I'm a sucker for second-hand and have been raking in the deals with some adorable finds lately. Whether the recession is increasing sales of high-end used clothing, or minds are just plain indecisive, the trend is working out just fine for me.
I recently visited LunaBlu, a used clothing store in Monterey, California. Tucked on a downtown side street, contemporary treasures can be found with some mighty reasonable prices. I found a green Zara dress for $25, a Kimchi & Blue embroidered dress for $25 (pictured below), and an Odille black wrap skirt for $18. I soon discovered , thanks to Google, that Kimchi & Blue is carried at Anthropologie and Odille is sold at Urban Outfitters. Then, there was this Fire Los Angeles dress with a rose pattern that I couldn't pass up for $14.40. On previous visits, I've discovered items by J. Crew and BCBG for only $15 to $25 a piece.
Numerous other thrift shops are stocking up on goodies just like these. The key is to be patient and willing to dig. Sometimes it takes multiple visits to find that special something, and other times it's impossible to narrow the pile down. To feel extra good about your purchase, visit thrift stores that are donation-based, such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or local non-profit boutiques. Meanwhile, if you find yourself in Monterey, be sure to visit LunaBlu.
LunaBlu, 176 Bonifacio Place, Monterey, California, (831) 641-0616.