You see that lovely Ann Taylor Loft yellow jacket? Guess how much it cost me? a mere $9. YES, NINE DOLLARS.
This is the successful result of my second trip to my local Plato's Closet, a store that sells brand name gently used clothing and accessories. If it wasn't for Ashley, who had written a post a while back raving about her own plato's loot, I would have never known about this kind of place.
Thrift stores/consignment shops/etc have never been types of places that I would frequent. Not because I thought it was "below" me or anything, but I just thought that the clothes would be considerably out-of-date. Like there would be one-too-many pairs of bellbottoms hanging on the racks.
Anyhoozle, the first time I went to Plato's Closet, I was hot, tired and the store was packed. So the trip turned into a major fail. However, my second trip was a completely different story. I went in the early morning on weekday (very important), full from my breakfast and eager to take my time going up and down the aisles and try on clothes. I tried on a couple of pairs of seven jeans (too tight for me in the thighs), a banana republic dress, and a couple shirts. As I was winding down my trip, I wandered over to the clearance racks (yes, they even have clearance racks!) and it is there that I struck my little piece of gold.
Last year, this was a tweed jacket that I lusted after in the Loft stores. But at $129 it was a hell-to-the-no kind of purchase for me. Earlier this year, it got reduced but none were available in my size in the stores. I
I practically pranced over to the cashier, paid for MY JACKET! and skipped out the door.
Only thing is, it's probably going to cost me more to have it dry cleaned due to the kind of fabric. Eh, that's a problem I can deal with.