Short Pump Style: Baggio Offers Designer Clothes at Bargain Prices

Spend an afternoon browsing the racks at Baggio Consignment in Gayton Crossing and you will surely fall in love with at least one vintage Valentino jacket, a bright Thakoon top, gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana gown or a classic Chanel handbag.

Slipping something on, feeling the textures or admiring the colors against your skin is all a part of “romancing of the clothes” experience that owner Norma Santamaria has cultivated at the store she named after her mixed beagle over ten years ago. Having worked in the fashion industry for over thirty years, Norma’s experience includes both retail and individual client work where she gained an eye for detail, quality (and often very pricey) pieces.

Baggio was born out of Norma’s love for beautiful, well-made clothing and her conviction that every woman should own something luxurious, but at a price that is affordable.  While consigning is not a new market, it seems like more are popping up every day, Baggio’s is the only consignment store in Richmond that specializes in offering its customers “the very best.”  And here, the very best includes household names such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dries Van Noten, but also quality labels such as Lordes Chaves, Algo (hailing from Norway), Rene Lange (Germany origins) and Charles Chang Lima.

But perhaps the best part of falling in love with one of these pieces?  You might just walk home with it as Baggio excels in curating only the best quality and on-trend pieces with prices starting at just one third of the retail value.  But don’t let that stop you (because as we all know, even 1/3 of a Jason Wu dress can cost well over $500), you will find a variety of stickers attached to some items indicating an additional 30, 50 or 70% off the already reduced consignment price.

By the end of my time at Baggio’s, I had not only gotten a glimpse into the back storage room filled with fall clothes ready to be unpacked, but I had also gotten my own little experience of romancing the clothes as Norma all but put me in a gorgeous navy parka, then the softest striped cashmere sweater, upon which she layered with a blue fur Jason Wu and then topped the whole look off with knee-high lilac suede boots.

I can’t say I wasn’t tempted to scoop everything up in one fell swoop of my credit card. But being the true sale shopper that I am, I walked away instead with a gorgeous pair of Salvatore Ferragamo kitten heel pumps (with a red sticker to boot!).

Sydney Page Lester is an almost 30 year old with a Masters in Social Work, fantastic husband and an eye for sequins. In addition to working full (and part) time, she keeps DTSP updated with all things fashion and can also be found at ChicStripes, her personal blog full of daily outfits, styling tips and the best way to wear thrifted items. Email her or send a tweet to @chicstripes.