Thursday, September 25, 2008

What Was Your Best Consignment Store Haul Ever?

I'd be lying if I said that I'm shopping consignment and thrift stores more frequently due to the recession -- the plain and simple truth is I've been shopping those places for years, not only for the good deals on designer goodies, but there's something about things having a "past" that I find utterly romantic and glam.

Reminds me of the scene in the SATC Movie where Big turns to Carrie and says, "you must be the only person in New York who still reads library books" which prompts her to bury her face into her book of love letters and take a huge whiff.

I've acquired many lovely pieces over the years, adored them, archived them, and then set them free again to be enjoyed by another similarly obsessed gal. One of my all time favorite scores was a simple pair of Manolo Blahnik "jazz" flats. I was making minimum wage at the time and these babies cost me about $25 but every time I wore them I felt like a million bucks.

So please share - what's your fave consignment / thrift store purchase?

And one more thing which is kinda sorta related: why is it that the price of these Something Blue Manolos was quoted by Carrie as being $525 in the flick when in actuality they're $945?


K.Line said...

I have so many faves I can scarcely choose. One particular comes to mind: A 50s dolman 3/4sleeve nipped wool blazer in midnight blue. Lining perfect. Made in Montreal. 50 bucks, no tax. Every time I wear it I feel interesting, chic, slim and smart!

Emily said...

i've never found anything in consignment stores since i've only visited ones with a stale odor that has turned me off. after hearing of these finds though, i think i'll give it another try!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-my ultra best buy was a mint condition chiffon floral Ossie Clark maxi dress for £7. I later sold it to a vintage store in Los Angeles for a very healthy profit, but in hindsight I wish I'd kept it!

shoppingsmycardio said...

um, you found $25 manolos? i have never in my life found anything of use at a consignment clearly, i need to come to NYC and go thrifting with you!

oh, and i'm guessing those manolos *were* $525, and then doubled when they became famous ;)

WendyB said...

I couldn't pick just one!

Flowernista said...

Consignment stores (not thrift stores)....hmmm....probably a quadruple ply cashmere Calvin Klein sweater in chocolate brown for $12...oooh! also two great boots (pricey at $80 each) one a slouchy black pair and the other a rust pair custom made in Italy.