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Smart tips from an accomplished resale shopper

Martini Severin jumps for joy wearing the Isaac Mizrahi for Target dress that she got at a consignment store for $10. Martini Severin jumps for joy wearing the Isaac Mizrahi for Target dress that she got at a consignment store for $10.
By Beth Teitell
Globe Staff / November 3, 2011

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So many great consignment stores, so many ways to make yet another sartorial mistake. The Globe turned to Martini Severin, consignment shopper extraordinaire - and creator of BeyondBostonChic.com - for tips to smart resale shopping.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Shop in higher-end neighborhoods to score higher-end clothes.

BE A HAWK: Don’t forget to check the seams, elbows, and other stress points. Tears or linings can be expensive to alter, and some stains you can never get out. A deal’s a deal only if the garment is in good shape.

THINK TAILORING: A tuck here, a dart there, the garment you were going to dismiss for excessive bagginess can be transformed.

A SHOPKEEPER CAN BE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND: Make connections at resale shops all over town, and the sales people can tip you off when new shipments or coveted items arrive.

DON’T BE LAZY: Even if you’re not in the mood to try on those jeans, try them on. Sales at most consignment stores are final, and why get stuck with a pair of pants or some other garment that you thought would fit, but doesn’t?