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Recap of the Nora and Nicky’s Fashion Show benefiting the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation

My weekend was GRAND! I attended the Nora and Nicky’s Fashion Show in downtown Raleigh, NC on Friday benefiting the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation. Nora and Nicky’s is an upscale consignment boutique, founded in 2010, with two local stores in Raleigh. I fell in love with this boutique a few years ago when I discovered it while looking for a high quality store to consign with. Their philosophy reads “We believe in the power of women, community and sustainability. We believe in “Live Local, Think Global.” How cool is that? Nothing makes me happier than businesses that not only care about local communities, but also care about the world.

Nora & Nicky's

Hey ladies! If you're looking for a last minute plan for your Friday night, head down to Nora & Nicky's in downtown Raleigh for a fashion show benefitting an EXCELLENT cause, The Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation. Click here to RSVP. If you're not familiar with Nora & Nicky's you shouuuld be! This beautiful downtown store consigns gorgeous, quality high-end brands, everything from DVF to Louis Vuitton. I recently spent a little time with N & N's sweet owner Cathy, who explained that the boutique is more than just beautiful clothes and accessories. She is truly on a mission to get people to to think about sustainable living, to pay her employees a living wage and to be a part of building a vibrant downtown Raleigh. She is absolutely inspiring.

Just a little pre-lovin’

Y’all, I am 100% thrifty at heart. Born and raised. My mom ingrained in me at an early age that finding a deal is equivalent to petting a unicorn – a feeling of thrill and exhilaration that surpasses all others. And that deal-finding spirit has never left me – just ask my closet.

Only one issue… as I’ve gotten older my tastes have gotten slightly more expensive and my bank account tends to take the brunt of that… but don’t fear, I’ve worked out a great compromise – consignment shopping!

Now Cathy Brooks, the owner of Nora & Nicky’s, would prefer you call it “pre-loved shopping” and I’m totally on board.

Top 10 “Can’t Miss” Consignment Opps in Greater Raleigh

Nora and Nicky’s: A designer resale and consignment shop with locations in downtown and North Raleigh. The store specializes in the latest seasonal luxury consignment with beautiful items arriving daily and invite you to “Build Your Dream Wardrobe.” Shop for designer and contemporary labels like Kate Spade, RED Valentino and Diane von Furstenberg in handbags, shoes, clothing and accessories, sizes 0-16. Donations of any unsold items benefit Dress for Success of the Triangle and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle.

Nora and Nicky’s opening sneak peek

Nora and Nicky’s is a designer resale shop that just moved in at 19 West Hargett Street—beside Deco Raleigh, a new boutique gift shop, and just down the street from Father & Son—an antique and vintage clothing store that’s been well-known to downtowners for 16 years and where this new high-end consignment shop just purchased a beige, bulbous disk lounge chair (rolling it down the street just before First Friday!).

Chandler and Nichole greeted me when I walked in: they have another location in North Raleigh and are excited about the downtown location for their second.

Upscale consignment shop finds a place in downtown Raleigh

When the owners of Nora and Nicky's Designer Resale shop decided to open a second location, they knew downtown Raleigh was just the spot for the latest incarnation of their upscale consignment business.

``We began to dream of mimicking the vibe or a New York City department store on a much smaller scale,`` says Chandler Mills, and employee. ``So we set out to find the perfect downtown location that would really bring that experience to out shopper.``

They sell resell: Vintage, new, collectible

Nora and Nicky’s owner Cathy Brooks spent five years in the Navy before staying home to raise her three sons. Once they were teenagers, she began to think about a second career and was inspired by an ad for a consignment shop to research the business. Brooks had always enjoyed the hunt of antiquing and saw a connection in the world of consignment. She decided to try her hand.

For Brooks, opening her first shop in North Raleigh in 2011 was a way to offer good deals on good quality – her motto is “looking great doesn’t have to be expensive” – and as a way to practice green living through the recycling of good clothing.

Coverage of Nora & Nicky's Holiday Fashion Event: First Saturday Style Soiree with Avance Enterprise

I had an absolute BLAST at the First Saturday Style Soiree at Nora & Nicky's upscale consignment boutique.

Wine, shopping, swag bags, and a fabulous fashion show featuring church family, and a group of great gals to soak it all in with. (I had no idea that they were all going to be there.) I really had a great time. As you enter Nora & Nicky's on 19 West Hargett Street Suite 104 Raleigh, NC you're immediately hit with an intoxicating scent. Candles are lit and provide a warm welcome. Candles are available for purchase. Perched on a cute little table are delectable eats and wine, just in case you need a little nosh.

Nora and Nicky's Designer Resale sells designer resale without designer prices

A new downtown Raleigh shop is selling designer consignment items without designer prices.

When you step inside Nora and Nicky's Designer Resale store in downtown Raleigh, it may feel a little different than other consignment shops - and that's exactly what owner Cathy Brooks is hoping to accomplish.

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