As I begin to build The (not-even-close-to-being) Complete Des Moines-area Secondhand Store Directory, I’m realizing there is going to be some collateral damage…..to my pocketbook. Because when I say “Complete”, Miss Literal here really means complete – I plan on having everything you’re going to want to know about every single secondhand store in Des Moines and eventually Iowa, then THE WORLD!
OK, I’m not that ambitious, but the point is, I want it to be comprehensive and thorough. Which means I need to do a lot of research. Which means I have to go to the stores quite a bit. Which means I’m going to be in the lion’s den, surrounded by beautiful clothes.
And there’s an old saying, “If you hang around a barber shop long enough, you’re going to eventually get a haircut.”
So as I said, hanging out in these stores is most likely going to lead to some purchases.
For instance, the first store I’m going to review is Restyle, on Hickman, in Sherwood Forest. Last week I was there 5 or 6 times, taking pictures, video taping, interviewing, studying the brands and prices. And piece by piece, buying stuff.
It started with a White House Black Market polka dot skirt on my first trip, then a necklace on my second, then the shoes…until I finally ended up with this entire outfit:
Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft
White Long-sleeve t-shirt: Mossimo
Skirt: White House Black Market
Shoes: A2 (Aerosoles)
Necklace: not sure of brand, but isn’t it gorgeous??
(My face is red in this picture because now 12-year-old Sophie was making me laugh!)
But is that an awesome outfit or what? And even though I complained about denting my pocketbook, the best part about this outfit is that the total cost is………………………
Wait! The title of the post is “Guess the cost, win a prize!” So here’s the fun part: I want YOU to guess what you think the total cost for this outfit is, and whoever comes the closest wins this adorable Christmas-tree pin, handmade from paper by my fabulous sister:
And if you’re a man reading this blog, this pin would be a fabulous Christmas gift for the lady in your life, so please join in on the fun too!
I’m looking for the total price of the five items I mentioned: skirt, sweater, t-shirt, necklace and shoes. Don’t include the tights or undergarments.
This contest will run until 10 pm. Monday night. One guess per person please.