Retailers across Long Island have found a new way to cater to patrons who want to skip lines and avoid big crowds.
They’re doing it through private shopping sessions.
We’ve combed through the island to find five local shops that are offering this service.
1. The Boutique, 41 East Main Street in Babylon
Theresa Ribarich, the owner of The Boutique in Babylon Village, is offering a one-on-one shopping experience with her.
During this exclusive session, women shoppers can expect to be dressed in a variety of eclectic, vintage, and one-of-a-kind styles the store has to offer, the owner said.
The men’s section located inside the store, The Gentlemen’s Quarter, has an assortment of eclectic fashions for men to be styled in as well.
Shoppers can schedule an hour and a half private shopping session at The Boutique by texting (516)-474-0691.
Private shopping sessions are $20. This fee is included in your purchase if you spend a minimum of $100.
2. Origin of Era, 90 West Main Street in Bay Shore
Store owner Renee Goldfarb of Origin of Era is offering private shopping sessions for women seeking unique, indie, and sustainable styles.
Shoppers can schedule either a 30-minute in-store session or an hour in-store session.
Your private shopping session can be just for you, or you can bring a friend.
Hour-long sessions allow up to five friends.
In-store private shopping sessions are $20 per person, but the fee is deducted from purchases of $100 or more.
If you don’t feel like leaving the house, Origin of Era offers virtual shopping sessions as well. Virtual sessions are single only, and are free of charge.
3. Thred, 7 Village Green Way in Patchogue
Thred is a lifestyle boutique that features an array of contemporary styles with a touch of edge.
Thred sells one-of-a-kind pieces made by local designers and Thred employees themselves.
The local shop also provides free alterations on in-store purchases.
Shoppers can be dressed “thred-to-toe” by booking a private shopping appointment ranging from 15 to 30 minutes.
Thred’s private shopping sessions are free and can be booked by emailing email@example.com.
4. Rose & Boom Boutique, 176 N. Country Road in Mt. Sinai & 412 N. Country Road in St. James
Rose & Boom Boutique, located in Mount Sinai and St. James, is known for its fun and easy-going atmosphere.
This trendy boutique’s private shopping sessions are free of charge and are available to do as a group or by yourself.
The sessions are usually scheduled during off-business hours, so that shoppers have the store and their stylist all to themselves.
Rose & Boom Boutique also offers virtual private shopping sessions via FaceTime and contact-free curbside pick-up for those who aren’t comfortable going in the store.
Shoppers can book their private shopping sessions with Rose & Boom Boutique through their website.
5. Paper Doll Vintage Boutique, 23 Main St. in Sayville
Deck out in decade style by booking a private shopping session at Paper Doll Vintage Boutique in Sayville.
This exquisitely eccentric shop, carrying rare vintage and retro pieces, is happy to set aside time before and after their normal operating hours to personally style and shop with customers.
Paper Doll’s private shopping sessions can be scheduled for a $20 deposit that goes towards the final purchase.
Shoppers can set up an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the shop at (631)-319-1919.
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