Mrs. Mass.: Buy buy birdie

Hey, Lawrence, we have a newbie downtown! Rockin’ Parrot moved into 1027 Massachusetts St. on Aug 10, and can I just say, it’s such a perky boutique to shop in.

While the Lawrence store is just a few weeks old, Rockin’ Parrot originated in Osage City; that store has been around for much longer. Specializing in new and used upscale clothing — as well as antiques! — this shop has something for every budget.

I stopped in Rockin’ Parrot to scope out the scene and peruse the clothing racks. While it’s easy to notice from outside (hellooo, neon green door), and I could gather from signage that it’s a consignment shop, I wanted to know about the store’s setup and character.

Find Rockin’ Parrot at 1027 Massachusetts St.,, 785-207-7200.

Well goodness, was I in for it. The store looks like my dream closet! Neatly organized racks of clothing, a few antique display cases sprinkled with jewelry and a large dressing room complete with cushy chair and glowing lamp. Naturally, I had to find something to try on. And somehow, I didn’t doubt this task would be easily accomplished.

As I mined the racks for gems, I noticed the price range is, well, broad. A $15 shirt here, a $5 top there, a $300 blouse there, a … $300 blouse?! Yep. As I mentioned before, this is an upscale new and used consignment boutique; the prices will run the gamut, as will the labels. I really appreciate this eclectic character, and find it attractive when a business can cater to various groups and interests.

Anyway, back to the $300 blouse — the store associate informed me that Rockin’ Parrot purchases some of the same designer pieces as Hobbs and Spectators. So hey! You really can find everything here.

During my visit, I found a shy pink vintage skirt that was calling my name. After giving it a whirl in the dressing room, I was feeling quite smitten. Then I looked at the price tag: $15.99. Yep! Done deal. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the easiest decision of my weekend.

I think it’s safe to say Rockin’ Parrot is going to do just fine on Mass. Street. The fresh store front, charming interior and diverse offerings make it a delight to visit. Need some new wardrobe pieces for the school year? On a budget? The Rockin’ Parrot is sure to have something that fits both your style and your budget.

— Jessica Pauly, aka Mrs. Mass., gives her thoughts on shopping, urban living and what’s new in Lawrence in CheckOut weekly and on her blog,