at your items on-the spot, but you may have to wait a few minutes—if that’s the case you can browse through our amazing boutique.

  • Where do most of your consignors come from?

Most of our inventory comes from Summit, and other neighboring towns such as Springfield and Short Hills and as far as Beverly Hills, California and Naples, Florida.

  • What brands are you looking for?

We are always in search of current, high-end designer and contemporary labels. We love brands you can find in the Mall at Short Hills.

  • How much money will I receive and how do you price my items?

We price your items at about 1/3 of the original retail and 1/2 of the original retail if they are new with tags. We look up all the information for you. You'll receive 40% of the selling price, or 50-70% of the selling price for your designer accessories.

  • What are your fastest-selling brands?

Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tory Burch and any “must have” item from any of the major fashion houses, such as Valentino’s Rockstud. Our customers love Helmut Lang, Vince, J Crew, Joie, J Brand, AG, Rag+Bone, Alexander Wang just to name a few. We can guarantee that those covetable labels don’t last long on our selling floor.

Gabrielle Newkirk, manager at 2ndTimeAround in downtown Summit.

2ndTimeAround Summit is located at 410 Springfield Avenue in downtown Summit. Follow @2tasummit on instagram to see latest finds. Gabrielle Newkirk is the manager. Born and raised in South Jersey, Gabrielle moved up to North Jersey for college. Now she, her husband and lovable lab call Madison home. Avid runner, hiker and all around outdoorsy girl who especially loves taking her dog, Maggie, to dog parks. Favorite brands include Mara Hoffman and Free People. At work, she is always on the hunt for amazing inventory and those killer unique pieces!

Questions for Gabrielle? Give her a call at 908-608-1028 or visit their website here.