Style-wonkette notes about fashion and personal style from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep in rural America. For mature women, beldames, women of a certain age, matriarchs and fully grown-up females. Age is not nearly as important as your eye for style. News, local finds, and special shops when I find them.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Holiday Renewed, Recycled, Reused and Restyled ( ... or My Selfish Season)
(This post is dedicated to
its muse, the indefatigable and dedicated Bella Q., The Citizen Rosebud herself.)
This is absolutely the
most difficult and uncomfortable time of the year for me to shop.
Don't get me wrong ... I love shopping for my nearest and dearest,
and delight especially in finding something for the Huz that makes him grin that special grin. But it is also the time of year
when I am bombarded by all the neat stuff I've wanted
all season! All the luxe goods; the jewels, the shoes, bags, perfumes
... they beckon tantalizingly like sailors' sirens. It's a constant
battle with my lower self to avoid coming home with a bunch of bags
filled with stuff for dear old Moi. Not to mention how hard it is on
my pitiful budget.
Bella and a dedicated and
fast growing legion of wise women all over the world have dedicated
their shopping funds to the ethic of "shopping second-hand
first." Or vintage, or consignment, but renewing and recycling and up-styling in gorgeous ways that have my constant admiration.
But, I had not considered shopping for the holidays this way. There
aren't many shops here that are much more than indoor garage sales,
but in seeking them out, I have found at least three pretty snazzy
resale shops in Fort Smith that offer
and gifting opportunities as well! Now that I've found these, there are bound to be more!
While looking around at
these three shops, I came up with some (surely not all) categories of people that you
can buy for in re-sale shops during the holidays ...
1. Your girl-friends or
family that just live to prowl these places ... Gift
Certificates for them!
You know them. The ones
that always look effortlessly chic and at home in their clothes, and
when you complement them, they tell you (smugly) that they got it at
a vintage shop for some minuscule amount. They may be tough to
choose specific gently-used items for, but how happy would they be
with a gift certificate for their favorite resale shop?
these certificates can go a very long way in terms of purchasing
power, and you are helping everyone involved achieve a more petite
This brings to mind a
second category of giftee who might enjoy such a gift certificate.
How about one for your
adorable and noble ecologically-focused friend or relative for whom
every purchase should have sustainability cred? Man or woman, this could work and really be appreciated!
2. Collectors of
These women are easier to
buy a gift for... the ones who love bangles, brooches, rings,
watches, handbags, etc. from any era that is regarded as retro or
in any way trendy.
all the temptation out there to pick up a little something for
yourself ... how about splurging on something that catches your eye
at one of these places? The damage to your budget and conscience will almost
assuredly be less than it might have been, you get an almost
guilt-free treat and, as above, you do some good ... or at the very
least, no harm.
about it. __________________________________________
if you are in or near Fort Smith, Arkansas, I'd point out these three
places as great examples of holiday shopping spots for Thrifters,
Restylers, and Vintage enthusiasts. ( They all offer Gift
On the west side, in the old down-town area:
Emi-Lee's on the
Smith, AR 72901 479-452-5488
are cases full of great jewels and accessories, from the merely
glitzy and glamorous to the truly grand. In seconds, I'd found half
a dozen things I wanted.
carefully, 'cause solid upscale brands abound, and there are some
very pretty things everywhere you turn. These women, led by owner Dawn
Howell, know how to merchandise.
around the corner from Emi-Lee's, you'll find this very welcoming and
charming shop. It's full of great finds, and I particularly liked
some of the handbags! They are both consignment and a boutique, with
some great values on makeup items (new, of course.) You'll meet the team, consisting
of Desiree Jeffrey (manager-daughter) and Patti Williams (owner-mom)
and they'll make you feel welcome.
let me know that there is a First Thursday, open-till-8:00pm evening
for shops in the area, coming up on December 6th. There will be
sales and drawings for Christmas goodies!
new kid in town, and on the east end of Rogers Avenue:
D Phoenix Avenue
Smith, AR 72903 479-226-3399
first thing I saw when I first visited this shop was a rack with the
cutest faux fur vest ever, and it would have been mine had it been in
my size! It was on a rack with a lot of other great things, and the
owner, Belinda Adams, is growing her stock every day. She has lots
of well chosen jewelry and accessories besides lots of sizes of
clothing, and she is specializing in Plus size fashion! She has a
real understanding of the ecological and social value of contemporary thrifting (and offers
for her customers! I love that.)