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Is That Your Grandma’s Coat?

geous paisley silk scarf, which black and silver metal work that gave it a very chic, mesh-like, mod- was in excellent condition as well. We strolled through the women’s ern look. items and found little inspiration that day. However, Flower Child We went through a few racks of gets in new product all the time. garments until we came to a beautiful You never know when that amazing item may arrive and be drablack lace (lace is trending this year) matically marked down. blouse from BaAlthough Khola and I didn’t have nana Republic. Khola had to really enough time to visit one of her allWhen I was in my restrain from buy- time favorite thrift shops, Ohio early 20s living ing this piece, as it Thrift on Cleveland Avenue in off of a $23,000 was gorgeous, on North Linden, she told me about salary, thrift trend and inexpen- an Oscar de la Renta top she shops were my by Tommy McClure sive. Also, Michael found for $8 — normally $250. friend. Where else Kors was hiding Ohio Thrift has a huge selection of can you get a nice amongst all the H&M, which clothing and accessories, along suit for under $30 or a pair of seemed to be in abundance. It was with furniture and decorations. trendy shoes for under $20? Yeah, you have to really search for a women’s short-sleeve, one-butNow, if you’re like me, there are the great pieces, but that’s all part ton, skinny belted, collared, cotton-blend top — for $6.99. If you some days you just don’t feel like of the excitement. ask me, that is just plain sacrilege! dealing with the crowds or the We’re talking about Michael Kors traffic to go shopping. Then, you I asked Khola (pronounced coalhere! should check out www.24Sevenay) to take me to some of her faCouture.com. This is Khola’s onvorite thrift shops in Columbus We worked our way to the acces- line consignment shop, which is and further my education about sories counter and both immedibasically a high-end thrift shop. thrift shopping. Being the thriftately spotted a gold women’s It’s an eBay-based, contemporary shop guru that she is, she has clothing and accessories consignfound some outstanding pieces at Skagen watch that was in good condition. Skagen is a moderate ment boutique. You can find new different stores. She admits you sometimes have to dig, but when brand known for slim watch faces or gently used pieces — brands and mesh-looking metal bands. such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, you find a $2,000 suit piece for Prada, Missoni and more — at up $30 or a $600 bag for $20, it’s so We then made our way to the to 80 percent off original retail. worth it. Short North to visit Flower Child, And 24Seven Couture is currently which is known for its fabulous accepting consignments. Our first stop was on S High Street at Volunteers of America, window displays and 1970s furniture. Khola bought a Tadashi Shoji A few pieces she has recently where Khola once found a Saks jacket and skirt there for $60 placed online: a Preen Moto jacket Fifth Avenue coat valued at (value was $300) a few months (new), originally $315 for $150; a $1,100. She got it, in mint condiback. Flower Child has many Louis Vuitton bandeau (new), origtion, for $6.99. rooms to venture through, which inally $160 for $130; a Chanel makes it a fun stop even if you’re Bubble Bag (new), originally As we entered the store, Khola was sure to point out how very or- not planning on buying anything. $2,695 for $1,500; and a Chanel We quickly made our way to the Mademoiselle bag (gently used), ganized the racks were, both by basement to find not only the vin- originally $2,000 for $800. Khola color and clothing quality. The tage Playboy magazines (now col- is constantly adding items to her first thing that caught my eye lector’s items) but also a pair of online shop, so be sure to check was a beautiful silk scarf, very men’s old-school blue and tan back on a regular basis. reminiscent of a Prada design. Around the corner from the scarf wing-tip shoes. They were in excelwere several handbags, and one in lent condition, just not in my size! “I’m digging, I’m digging, I’m searching right through that lugparticular stood out to both of us. Next to the shoe rack was a gorgage. One man’s trash, that’s anIt was a trendy clutch that had Inspired by Macklemore’s new hit single, “Thrift Shop,” I thought I’d not only educate but get educated about thrift-store shopping. And who better to spend the day thrifting with than the lovely Khola Waddy-Jones, owner of 24SevenCouture.com?

other man’s come-up...” — Macklemore, “Thift Shop” Summer Swimwear Trends For the ladies: Vintage two-piece, high wasted suits are in. Mix this with floral and patterns. Mismatched bikinis, but make sure your patterns don’t look alike so the contrast is greater. Also, you can get a classic black bikini and find a printed top or bottom to add to the look. Digital prints (abstract prints that contain florals, animals, etc., in one- or two-piece swimsuits. Grecian-style twopieces will give you elegance on the beach or at the pool. For the gents: Shorts that fall three-quarters down the thigh and are tapered at the bottom are a big hit this season. Look for floral prints, chambray or solid colors with accents of color. Complete your beach look with a pair of aviator sunglasses (you can find them in almost any brand: Prada, Ray-Ban, Carreras, etc.). Aviators never go out of style.

Tommy McClure is the founder of CMH Fashion Week (@cmhfashionweek) and executive director of the Greater Columbus Film Commission (@filmcolumbus). You can follow Tommy himself on Twitter, too, at @tommytime.

Go! Volunteers of America: 1776 S High St, 614.443.6003, www.voago.org/Thrift-Stores; hours: Mon-Sat 9a-9p, Sun noon-6p Flower Child: 989 N High St, 614.297-8006, flowerchildvintage.com; hours: TueThu noon-6p, Fri-Sat noon-7p; Sun noon-5p Ohio Thrift: 3551 Cleveland Ave, 614.263.7993, www.ohiothriftinc.com; hours: MonSat 9a-9p, Sun 11a-6p

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