Few things cheer me up more than a good bargain. I mean, I love clothes but I’m also fond of my savings account and the dream of a comfortable retirement. I’ve got a pretty good nose for sales, and I’ve been known to have some luck at the Winners’ clearance racks, but the truly phenomenal finds are few and far between. Which is what makes days like the other Saturday so special.
It didn’t start very promisingly. I woke up far too early, and somehow still managed to fall behind schedule. The prospect of running errands on a beautiful sunny weekend day is not conducive to my good mood, so I may have been a little short with my fiancé. All in all, it wasn’t shaping up to be a good day. On a whim, I decided to drop into one of my two favourite consignment stores in the city, on the off chance that something interesting might have turned up. My last couple of visits had been disappointing, so I didn’t have high expectations. I browsed a few racks half-heartedly and saw nothing of interest. I was on my way out when … I saw it.
It was just hanging there, oh so nonchalantly, right in front of me. A Diane.
Let me explain. I became a life-long fan of Diane von Furstenberg the first time I put on one of her wrap dresses. There is nothing like silk jersey. And nothing more comfortable than a wrap dress. I have a few DVF pieces, and I treasure them all the way some women cherish their jewels.
There, before me, was a beautiful DVF silk top. Delicate flutter sleeves, slight cowl neckline, gorgeous colours. Mint condition. I knew it was going to be mine before I even looked at the price. And when I did – a pleasant surprise. $25. Things were definitely looking up. In fact, the story could have ended there, and I would have been quite happy. But, as it happened, I had a few minutes to kill in the line-up, so I decided to quickly browse one more rack. You never know, right? And that is when I struck real gold. The big jackpot.
A Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2008 runway jacket. Three quarter sleeves, with an asymmetrical neckline and diagonal zipper. Perfect for spring, summer or … well, fall. Basically the entire non-winter Edmonton season. The originally price tag was $388US (eBay is endlessly useful for this kind of information). Mine for only … $45.
It was going to be a great day!
Now if only I can get my hands on a Stella McCartney dress …