After church last Sunday, a fellow choir member asked if I knew where she could find some nice plus-size dresses. I told her I knew just the place: Classy Sassy, a new consignment shop at 3096 Whiskey Road.
I visited Classy Sassy during their grand opening a few weeks back. Although they were still working on setting up the back of the shop, there was plenty to see in the front. What struck me was their great collection of scarves, purses, and plus-size dresses. Classy Sassy’s focus is on dressy and dressy-casual styles. Most of their clothes cater to a more mature customer, and while that’s not my personal style, it’s perfect for Aiken.
So if you’re looking for something to wear out to dinner downtown, or a great deal on a designer silk scarf, take a drive down Whiskey Road to Classy Sassy.
Today I visited Upscale Resale on University Parkway in Aiken. I had read about their children’s consignments and wanted to see what else they had. Turns out it was a good day to stop by as they are having a buy-one-get-one-half-off sale right now.
I was pleasantly surprised. The store has a good selection of current styles for all ages – newborn to nineties – and a wide range of sizes. I saw quality brands such as Ann Taylor and Talbots, at reasonable prices (more than Goodwill, less than TJ Maxx). There were also a lot of new (i.e. not consigned) accessories including necklaces, earrings, and little girls’ headbands.
So, what would I go there to buy? Special occasion tops for parties, everyday pants (they have a great selection of capris right now), and fun purses. I’ll definitely be going back in the future to see what’s new.
His House was founded two decades ago by Reverend Garland O. Ramsey, who wanted to do more to help the needy than his church was doing at the time. After a short time operating the thrift store, he came up with what His House is best known for: all clothes are $1.00. He figured that for that amount, anyone could afford to be decently dressed.
Today, His House does over a million dollars in business each year. In addition to helping people clothe themselves and furnish their homes inexpensively, they run a 70-bed men’s shelter and donate all the unsold clothes to charities in Haiti.
His House has four thrift stores in Columbia and Lexington. For this review, I shopped at the Highway 378 location in West Columbia.
As you might expect from a store where everything is $1.00 (children’s clothes are less), it ain’t fancy. Everything is arranged in broad categories on long racks in a warehouse-like building. This is definitely a store for shoppers who enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Just looking at the women’s shirts rack, for instance, you might see a size small sequined top in perfect condition right next to an old XL pilled t-shirt. I enjoy this kind of treasure hunt, and many other people must, too: at lunchtime on a weekday it was fairly busy, and the customers mostly looked well-off enough to be shopping there by choice rather than necessity.
I managed to find two great tops I can wear to work and a nice Liz Claiborne dress for a dollar apiece. I definitely recommend visiting His House if you’ve got one nearby. It’s a fun shopping experience, and the money goes to a great cause. And if you don’t live near one of their stores, Rev. Ramsey is looking for people who are interested in expanding the His House ministry to their own towns.
Having just moved to Aiken, I thought it was time to check out the local thrift and consignment stores. I began with the Salvation Army on Whiskey Road. After dropping off a load of tschochke the previous owners of our house left behind, I perused the store. Their clothing selection is average and a bit on the frumpy side, but they do have an extensive selection of jeans and a rack of nursing scrubs, which I hadn’t seen before in a thrift store. They also have a $1 t-shirt bin where you might find a good gag gift or vintage treasure.
My lucky find was this silver Pierre Cardin sweater set, which should make nice separate pieces for not-too-dressy/not-too-casual evening wear. Those plus the children’s book only set me back $5.53.
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