Welcome to the final chapter of my “Get Shorty” series, which documents my journey through secondhand stores in search of Short Winter Skirts (SWS). After this last excursion, I can happily say that I feel as complete and full of shopping as I do after I’ve finished eating a Thanksgiving dinner. Really, the words “I’m done” literally left my lips as I left the store after this last attempt to complete my wardrobe.
Of course, there’s always room for dessert…….
But let’s get down to business as to what happened on what I hope to be the final chapter.
My final stop in search of SWS was my favorite consignment store, Fashion Junction, located in Beaverdale. If you’re not from Des Moines, Beaverdale is a charming little historical community in Des Moines, Iowa.
When I entered Fashion Junction, I had no intention of buying anything. In fact, I had left my purse in the car. I was actually there to do research for this blog – I was interviewing the owner to find out why so many of my articles of clothing that I had brought in on previous trips to consign had been denied.
Has that ever happened to you? It has to me more than I care to admit: I’ve entered the store with an armload of designer clothing to consign (many of the pieces I had actually bought there!) and they’ve been turned away…it’s very humiliating!!
The interview answered many questions, and I will write about this topic in the future. Look for a future post titled “What’s Wrong With My Clothes”, and I’ll explain why this happens.
But let’s get back to the story. As I said, I had no intention of buying anything….the interview was going very well, I was learning so much about what she looks for when accepting consigning articles, when out of the corner of my eye, I saw this:
100% cashmere argyle sweater. On sale for $12.99. Mmmmm. Yummy. I literally ran out to my car to get my purse.
And once I made the decision to buy, I was all in. My arms started flying….reason/logic/discipline had left my body…..you know the drill.
This trip, I can proudly say I ended up with four beautiful skirts. And it was really nice to shop in a “real” store (as opposed to Goodwill), where the items are arranged by size instead of color. Instead of 200 pieces to dig through, there were maybe only 20, and they were ALL nice. I felt like I was in Neiman Marcus!
Here’s what I got:
Skirt #1: Charter Club Dark Gray Pencil Skirt (Cotton/Polyester/Spandex): $12.99
Skirt #1: Charter Club Dark Gray Pencil skirt
Perceptive readers might remember another gray pencil skirt from GSP3 (the one with the flair in back), but this one is a little less spandex with tighter, neater lines. Hands down, I like this one better. In fact, can’t you see this skirt with the argyle sweater above? Oo la la!
Skirt #2: Tyler Boe Brown/Black skirt (Rayon/Polyester): $16.99
I have never heard of Tyler Boe before, but I just Googled him and found this description: “The Tyler Boe collection is a refreshingly chic collection designed for today’s modern, yet refined woman. Driven by color, enhanced by the touch and feel of each garment, the Tyler Boe collection combines the luxuriousness of the finest European mills with the sourcing skills of the Far East.” Most garments listed were $100 – $150.
Chic, modern, refined, luxuriousness…..Me likey. This is a very nice skirt. Notice the slit pockets in the front. While I typically don’t tuck shirts in, and belt them like I have in this photo, I may step out of my comfort zone and try that, to show off my “chicness”.
Skirt #3: Canvasbacks Wool Skirt
Skirt #3: Canvasbacks Lutton & Horsfield skirt (100% Wool): $15.99
This is a perfect SWS . Length and fabric are ideal. I Googled Canvasbacks, because I was unfamiliar with product line, and was delighted to find that it is a quality brand: “The line has been known for its use of luxurious fabric and trims. With an average price of $350 at retail, the articles give a nod to the company’s needlepoint roots by using decorative fabric inserts as part of the design.” Once again: Score!
Skirt #4: think tank Navy/Gold skirt
Skirt #4: think tank Navy/Gold striped skirt (Polyester/Spandex): $13.99
I saved the best for last. I love this skirt by itself, but when I found the J. Crew navy belted sweater cardigan at this same store, I knew I had come to the end of my journey. To me, this outfit is the Pièce de résistance. I wish I knew how to work with lighting on my camera better, because this photo does not do it justice: Warm winter colors, nice sophisticated look with the gold buttons and belt. The sweater cost $17.99 - a high-priced item for me, but worth every penny.
So there you have it – I got Shorty. Along with his sister, brother, and all his cousins. I’m going to finish this post right here, hopefully leaving you with the nice, warm fuzzy feeling that I had when found this last outift. Remember, “I’m done.”
Did somebody mention cheesecake?