Business Profile: The Cedar Chest

Patch interviewed the owner of the Nutmeg State's first consignment store, Nancy Briggs, who shopped here when she was a teen.


Clinton's consignment shop, , located at 85 West Main Street near Connecticut Water Company, has the distinction of being the first consignment shop in the state!

It offers ladies consignment fashions; accessories such as purses, belts, scarves, sunglasses, jewelry; and home decor such as bed linens, decorative pillows, small furnishings and collectibles.

They have just opened a new Cedar Chest II in Branford. The store offers consignment values for the whole family and is located at 2 Liesl Lane in Branford.

They also have an online store at their website, www.thecedarchestresale.com. There are loads of designer clothing and accessories to choose from and "add to your cart!"

History of the business:  The Cedar Chest has been open for 43 years; I've owned it for eight years.  It started in a small building next door and was the first consignment store in Connecticut.  I've been shopping here since I was 16. 

Where does the name come from:  It's unknown!

What do you offer:  We sell and consign fine upscale women's clothing, jewelry and accessories. 

What styles are most in demand:  Everyone is looking for designer labels for business and casual wear such as Talbots, J Crew, Gap, Juicy Couture, Armani, Brooks Brothers, Versace, BCBG, Michael Kors, and many others. 

What trends have you noticed:  The 70s are back!

What makes The Cedar Chest unique:  Consignors love the fact that we sell worldwide on eBay.  Customers love our window displays. 

What do you like best about town:  The summer traffic on Route 1. 

| 85 West Main Street | 860-669-9425 www.thecedarchestresale.com

Teresa Little Smith April 26, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I really enjoy shopping in The Cedar Chest! I've found many professional outfits to wear to work, in almost perfect condition, for incredibly reasonable prices. The people who work at The Cedar Chest and very kind and always helpful and cheerful, and the whole shopping experience is a pleasure. My daughter loves to come with me to look for "treasures," and we have always come away with great feelings about the store. I highly recommend it!


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