Resale, consignment, and thrift shopping have recently become my preferred avenues for selling and purchasing new pieces.
On a recent trip to La Femme Chic in Solana Beach, I overheard the salesperson and a customer having a conversation about her purchases. The customer was thrilled that she was able to pick up a Fendi handbag, Louboutin Pumps, and an Hermes scarf for under $700 total. That's less than the price of one of those items at full retail.
The saleswoman commented that she hasn't purchased anything new since she began working at LFC. She called it "smart girl shopping". She also mentioned that nothing comes in the store unless it's something one of the owners would wear or give to a friend. That's exactly how I feel about resale shopping in San Diego! It's simply the smartest way to shop--it's affordable, environmentally friendly and helps support our local businesses.
Since I reside in North County, I have a wonderful selection of resale shops to choose from. Below are some of my favorites around town.
La Femme Chic
La Femme Chic is one my favorites. It's the best if you want couture, designer or gowns at an amazing price. Now, it's not exactly cheap, but I saw a Jovani dress there for $149 when I know I purchased a similar one for $599 at Mia Bella. Yes, $149 is pricey for a pre-owned dress, but it's a whole lot less than $599. This is where you go if you want flawless Dior, Prada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, etc.
My Sister's Closet in La Jolla and Encinitas
If LFC is the Neiman Marcus of resale in San Diego, My Sister's Closet is the Macy's. They offer a ton of inventory ranging in quality from Forever 21 to Chanel. I prefer their UTC location even though Encinitas is technically closer to me. The Encinitas location offers men's consignments as well--which is a great option for men who've outgrown Buffalo Exchange.
Orphaned Objects in Rancho Santa Fe
Orphaned Objects is not actually a consignment store, it's a thrift store that benefits Helen Woodward Animal Center. I will caution you, despite it being a thrift store, it's prices are closer to La Femme Chic than Goodwill. This is where Rancho Santa Fe residents donate their gently used (or sometimes never used) clothing and furnishings. I like to stop in a few times each month to make sure I'm not missing any fantastic finds. Throughout the years, I've scored an Armani Collezoni Cashmere Sweater, LK Bennett Pumps, a Burberry Belt, a Tadashi Shoji dress...
Throughout San Diego, you'll find other fabulous resale shop chains like Buffalo Exchange which caters to a youthful crown, Flashbacks that has all your more theatrical desires covered.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical style advice for women everywhere. I've been addicted to blazers since 2004.