Resale Chic

Find designer duds at discount shops

Don’t be shocked at the idea of buying used clothes. It’s a lot more acceptable than wearing fake fashion, and even less expensive. Secondhand shopping allows you to keep your style unique, save money and do something good for the environment.

In Las Vegas, we have a plethora of resale options: vintage and resale boutiques, consignment stores and thrift shops. Each has its own benefits (and annoyances), but all require a certain strategy to ensure your journey is a productive one and results in stylish pieces at bargain-basement prices.

The label-addicted should limit their secondhand excursions to consignment shops, which are stocked by the unwanted designer-wear of fellow addicts and owned and operated by designer-label experts. Consignment stores are merchandised specifically for customers who place a lot of value in Gucci, Fendi and Dior; no digging required. Stores to shop include the Refinery Celebrity Resale (3460 E. Sunset Road), Ritzy Rags (2550 S. Rainbow Blvd.) and Trading Labels (8450 W. Sahara Ave.).

Fashionistas who dress to the beat of their own drum and place more importance on individual style rather than brand names can find their resale fix at vintage stores Gypsy Den (213 E. Colorado Ave.) and Electric Lemonade (220 E. Charleston Blvd.). But they should also keep Buffalo Exchange (4110 S. Maryland Parkway), Mustang Xchange (4800 S. Maryland Parkway) and Trend Traders (1131 E. Tropicana Ave.) on their radar, too, as these three boutiques tend to stock the trendy and funky.

Die-hard bargainistas with the patience of Job will find satisfaction at a good old-fashioned thrift store. And if it’s a lucky day, they might find an authentic Louis Vuitton bag for $14 (yes, it’s happened) or a pair of premium denim jeans for $4. Savers and Goodwill are dependable go-to’s, but Dinosaurs & Roses (6029 W. Charleston Blvd.) is also a must-shop.