Play it again, Sam

Posted on June 22, 2010 by admin 

Did you ever wonder what happens to those outfits that you loved so much when you bought them but after time, they sit in the back of your closet?  Do they feel unloved, neglected and abandoned?   Here’s a way to give them new life and purpose.

I have just researched three resale shops in the Buckhead area and there are some fantastic options available.  Each one has a slightly different focus.  All resale shops I have visited have similar rules:  garments must be in good repair without stains and they should be no more than two years old.  I have found that some shops are more lenient on the age of a garment if it is a timeless design from a top designer.

Let’s take a tour.

B Chic is located at 3277A Roswell Road,  just north of the Roswell Road and West Paces Ferry intersection.  Nancy Scalera is the owner and is delightful.   It is a bright, cheerful shop packed with great clothes.  She has a variety of brands from Etcetera to Ferre.  There was an Anne Fontaine blouse with the tags still attached when I visited.   A wide selection of Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and other top designer shoes is available as well as handbags.  Again, some have never been used.

Backstreet Boutique, located at 3140 E. Shadowlawn Avenue, bills itself appropriately, as Buckhead’s Upscale Resale.  It is located just a block off Peachtree in a little house where each room is filled with Chanel, Armani and St. John jackets, skirts and pants and a few dresses.  There is one section for leather and a huge selection of jeans.  Owner, Joey McCraw also has a huge selection of top designer shoes and accessories.

Career Fashion Consignment takes a different approach.  Owner, Judi Gerhardt, who relocated to Atlanta from New Orleans.  After losing everything to Hurricane Katriana she had just reestablish and was hit by Gustav and Ike.  She decided to come to Atlanta for a new beginning.  In her shop, located at 45C Bennett Street in Buckhead she carries both men’s and women’s career clothing. Judi’s philosophy is to recycle and repurpose so the clients who take clothes to her shop will not expect top prices but will know that their gently worn clothing will be enjoyed by someone else.  You can find shoes such as Farragamo and accessories as well.  On a recent visit, she had just taken in a dozen or so pair of top brand men’s shoes, some never worn.  My husband regretted that they were not his size.

When you do your seasonal closet audits, this could be a great way for you to give a new life of purpose to those lonely clothes lurking in the back.  Or, you might decide you would like to search for something for yourself or your husband.  I have both consigned and purchased from consignment shops with great success.  My husband found several pair of virtually new  Zanella slacks last fall which have become his favorites and together they cost less than one pair new.

Have some fun and give these shops a visit.

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