Miami Village Consignment Shoppe in South Bend offers clothes, camaraderie

There’s often a misconception that consignment and resale shops are one in the same.  But

There’s often a misconception that consignment and resale shops are one in the same. 

But after meeting Joan Ross, you are quickly but courteously corrected. 

“There’s a big difference,” she said. “That’s why I can be a little more picky.”

For 21 years, Ross has operated Miami Village Consignment Shoppe on the corner of East Fox and Miami streets in South Bend. There, she works with consigners who bring in gently used, seasonal items such as college sportswear, blouses, jewelry, name-brand purses and even items on the extravagant side, including wedding dresses, formal wear and fur coats. Ross determines what’s acceptable to sell inside the shop, looking at resale value and quality. 

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“It’s got to be clean, ready to wear, and my rule of thumb is don’t bring it in unless you would buy it,” she said. “I’ve got a good reputation for quality clothes and I don’t want to ruin that reputation.” 

Fur coats are among the items available at Miami Village Consignment Shoppe in South Bend.

As a true consignment store, the business will then offer a place to sell the items and, once sold, consigners will receive 40% of the sold price. Items are rotated on a monthly basis, with newer items at the front, and other older items are discounted based upon how long they’ve been available. If an item has been on the retail floor for 90 days, Ross will reach out to the consigner asking if they’d like to pick it up or donate it. If they opt to donate, it goes into the basement where shoppers can fill a brown paper bag full of items for a flat $7 rate. If the basement begins to overflow, items are donated to charities and churches. 

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