TOWSON, Md. - Black Friday has come and gone--but many stores are still pulling out all the stops to get customers in--amid the troubled economy that continues to be a challenge. But there are some places shoppers are pouring into --like consignment shops. Yes, consignment shops.
Bridgette Meushaw is one of the co-owners of the Lilly Pad, an upscale children's clothing consignment shop in Towson. She says consignment offers great deals on designer labels, making it a great option for those looking to get the biggest bang out of their buck.
Many shops like the Lily Pad say they've definitely seen an uptick with people shopping consignment this holiday season.
"This year I've noticed our holiday outfits and dresses are selling like crazy and I think you're stretching that dollar a lot…You can buy two outfits for your child to wear and still have money left over," said Sarah Weiskittel, co-owner of the Lily Pad .
The Lily Pad isn't the only place for good consignment shopping deals.
At The Surprise Shop which is a church run consignment store--you can find everything from clothing for men, women and children's to fine china and home furnishings.
The shop has name-brand items from Coldwater Creek, Talbots, J.Jill and the Gap at prices much lower than you'd pay for at other stores.
And a lot of those items are flying out the door--The Surprise Shop is extra busy this holiday season
"I find it at Christmas we find a bigger crowd…I definitely have an increase in business this time of year, said Erin Woodward, who works at the shop.
The store is even selling brand new wedding gowns are going for $99.