A few days ago, my friend Angela and I decided to check out Sandy’s Savvy Chic Resale Boutique on 13th Street, hereafter referred to as Sandy’s because the idea of calling it Sandy’s Savvy Chic Resale Boutique upon every reference would break my delicate little fingers, and shortening it to SSCR would make it sound like a disease.
Angela is not about the thrift store life, and that’s okay. We bond over other things, like a mutual love of the Addams family and a sense of humor so twisted and difficult to follow, it makes most of our other friends a little uncomfortable. Even with these commonalities, I really didn’t want to disappoint her as we looked for our Halloween costumes, so I skipped the Goodwills and suggested we try a consignment store.
-This place is absolutely lovely. Right down to the floors. Basically, the retail equivalent of that clean, well-lighted place Hemingway was talking about.
-Sandy’s has an actual vintage section. This could double as a con, as real vintage is a cruel reminder that the sort of modern vintage stuff you see on Modcloth is a very idealistic view of what actual vintage looked like. (Very. Idealistic.) But, if real vintage is your thing, they’ve got it, and its infinitely cheaper than Modcloth.
-They actually have better clearance deals than the last Goodwill I went to! Sandy’s has a neatly cordoned-off 50% section in the clothing and shoe sections.
-Remember those Barbies your grandma had in a glass case in the living room? Now, you can start a collection of your own.
-For about $10 apiece, Angela and I were able to use our Sandy’s finds to be Morticia and Wednesday Addams for Halloween.
-Since it’s consignment, everything was in fantastic condition. The soles of the shoes weren’t worn, nothing was stained, and there was very little visible wear and tear on the stuff we looked at.
-As Sandy’s is a consignment store, it is a little more expensive than your average thrift store. I don’t think I saw anything under $6. They do have a small designer section (not a con, but here you go) with prices easily upward of $200.
-Everything in the furniture/decor clearance section was beige.
-Visible reminders that we still live in Gainesville
-Angela and I were mystified for a little bit as a voice on the intercom announced numbers at intervals. Turns out, it’s how they notify sellers that they’re done with the appraisal process.
Overall Rating: 5/5 D&G wallets. This place is beautiful, clean, and full of moderately priced, high quality stuff. Definitely worth a trip.