Bargain Baller

Hunting & Gathering


In a well-to-do town filled with designer name brands flourishing the highbrow streets of Sarasota, unearth high fashion finds from the underrated and unexpected. Covet back-to-school outfits for your mini or a trendy new fall/winter work wardrobe for yourself from the many affluent thrift stores locally hoarding discounted gems vying for new life. The misconception or stigma of “hand-me-downs” fades into oblivion—continually enticing frugal and adventurous consumers to believe that one woman’s trash is another’s treasure. Amongst a devoted following of coupon collectors and the sale rack savvy, spend this weekend thrifting as Saturday celebrates National Secondhand Wardrobe Day. For alternative and unusual clothing, hats and bags, visit Goodbyes Consignment inside The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime—offering an extra 20% off in lieu of the diehard shopper holiday!

If you find yourself trying to stretch your spending budget further and want to join the estrogen-filled hunt for gently-used, quality items on the cheap—discover Selah Freedom’s two not-for-profit boutiques, dubbed Selah Vie. The newly opened trove of covetable finds on Fruitville is spoiled with donated vintage threads, enviable shoes and jewelry—all associated with fashion’s greatest household names.

Spending at your local thrift store is an appreciable way to help give back to our community, with part of your purchases often going towards donations to philanthropic causes. Not to mention, you’re giving back to the planet by keeping waste out of landfills and recycling/repurposing already manufactured items. You may have to work a little harder sifting through crowded racks and bins, but the juice is worth the squeeze because the thrill of finding a barely worn Marc Jacobs runway dress alongside a Ralph Lauren jean jacket from the '90s, both inconspicuously hanging with tags marked under $20, is actually one of life’s greatest joys to be had...

"We just got a huge donation of items over the weekend, so there will be loads of new clothing," Annelise Adams, retail advocate for Selah Vie, shares. "And we are also having a 25% off sale Friday and Saturday for National Shop Consignment Day!" Cha-ching!

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota.
Selah Vie Boutiques, 615 15th St. West, Bradenton & 1853 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota.

Photo provided by Selah Freedom.

Selah Vie Boutique

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