With the explosion of high-end shoe and fashion boutiques locally and nationwide, it's a testament to the curators at Avalon Exchange — with locations in Lakewood and Cleveland Heights — that you can still find the trendiest and most unique footwear and vintage clothing items at their stores, for a fraction of the price at the designer shops. Avalon is a regional chain, with stores in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Florida as well, and their model should be familiar to consignment shoppers. You can bring in your shoes and clothes and get 30 percent of their retail value in cash (or 45 percent in store credit) on the spot. Even if you're not trading in, Avalon Exchange is as dope as any designer store, with an unlimited supply of brands and looks.
15006 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-221-6400; 1798 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-320-9775; avalonexchange.com.