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Northshore April 2020

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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56 APRIL 2020 I N - D E P T H M AG I C H AT T H R I F T S H O P Magic Hat is heavily organized to look neat, tidy, and not overwhelming—case in point, they just created a new reading space with a comfortable couch and several organized bookshelves for a cozy, relaxed feel. They have neatly assembled racks of clothing, and they advertise when they get new, standout pieces donated. Their profits are allocated to parent-teacher organizations within Marblehead Public Schools, so it's shopping for a cause. Just make sure to check their social media before you go, since they sometimes close for holidays and school vacations. 217 Pleasant St., Marblehead, 781-639-3120, S I M P L I C I T Y C O N S I G N M E N T B O U T I Q U E As the name suggests, Simplicity offers chic clothing options at a high standard. They sell name-brand goods, ranging from the upscale (Dior, Michael Kors) to the more affordable (Lululemon, Nike, LL Bean). An added bonus: They have petite sizes, which can be a little unusual for secondhand but is a huge bonus for short people like myself. They also have sales and have recently started sharing their "Outfit of the Day," with all the pieces straight off their shelves. 58 Maple St., Danvers, 978-646-0014 HOW TO SPOT A FAKE Counterfeit goods are rampant in the secondhand industry, and it can be tough for even the experts to spot a fake—much less the average shopper. The solution for a store like theirs is "part human and part science," explains Doherty. Chic's policy is not to put an item on the floor unless it's authentic, and beyond staff training, Doherty also uses Entrupy. The app takes pictures of an item at the microscopic level and generates a certificate of authenticity if it's genuine; they say their accuracy is over 98 percent. It's an added measure of assurance, and particularly useful since fakes are becoming more and more sophisticated these days. FAN FAVORITE: FRANCIE'S BOUTIQUE For almost 10 years, Francie's Boutique has been a staple to the Topsfield consignment crowd, offering an experience fueled by "quality, service, and style." Not only is Francie's known for their "gently used, new, and hand-crafted clothing," but they are also home to the work of over 20 local artisans. After expanding from solely consignment to include homewares and décor in 2012, Francie's Home was born. From hand-stamped bracelets and locally made soap and skincare to hand-blown glass and colorful pottery, Francie's offers up a unique selection of gifts for any true New Englander. As a bonus, Francie's also accepts consignment by appointment, so you can try your hand at selling your wares. 30 Main Street, Topsfield, 978-887-0331, —DELIA CURTIS IN THE KNOW POOLS • HOT TUBS • SAUNAS 978 - 887 - 2424 Route One, Topsfield CALL NOW for FREE Site Evaluation! $1,000 OFF PRESEASON SALES! Route One, Topsfield

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