From wine night every Thursday in the off-season, to group trips up to New York City and the shop’s mascot — a dog named Evelyn — Christine’s Consignments in Ocean View is not your average consignment shop.
But that just might be the reason for the store’s success. Since opening the doors in 2010, owner Christine Hinz has even been able to open up a second location in Rehoboth, catering to men’s clothing. So to celebrate the store’s five-year anniversary, she’s rewarding the customers who have made it all possible with a 25 percent off sale for Labor Day weekend.
“The whole store — everything’s going to be 25 percent off,” Hinz explained. “I’ve never done that before, and I won’t do that again until my 10-year anniversary.”
Under the tagline “A trendy to place to shop,” the Ocean View location caters to local women and carries items ranging from women’s clothing and shoes to an array of jewelry, handbags, home decor and even furniture — offering some of the top names in designer merchandise, without the designer price tags.
“I’m very selective. We love designer,” she said. “We love Louis Vuitton, Tori Burch. We get a lot of Coach, Cole Hahn. Then we have a lot of sterling silver jewelry and some gold.”
Heinz went on to say that, while not all the clothing is designer, she still looks for more popular brands and items that are newer. In fact, some of the clothing found around the shop even still has the original tags. And with the large assortment of both consigners and shoppers, whether it’s evening wear or dinnerware, at Christine’s, there’s always something new.
“We get new items in every single day,” Hinz said. “The whole store is changed every week. Clothes and shoes go by season. Now we’re in the fall season — all the boots are coming in. Ugg boots are coming in like crazy.”
“Everything is a surprise. Look what I found right here for my South Carolina girlfriend,” said Bethany Beach resident and Christine’s Consignments regular Kathy Megyeri, holding up a unique carrying-case made from a South Carolina license plate. “Every day is an adventure. Every week she has new things. You never know what you’re going to find.”
According to Ocean View resident Peggy Burkat, the store’s popularity is also good for consigners — who collect 50 percent of the merchandise’s sale price.
“I am a consigner, so I bring bags clothes and stuff like that. I have some sterling silver jewelry that I bring — I do real well,” Burkat said. “My daughter, who lives in New Jersey, brings me stuff to bring here. She says it’s the best place. It’s really great. It’s a great little place.”
Burkat went on to note that, with events like the wine nights, New York trips and just the everyday interactions in the shop, Christine’s Consignments is more than just a store to its customers.
“It’s a good place to come,” Burkat said. “Everyone is very friendly, very nice people. The people working for her are really nice, everybody that works here.”
“A lot of friendships have been forged here. It’s just an amazing place,” added Hinz. “We have a lot of fun. I have the best staff — the greatest staff ever.”
For more about Christine’s Consignments, check out their website at www.christinesconsignments.net or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/christinesconsignmentsatrendyplacetoshop.
To become a consigner, call the Bethany Beach store at (302) 829-1425 or the Rehoboth store at (302) 226-1126, or visit the Rehoboth location at 200 Rehoboth Avenue. To take advantage of the Labor Day sale, visit the Ocean View location at 42 Atlantic Avenue. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, but will be extending Sunday hours for Labor Day.