Designer Garage Boutique has affordable mix of brand name fashions and furnishings
New Milford shop: Modern art and classic pieces offered
David Carbone opens up a recent delivery to Designer Garage Boutique, the new store he and his wife opened on the corner of Route 7 and Dodd Road in New Milford, and pulls out a modern-art style, sterling silver clock that is decorated with forks and spoons.
Carbone and his wife, Jennifer, agree it will be an intriguing addition to the other eclectic clocks he has mounted high on a wall in a room full of designer brand women's clothes, jeans, knit wear, jewelry and purses, including Coach bags.
He then walks into a side room past a bright red cafe table with bottle-cap chairs to show off yet another room filled with one-of-a-kind reproduction lamps, bar stools, office chairs and couches from vendors as far away as Germany.
The Bethel couple opened their store in September and are clearly proud of the selections they have to offer. They are fast building a steady clientele, and said the best part of their business is that these fashions and furnishings bear outlet prices meant to fit the budgets of everyone from well-heeled collectors to teenagers.
Most of what they sell -- such as Scrabble-piece necklaces, Not Your Daughter's brand jeans and hand-knitted scarves, hats and mittens by a local artisan with proceeds benefiting Relay for Life -- are not likely to be found anywhere else nearby.
A Coach clutch that normally sells for about $300 is priced here for almost $100 less; a costume silver pearl necklace and matching earrings sell for $29. There are wallets for $10 and coats for $159. A sleek black leather couch with Memory Foam fabric that looks as though it belongs in a Manhattan penthouse sells for just under $800.
Four years ago, David Carbone sold his furniture business in SoHo; two years ago the couple, with sons Kyle, 9, and Ryan, 5 months, bought and renovated a 110-year-old tobacco barn for their shop. (In the recent past it was a children's consignment shop and a used bookstore.)
Both he and his wife are excited with the prospects. So is customer Marcela Rosato, who stopped in recently to shop for a winter coat.
"I like what they have ... we need something different here in New Milford," said Rosato. "The prices are wonderful."
Designer Garage Boutique, located at 163 Danbury Road, New Milford, is open Tuesday -- Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 860-355-5800, email@example.com.