This past Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio USA was beautiful. The temperature was unseasonably warm, the sun was shining and I was inspired to find vintage couture that I could feel passionate about. My husband and I loaded the girls in their wagon and went on a walk around the neighborhood. It was so nice to get out on a day that I didn’t even have to wear a jacket, which we all know is hard to come by this time of year in CLE. It was even nicer because I got to peruse one of Cleveland’s gems, Avalon Exchange on Coventry Rd.
Avalon Exchange is a family owned and operated, vintage clothing store that has been bringing joy to many a couture lover’s heart since 1988. They buy and sell vintage items every day of the week.
Buyers are offered 30% of retail floor price in cash or 45% of retail floor price in store credit. Even better, the store credit can be used same day.
The best thing about this Cleveland Heights treasure is that they have great quality standards. All of the items I browsed were clean and I saw no major flaws or blemishes.
Shopping at Avalon Exchange was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. I went in looking for one bag and ended up leaving with three!
They have something for men and women on any budget.
- I got a black, vegan leather fringe bag by Kiss Me Couture for only $8.00.
- I picked up this black, cross body, quilt stitched bag by ASOS for only $12.00.
- And for the most orgasmic purchase of all: I was blessed to nab this Kate Spade New York for under $50.00 taxes included!
It’s no secret that I am intensely passionate about couture clothing and accessories. It is also no secret that I am a Cleveland Native, so for me “everything is earned”. Suffice it to say that if a deal is on the table I am here for it. Why buy vintage fashion?
- It’s a great way to get the best designer labels for a fraction of the cost.
- There’s the opportunity to get something truly exclusive. Think about it; if the item is one or two decades old then it’s less likely any of your peers are walking around with it.
- Resale is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. The taxes generated from a store like Avalon Exchange help to support local economies. When you responsibly splurge you’re doing your part to help.
Other designers I saw on my visit:
- Marc Jacobs
- Alexander Mcqueen
- Jimmy Choo
And to top it all off, the staff was lovely.
- They said hello as soon as I walked in.
- They allowed me to stand at their counter perusing their inventory of new accessories without making me feel rushed in the slightest.
- Though they were busy buying items, they still took the time to patiently and politely answer all of the many questions I had.
- They didn’t hover or pressure me to buy anything, even when I tried things on.
I can honestly say Avalon Exchange in Cleveland will have my business for as long as they maintain this level of service.
I’d like to send a big, warm thank you to the helpful and pleasant staff. The next time you’re in Cleveland, Ohio USA stop by Cleveland Heights and visit them on Coventry Rd. I’m glad I did.
Now for today’s Fun Fact…
“More than 60 million girls are out of school, including millions of Syrian refugee girls”.
“Malala Fund’s aim is to raise girls’ voices and ensure every girl has access to 12 years of free, safe quality primary and secondary education”.
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