The Rewards of Resale Shopping

I didn’t intend to shop. Really.  Headed to a board meeting, I decided to escape torrential rain by cutting thru the Resale Shop that funds the non-profit I support.  But somehow things in my best colors just jumped out and grabbed me.

My first find was a dark jade green collared cardigan sweater and matching shell by Due per Due, a brand I loved when I was the personal shopper at Lord & Taylor.

Right next to it was a lighter, brighter jade stretch cotton shirt by Lafayette 148 with exquisite bustline tuck detail.  About $300 regular price, I’ve never owned a Lafayette shirt before.  But now I know why they are so pricey.  It feels like wearing a cloud!

Might the shop have a perfect scarf to highlight either top?  I found them both!  The matches were perfect: DONE.  Now on to that board meeting…

The rain didn’t let up. I had to cut thru again on the way home.  The staff had put out new merchandise including a Carlisle brand turquoise linen short-sleeve jacket  — another great match with the silk scarf.  See (below) how different the scarf looks with turquoise than with jade?

The jacket had striking buttons, but in bright gold which I NEVER wear.  They were too bold for my body scale too, but  easy enough to change for natural shell square ones from my button box that blend even better with the scarf.Resale shopping has drawbacks –  it’s hit-and-miss.  But the plusses are many:

  • Unique items you won’t see on everybody else.
  • Top-tier brands at accessible prices.
  • Side-stepping the environmental disaster of “fast fashion”.
  • Supporting local charities with your resale shopping dollars.
  • And … the BARGAINS.  I discourage bragging because price doesn’t matter if the items aren’t great for you and versatile in your wardrobe.  But since these purchases checked both of those boxes, I’ll share: 4 garments + 2 scarves for less than $45 !!!

If you live in St. Louis, visit the NCJW Resale Shop at 295 N Lindbergh.  Meanwhile here are some of the outfits those new pieces allow me to create:

  • Jade sweaters over dark wash jeans – works with black too.
  • Jade sweaters over navy pants – works with black too.
  • Jade shell under navy suit – works with black too.
  • Jade cardi over navy skirt/shell column (not shown) – works with black too.
  • Jade sweaters over gray skirt (pashmina I already had) – works with black too.
  • Jade shell under gray suit (not shown) – works with black too.
  • Jade set with brown pants (not shown)
  • Bright jade shirt over stone skirt – not a favorite in the long run.
  • Bright jade shirt over dark wash jeans (favorite charm bracelet+extender=necklace)
  • Same combo with navy ponte dress pants or skirt (not shown)
  • Bright jade shirt over black pencil skirt (another scarf from my collection)
  • Bright jade shirt over white jeans (fun summer scarf I haven’t worn for years)
  • Turq linen jacket over taupe pants and shell (mesh scarf – another oldie)
  • Turq linen jacket over black pants (and paisley scarf)
  • Turq linen jacket over winter while pants (with fresh water pearls)

Oh, and one more – the jade shirt with brighter blue skinny crop jeans and a fun scarf. 

Isn’t it amazing how  accessories can point us toward new combinations of our same old clothes?  That’s 21 new outfits from a $45 purchase!  DO you do resale?  Might be time to check it out.


About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Sandy Kiser on May 17, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I spend so much time doing refashion/up cycling from my thrift shopping that it slows down my new fabric sewing! Thanks so much for your wonderful articles. They are appreciated.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on May 17, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks Sandy. I’d love photos of some of your up-cycled outfits to share with readers.

  2. LC on May 17, 2018 at 9:47 am

    This is an awesome and inspiring post! You have the best taste!
    I only shop at good Goodwills (extreme variances in quality among different stores).

    • Nancy Nix Rice on May 17, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Totally agree that you need to know the quality of a store’s merchandise in order to use your time wisely. But then the same is true for conventional retail stores too, isn’t it?

  3. Barbara Scadden on May 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    I look at times but so far haven’t seen anything that “spun my fan.” Wrong size, wrong color, worn, faded, etc.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on May 17, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Resale shopping is hit or miss for sure. I seldom shop resale for clients because the hourly fee might yield nothing. But I sometimes do group re-sale expeditions so the participants can split the fee and come out much better. And for myself I love it as long as I can maintain my discipline.

  4. Kristi C on June 3, 2018 at 7:34 am

    All I can say is….WOW!! I would never have thought to resale shop and put items together as you have. Looks great!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on June 3, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Resale is very hit & miss. But this time I hit it for sure! And I did it again this weekend. I took 3 out-of-town guests to my favorite resale shop and while they “played” I scored a Worth brand black ottoman asymetrical jacket (originally in the $550 range) for $30 and a Lafayette 145 turquoise linen jacket (similar price range) also for $30. OF course I can’t just leave them as-is. I plan to add a chunky zipper to the black one instead of the hidden snaps to give it a bit more “edge” and to add tucks to the linen one for some waistline shaping. If I get that done in a timely manner I’ll share pics.

  5. Sherry on June 14, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    This week I traveled out of state to attend a grandchild’s high school graduation ceremony. As I wore my selected mix and match outfits throughout the week , it occurred to me that 4 of the tops that I had packed had been purchased at various thrift shops over time ! I have become very selective in my choices, and have also narrowed down the number of variations within a hue in my total wardribe. For instance, as I have warm coloring, I have narrowed down my greens to olive green and sage green, and whatever accent colors go well with them. I am even considering eliminating the few articles in sage green and just sticking with olive green and the accent colors that go with it. I shall soon be moving to a much smaller house and smaller closet, so editing is becoming quite important, as well as very selective shopping ! Kudos to you on your great finds !

    • Nancy Nix Rice on June 14, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Oh, I so adore sage green – and it can be o hard to find – that I hate to think of anybody purging it from their closet. But obviously you know your situation best.

      • Sherry on June 15, 2018 at 5:13 am

        I pondered this overnight and came up with the following idea. I could pack away the olive green items and use them as my Autumn and Spring version of green, and use the lighter sage green as my Summer green, because it feels cooler in my way of thinking . Thanks for helping me to rethink the whole consideration ! You are my wardrobe guru ! I was going to say you are my closet guru, but in this day and age that didn’t sound quite right ! 🙂

  6. Sherry on June 14, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Oh, I meant to add that I am now finding new combinations that I had not considered when I had more clothes , and am utilizing more of my scarves that have not seen the light of day very often ! I am astonished to be finding unplanned color matching twin sets that were purchased individually over several years time ! Loving it !

    • Nancy Nix Rice on June 14, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Just goes to prove that less really is more! Thanks for sharing your success story.

  7. Melissa on June 15, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    amazing. You hit the jackpot! Love the turquoise top.

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