Sunday, May 22, 2011

Second Chances

I love second hand stores!
Always have....back in college I think I spent half my surf shop paychecks at the "Buffalo Exchange", on Garnet Ave in Pacific Beach. These days Carlos ( he's addicted too! ) and I always make sure to find these types of stores whenever we travel off island.
Our favorite city so far for unique styles, designers and quality has been Sydney, Australia. Fabulous finds down there! We also liked some shops we recently came across in random places like Tucson AZ, Savannah GA, and Ventura, CA. 
What do I look for? Well,  I've always been drawn to features like beading, silk fabrics, interesting prints like ikat or batik, Asian influences or anything shear. I search out designer brands when I can but won't spend the money unless it's in flawless condition and truly "fits". I do not buy winter clothes no matter how amazing something might be ( just doesn't make sense when I live in the tropics ). Also... belts, bags, shoes, and jewelry should not be overlooked. I've found some beautiful shoes over the years that looked like they'd never been worn! Vintage purses? Don't get me started! Beautiful.
We have a few second hand shops on Maui ( Elise, Rainbow Attic, Savers, Northshore Consignment, Biasa Rose ( small vintage section in the back of the store ), and The Salvation Army ) and I've been lucky to score a few treasures over the years. Maui's consignment scene is nothing like you would come across in a big city but I'm always amazed by the stuff I do find on this little island. I always wonder where it was originally purchased new? Not here probably.... 
EBay = Brilliant.
 I've also had AMAZING luck on EBay. I search for my favorite brands that are sooooo $$$ in retail shops and I SCORE big time! Many of these pieces are brand new too. When shopping on EBay I usually purchase "tops" unless I know my exact pant size of a certain brand. I found that I have little sizing issues with online purchases if I stick to this rule. Oh and an FYI on EBay:  I always buy from sellers with a score of  99-100%.
So, Here's some samples from my "second hand" collection. These have been purchased over the past few years.
 The best things about living on Maui are these when it comes to fashion:
 Only one season to deal with year round and most styles last for years!
A pretty and airy blouse I found at "Elise" in Kahului. I'm not sure of the brand ( but the lable has a cute mermaid on it ) It's %100 silk and was only $8!
Locally made new "peacock" earrings found at "Rainbow Attic" in Kihei for $8.
Gorgeous 100% silk shirt by "Little Joe" that I purchased at a consignment store in Bondi Beach for $20 AUD. This probably retailed somewhere between $250-$350 USD. Love the delicate scalloped hem line.
A beautiful vintage black suede and gold purse that I purchased for $5.99 at "Elise" in Lahaina. Looks like something Rachel Zoe would have picked out. Love!
An olive colored 100% silk "Gucci" tank for $32 at Elise in Lahaina. Lord knows how much this thing retailed for?? Score!
An EBay find! "Christine Celle Calypso" for $25! This 100% shear silk shirt originally retailed for about $200! 
Dear Nicole Richie,
I absolutely LOVE your style and I die for your bohemian cardigans like no other however at $150-$450 a pop, I. Just. Can't.
Let the bidding began!
"Winter Kate", new with tags on EBay for $45. Mahalo!
Nothing pulls at my heart like "Joie". I'm completely obsessed with EVERYTHING this line pulls off! Totally island friendly and TOTALLY out of my budget these days. Thank you once again EBay!
"Saunders" 100% silk tank by "Joie" for $56. Retail: $158
Cherry red, "Joie" on ebay for $41
100% silk in "blush" ( "Kennedy" style ) on EBay for $42
"Ella Moss", one of my favorite "comfy" brands...Check out the gold detail on my Ebay skirt for $15. Retail: $100
I wear this silky "no lable" Mandrin top as a jacket with a satin tank. I love the bright reds and fun buttons! $8 at "Rainbow Attic" in Kihei.
I can't get over how REAL this faux diamond necklace looks! I purchased it for $7.99 at "Elise" in Lahaina. I pair it with my "real" diamond "Charriol" earrings and my real diamond "Corum Sugar Cube" or my diamond "Breitling B-Class" watch. I found that this is the best trick when it comes to faux gems....pair it with the real stuff and nobody will ever question it.
And last but not least, the crochet cover up from" North Shore Consigment" in Paia. This is perfect over my new "Indah" gold colored bikini or nude slip. I love wearing this with all my gold shell, "Hula Hoop" jewelry from "Imrie", "Nuage Bleu", and "Hale Zen".

Awe, that was fun! I want to go shopping now!!
But I won't....I'm going to make some "Vietmamese Burritos" instead! Me hungry!


  1. I think if I had the money I would beg you to be my personal shopper.

  2. Such cute stuff. But next time you have to model them for the blog!