Loree’s Closet offers in-home designer shopping
Loree Wasserman, owner of Loree's Closet in Highland Park, held her second pop-up consignment sale at a private home in Lake Forest March 6. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
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Location: 1500 Old Deerfield Road, Unit 19/20
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Contact: (847) 748-8451; www.LoreesCloset.com
Updated: March 19, 2013 10:15AM
LAKE FOREST — High-end handbags, shoes and sunglasses on the dining room table, business attire near the fireplace and dresses in front of the window seat.
Welcome to an “eBay live” trunk show in Lake Forest, arranged by consignment guru Loree Wasserman who owns Loree’s Closet of Highland Park. Wasserman started the eBay service in 2007, after friends started dropping off garbage bags full of luxury items they wanted her to sell online for them.
Today she operates from a 3,000 square-foot warehouse and showroom where her crew processes items, handles eBay listings, e-mails, packing and shipping — and sends a check directly to the consigner or to his or her favorite charity.
But for locals who want high-end designer items yet don’t want to shop eBay, Wasserman also offers personal shopping and the pop-up trunk shows. The home sale trunk show on March 6 drew dozens of shoppers who trickled in throughout the day.
“This is my dress,” a shopper whispered to her friend.
But no one will know the Lake Forester not only consigned her designer dress with Wasserman, but also hunts for new items to take home. Anonymity, it seems, plays a key role in the high-end resale game.
“Absolutely never, never,” Wasserman said about revealing who is selling and who is buying.
Nearby, a stunning pair of Christian Louboutin black spike heels bore only the signature shiny, red-lacquered soles — and a $400 price tag.
“New in the store? Those are about $800,” Wasserman said.
Wasserman and her crew brought the sprinkling of merchandise available at the warehouse to the house sale in Lake Forest — the second in just a few weeks.
“We had someone here who got a Burberry coat at a third of the retail cost,” she said. “The consigner is happy, because they were done with it and they’re going to get a nice check in the mail, and the shoppers are happy because they get wonderful designer things at a good price. It works on both ends.”
Chris Cooper of Bannockburn shopped the sale March 6, eventually deciding on a bracelet and necklace.
“This is a good concept,” said Cooper, who said she will consider consigning her better items the next time she cleans out her own closet.
Lisa Karahalias already has consigned with Loree’s Closet and held the first Lake Forest pop-up trunk show in her home just a few weeks ago. She also attended the second last week.
“We all have so much in our closets that we’re not using,” Karahalias said. Consigning high-end items with a reputable dealer like Wasserman, whom she has known for years, makes sense.
“I like donating, and donating makes me feel good,” Karahalias said. “But this kind of makes me feel financially responsible.”