As you walk into the indie atmosphere at Urban Exchange, your eyes widen with excitement. Racks upon racks of fabulous in-season and in-style clothes–with vintage pieces sparkling like gems in between–greet you from the door. Don’t be overwhelmed with the fantasy of it all–racks are organized by color for your benefit. As cool mints collide with summer beiges and magentas strewn in with true blues, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. The sight is a feast for your eyes and your wardrobe. Plus, your purse will be delighted.
Urban Exchange (UE) is a consignment boutique located in the hip East Fulton business district of Grand Rapids. With fashionable clothing costing upwards of hundreds of dollars these days, you can save up to 75% off of retail prices of stylish garments at UE. Labels such as Anthropologie, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, H & M, Free People, and Banana Republic will implore you from the rack to be brought to their new home: your closet.
Stephanie Johnson, owner of Urban Exchange, knew that resale was an up-and-coming industry. Added to her love for fashion and textiles, this idea proved to be a hit in the hip culture of Grand Rapids. Providing a place for affordable, responsible, and hip women’s fashions in one stop has culminated in a superb mecca for fashionable women who know a good deal when they see one.
Along with trendy new clothing, you’ll have the opportunity of navigating through the throngs of unique and fetching jewelry and accessories. Pieces are scattered throughout the store in displays and on the mannequins cleverly named Goldie and Sylvie. With your hot new deals in tow, you’ll be able to accessorize your fab finds with new and vintage earrings, bangles, sunglasses, shoes, bags, and more.
You’ll need to make room in your closet for cool new pieces from UE. What should with your current or vintage unwanted clothes and accessories, currently in your wardrobe? Consign your unwanted items. Consigning is the perfect way to save money while still being stylish. Urban Exchange looks for pieces with compelling textures, patterns and colors that will add and revitalize an existing wardrobe. You can drop-off these goodies anytime during business hours and you’ll earn 40% of the selling price of each piece. And then you can spend it!
Shopping consigned goods is environmentally friendly and economically feasible. Buying used goods isn’t just green, but can also be great for local business! And Urban Exchange stands apart as a member of Local First, a non-profit dedicated to the resurgence of Grand Rapids’ urban neighborhoods, while advocating for local business ownership. Saving money and being trendy are definitely in.
Urban Exchange is located at 926 East Fulton, Grand Rapids 49503
-Christina Larson, Feature Writer