I love finding bargains on pretty much anything, but especially clothes. I very rarely buy anything full price because, well, because I don’t really have to.
I’m not kidding when I say that upon approach of the clearance rack at Marshalls or Target my heart skips a beat, but for a serious adrenaline rush, its all about the Thrift, and Consignment stores.
Aside from the obvious benefit of saving money and recycling, when you shop at these stores, you find one of a kind (can you say designer?) items, and don’t even get me started on the thrill of the hunt. It can be exhilarating.
Macklemore was dead on.
My colleague Nancy Schwartz drinks the same Kool-Aid as me and therefore has a killer wardrobe, from her shoes to her jewelry. In addition to her Realtor duties, she also volunteers one day a week. Where you might ask?
I know it’s because she cares and is a good person, but she also get’s first peek at what comes in the shop.
I am so on to her.
And sharing success stories is half the fun. I am all about telling someone that the Coach bag I am carrying was 15 bucks. Fellow Realtor Scott St. James is so tired of me pointing out how inexpensively I’m dressed if he sees me wearing something new he’ll compliment me, but before I can open my mouth to respond will say “and I don’t need to know it was only eight dollars, just own it, you look great.”
Windermere Encinitas Office Manager and thrift store queen Tally Weber always looks amazing, and it ain’t from shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I asked for her short list of go to spots, and she reluctantly agreed to share them here.
I definitely owe her lunch.
Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop in Cardiff
St. Peters Church Resale in Del Mar and
Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club Resale
Where do I have the best luck you ask?
My Sister’s Closet. Not literally, it’s actually a chain with locations in Arizona and California. The mecca I frequent is in Encinitas, all too conveniently located within three blocks from my office:)
These folks have it down. Well organized racks of clothes, friendly staff, thoughtful lighting design, and large fitting rooms. Best of all, no stale garment smell.
A pleasant shopping experience, and the deals are to die for.
The other reason I am so enamored with this place is that every time you clean out your closet you can load up your stuff, and as long as its clean drop it off in a bag or box, no need for pressing and hanging which is huge. They sort through it and take what they want, post your credit total online so you can always check your balance which is awesome, and unless you ask to get back the stuff that they pass on, they will donate it charity. It’s like joining a recycling club and all the members just happen to look fabulous.
So if you have yet to try the second hand route when clothes shopping I highly recommend it. You never know what treasures await you, and the hunt is truly half the fun:)
About JulieRae, she’s a hardworking Realtor/Mom whose mantra typically is “Yes, but first coffee.”
For help buying, selling, or investing in SD she’s your gal @ email@example.com