This weekend I went to see a friend in Arizona and shopped.  A lot.  In Arizona, specifically in Scottsdale, they have a fantastic store called My Sister’s Closet which is a huge store that sells recycled designer duds.  The vast majority are in almost new condition and were clearly from the closets of people who turns over their clothes quite quickly.  My friend and I spent about 2 hours or so in the store and found all kinds of awesome second hand clothing.  The racks were filled with Dior, Nanette Lepore, Tori Burch, Gucci, Louboutain…on and on.

Some tips for vintage, second-hand shopping:

  1. Wear clothes that are easy to take on and off so you can change quickly (slip on a jacket, try on a sweater etc.)
  2. Wear slip on shoes so you can try on shoes easily.
  3. Ignore size tags – designer clothing can be very different and employ vanity sizing.  You may think a medium is too big, but eyeball the item not the size tag, then try it on.
  4. Check for little holes or stains that don’t look like they’ll come out.  Also, missing buttons or zippers that don’t work.  Sometimes they mark off for these things and you can live with them or fix them.  Sometimes not.

I left there with:

Velvet blazer from Erin Featherston for Target: $10

Erin Featherston for Target blazer.

Cole Hahn booties: $30 (originally $200)

Cole Haan boots img: zappos

Juicy Couture wool dress: $8!

Juicy Couture wool cap sleeve dress, img: Nieman Marcus

Diane von Furstenberg chunky wool shrug: $70 orig $395

Chunky wool shrug for fall by DVF

Nine West teal green  and brown t-strap wedge: $25

From left: Vince Camutto, Cole Haan, Nine West

Vince Camutto wedges $44, Orig $180 (price tag still on the sole of shoes)

Vince Camutto shoes

BGBG dotted plaid silk print dress:  $22

BCBG dress from My Sister's Closet $24

BCBG dress

Cynthia Steffe orange cord pleated skirt: $25

Cynthia Steffe skirt

Current/Elliott Jean skirt with zippers: $35, originally $178 (tags were still attached!)

Pencil jean skirt by Current/Elliott

I wish there was a My Sister’s Closet near me.  They are in Arizona and will soon be in La Jolla.  But if you are in one of these places, you should make a trip there.

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