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Darling is a curated boutique offering women’s consignment and handmade local artisan goods, with new arrivals every week.

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The Darling Blog

Welcome to The Darling Blog, a life and style blog by the owner of Darling Boutique, Linnea White. Darling is passionate about empowering women and inspiring strength through fashion to restore dignity and true beauty. Enjoy outfit inspiration and style tips, featured #darlingfinds, local collaborations, and so much more. Live the Darling lifestyle - an altogether beautiful life.

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Watch: A Darling Film

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We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Allie Merrill of M Squared Creative! Allie created a beautiful film about the new Darling - from the renovations and space to our vision and mission as the new owners of this beloved boutique. We are blessed to have worked with such a talented videographer, and love how she captured the spirit of Darling.

Meet the owners and find out more about Darling by watching the film!

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Darling / Charlottesville Boutique from M Squared Creative on Vimeo.

Best of C-Ville 2015: Vote for Darling!

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CaptureWe made it! Thank you to everyone who nominated us! We are officially on the ballot for Best of C-Ville via C-Ville Weekly for Best Consignment Store AND Best Women's Clothing Store. Now let's make those titles official! Vote for Darling! Voting starts today and ends June 26, so go to the website and get voting!

Here are the easy steps:

  1. Visit http://www.c-ville.com/vote/retail.
  2. Create a log-in, or log in if you are already registered (which you are if you nominated us!).
  3. Go to the “Shopping” category and vote for Darling for Best Consignment Store and Best Women’s Clothing Store.

There's also a Best of C-Ville app you can download, and you can vote TWICE on the app. We like those odds.

Spread the word! We need everyone's help to WIN the title Best Consignment Store in Charlottesville!

Thank you, darlings!

xo, Linnea & Meg

 

Best of C-VILLE 2015: Nominate Us!

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We need your help, darling friends! It's Best of C-VILLE season, part one - the Nomination round. This means we need all of our friends, friends of our friends, lovely customers and consigners, family members, family member's animals, and strangers to nominate us for Best Consignment Store & Best Women's Clothing Store!

We need you to nominate us so we can get on the official ballot! Nominations end May 22, so get nominating!!!

Here are the easy steps:Bestof2015

  1. Visit http://www.c-ville.com/nominate/.
  2. Create a log-in. (They will then quickly e-mail you a confirmation and a link to the nominations.)
  3. Go to the "Shopping" category and vote for Darling for Best Consignment Store and Best Women's Clothing Store.

Thank you, amazing people!

xo, Linnea & Meg

Darling is Getting a Makeover!

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Spring has sprung at Darling! Everything that's new has bravely surfaced - or is about to! It is with great joy and anticipation that we announce our upcoming renovations and Grand Reopening Party!

On March 2, we became the new owners of Darling. Over the past weeks, we've greatly enjoyed meeting regular consignors and new and returning customers. Seeing many familiar faces made our first days as the owners of Darling bright!

It is our goal to transform Darling into "our" boutique while maintaining the well-loved brand. We are currently working on minimal rebranding (new logo and color palette coming soon!), as well as collaborations with local artisans and brands with global impact missions.

It is our vision that each purchase made at Darling would have a local or global impact.

So don't worry - the consignment process isn't going anywhere! We are passionate about supporting local women AND global women. We look forward to expanding the business and implementing new ideas, and we'll be talking about a lot of that here on the blog.

We will be closing the store Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2nd.

During this time, we will be renovating and painting the space. These days will not count towards the consignment 90 day timeline. It will just be a momentary "time out" as we make changes to the interior space.

We are also happy to announce our Grand Reopening Party on Saturday, April 4th.

Stay tuned for an announcement with event details!

We are so thankful for the Darling community - for what's been and what's to come. We can't wait to open the doors again on Friday, April 3rd and welcome you into the new space!

xo, Megan & Linnea

Tips for consigning at Darling

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Now that we're well into fall appointments and taking more by the day here at Darling, we thought it would be a good idea to share with you the best tips for consigners, what sells well, etc. Here are some helpful hints and info for consigning at Darling...

- Looking good: the better your clothes look, the better they will sell. Make sure there are no tears, spots, pilling or any other signs of wear!

- So fresh and so clean: items must be laundered or dry cleaned. We will not take them unless they have been. Remove your cleaning tags and pins before you bring them in (and no dry cleaning bags!). We also are not in the pet hair removal business, so make sure your dog/cat/other small mammal stays away from your items.

- Poppin' tags: if any of your items have tags, keep them on!

- Shoes, shoes, shoes: must be new or barely worn. They show wear faster than clothes, so make sure they are in near perfect condition. No scuffs on leather or suede and make sure heels are in good condition.

- Stand out: items sell well that are one of a kind and that make a statement. For example, a green cardigan with fun buttons and interesting sleeves will stand out more than a plain green cardigan (not that we don't love a good, basic cardigan!)

- Make it interesting: fun prints and details also make an item stand out. For example, this top below is a triple threat: 1) it's got two great patterns 2) it's silk and velvet 3) it has a bow (and you know we love a good bow)

- Brands: below are some of the labels that are the most popular at Darling. This is by no means exhaustive, but these do well and we take these often and they sell well. Others also include Banana Republic, Lilly Pulitzer, Gap, Free People, Frye and other Anthropologie brands.

- Disclaimer: While we'd love to be a perfect fit (ha) for everybody, we are selective and might not take all of your items. And that's ok! That doesn't necessarily mean they won't work elsewhere, they just don't fit into what we sell at Darling and you might be more successful at a store that's a better match.

So to sum it up, the two most important things to remember is that your items should be:

1) in wonderful condition

2) and, well, darling

Our full consignment guidelines can be found on our website here. Call or e-mail us today to make an appointment and happy consigning!