Sustainable Brands We Love

While we consign and sell hundreds of brands at Rags, there are some brands that deserve special attention because they are doing things in the world of retail and fashion with the hope of making our planet a healthier and better place to live. There are many brands that claim to be eco-friendly, sustainable, or insert-environmentally-conscious-buzz-word-here. It’s probably true that many of them are indeed making great strides in improving how they run their companies and this is due to mounting pressure from smart consumers (like you!) who want greater accountability and transparency from the companies they spend their money and time supporting. Designers and their successful companies like Stella McCartney and Eileen Fisher are trailblazers in the world of fashion and sustainability, and have been pushing the boundaries in the world of retail before it was trendy. Smaller brands, like Amour Vert and Reformation are also striving to use organic materials and offering their items at more affordable price points than the aforementioned labels. Some more brands that are worth a second look are names like Levi’s, PACT, Patagonia, Columbia, and Athleta. None of them are “cheap” when you buy them new, but we consign and sell all of these brands daily at Rags! Two excellent resources for researching brands and discovering companies’ long-term goals for making the fashion industry less harmful to the planet are Good On You and Fashion Revolution. And, if you just feel like shopping without worrying about whether or not the brand is sustainable, know that you are doing a whole lot of good by shopping secondhand, first.

Accessories don’t get quite enough love. While a new-to-you blouse or pair of jeans are admittedly a tougher find, therefore feeling like a bigger “score!” it’s really the accessories that make the outfit. Having a well-curated closet often means paring down all the “extra” (who really needs 4 black sweaters?) and seeking out the perfect pop to make a classic outfit stand out. It’s entirely possible to wear the same outfit in a dozen different ways given the right accessories. Statement jewelry may not be for everyone, but there are a lot of ways to make a statement without wearing a giant necklace. Next time you’re in a Rags, check out the fun print ankle boots, or brightly colored bags, and think about how your next girls night out may not need a new dress but maybe that classic black dress you already own just needs a fun pair of leopard print shoes. If you’re not sure how to wear something you’re attracted to but feels too “out there”— just ask and a Rags staff member will brainstorm with you. We get so many new things in every day that we are constantly oohing and aahing over that we would love to show you. Just ask. Happy shopping!

For many years every consignor behind a Rags consigning counter has been turning away denim in great shape for the sole reason that low-rise jeans just do not sell. And this is still true. They aren’t selling… right now. But we have come to face (maybe not quite yet accept) the hard facts. They are definitely coming back. Of course, just because they were on the runways this last season, and big name celebrities are wearing them today, it doesn’t mean that we will be seeing them on the streets for quite some time. So don’t barrage us with your stacks of low-rise denim… yet! But if you were a fan of the low-rise look because it suited you better (likely if you have a tiny frame and narrower hips), this might come as good news for you. But for the rest of us who are quite comfortable with a solid mid-to-high rise, you don’t need to fret. Why not? Because guess what — you’re a grown woman and have no reason to follow the trends! Just wear the jeans that fit you best and make you feel comfortable. This is the only way to go, and thank the denim gods because there’s no way some of us are ever going back.

*Pro tip for figuring out if jeans are high-, mid-, or low-rise before trying them on: pay attention to the length from crotch to button. Low-rise will have a very small amount of denim, about a hands length. Mid-rise will have about a hand and a half, high will have about 2 (or more!) hand lengths.

Love, Rags

Animal Print Footwear

January 16, 2020

If there is one thing you should do for your closet this year that might feel like a big step outside your comfort zone, it should definitely be to invest in a great pair of animal print shoes. So many women feel like they “can’t pull this look off,” but to that we say with resounding enthusiasm, YES YOU CAN! We promise. It is not funky, only for fashionistas, or for very young women. It truly is for everyone. There are so many different styles that we swear you can find the right one for your lifestyle. The thing about animal print as footwear, is that it truly is an easy neutral and goes with anything and everything, especially when it’s on your feet! It instantly adds a level of fun and chicness to your look that is effortless and effective. Just click here, or here, to see some examples of how cute and stylish this look truly is for any occasion. Try it, we know you you won’t regret it. We have so many pairs in our stores right now, just ask and we’ll help you find the perfect pair for you.

Love, Rags

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2020

Whew. We did it! The holidays have come and gone and now we are looking at a brand new decade. 2020 offers us a lot of hope — fresh starts and opportunities to reset and recharge. All of us at Rags Consignments see a lot of hope as we watch the consumer’s mindset continually shifting to sharing our long held belief that shopping secondhand is an easy and efficient way to become not only a smart shopper, but an ethical shopper as well. Business trends show that as a widespread society Americans are collectively and consciously spending their money in ways that not only benefit their bank account, but also our beloved planet. It’s an exciting time to be in this business and we want to thank all of our customers and consignors for the support over the years. 2019 was a big one for us — we opened our 4th location in Austin and celebrated our 24th anniversary since Margaret Miller Miner opened the flagship store in Boulder, Colorado in 1995. We are grateful for the support, the laughter, and all the beautiful clothes and we wish everyone a happy and bright new year!

Love, Rags

More Sparkle, Please

December 4, 2019

When you work in consignment you see trends come and go as quick as a flash and one we see making a big comeback this season is anything covered in sequins. Just peek into any high-end boutique and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the sparkly color and glamour that hit the runways last year and is now making its way onto the streets. This is a look that is always fun to wear, but can be hard to style. Here are four fun and unexpected ways to work this look into your everyday wear — because we all already know how to wear a sequin dress for New Year’s Eve! It’s smart to shop secondhand for items that fall into the “trendy” box because you’re guaranteed to save money on something that you may only wear a few times. Come on in to any Rags location and you’re sure to find a couple glittery items to shimmer your way into 2020 — or bring one you already have and we can help you find fresh and new ways to style that piece!

Love, Rags

We all have that one piece of clothing that is just… perfect. It works with everything, is totally comfortable, and is most likely no longer sold anywhere. Sadly, there will ultimately come a day when it is no longer wearable. While we can’t guarantee you’ll happen upon that exact piece in our store, we can guarantee that we can help you make it last longer! We use a couple different tools in the stores to help items look their best — and they are completely accessible to you as well! If you click this link it will take you right to where you can order them. Here’s a quick breakdown on what some of our favorite tools can do for your closet staples — making your clothes, and your money, last longer.

  • Garment Steamer: These get a lot of miles at all of our stores! Every hanging item we consign gets steamed before it goes out on the floor, so that it looks fresh and wrinkle-free for our shoppers. Steaming is gentler on your clothes than ironing, and easier too, making them last longer and your back ache less.
  • Boot Shapers: We love these for displaying boots in our stores, but more than that, they help the leather maintain its shape and not get those terrible creases on the sides from falling over in your closet.
  • Lint Brush: So much better than a lint roller! Not only is it light years better for the environment, but also gentler on your clothing. Just go against the weave of the fabric and it removes lint and hair with ease. This is better used on fabrics that aren’t knit, as the knits will pull with the lint brush, so you can use a lint roller on those.
  • Remington Defuzzer: this is a life saver for your sweaters, making them look fresh and new each season! This gently removes the pills that happen from washing and even dry cleaning, so you can think twice before getting rid of that 5 year old cashmere, because one quick use with this and it looks brand new again.
  • Suede Brush: Have some sad-looking suede boots that you once loved? No fear, this thing will make them look good as new in a matter of seconds. This suede brush is a true miracle worker. Just get one of these and brush up your suede boots (or jackets!) and see for yourself.

There are more supplies here and you’ll see what you can find! Come on in to Rags and ask us about any of these supplies and we will be happy to show you how they work.

At Rags we are less focused on fashion and more concerned with style. Style is about the individual, fashion is notorious for being exclusive and unduly expensive. Rags is for all women to have somewhere friendly to shop, find incredible deals, and feel confident and beautiful in quality clothing. In other words, fashion is fun, but it is not our primary goal to be a “high-fashion destination.” But every once in awhile it can be pretty exciting to see the new heights that used clothing can reach in the fashion world. Celebrities are starting to rewear red carpet looks and publicly stating when they shop secondhand. The fashion industry seems to be catching on to what consumers want — which is affordability and becoming more environmentally sustainable. Which is why when we are afforded the opportunity to see what secondhand clothing can do in fun projects like fashion shoots — we are all in! Below you’ll find some photos of what consigned clothing can look like in a professional photo spread. So if you, or someone you know, is looking to style a shoot, don’t overlook Rags or your local consignment store. Unique pieces and high-value items are easily attainable when you style using secondhand clothes and accessories… just see for yourself!

*photos taken by Dani Faulkenberry and Jessica Cooke. Hair done by Taylor Houser and Makeup by Jordan Brittany. Styled by Kim Rayfield, Rags Cherry Creek manager.
*All clothing and accessories from Rags Consignments.

Choosing Fun Over Practical

October 17, 2019

Building a closet that is full of versatile basics is the foundation for any good wardrobe. But sometimes it’s fun to just indulge in something that’s…well… fun! It’s easy to swing one way or the other. There are many women who won’t buy the funky bag that just makes her smile because she doesn’t know how or when to wear it, or there’s the woman who has a closet full of kitsch, but is scrambling to put a professional outfit together for her first big interview. There is a way to have the best of both worlds! The key is to find the areas in your life where you have some room for fun. If you have a strict dress code at work, look for some weekend attire that allows you to express yourself in a way you normally can’t indulge. If you work from home and live in funky sweatshirts and the coolest range of denim, seek those key pieces that take you from your living room to center stage when you’re out on the town. Lean in to what you gravitate towards, and then edit from there! Come on in to Rags and tell us that you’re looking for some spice in your life, and then we will help you troubleshoot the reality of when you will be able to wear those  items. As always, we are happy to help!