Vintage Boutique in Boca Raton: Encore Plus

Chanel goodies at Encore Plus

Chanel goodies at Encore Plus

 

I try not to be materialistic, but I admit it. I spend time thinking about what I would buy if I had some spare cash. OK, maybe a lot of time. But hey, there are a lot of things I want… Tory Burch flats, a new camera (a Canon 7D would be ideal, but I’m realistic and would settle for a T4i), a mirrored dresser and side tables, a boat… you know, the list goes on.

One of the items that visits me most in my daydreams has been some variation of this Valentino bag (seriously, I just look at it and all I can think is BE MINE). So when I stumbled upon Encore Plus, a luxury designer retail boutique in Boca Raton, of course that bag was the first thing on my mind. And while I didn’t find it there, I did find tons of other treasures.

In love with these spiked Louboutins, which were marked at half what they were currently being sold for at Saks.

In love with these spiked Louboutins, which were marked at half what they were being sold for at Saks.

Racks and racks of Manolo Blahniks, Louboutins and Chanels.

Racks and racks of Manolo Blahniks, Louboutins and Chanels.

The shoes were all in good condition.

The shoes were all in good condition.

This Louis Vuitton is so gorgeous it almost makes me forget about the coveted Valentino.

This Louis Vuitton is so gorgeous it almost makes me forget about the coveted Valentino.

One of the most iconic brands the store stocks is Hermes. It sells everything from scarves to handbags.

One of the most iconic brands the store stocks is Hermes. It sells everything from scarves to handbags to small leather goods to shoes.

The store also has a nice selection of vintage costume jewelry from Palm Beach and Miami.

The store also has a nice selection of vintage costume jewelry from Palm Beach and Miami.

And of course there is a ton of apparel here, too – both vintage items from the '90s and new, mostly unworn clothing from today. There is even an alterations room on-site to ensure a great fit.

And of course there is a ton of apparel here, too – both vintage items from the ’90s and new, mostly unworn clothing from today. There is even an alterations room on-site to ensure a great fit.

Quilted leather Chanel bag at Encore Plus

Quilted leather Chanel bag at Encore Plus

Have to admit, I wouldn't mind lugging one of these babies around when I'm traveling.

Have to admit, I wouldn’t mind lugging one of these babies around when I’m traveling.

Super nice touch – the owners offer complimentary mimosas, champagne and muffins to shoppers.

Super nice touch – the owners offer complimentary mimosas, champagne and muffins to shoppers.

The boutique at a glance:

  • Brands include: Missoni, Hermes, Valentino, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Pucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Givenchy and many more.
  • Items are acquired from wealthy women living in Palm Beach, Boca and Miami; many of the items are unworn and in mint condition.
  • Clothing is 70 to 8o percent off retail price
  • Shoes are 50 to 60 percent off retail price
  • Handbags around 50 percent off (though some brands like Chanel and Hermes are an exception, as these brands often increase in value as they become outdated)
  • Alterations available on-site
  • Tip: You MUST follow the store on Facebook. The page is updated several times a day with pictures of new items. It’s the best way to stay in touch with what’s in the store, and to figure out when to snatch something up before it gets sold out!

OK, so I didn’t find my Rockstud Tote, but I did find another Valentino bag to crush on…

BE MINE

All I can say is: BE MINE.

To read more about Encore Plus, check out my article that appeared in the March 2013 issue of Boca Life magazine.

PS. Sorry for the delay in posts. It’s been a while, but I have tons to share and hope to be posting more regularly!

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