Princess Kennedy: Thrift Whore

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Paris "Kennedy" Hilton makes an appearance at Name Droppers to buy this $2,000 outfit. Photo: Katie Panzer

Let’s face it: In this struggling economy, we are definitely pinching our pennies, especially when it comes to fashion. The pickings often seem slim in SLC, feeling like Pib’s and Decades are all we have apart from the clone-like Deseret Industries.

This prompted me to do something I never do: go out of my comfort zone by venturing past 2100 South to see what other stores are out in this great Salt City. I know that there are places like Savers and Salvation Army in West Valley City, but that kind of a location is crazy talk, and the ones I’ve heard about in Sandy are supposed to have nice stuff, but I made a promise to those douchebags of southern origin that if they stay out of my tranny, fag lovin’ neighborhood, I won’t venture into theirs.

It seems that the perfect solution is 3300 South, a veritable thrift thoroughfare. In fact, there are so many stores full of previously loved materials that my challenge turned out to be finding one and committing. So I did what any clothes whorin’ shopaholic would do, and chose three.

I decided to take three very different stores with three very different aesthetics and see what the difference was: Name Droppers, located just off of 3300 South and Highland Drive, Consignment Circuit at 1464 E. and 3300 South and finally, Thrift Town on the corner of 1300 East and 3300 South. I chose these three because of the very different brands, styles and atmospheres they offer.

The difference between thrift and consignment has nothing to do with the buyer. Stores like Pib’s give you cash for clothes, stores like the DI take donations and consignment is where some old Walker Lane bitty retires her Miu Miu heels or her new Birkin bag at a label whore graveyard till someone takes pity on its leather hide and buys it, giving the bitty a portion of the profits.

Name Droppers is a high-end consignment boutique. Walking into the showroom is like walking into a department store: It’s very clean, beautiful and well lit. The space is filled with vintage showcases full of purses, jewelry and racks upon racks of designer label things. The entire downstairs is dedicated to shoes—I could write a whole piece on that for another issue.

My good friend Ashley Lingwall is the head sales girl there and she helped me piece together a couple of bourgeois fit-outs. The first I tried on was a little too Paris Hilton: a sequin dress and a handbag whose original price was around $2,000, and the outfit came in at just over that. That is not thrift shopping. Our second outfit, which came to $729.73, was still a little too upscale for this punk rock princess, but more realistic finds such as a really nice (for someone else) Missoni dress for $186, Christian Dior sunglasses that I would buy for $75 (a steal) and a plastic oversized heart ring for 11 bucks. Name Droppers is the place I will go to first when I vacation in St. Tropez or attend a wedding in Tahoe.

Next, I ventured to Consignment Circuit. This consignment store is a really great place to find a costume as well as everyday wear. The best part is that owner Lorie Sweeney gets more than just clothes. I saw some really great tropical bird paint-by-numbers paintings from the ’60s that I’m a little obsessed with and would be perfect for my tropical-themed kitchen. Out of the many looks I tried on, I found the perfect 1920s flapper outfit: pink bejeweled dress, white vintage pumps, boa, pearls, sparkle clutch and even Juicy Couture sunglasses all for $125—a price I’m sure was cheaper than the original sticker for the dress. We had the most fun here with ’80s streetwalker looks and ’70s “Bewitched”-style muumuus—the selection here is endless. The shop not only features a helpful and friendly staff, but also offers the largest selection of holiday gem sweaters every Christmas.

Last, we went to the good old staple of Thrift Town. Oh, the junk you can find there at the “right” price: racks and racks of clothes and furniture, all to make you look like you are the poorest trash around. If you have days to spend rifling though the poorly fluorescent lit space and can deal with the screaming children, there is a chance you’ll find that hidden gem. On this trip, I put together a lovely polygamist child bride ensemble: Eddie Bauer monochromatic plaid dress, black blouse with a neck bow and Banana Republic khaki pants, all for 10 bucks. Next, I found a three-color tie-dyed jumper, perfect for that eighth-grade art school teacher for $2.99. Last and most serious of the shopping extravaganza, I found what is probably the best deal of the whole day and maybe even ever: A 1940s gray beaver skin fur coat with three-quarter sleeves on sale for $12.99, but marked down on blue tag day for half price. What’s more is that I found the mother lode in the pocket: a half stick of gum, a hard candy and a used Kleenex. SCORE! Thank god for thrifting!

Check out pics of Kennedy’s outfits at slugmag.com.

Thrift/Consignment Shops on 33rd
CONSIGNMENT CIRCUIT
1464 E. 3300 S.
801-486-6960
Clothing, Jewelry, Collectibles, Trends, Designer, Vintage & Costumes

CASSANDRA’S CLOSET
2261 E. 3300 S.
801-484-2522
Clothing & Accessories

NAME DROPPERS
3355 S. Highland Dr.
801-486-1128
Clothing & Accessories

THRIFT  TOWN
1300 E. 3330 S.
801-486-4944

THRIFT ON 33rd
2060 E. 3300 S.
801-484-3401

SAVERS
3171 E. 3300 S.
801-47-8395

Photos:
Paris Tranny by night, flapper by day, Princess Kennedy looks right in this pink number from Consignment Circuit. Kennedy is the mane attraction in this furry steal from Thrift Town.