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 cityâ€™s most refined competitive sports: Shopping. Thankfully (for my bank accountâ€™s sake), Iâ€™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 ensemblesâ€”but nothing for me this time.
Still, next door I found a sunny restaurant & deli called The Corner Marketâ€”a spot I highly recommend for lunch next time youâ€™re in the Lower Greenville Avenue neighborhood. D Magazine lauded it for â€œBest Sandwichâ€ a few years ago (and the â€œMorningside Turkey and Appleâ€ 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, tooâ€”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 Cityâ€”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 inventoriesâ€”racks and racks of dresses, skirts, tops, pants, and evening wear, plus shoes, bags, and jewelryâ€”and I managed to find a few things at less than a third of the price I would have paid brand-new.
Itâ€™s the ultimate recycling!