Well, readers, I decided it was time to move beyond my fashion comfort zone again. I have read about charity resale shops online, but have never visited one. I decided it was time to check one out. I read reviews on Yelp, just like I did when I went on my first consignment trip. Based on online reviews, I learned about the Economy Shop.
The Economy Shop is a giant older home with three floors and fifteen rooms that are set up as different ‘departments.’ It’s been a resale charity since 1919 and is fully staffed by volunteers. You can learn more about their truly inspiring history here. All of the profits go to local organizations that include a children’s care clinic, counseling center, animal shelter, etc. If you do not live in the area, they also have an Ebay site.
Let’s get real for a minute. I was totally overwhelmed here. There was a LOT of digging involved. I did not feel quite ready to dig through clothes. So, after circling the bottom floor a few times, I headed upstairs to the shoes and accessories. The lovely volunteer in the shoe room explained the whole set-up to me. I started to feel more comfortable, and then I found these magical shoes:
These Marc by Marc Jacob pumps were in great shape, and looked as though they had been worn maybe once in the past. A couple of alcohol swabs later, and bam! these shoes were ready for wear!
Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs (paid $10, generally retail for anywhere from $300-$450)
My next post will be about how I wore them! Stay tuned!
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Going out of your comfort zone can be overwhelming at times! But, the payoff can make it all worthwhile. Having never gone resale shopping before, I was not quite sure what to expect. It is a good idea to ask the shop representatives if there is any rhyme or reason to how the clothes, shoes or accessories are organized. Once the volunteer pointed out that the high-end shoes and bags were in a specific section, it made my shopping much easier.
2) Supporting local charity resale shops is always in style! I love the idea of couture being accessible for everyone, and this is a great way to make that happen. Check out yelp or other search engines, read the reviews, and then decide if you want to venture out.
As always, let me know what you find and if you have had any good experiences with your own local charity resale shops!