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Closet Recyclers!

Written by , published June 29, 2009

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!

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