Elinor Coleman's Vintage Mirage

★★★☆☆
  • 117 S Columbus St

    Alexandria, VA 22314

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  • 703-535-8200

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Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, 12pm - 6pm; Sun, Mon, Tue, closed

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The review by Alana was written in 2010. Since then the store has moved from N. Lee Street to 117 S. Columbus St. in Old Town Alexandria (same website, though, www.vintagemirage.com). I found the clothing to be reasonably priced and if you give them your email address they let you know about frequent sales with good discounts (15-40% off in my experience). I didn't notice any of the problems Alana mentioned. The jewelry ranges from the kind of shopping mall kiosk type pieces she refers to, but at kiosk prices like $16 for a pair of earrings, to rare collectible costume jewelry pieces that are more expensive but fairly priced. Whatever pricing problems the store had at its North Lee location three years ago it no longer has, from what I can tell, and the selection is simply astounding.

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The review by Alana was written in 2010. Since then the store has moved from N. Lee Street to 117 S. Columbus St. in Old Town Alexandria (same website, though, www.vintagemirage.com). I found the clothing to be reasonably priced and if you give them your email address they let you know about frequent sales with good discounts (15-40% off in my experience). I didn't notice any of the problems Alana mentioned. The jewelry ranges from the kind of shopping mall kiosk type pieces she refers to, but at kiosk prices like $16 for a pair of earrings, to rare collectible costume jewelry pieces that are more expensive but fairly priced. Whatever pricing problems the store had at its North Lee location three years ago it no longer has, from what I can tell, and the selection is simply astounding.

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I've shopped at this store a few times and bought a few pieces of jewelry, but I definitely will not go back! I stopped in today and, while going through the racks, found a FOREVER 21 shirt priced at SIXTY FIVE dollars. $65 for a Forever 21 shirt made out of machine lace! I checked on Forever 21's website and a similar shirt retails for $15 new.
I asked the owner about the price, and after nastily informing me that "she doesn't bargain" and "the price is the price," I told her I wasn't interested in buying it but I wanted to know if she knew anything about that brand and what her rationale for marking up a shirt over 100% of the NEW RETAIL cost was. She then tried to claim she'd gotten it from a vintage store and that it was 'vintage.' Right. I would think someone who OWNS a vintage store could at least Google a brand before slapping a ridiculous price tag on it. She also sells new, non-vintage, pot metal and rhinestone bracelets for upwards of $100 - the kind you can get for $15-$20 at the kiosks in most of the area malls.
There are a lot of great vintage and thrift stores in Del Ray and Old Town (Labels Exchange, Current, Mint Condition, Treat, just to name a few) so don't bother going to place where the owner clearly thinks her clientele is too stupid to notice that she's reselling low-value clothes for insanely high prices.

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I've shopped at this store a few times and bought a few pieces of jewelry, but I definitely will not go back! I stopped in today and, while going through the racks, found a FOREVER 21 shirt priced at SIXTY FIVE dollars. $65 for a Forever 21 shirt made out of machine lace! I checked on Forever 21's website and a similar shirt retails for $15 new.
I asked the owner about the price, and after nastily informing me that "she doesn't bargain" and "the price is the price," I told her I wasn't interested in buying it but I wanted to know if she knew anything about that brand and what her rationale for marking up a shirt over 100% of the NEW RETAIL cost was. She then tried to claim she'd gotten it from a vintage store and that it was 'vintage.' Right. I would think someone who OWNS a vintage store could at least Google a brand before slapping a ridiculous price tag on it. She also sells new, non-vintage, pot metal and rhinestone bracelets for upwards of $100 - the kind you can get for $15-$20 at the kiosks in most of the area malls.
There are a lot of great vintage and thrift stores in Del Ray and Old Town (Labels Exchange, Current, Mint Condition, Treat, just to name a few) so don't bother going to place where the owner clearly thinks her clientele is too stupid to notice that she's reselling low-value clothes for insanely high prices.

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