Like used cars, used clothes are sometimes stripped for their parts, such as colonial-flag elbow patches and buttons made from rare, melted-down G.I. Joe action figures. Stock up on wholly intact resale threads with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of women’s resale designer clothing and accessories at Ivy Boutique in Tempe.
Boasting a roster of contemporary designers ranging from Armani and Ann Taylor to Valentino and Versace, Ivy Boutique festoons females in gently used, upscale threads and accessories. Assembling a stunning and inexpensive outfit from apparel such as a Nanette Lepore teal velvet top ($55) and an Etcetera long tweed jacket ($50) can be as fashionable and satisfying as a stiletto back massage. A furry Brighton textile-and-leather handbag ($56) keeps wallets warm and toasty, and black alligator loafers by Salvatore Ferragamo ($47) enhance evening wear with reptilian chic.