8825 Ladue Road, 721-0766, birdstyle.com
Mon: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun.: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
When a designer-loving gal on a budget needs to clean out her closet or find some new high-end pieces, an upscale consignment store helps her kill two birds with one stone.
Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique originally opened in 2002 as a traditional high-end women’s clothing boutique. In April 2013, three years after the boutique was transformed into an upscale consignment store, consignor and customer Emily Elbert bought the shop and became its owner.
Elbert stresses the distinction that the store is consignment, not resale—consignors still own the inventory. When a consignor brings in items she is looking to sell, Elbert carefully goes through the selection, choosing high-quality designer pieces, like Christian Louboutin shoes, Alice and Olivia dresses and Prada bags. Her team does extensive research on each piece before presenting the proposed pricing to the consignor. For most items, Byrd splits the profits with consignors fifty-fifty. Because they are in such high demand, consignors receive 60 percent for Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbags. Elbert also does home consultations when consignors have larger amounts of items they’re looking to part with.
Most of the jewelry at Byrd is created by local jewelry designers, giving shoppers the chance to support area artists. Customers browsing the racks should shop often, Elbert says. Because consignors bring in new items daily, the inventory is always changing. Items by designers like Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Hermes, Jimmy Choo and Tory Burch tend to go quickly.
“I have customers that come in once a week,” Elbert says. “Our new and fresh inventory keeps them coming back.”