Last week I attended a reunion of high-school chums in Oklahoma City, a seven-hour drive from Austin (though my lead-footed mother claims to do it in five). Instead of gunning it straight through, I stopped this time in Dallas to pursue one of the city's most refined competitive sports: Shopping. Thankfully (for my bank account's sake), I've discovered the cheap thrills of thrift and consignment stores.
My first stop: Buffalo Exchange on Greenville Avenue, the Dallas store in the Arizona-based chain of trendy resale shops. Lots of floaty, gauzy tops; skinny jeans; and Eighties-inspired ensembles, but nothing for me this time.
Still, next door I found a sunny restaurant & deli called The Corner Market, a spot I highly recommend for lunch next time you're in the Lower Greenville Avenue neighborhood. D Magazine lauded it for "Best Sandwich" a few years ago (and the "Morningside Turkey and Apple" sounded tasty), but I enjoyed a few a la carte items from the cold deli-case, including an interesting broccoli salad with raisins and pine nuts. The homemade chocolate truffles and cheesecake slices looked divine, too, but I had clothes to try on down the road.
I had done a little research on the Web, so as I made my way north, I stopped next at a small store called Revente, near the Southern Methodist University Campus. The store carries lots of designer labels, including merchandise from St. John, Escada, Prada, and BCBG. I managed to find a cotton sundress made by a boutique designer out of Oklahoma City, for about $25.
Next, I headed to Preston Road, where I hit two more places before continuing my journey: Clothes Circuit (just off Preston on Sherry Lane) and Clotheshorse Anonymous a few miles north on Preston, just before Forest Lane). Both places have gigantic inventories, racks and racks of dresses, skirts, tops, pants, and evening wear, plus shoes, bags, and jewelry, and I managed to find a few things at less than a third of the price I would have paid brand-new.
It's the ultimate recycling!