I don't know of too many plus size women
that haven't dreamed about a single place
where we could go to shop for resale items.
Shopping can be very frustrating when
you're looking for larger sizes.
Ordering online means you're taking the
chance that what one label calls a 22W
is what you think of as a 22W. Besides,
you never know how something will fit
you unless you can try it on first. And,
of course, online ordering means you pay
for shipping -- to get it to you, and
then often to send it back if it doesn't
work for you.
Thrift stores sometimes have a few things,
but choice is frequently limited and that
perfect fabric sometimes ends up being
an XS accidentally put in the wrong spot
when you pull it off the rack. Been there!
At least there are a few retail stores
that specialize in plus size, but selection
depends on what their buyers think is
fashionable right now, and you might not
feel the same.
(Two words: floral muumuu.)
At a regular retail shop, you're paying
retail prices, and that isn't always easy.
Especially if your size is in flux, changing
enough to warrant another wardrobe.
I have to credit Savvy
Plus in PDX, which I accidentally
came across in December 2009 while walking
down Hawthorne, for inspiring me to take
my idea of a plus-size resale shop from
dream to reality.
I remember how very happy I was walking
into a place where I could wear so much
of what they offered, and yet could do
so at a price I could afford. I still
glee over the things I bought that day.
And it's precisely that same glee I hope
to offer to the people of Austin.
We do more than just plus size clothes
- we also offer formal dresses and costumes
for all sizes.
Why formals and costumes?
Because we like them!
And why pay full retail prices for something
you might only wear once?
Furthermore, in our wonderfully creative
and eclectic hometown of Austin, you're
much more likely to find something you'll
never find anywhere else.
So don't worry that you have to hold
onto clothes that no longer fit, or that
you might not ever wear again, for fear
of not being able to afford new-to-you