Shopping News: Resale Rounds

An afternoon speed-shopping STLs top resale stores results in a multitude of second-hand treasures.

 

Anyone who knows me would not be surprised that I pitched this story. Known to spend a Saturday making the resale rounds, I’ll spend hours in one store, hitting every department (including little boys!) and reviewing the contents of most every hanger. While most tire after one three-hour hunt, I can power on to the next store; rather than continue to torture less-obsessed friends, I now shop alone. So, I really thought I was challenging myself when I set a five-hour limit on my proposed four-store spree. With travel time, that’s only about one hour in each shop. I would have to focus…

1:00pm
Arrived at Designer Resale Boutique (St. Peters, 636.279.3968). As I walked up and saw two stuffed $1.99 garment racks sitting outside, I wondered why I had never been there before. I peeked inside, and rows of coats near the entrance—from fur to leather to long and wool—drew me in. I discovered shoes, chunky jewelry, sweaters and jeans from mall brands like The Limited and Banana Republic and designer handbags in counter cases. I weeded out my fabulous finds and decided to feature a short, sequined Jessica McClintock dress, which, I decided, could skew very Balmain if accessorized just right. I left proud that I did not splurge on a fringed suede jacket (though still thinking about it…), and that two of my four personal purchases were from the $1.99 racks.

Jessica McClintock dress available at Designer Resale ($12.99).

2:30pm
Stopped at Women’s Closet Exchange (Sappington, 314.842.8405). A longtime favorite of mine, I knew I’d have no trouble scoring something amazing. On one side of the store, there’s a cherry-picked plethora of suits, dresses, shoes and more by boutique-worthy brands. On the other is…my heaven. Chanel suits, gently-used Manolo Blahniks and Alexander McQueen jackets for less than my used-car payment? Yes, please. My final picks included a clutch that reminded me of Rachel Zoe for Judith Leiber and rocker-chic Tory Burch pants that I so would keep for myself if they were in my size.

Tory Burch pants available at Women’s Closet Exchange ($59). Inge Christopher clutch available at Women’s Closet Exchange ($59).

3:45pm
Arrived at Clique (Sappington Plaza, 314.729.0883). Newly opened and just a few feet from its more-sophisticated sister store (Women’s Closet Exchange), I was immediately intrigued by Clique; just as
I walked in, I overheard a fellow shopper say that she found an $8 BCBGMaxAzria jacket there just weeks before. While amidst the clothing racks, stocked with Ella Moss, Diesel and Express; outerwear; denim and dresses for all occasions, I found myself torn between a faux fur shrug, an asymmetrical ’80s bangle and two pairs of pumps–one, Bebe; the other, a Stuart Weitzman diffusion line. I went with Bebe, as they were my size.

Bebe heels available at Clique ($12).

4:45pm
Stopped to refuel, aka swig a 44 oz. Diet Mountain Dew

5:00pm
Made my final stop at tag Timeless Authentic Garments (The Loop, 314.721.1370). One of my many haunts, I knew most everything about my final destination, other than the fact that it closes at 8pm. Whew… Though I stopped once to try on the fringed leather hot pants worn by the mannequin in the window, I remained on task for the most part; I briskly sifted through the racks of rompers, maxis, boots, evening bags and more. In the end, I decided on a structured tuxedo jacket, a must-have the season. I think of tag as the many eBay stores I once frequented, all rolled into one always-on-target, easy-to-shop Delmar destination. As I left, I reminded the owner to call me when they get a fur vest in. I gave up on my many attempts to “win” one online; surprisingly, I don’t have the patience for auctions.

Jayna tuxedo jacket available at tag Timeless Authentic Garments ($36).

 

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Jayna tuxedo jacket

 

Photo credit: Location photos by Megan Pace; Product photos by Josh Monken.

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