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Consignment stores on Long Island

Revival is a designer consignment and vintage boutique

(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

When faced with a low economy, today's savvy women aren't giving up on high fashion. This different breed of label lovers prefer a pre-owned designer handbag with character over a shiny new one straight from a department store. They have their local consignment shop on speed dial, whether they're tracking shipments from their favorite consignors or hoping to score the dress of their dreams before someone else snatches it off the rack.

It's the new version of antiquing for younger women today, says Dee Paris, co-owner of Purple in Port Washington. It's the hunt -- they're finding handbags, shoes and clothes that have almost never been worn at a fraction of the price.

It's the profit, too; many consignment shoppers are consignors themselves, raking in 40 to 50 percent of the selling price of clothing and accessories they splurged on and no longer need.

Here, some top consignment shops on Long Island, for those looking to amp up their closets ... or clean them out. -- Nina Ruggiero

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