My week in NYC reinforced one of my style mantras: shopping secondhand is more fun, and more intoxicating, than shopping retail.
On my first day I went to the newly opened Nordstrom Rack with high hopes for fashion bargains. Broken hearted. The offerings looked all of a piece, many of the fabrics were poor quality, and the prices were not tempting. I left after a look at the handbags (nothing special) and the sunscreen (great selection!)
I had similar experiences at the few other big retailers I popped in on. Lots of same-same, lack of variety, cheap fabrics and cuts. I didn’t go to Barneys: I’m sure I’d find beauteous things there, but my credit cards couldn’t handle the strain. Both Sandy and I needed a couple of extra long-sleeve tees for the trip, and GAP was good for that.
For most of my shopping time, I wandered through the thrifts, vintage shops, and consignment stores I’ve come to love. And a few new ones. Below is a photo essay on why I love secondhand most.
(Your mileage may vary, and no side-eye is given to women who like department stores. There’s lots of reasons to prefer them: bigger, usually cleaner, specialty departments for petites and plus size, ease of navigation, faster, and liberal returns.)
|The variety is limitless. You’re not restricted to one season, one color range, or even one decade.
Or one price range. There’s something at every price point.
|Sometimes you don’t even have to go inside to find a great piece.
These 70’s wrap skirts are right up my alley, at $30 per.
|You might not be looking for a purse but you stumble upon a fab grouping of vintage beauties.
Inspiration follows! Outfits are created!
|There’s often a housewares corner. I’ve picked up lots of interesting dishes at the thrifts, for pennies
and dimes. Beautiful dress form here, too. I’m on the lookout for odd cats, so there’s that.
|Art! Some great paintings and drawings are donated, and can be brought home for a tiny fraction
of gallery prices.
|Feeling like you might have helped. You’re recycling and the $$ sometimes goes to good causes.
Housing Works helps people with medical, housing and mental health needs.
Why do you shop second-hand, if you do? What odd items are you on the lookout for?
Have the very best day, and stay fabulous,