Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Secondhand Shopping Scores from The Big Apple

As a brief interlude between posts about the Manhattan Vintage Show, I thought I would show you a couple of things I purchased in New York.  Everything I brought home was purchased secondhand.
The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas introduced me to one of their favourite shopping destinations, a chain of consignment stores called Beacon's Closet.  Valerie and I spent a couple of hours browsing at the 13th Street store and I purchased two dresses and a skirt which set me back about $40.  All are rather form-fitting, which is not a silhouette I usually embrace these days, but I felt great in all three pieces.

I didn't see what the print on this dress actually was until I tried it on, and Valerie pointed out that there was a very large pentagram covering the torso.  By that point, I was enamored with the length and the shape, so the print was an afterthought.   I just won't be wearing it to any events that take place in a church.  The dress is from a brand called Disturbia, based in the UK, and is actually still available on their website. 

In an attempt to downplay the devil-worship vibe of the dress I paired it with a long cardigan and my red converse.  No one pointed at me and crossed themselves, so I guess it worked.

I found these never-worn Alegria brand shoes at the Housing Works Thrift Store in Chelsea for $15.  They have all the makings of fancy old lady shoes - rocker outsole, built-in arch support and wide foot bed, not to mention the combination of red patent and patterned brocade.

I found this 1970's haori with metallic accents at Noriko Miyamoto's booth at the Manhattan Vintage show. Miyamoto, a native of Osaka, deals in antique Japanese textiles, and I purchased a long red and black Japanese raincoat from her last year.   This year, I also scooped up a haori from the 1920's in a fabulous combination of orange, purple, teal, and gold, which you'll see on my blog in the future.  I wore this outfit to work today, along with my freshly cut and coloured hair.  My colleagues are obviously getting used to my frequent hair colour changes as no one batted an eye at my pink and orange fauxhawk.
1970's Japanese Haori - Manhattan Vintage Show
Calvin Klein jeans - Mesh Consignment Boutique
silver high tops - Doc Marten Store

My next post will feature the wonderfully stylish people I met at the Vintage Show!


  1. No one batted eye at work - better pinch them to make sure they're not comatose! Fabulous new hair, and your clothes bring to mind a deadly sin - it's that pentagram that's hitnotized me. I can't believe you got so many pieces for 40 bucks and 15 for the shoes. These finds paid for your ticket and maybe even an extra one for a trip top-up later. The form-fitting dress looks great on you! You need more.

  2. You look awesome in the form-fitting mystical dress, Shelley. Great shopping at Beacon's, yes? xox

  3. Oooh....I need to check out that Beacons the next time I'm in NY.

    I love that devil worship dress on you and your new hair colour! Great finds : )


  4. That dress pentagram and all is fab on you, with that bod you should show it off more! I think your kimono is gorgeous too but my favorite thing is your hair, I love it and you!

  5. You totally should wear more figure hugging clothes, you look gorgeous! I'm all over those incredible shoes, too. Wish I'd seen them first!
    Your hair rocks. I bet your colleagues are so dazzled by you that they've run out of compliments. xxx

  6. Now, I reckon $40 is about £25, right? And two dresses and a skirt for 25 is good shopping! I love that sleek and fitted dress, you look amazing, Shelley. I'm not sure I would have noticed the pentagram either, but I would definitely wear it to a church, just for devilment!
    Love those shoes - I was sorely tempted by some Allegria sandals once, still kinda wish I'd bought them but couldn't afford it... That's a very stylish Haori, you look so cool, especially with your newly coloured hair! xxxx

  7. I think you rock all of it with great aplomb! That figure-hugging dress looks fab on you.

  8. Oh that haori is stunning! And the dress fits you devlishly well. ;-)

  9. I'm in awe of your gorgeous finds. Well chosen and worn beautifully. All three pieces look perfect with your pink and orange fauxhawk. Your creativity is showing!

  10. Drooling over your thrift store scores- so glammy yet practical. Those Allegria shoes are pricey new too...very Seattle #geekchickywithit. Nice to see you on the interwebs. Hope you are well!

  11. those red brocade shoes are genius! LOVE them!

  12. Such fun and funky looks!
    Dawn Lucy

  13. Fantastic finds, Shelley! I love everything. And you are rockin that dress!

  14. Fabulous with a Capital F'ck'n' F!!, wouuu, that dress is stunning and fits you like a dream!, those shoes are just my cup of tea (or champagne!!), red brocade has stolen my heart away!!, and love particularly your haori (how cool it looks with your metalic boots!!!)
    You Rock!!

  15. Most excellent, Shelley. They would even look great worn all together, they're so good. The fact that you found them for such amazing prices is surely a divine sign. You look fab!

  16. I totally COVET those shoes! You can keep the dress though - you look fabulous in it. I think you win some kind of thrifting prize for the wonderfulness of your purchases!

  17. You look fabulous! Love the outfit ideas.

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