When Fairy Circle opened its doors in 2002, it was in a humble shop off Wrighstville Avenue. Today, some 15 years later, it has grown into two stores: one in the Monkey Junction area off College Road, and the other near UNCW off College Road. The size of their inventory has essentially grown 10 times the amount of what it was.

“We adapt to the ever-changing fashion trends,” owner Stephanie Denning says, “and receive feedback from our customers and consignors, and listen to their suggestions for carrying the latest styles.”

With over 8,000 square feet to shop, they carry a slew of brands, from BCBG to Lucky Brand, Michael Kors to Calvin Klein, Lilly Pulitzer to H&M, Prada to Joe’s Jeans, French Connection to Theory, Kate Spade to Citizens of Humanity, and so much more.

“We’ve grown and adapted to meet the demands of our clientele,” Denning continues. “We also support the community by carrying local products and donate unsold items to a variety of charities.”

 Aside from stocking treasured finds for everyone’s closet—teens, college students, young professionals—they sell soy candles, incense, The Naked Bee lotions and balms, locally crafted jewelry and more. Better yet, they haven’t stopped growing. Denning has plans to continue Fairy Circle’s growth by scouting an Ogden location this year.

Currently, the store is accepting spring items from consignors, so hold the jackets for the end of summer when they begin taking fall wear. Consignors should make sure clothing is in tip-top condition, and folks can drop by anytime without an appointment.


“With warmer weather coming up, sundresses and our new swimsuit section have gotten a lot of attention,” Denning tells.

Following the store on Facebook means keeping up to date on their $1 days and huge clearance sale events. They also post new arrivals on the page—and they get hundreds daily—so if a top designer comes in, shoppers will find out on the fly.

Other consignment shops saving bucks for readers on our poll are Plato’s Closet (29%) and Clothes Mentor (28%). —Shea Carver