Second-hand Gifting

For a long time it was considered taboo to give a gift that was second-hand, or “used.” But now that is changing. More and more people are learning that we can’t continue to churn out “new” day in and day out without there being many lasting negative impacts on the environment. So, smart shoppers are turning to alternatives, like buying and gifting second-hand. Much of our inventory is not only clean, stylish, and a quality brand, but a lot of it actually IS new. Many people consign items that they could not wear, so it still has tags, or consign gifts that didn’t suit them but they couldn’t return. You’ll often find “new in box” items like Fitbit bands, cell phone cases, jewelry, and purses — all brand spankin’ new. Come see what great giftable items you can find at Rags, you’ll be glad you did!

Every day we go through hundreds of items and we are looking at four different things when we consign: style, condition, brand, and season. Keeping in mind the brand aspect (the trickiest!) to our consignment process, allow us to offer you a bit of advice. First of all, never cut the label out of your clothes! It instantly lowers their resale value. But beyond that, the best tip we can offer you during this season while you shop and gift, is to shop smart… not cheap. Because we, and most consignment stores, do not accept most fast-fashion mall or big box brands, don’t shop those stores for the bulk of your closet, because they will have a short life- and you will likely wind up donating them to a thrift store, where they will likely not sell because they don’t hold up over time. Then they just wind up in a trash heap somewhere. Investment pieces are just that… meaning your clothes will have a longer life… and you can make some cash back! So, if you need to buy new, shop smart, not cheap, and we’ll see you at Rags when you’re ready to make some money back on that fabulous piece!

If you have a holiday party or event to attend this coming season, don’t stress about what to wear, we’ve got you covered! Remember… these parties and events should be fun, and what you wear should make you feel comfortable and beautiful. It’s a great time to add some oomph to your routine and get dressed up a bit to celebrate the magic of the season. This can mean sparkles & sequins, or a classic LBD. Whatever makes you feel your best. If you don’t want to buy a new dress because you have the perfect one already, you can make it fresh this year with a pair of statement earrings, or new-to-you heels or boots. If you’re over dresses and want to try a different look, go for a modern and well-tailored suit, or a blazer with a bustier and black skinny jeans. You’re sure to be a showstopper, just come on in to Rags for inspiration! We’re always happy to help.

Did you know that one truckload of clothing is wasted per second? It’s an overwhelming problem, but you can be a part of the solution by shopping at Rags. We are not only passionate about providing quality and stylish clothes at a fraction of the original cost, but we are also motivated to help reduce the waste caused by the “take, make, dispose” mentality of the clothing industry as it stands today. Shopping for second-hand clothes gives the materials used to make those garments a second chance to avoid landfills. There are many designers who are cognisant of this problem and who are trying their best to do their part as well, like Stella McCartney and Eileen Fisher. Both brands we love and sell at Rags! Come on in, where you can shop, save, and recycle!

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Orange, and its many shades, has been a key player in 2018 fashion trends… and we’ve heard so many people say that they can’t wear it! One major misconception in getting dressed is that there are colors we “can’t wear” and it sadly restricts many from having fun and playing with color. If you’re intrigued by the rich and vibrant terra cotta trend this autumn but are hesitant to try out the bold hue, try a bag or a scarf as an accent color. If you’re used to wearing bright colors, a monotone look with a pop of the spicy orange is a fun way to embrace the season. A surefire look is cashmere gray blazer over a lighter shade of gray turtleneck, black skinny jeans, and a vibrant pair of orange earrings or necklace is chic and easy to pull off. The color is everywhere, and it’s fresh, warm, and incredibly on trend this fall. Give it a shot!

Accessorizing is one of the trickier aspects of getting dressed. We have been given many different opinions. Coco Chanel said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Then there’s the more recent(ish) but nevertheless stylish Leandra Medine (a.k.a. Man Repeller), who coined and certainly popularized the quirky but fun “arm party.” More is more! According to her POV anyhow.

So what should you do? Well, truly, whatever you want! BUT! Keep in mind, balance. Figure out who you are. At least what look you’re going for that day. Are you feeling like pushing the edge, finding a little funk for your look? Cool. Then do the simple outfit + the over-the-top accessories and wild shoes. Find those highs and lows. Feeling like more of a Coco Chanel girl, thinking “it’s always better to be underdressed” like the legend herself? Then fall back on the old principles. Never big earrings with a big necklace, layer on the collarbone, never competing with the neckline of your top, and pick 2 regions at a time with space between. Example: arm party on the wrists & big ole’ earrings — letting your neck glow all by its gorgeous self. A fabulous printed hair scarf and oodles of necklaces — skipping the earrings this time. Make sense? Now have fun!

First, you’ll want a dress you can move in, not one that is too constricting. There’s a time and place for that fitted sexy number — but that’s not going to get much play time. For the dress you can wear throughout the seasons, this is your go-to… you can pack it and know you can wear it three times on one trip — with sandals, boots, AND heels. This is the dress. It makes you feel oh-so-thin and oh-so-curvy all at once. You want something made out of a blend of luxe fabrics that are not too high-maintenance, like a silk-blend or the perfect jersey. You can roll it up, pull it out of your bag and onto your body and it effortlessly glides over all the right places. You want it to be short sleeve, or three-quarter sleeve and lightweight (you can always layer in the colder months!) and a color that will look great with black tights and white sandals… think a heavenly gray, olive green, navy, or of course, black. Not too short — you want to be able to move! The details should be thoughtful and simple. Nothing that stands out, you’ll want to be able to select your own accessories so that the dress is like a chameleon, it changes with you and the moment of your choosing.

Does shopping overwhelm you? We get it. It can be a pain to find what you like (sometimes you don’t even know what you like!) and then combine that with the task of finding what works for your body… well, it can be a lot. Here are 4 things you can do to make it easier.

  1. Jot down what you find yourself “without” in the mornings. Head into a shopping trip knowing a handful of things you know that you need, with a general idea of the cut or color for what you want.
  2. Come as prepared and relaxed as possible, don’t shop hungry! Find a few hours you can be alone (or invite a trusted shopping buddy!) and make it as stress-free as possible.
  3. Wear clothes that are easy to get on and off, and slip on shoes as well.
  4. Lastly, employ the help of any of us at Rags, and we guarantee that we can help you build that dream outfit… at a fraction of the original cost with high-quality clothes you can afford.

Have you ever seen a super-stylish woman and wondered just ​what it is t​hat makes her outfit seem so polished and effortless all at once? Well, the trick stylists use to create that “cool girl chic” look is a little trick employing the use of “highs” and “lows” in every outfit. This means a sleek ponytail with a frilly dress (rather than long flowing curls), or a cute pair of sneakers with a floral skirt (skipping the cutesy heels). It’s all about balance… just because you are wearing a blazer does not mean you need to pair it with trousers and a pair of penny loafers. A blazer with a soft and comfy band tee, a plaid schoolgirl skirt, and an easy pair of ankle boots is infinitely cooler than going “full suit.” Try it out! It may require you going slightly out of your comfort zone, but it will be fun and you’ll be shocked to see how quickly you will feel more stylish, and mixing up your wardrobe with what you already have is a surefire way to inspire you to pull out some of your lesser-worn pieces again.