Treasure Hunting out West

 

Cyndi - probably everything she is wearing is from resale!
Cyndi – probably everything she is
wearing is from resale!

We recently went to Las Vegas to visit my daughter, then on to Southern California. It was a wonderful trip but, of course, the highlight was time with daughter Cyndi. She took a position in Las Vegas about a year and half ago and this was our first visit. She has bought a home—very southwestern with desert type of back yard, big patio even a date, lime and pomegranate tree, each loaded with fruit. Of course, there is a pool.

Cyndi is a passionate resale shopper and since Mother’s Day and my birthday had recently passed, the agenda was to take Mom shopping.

Shopping resale is more like a treasure hunt so it takes a different mindset.

Take an inventory of what you have in your closet before shopping. You want to take an inventory every few months anyway but it is especially important before shopping. Note the incomplete items you have. You may have just retired a top but love the bottom that you wear with it. In resale shopping there will only be one of a kind. Items may have been altered so the fit might not be true for the size. The great delight in resale shopping is when you find that garment that you absolutely love, it fits and it is a tiny fraction of the original price. Cyndi just sent me a picture of a Dior skirt she found for $38. How cool is that?

We went to six different shops, each with its distinctly different personality. It seems each owner draws certain clients so each shop takes on a unique style of its own. In one shop I especially liked, I tried on a dozen different things, ending up with all the sales staff getting involved. What fun!

BCBGMaxAzria treasure
BCBGMaxAzria treasure

I ended up getting an adorable red jacket by BCBGMaxAzria.   Great color and so different from anything I own. I loved that it is beautifully made with functioning buttonholes on the sleeves! I happen to have a navy pencil skirt and light weight knit shell that will be perfect with the jacket. I can hardly wait for the weather to get a bit cooler so I can wear it! It had been priced at $70 but the owner gave us a 30% discount. The other piece I found was a Lulu Lemon warm-up jacket that was new with tags. It had just come in and was half price from the retail shop. Perfect for our daily walks in cool weather as well as wearing to yoga class when the weather gets cooler. I appreciated having it at the beach in Orange County where the cloud cover kept temperatures very cool. What a delightful birthday/Mothers’ Day!

Dior Sunglasses
Dior Sunglasses
Silk Tommy Bahama shirt
Silk Tommy Bahama shirt

Cyndi had to go back to work so we traveled to Southern California where we visited friends and then spent three days in Newport Beach. Again we visited two resale shops that we used to visit each summer when we had a time-share in Newport. Both shops carry men’s wear which turned up some great shirts for Joe and I got a light blue leather jacket and Dior sunglasses.

Resale shopping can be such fun! It’s all a matter of choosing only those garments that fit you, look great on you, and fill a need in your wardrobe.