recycle the past
On occasion I will find something fabulous at a consignment shop – something I could not possibly afford even when marked down. My last purchase was at the swanky Turnaboutshoppe in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where I scored an amazing black Chanel jacket for a mere $400. I will wear that baby for the next 10 years, easily. My latest deluxe acquisition, however, happened unexpectedly this weekend at the DC Big Flea Market, a large antiques and collectibles event held three or four times a year in Chantilly, Virginia. I went looking for a lamp and came away with a gorgeous alligator bag for $100. I’ve been dreaming about buying an exotic skin handbag for a while, but at over $4,000, I knew even Santa wasn’t going to make that happen.
One antiques dealer had a sign prominently displayed at her booth: Antiques are Green – Invest in the Future, Recycle the Past. So, dear readers, before you plunk down that credit card for your next luxury-must-have at a boutique or department store, consider auctions, consignment shops, and yes, even an antiques show instead. You’ll save gobs of money while reusing what’s already here.
From left: Madison Avenue Alligator Handbag, Charles Underwood, $4495; Alligator Frame Bag, Brooks Brothers, $5500; Gretchen’s latest, DC Flea, $100