Second-Hand Fashions at First-Rate Prices

By BJ Lutz and Natalie Martinez
|  Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009  |  Updated 5:37 PM CDT
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Second-Hand Fashions at First-Rate Prices

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If you like designer clothes, but hate shelling out big bucks for the latest trends, a consignment shop may be your ticket to saving money while keeping you fashionable in a tough economy.

If you're in the mood to raid "My Sister's Closet," you'll find Manolo, Chanel, Armani, St. Joh, Chanel and Missoni hanging around.  The Edgebrook resale shop has barely-used designer duds for men and women at a fraction of the price. 

At "Once Upon A Child," near Harlem and Foster, the focus is kids.  Mini fashionistas, even as they quickly grow out of clothes, can still wear big names.

Lincoln Park's "McShane's Exchange" doesn't seem to be feeling a recession.  Demand for their slightly-used, almost exclusively designer labels has only gone up. 

At Wicker Park's "Crossroad's Trading Company," Diesel jeans are $17, and Betsy Johnson and Juicy Couture are sweet deals.

And at many stores, like Lakeview's Brown Elephant, proceeds go to a good cause.

 


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