I've had a crappy week. The only things that cheer me up after such a spell? Don Knotts movies and secondhand sequins.
You can find the entire Knotts' catalog at Kensington video. But where to find the glitz and the glamour?
Carolyn's Designer Resale (310 K St., 619-238-1800) has been Downtown, just a few steps from the Children's Museum, for three years now—and it's been in Del Mar for, like, ever. But I just found it a few weeks ago. The Versace, Armani, Prada and Gucci signs in the window almost sent me in the other direction—that's a bit too glam for my taste. And my budget.
But inside I found a small rack of Diane Von Furstenburg blouses and dresses—12 in all, used and half the price you'd pay at Bloomingdale's. Another rack focused on BCBG. And there was a lot of Catherine Malandrino and Theory and Splendid and AG Jeans. It's not that Carolyn's had this stuff priced thrift-store-cheap, or even Buffalo Exchange-cheap, but it was a lot less than new, or even sale-rack new. A totally current Diane Von Furstenburg blouse with batwings was priced around $65—not chump change, but this garment would normally go for more than double that. Jeans that would typically set you back $200 are here, used, for $60 to $80. Again, not cheap, but totally fair.
And if we're talking about “collectible clothes,” Carolyn's has those, too. I spied a gorgeous, over-sized, thick brown leather purse on a high shelf, and it turned out I had exceedingly good taste—it was a few years old and Chloe. And it was priced around $1,000. (In case you aren't familiar with Chloe bags, they start at around $1,600 and go up, up, up.)
I neglected to mention that this cool stuff resides next to racks of old-lady St. John Knit suits and some stuffy Burberry items. But a display cabinet full of beaded-and-sequined evening bags—some of them vintage—and, just behind them, a chunky bone, hair and Lucite necklace, cheered me up dramatically.
Next time I need a stunner dress for a special occasion, I'm hitting this place up first.
With no parties in sight, I needed some new (used) clothes that I wouldn't necessarily see on celeb fashion blogs, so I headed north to Clairemont. Like New (4425 Genesee Ave., likenewsandiego.com) is a consignment boutique tucked away in the Henry's shopping center. It specializes more in mall brands—Lucky, Banana Republic, Free People, Coach and the ever-prevalent BCBG. Like New is less fancified than Carolyn's, definitely less hipster than Buffalo Exchange and priced somewhere between the two. Most shirts run from $12 to $30, and dresses are upwards of $45. Marc Jacobs' shorts. Paige jeans. A gingham red-and-white sleeveless Faconnable shirt. I found more than a dozen things to try on.
And as for the purses? While it's no $1,000 Chloe bag, I found myself literally petting a Cole Haan mustard suede cross-body bag with turquoise accents and a chain-link strap. It was used and $111 with 20 percent off. My birthday is coming up next week.
Maybe that's the reason for my foul mood.