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Purple: New, upscale consignment shop in Port Washington on a mission

Purple in Port Washington.

Purple in Port Washington. (Credit: Anne Bratskeir)

Find designer sweets of sorts (as in Prada, Escada and Louis Vuitton) at Purple, a smartly renovated new consignment shop in Port Washington that fills the space where a candy shop used to operate.

Owners Silvana Galasso and Dee Paris have created a lovely, easy to navigate environment where deal seekers can buy new and very gently used designer and contemporary merchandise at slashed prices.  

Time to clean your own closet?  Consider bringing your best stuff here  – you’ll get 60% back if it sells (most consignment shops give 40%).  But note:  the owners are fussy fussy about what they’ll take.  The condition has to be mint and they will either reject overly worn items or suggest you repair and/or dry-clean them.

Included in the inventory – handbags (three Louis Vuitton styles sold in a few hours on a recent Saturday), shoes, evening dresses and sportswear.  There are two small sections dedicated to kids and menswear as well as  jewelry, sunglasses and knick-knacks for the home.

There’s an added bonus to getting a bargain or making money from something you never wear.  Two percent of sales go to the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the owners are passionate about the cause. They hope to serve women who are victims by generating awareness for the plight of abused women, organizing events and raising money that will help serve as an emergency resource fund for women in need.

All good.  Purple is located at 41A Main Street, Port Washington and open six days a week – closed Mondays.  You need an appointment to bring in merchandise  (call 516-767-7670).   A website is in the works at www.purpleconsignment.com.