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Second-hand Style

A trip to New York inspires a return to second-hand style and a second look at local consignment shops

When I was in New York a month ago someone invited me to the launch party for a new website called I-Ella. I learned that the site is a high-end and high fashion consignment website—a kind of boutique EBay. You can sign up and choose to sell, buy, swap, or borrow clothes. And the best part is, a portion of all sales go to the charity of your choice. Also, there are guest celebs who open their closets, post their second-hand items online for sale. 75 percent of the sale of their clothes goes to their charity of choice. It’s a beautiful site, with some very good deals on amazing designer lines. This stuff is in great condition—"gently" used.

The i-Ella launch inspired me to revisit the idea of shopping second-hand in San Diego. If you are trying to save some money or are seriously interested in eco-friendly shopping (recycling your clothes and reinventing used or vintage pieces), I would recommend you check out these consignment and vintage shops here in San Diego:

Encore-High end designer clothing—Supposedly Winona Rider used to cosign here. Located in La Jolla.

Flashbacks- Cash for clothing. Who can resist? Located in Hillcrest & Encinitas.

The Spare Room- A huge selection of woman's clothing. Well worth a visit. Located in Chula Vista.

Frock You- Kooky, but vetted and very stylish. North Park.

Hunt & Gather- Often re-constructed to update vintage looks. Very fashion forward. University Heights.

Bedouin Vintage Collective- A mish-mash of art, clothing, and gifts. Located in North Park.

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