Finding consignment gold at Triage
I can't justify a shopping spree right now, much less bear to look at my 401(k) account. Still, that's no excuse for the state of my winter wardrobe -- the piling sweaters, threadbare pants, scuffed boots.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Many women swear by thrift stores. I usually do just as well hunting for bargains on store sale racks, where there are no weird smells and dated styles. But this year, I am making an exception for the exceptional used clothing at Triage Consignment Showcase.
This is a store for label snobs with patience. On a recent visit, I sifted through loads Talbots and Chicos to find the Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Ralph Lauren clothing. Work hard enough and you'll spot expensive names like Theory, Dana Buchman and Tahari. All gently worn, with more than gentle prices.
New-to-you treasures are waiting to be found. I spotted a cream Armani silk suit for $75. And a pair of Bandolino black boots that looked like they had never been worn for $24. Triage is also a great place to experiment with a style itch, like finding a fitted blazer to pair with jeans, without breaking the bank.
Closet cleaners are welcome to dump here. Consignors get 50 percent of sale proceeds. You need to bring in a dozen pieces to open an account. The store says it only accepts quality labels on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Oh, and did I mention that Triage sells furniture, too? The south Tampa store is best known for its tables and chairs. I practically furnished my first apartment here. My husband once found a genuine Picasso print in the back. But that's a story for another time...
-- Deal Diva Letitia