Monday, September 20, 2010

There is a reason I have been quiet on here...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Plato's Closet and Prior Attire

A weekend ago I stopped by two stores, one a thrift store and one a consignment store.

My boyfriend suggested Prior Attire as he saw the name once somewhere. So I went to the store on 95th and Nall, next door to Sushi Gin (a decent sushi place). I never noticed the store before when I dined at Sushi Gin, so I think it recently relocated there from somewhere else.

My first impression when I entered the store was that it was a consignment store due to the quality of the items there. But it was a thrift store that accepts donations and then resells them to donate to charities instead. According to its website, it donated over $90,000 to over 40 KC charities in just last 4 years! Impressive. I am impressed with the items in the store, but I did not seem to find what I liked that day. If you like Coldwater Creek, Land's End, or Chico, this store may be for you.

The next store I went to was Plato's Closet. I discovered that it is a chain of stores everywhere in USA. My mom told me a Plato's Closet is opening in MN that will have three floors! I must check that out when I visit my family in Saint Paul next time. When I first entered the store on 135th and Quivira, first thing that I thought: "This is every teen's haven". Aeropostale, American Eagle, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch... there were so many clothings I did not have a chance to look at them. They do have a very decent selection.

Which consignment or thrift store shall I check out next? Maybe Savers on Santa Fe/Murlen and 95th/Nall. Just realized I missed the opportunity to stop by Savers when I visited Prior Attire. I did visit there before, just for books. Their book selection was amazing. I am not sure about their clothing. Stay tuned...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Revisiting used clothes

Lately I have been hitting the consignment and thrift stores. So far I like Nu2You in Leawood and Ditto in Overland Park/Lenexa. Nu2You seems to be geared toward older women in 30s and 40s, and have many good choices to wear for work. Ditto seems to be for teenagers to 20s/30s and mostly fads. Both are consignment stores which mean they can cost more than at any thrift store, but quality is much better.

I also visited Savers on 95th and Nall in Overland Park and was shocked at the book section. I could buy everything there! I think I bought 6 books there.

I also asked for friends' suggestions on Facebook. One of them strongly recommended Goodwill in Overland Park (135th and Hwy 69) and another one said I should check Plato's Closet out.

At first I was uncertain if Goodwill by Hwy 69 and 135th street is good, since I have not had any "great find" at any Goodwill store. I met the friend again the next day, and she still swore by it. So after work last Thursday, I decided to check that Goodwill out.

And... I was stunned. She was right. Banana Republic, Express, Limited, Tommy Hilfiger, Talbots, you name it. And those clothes were clean and most were even ironed. I spent two hours at that store and I was not finished! I will go back again soon. I also found awesome books, for only 99 cents each. I also found my best find ever (besides finding that Armani jacket at Ditto last week):

I have the exactly same pair in black, which I bought for $29.99. I was thinking of buying another one in a different color since I am in love with my black pair. Then tada, this cotton pink crocs for only ... $1.99!

The nice thing about Crocs is that you can wash it easily. Naturally this pair of pink Malindi's is very dirty when I found it at Goodwill, but there's nothing that soap and water can't do.

I am sooooo excited! I even texted my boyfriend and mom about it :)

Next stop: Plato's Closet. I have not checked it out but I will do soon.

Got any cool consignment/thrift stores you think are worth a visit?