Clothes-by-the-pound options in this city are slim at best. While the Goodwill Outlet Center has afforded me my fair share of cheap thrills in the past, the act of tackling it in earnest is exhaustifying. Also occasionally nauseating. The responsibility of stocking a vintage/thrift boutique means I’ve recently found myself in dire need of GOC alternatives.
You’re probs thinking “Hang the eff on. You mean you stock stuff you buy by the pound, and sell it individually for a higher price?” You bet your ass I do, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. When you’re stocking a vintage/thrift boutique, and you want to keep your price points reasonable – cheap, even – you’ve gotta go off the grid to find the goods. Our stock costs are lower than most because a shit ton of time and energy goes into finding what we eventually sell. This enables us to tack on a small convenience charge for our efforts in lieu of the offensive mark-ups often seen at other vintage/thrift stores – a fair trade off, methinks.
Revealing where I get some of my stock could, perhaps, result in a loss of business, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. My feeling is, if you’ve got the cojones to go where I go and shop how I shop, I’m not about to deprive you of the opportunity to do so; inclusion begets positive shopping karma. On that note, let’s talk about Green Village Junk Shop.
There’s two apparel options at Green Village: Priced per piece and priced per pound ($2.00 per lb). The per-pound option has one small catch: You gotta buy ten pounds or more to get the deal. Ten pounds of clothing might sound like a lot, but believe you me, it adds up fast. The back bins at Green Village aren’t just a more manageable, pared-down version of those at Goodwill Outlet Center. They’re a vintage fiend’s dream: Retro fabulosity lurks beneath the donated muck. Dig hard, hunt enthusiastically, and here’s a preview of what you might find:
The thriftastic awesomeness above obvs didn’t magically reveal itself to me at the get-go; two to three hours of aerobic foraging is the standard for a haul of this caliber.
My shopping stamina mirrors that of a European tourist at Century 21 these days: I had enough energy at the end of my apparel browse to dig for accessories, which proved equally enthralling.
There was, of course, the issue of travel; first to the laundromat to sanitize, then home to my apartment. Hauling thirty pounds of stock around on foot isn’t fun by a long shot, but trying everything on when it’s still warm from the dryer sure as hell is. A warm and fuzzy end to a job well done.
Green Village, I love you. Viva la thrift.
Just got wind of the latest Etsy-inspired endeavor, a.k.a. Indieshop. Think HSN, sans the overabundance of cubic zirconia. I haven’t seen it live yet, but I AM intrigued by the ability to text an order in real time. Muy convenient.
Indieshop’s online too, if you’d rather browse the products on your own time, and the selection’s rather tempting IMHO.
Here’s a few tidbits/end-of-day procrastination fodder.
Mmkay, so, Mulberry bags are EFFING GORGEOUS. This is precisely why the line’s attempt at a fast fashion collection is so ludicrous: Target-produced pleather, canvas, velvet, PVC, et. al. can’t hold a candle to buttery leather bags in the $750 – $1,150 range. If we’re label-crazed enough to drool over the real deal, it follows that we’re not stupid enough to waste $50 – $100 on a cheap copy.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a continual reminder of what I can’t afford hanging on my arm. It’s depressing.
My reality doesn’t allot for handbags costing thousands of dollars. Even if it did, I don’t think I could stomach it – I need the thrill of the score on some level. $300 isn’t cheap by a long shot, but if it nets you a $1000 handbag, it’s not entirely offensive either.
Based on the upswing of Target collabs’ price points as of late, my hunch is that at least two of the Mulberry x Target bags will cost $120 – $150 (probably the only two real leather ones). Fake Mulberry for $150, or real Mulberry for a hundred or so more? The latter. Obvs.
I did a little eBay Mulberry search in this vein, specifying a max price of $400 (that’s $350 LESS than Mulberry’s cheapest bag). Witness the result:
I’m sure there’s the occasional fake in the mix – this is eBay, after all. That’s not the point. The point is POSSIBILITY. The point is that authentic Mulberry bags under $400 EXIST. And I’m betting they’re a lot more satisfying to wear than their faux designer counterparts.
Remember those D.A.R.E. seminars in middle school? I’m taking the D.A.R.E. approach to fast fashion handbags. They’re material drugs – bad for your wallet, bad for the planet, bad for your soul.
Just say no.
It appears even my stellar brand knowledge is susceptible to trickery. In spite of similar name/logo styling, the Sevens Jean Shorts on which I previously posted are NOT 7 for All Mankind. The real deal also goes for around $17.00 at Buff Ex, so I’m guessing the buyers were tricked as well. Had these been $11.00 (the usual resale price for mid-range denim lines as opposed to those of the designer ilk) I’d have known something was up.
Whatevs. I still heart the shorts. Let’s move on, shall we?
So. Mulberry’s upcoming Target line is prompting all kinds of feigned excitement in ye old blogosphere. You have to be shitting me.
If Mulberry sanctions the cheap copying of itself, it gets a cut of the profits. If someone copies it without their consent, it doesn’t. Otherwise, they’re identical, and by that I mean they’re both inauthentic and made in sweatshops.
Stay tuned for additional kvetching and (more importantly) reduced-price Mulberry options. There’s a better way to get it for less than Target, and it’s called EBAY.
Coco Perez – exhibiting brand blindness characteristic of celebrity gossip fiends – is the only member of the blogosphere who seems legitimately excited over the canvas initiative. Racked and Budget Fashionista smartly added a sprinkling of price point related-snark to their Prada posts. Still, there’s something more obvious here than the ridiculousness of $295 canvas – something that went unsaid by all the above.
Hello? Am I on GLUE here?!