Jessica

★★★★☆

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I come in to Santa Barbara about twice a year. Each time I make sure I go to Jessica's. I so appreciate a store that not only is a visual beauty, but one in which I don't have to strain my shoulder pushing through items that should have gone to the thrift. Being a store owner myself, I had to stop and take the time to say,"Thank you Jessica!!!"
I can't tell you how many compliments I get from your clothes and the question always leads to,"Where did you get that?" I tell them first they have to buy a plane ticket to Santa Barbara. It all sounds so chic!
I recommend your store all the time. I just wished you had one in Boulder!
My tips to readers is to make a day of it. Start across the Street and get a coffee and treats. Then, head to Jessica's where the staff is always friendly and honest. I like to try things on and ask them what they think. It's always helpful to have a second opinion when your on your own.

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I come in to Santa Barbara about twice a year. Each time I make sure I go to Jessica's. I so appreciate a store that not only is a visual beauty, but one in which I don't have to strain my shoulder pushing through items that should have gone to the thrift. Being a store owner myself, I had to stop and take the time to say,"Thank you Jessica!!!"
I can't tell you how many compliments I get from your clothes and the question always leads to,"Where did you get that?" I tell them first they have to buy a plane ticket to Santa Barbara. It all sounds so chic!
I recommend your store all the time. I just wished you had one in Boulder!
My tips to readers is to make a day of it. Start across the Street and get a coffee and treats. Then, head to Jessica's where the staff is always friendly and honest. I like to try things on and ask them what they think. It's always helpful to have a second opinion when your on your own.

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Over the years I have bought several blouses, coats and pants. The clothes are beautiful and the connection with other women in the store is exhilarating. Besides providing an outlet for all of us to share clothes, there is an undercurrent of mentoring/ training new, young staff and and connecting all ages in a fun atmosphere. I feel very supported and involved at this store, like I am a part of something important while I am shopping and sharing.

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Over the years I have bought several blouses, coats and pants. The clothes are beautiful and the connection with other women in the store is exhilarating. Besides providing an outlet for all of us to share clothes, there is an undercurrent of mentoring/ training new, young staff and and connecting all ages in a fun atmosphere. I feel very supported and involved at this store, like I am a part of something important while I am shopping and sharing.

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Jessica's is the greatest shop around! The service is professional, prompt and trustworthy. I had nothing but good results from consigning at this beautiful place.

Perhaps the person who complained is new to consignment procedures. It is common practice that clothes are donated if not picked up before the deadline.

My clothes sold like hotcakes. The few that didn't were always ready for me to pick up within the agreed time frame. I love this store!!

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★★★★★

Jessica's is the greatest shop around! The service is professional, prompt and trustworthy. I had nothing but good results from consigning at this beautiful place.

Perhaps the person who complained is new to consignment procedures. It is common practice that clothes are donated if not picked up before the deadline.

My clothes sold like hotcakes. The few that didn't were always ready for me to pick up within the agreed time frame. I love this store!!

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I agree with "Don't Trust This Shop". I believe it is not worth the hassle for the small amount of money I received from consigning here: I am a CPA and if you itemize deductions, I would not advise selling your clothes here. I brought new, quality and recent pieces to consign here (J Crew, Banana Republic, Prada etc). The bottom line for me is that the money I got from consigning was much less than my tax savings if I had donated.
In response to Owner's Response 8/2/09; First I must say that have shopped at Jessica and have found some good buys. Half or more of her inventory are high end brands and well priced. She also has a great "eye" and prices items so they move so one can frequently shop here. She does not sell "fakes" and has some Chanel, Gucci etc. My complaint is as a consignor; the only people that I can imagine who would benefit from consigning their clothes here (or any consignment shop really..)are only people that do not itemize their deductions and/or have lower taxable income.
Individuals are allowed to deduct the "fair market value" of non cash contributions (ie clothing) up to $5,000 a year without needing an appraisal.

The rules to ascertain the value are vague; per the IRS "There are no fixed formulas or methods for finding the value of items of clothing."

You are allowed to deduct the highest "fair" value of items that you can substantiate and you gain a large tax benefit by doing so.

If the highest tax rate is 35% (per Jessica's response) then 35% of $5,000 is $1,750. Deducting $3,000 in donated items would save you $1,050. If you look at the numbers, most people who itemize their deductions (especially those making over $100k a year) would benefit more if they donated their valuable clothing than by consigning. I doubt any consignors at Jessica have received even close to $1,750 a year selling clothing there....

Another complaint about the process is that after some of my clothing did not sell, she left me a message that I did not receive promptly as I was out of town. I went in a week or two later and the unsold clothing had been given away so I was unable to donate those to a charity.

A question for Jessica: Why don't you request if the consignor would like a donation receipt in their name for their unsold items if they were unable to retrieve unsold items promptly..even for a small fee?

PER IRS PUBLICATION 526
Contributions of Property:
If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution.
There are no fixed formulas or methods for finding the value of items of clothing.

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p526/ar02.html#en_US_publink100049698

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I agree with "Don't Trust This Shop". I believe it is not worth the hassle for the small amount of money I received from consigning here: I am a CPA and if you itemize deductions, I would not advise selling your clothes here. I brought new, quality and recent pieces to consign here (J Crew, Banana Republic, Prada etc). The bottom line for me is that the money I got from consigning was much less than my tax savings if I had donated.
In response to Owner's Response 8/2/09; First I must say that have shopped at Jessica and have found some good buys. Half or more of her inventory are high end brands and well priced. She also has a great "eye" and prices items so they move so one can frequently shop here. She does not sell "fakes" and has some Chanel, Gucci etc. My complaint is as a consignor; the only people that I can imagine who would benefit from consigning their clothes here (or any consignment shop really..)are only people that do not itemize their deductions and/or have lower taxable income.
Individuals are allowed to deduct the "fair market value" of non cash contributions (ie clothing) up to $5,000 a year without needing an appraisal.

The rules to ascertain the value are vague; per the IRS "There are no fixed formulas or methods for finding the value of items of clothing."

You are allowed to deduct the highest "fair" value of items that you can substantiate and you gain a large tax benefit by doing so.

If the highest tax rate is 35% (per Jessica's response) then 35% of $5,000 is $1,750. Deducting $3,000 in donated items would save you $1,050. If you look at the numbers, most people who itemize their deductions (especially those making over $100k a year) would benefit more if they donated their valuable clothing than by consigning. I doubt any consignors at Jessica have received even close to $1,750 a year selling clothing there....

Another complaint about the process is that after some of my clothing did not sell, she left me a message that I did not receive promptly as I was out of town. I went in a week or two later and the unsold clothing had been given away so I was unable to donate those to a charity.

A question for Jessica: Why don't you request if the consignor would like a donation receipt in their name for their unsold items if they were unable to retrieve unsold items promptly..even for a small fee?

PER IRS PUBLICATION 526
Contributions of Property:
If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution.
There are no fixed formulas or methods for finding the value of items of clothing.

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p526/ar02.html#en_US_publink100049698

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Response Why consign? Three way win keeps consignors/customers coming back & happy 1:rotating their wardrobe gives them an actual check or clothes exchange accrual (many do make more than $1,750 consigning often & great items) 2:customers love and find great deals 3: shop provides a fun and playful arena in community for fashion exchange. Donation option for unsold items to Asst' League charity is a service we provide our customers, Non claimed items left beyond PU dates are donated to charity also. We do not claim the deduction, Receipts are available to all consignors at any time to fill out, of course no fee is charged for this service. This person is welcomed to PU receipt anytime! Most of my consignors have been with me for years and they all say the money and the satisfaction of knowing someone has found and appreciated their "treasures" plus the shop handling and displaying of their items keeps them contently doing business with our shop.
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I took a huge bunch of new/ almost new and some used clothes in,some of them still had tags on them and were never worn. I also took in 5 pairs of shoes, one of which was a brand new never worn pair of $200 leather knee boots from Nordstom's but I had to get rid of some stuff. I opted to give anything that did not sell to charity. I finally called her and was told that nothing had sold and that she donated all of my stuff!!! I asked her specifically about the boots and she said they did not sell because they were "out of style".I had just purchased them 6 months before and they were the MOST current style. Basically I didn't get one penny for anything. I could have had the write off on my taxes.I do not trust the shop owner at all and will never take anything in again.

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I took a huge bunch of new/ almost new and some used clothes in,some of them still had tags on them and were never worn. I also took in 5 pairs of shoes, one of which was a brand new never worn pair of $200 leather knee boots from Nordstom's but I had to get rid of some stuff. I opted to give anything that did not sell to charity. I finally called her and was told that nothing had sold and that she donated all of my stuff!!! I asked her specifically about the boots and she said they did not sell because they were "out of style".I had just purchased them 6 months before and they were the MOST current style. Basically I didn't get one penny for anything. I could have had the write off on my taxes.I do not trust the shop owner at all and will never take anything in again.

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Business Response:

Correction I have been successfully in business for 20 years and we are the longest continuously owned consignment shop in Santa Barbara. This would not be possible if I violated my consignors' trust in any way. I am pleased to say that I have a consignor base of over 2,000 repeat, satisfied and wonderful consignors. Our policy at the end of our 2 month selling period is designed for the convenience of our consignors. They can either pick up any unsold items during the reclaim dates specified on our contract, or have us donate them to the SB Assistance League. Tax donation receipts are available at any time upon request. Although it is highly unusual for nothing on a consignor's invoice to sell (it has happened only a few times in my entire database), I followed "Penny's" stated instructions to donate, and she is welcome to pick up a donation receipt at any time. I thank all of my consignors and customers who continue to make this a fun and winning experience for everyone.
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Jessica is a great consignment shop for women who like to update or change they wardrobe regularly. They always have lots of newer items that are in pristine shape. Almost like shopping at a regular retail store. Prices are wonderful. The only downside is that there is only parking on the street, which can be tough to find on De La Vina.

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Jessica is a great consignment shop for women who like to update or change they wardrobe regularly. They always have lots of newer items that are in pristine shape. Almost like shopping at a regular retail store. Prices are wonderful. The only downside is that there is only parking on the street, which can be tough to find on De La Vina.

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Parking Tip I am glad you had a positive experience shopping at Jessica. If you can't find parking in front of the store, try going left around the block.
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What a great slogan in the local ad for this great little consignement store. Recently tastefully remodeled, this boutique rotates window displays weekly and has a wonderful selection of name label jeans outside every day. Trendy choices for the woman who likes to change her wardrobe seasonally or in the middle of your favorite season. Lower commitment shopping is key for students in SB who like clothes, so this is a great option if you want to look unique in a small town. Shop after a lunch or coffee at the Daily Grind across the street and look at unique used books at Ted's to make an afternoon of it!

PROS: great prices, new location, clean and bright, friendly owner and staff
CONS: street parking only

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★★★★★

What a great slogan in the local ad for this great little consignement store. Recently tastefully remodeled, this boutique rotates window displays weekly and has a wonderful selection of name label jeans outside every day. Trendy choices for the woman who likes to change her wardrobe seasonally or in the middle of your favorite season. Lower commitment shopping is key for students in SB who like clothes, so this is a great option if you want to look unique in a small town. Shop after a lunch or coffee at the Daily Grind across the street and look at unique used books at Ted's to make an afternoon of it!

PROS: great prices, new location, clean and bright, friendly owner and staff
CONS: street parking only

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