Kim Johnson Gross


Kim's Closet Find: Refresh Your Closet

November 5, 2009

Tags: Consignment, Thrift Shops, Evercare, The Dollhouse Consignment Boutique

My mother taught me the thrill of the hunt when shopping thrift and consignment shops. Iíve picked up a hot pink vintage Chanel with black trim and the requisite gold chain for under $50 in a consignment shop in Indianapolis, Best & Co. dress coats ($25 each) for my girls when they were young at a tony thrift store in San Francisco, and my favorite evening bag ($20) that I picked up decades ago (and none worse for the wear) at a thrift store in Palm Beach.

More recently Iíve been selling my pre-menopausal wardrobe at upscale consignment shops in Greenwich, CT and Sun Valley, ID. In turn Iíve found some amazing finds. I donít think Iíll ever buy a designer bag at retail again!

But Iíve also been shamed peddling my clothes. Itís impossible for me to grasp why a beloved navy linen Armani jacket or a scrumptious purple Issey Miyake top donít make the cut. I guess we think others should like our stuff as much as we do.

The savvy owner of The Dollhouse Consignment Boutique in Sun Valley wisely didnít reject my offerings of a few TSE cashmere sweaters, but advised me to first purchase an electric fabric shaver (Evercare $7.99) to rid the pilling. It was easy to use, and quickly did the job, making a sale more likely.

Iíve since used it on all my sweaters that needed refreshing. Itís the best purchase Iíve made in fashion this seasonÖ.well aside from the black marc by Marc Jacobs shearling coat ($89) and chocolate leather vest with mink collar ($40) that I found at The Dollhouse.


  1. November 10, 2009 8:14 PM EST
    We do have the best consignment shops in Ketchum! Always unusual and fun!
    - Alex