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One woman’s trash is another’s treasure

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#fashionover40 woman in trench coat and striped skirt
Burberry Brit trench coat, Paloma Picasso sunglasses (all own) with c/o eShakti skirt, own GNW printed cardigan, polka dot scarf and L.K. Bennett wedge patent leather pumps

Browse consignment stores at the beginning of the week

Yesterday I brought some pieces that I had sorted out during the preparation of my fall wardrobe to a local consignment store. Typically, Mondays are the days consignment stores have a lot of new items as people tend to wheat out their closets on the weekend. While the woman was going through my items to see what they would take into consignment I browsed the store.

#over40fashion woman dressed for a rainy summer day
Burberry Brit trench coat to stay warm and dry on a rainy, cool summer day with a vintage Esprit bag (all own)

Sorting clothes by color is so helpful

They have a rack for each size and item type and within the rack they have the clothes sorted by color. I love this concept as it is the similar to the organization of my closet and allows for a quick lunch break browsing when you know what your size and colors are. Thus, I went to the top rack, which holds blazer, cardigans, and tops of all kinds and browsed thru my colors. On my fall shopping list, there is still a cashmere sweater and a cable knit sweater, and there was a pair of brown shoes for the office for fall. On the rack there was nothing that called my name.

Cross off items from your wish list when you got them

Then I went to the shoe shelf and saw a pair of brand new very classic Etienne Aigner wedges for $38 and a brand new pair of Anne Klein open toe AK logo heels for $14 – both in my size! I tried them on and they were perfect fits and looked great on my feet. I went towards the checkout to get them, and crossed the shoes off my fall shopping list.

Often you can score unwanted gifted items

The cashier was on a ladder and thus I looked up. Guess what? There was a brand new Jaeger tote of the kind and color I was looking for since a long time – for $80! I paid my three finds and said to the cashier that I can’t understand why someone buys such a bag and then never wears it. She said “The lady who brought it in said it was a gift that someone bought for her in Europe, but that it was totally not that lady’s style.” “Thus, it was a white elephant” I replied. We laughed and I said “One woman’s trash is another’s treasure.” Tweet this.

Consider to consign items that you don’t wear, but that are in great condition

What I like about consignment is that items you don’t like (or don’t like anymore), can be (again) appreciated by someone else. In Fairbanks, consignment is also the only way to buy a high end item in a store in town, and not online. On the other hand, these stores need a lot of self discipline. You have to browse them frequently to find something that is a perfect addition to what you already have, and you have to have no fear of leaving the store without buying. You also must know exactly what style you want to go for and never settle or be tempted to buy something just because it is an expensive brand. If it is not your style, not your color or does not fit, don’t buy it. Tweet this. Let it go. It would be too expensive, no matter what the price tag says.

It must have been my lucky day :). Stay tuned, I will present my three scores on the blog soon.

#over50fashion woman in work outfit with mixed prints and pattern
GNW printed cardigan (own), c/o eShakti skirt, own polka dot silk scarf and L.K. Bennett black patent leather wedge pumps for an office appropriate look

What I wore consigning

Now to the OOTD. I am wearing my stripped skirt again. This time I styled it with my printed 3/4 sleeve cardigan as a top. It picks up the black and taupe of the skirt. The print is smaller than the stripes which helps in mixing and matching prints and patterns. The silk scarf has a print that again is smaller than that of the cardigan. The polka dot scarf picks up the colors of the top and skirt and ties the outfit together. I anchored the outfit with my black patent leather wedge pumps.

Do you consign the clothes that you don’t wear anymore, but that are still like new? Do you buy clothes in consignment stores? If so, what are you looking for when you go there? Let me know by email, I am curious.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2014)

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