It’s spring in Palm Springs! Let the shopping begin – with a spree to Palm Springs’ fabulous consignment and resale boutiques. If you’re into vintage – or just love the thrill of the hunt for good bargains – Palm Springs is a must-visit.
Here’s how to begin. If you love designers -- Escada, St. John, Dior, etc. and runway-fresh haute couture – along with kicky shoes and stylish non-designer fashions, Resale Therapy on East Palm Canyon Drive is a must-visit. (It’s across the street from the Parker Palm Springs, so you may see a star sighting along with the stellar styles.) Resale Therapy’s racks are categorized by designers and the fashion-savvy staff is friendly and fun. You’ll find everything from jeans to fur coats, belts to handbags. I’ve bought Escada (new) for around $250, St. John knits as cheap as $125 and always, always fabulous shoes – think leopard stilettos, strappy sandals, trendy boots. It has menswear, too. Don’t miss the “secret back room,” where everything is $15 or less. And keep your receipt – it will give you a discount when you return.
If you haven’t shopped at Angel View Prestige Boutique on North Indian Canyon – you haven’t shopped Palm Springs. Angel View is a charity non-profit, filled with eclectic donated treasures from ball gowns to scarves, camisoles to sandals – and great menswear. Angel View has a few vintage pieces, and occasionally a designer dress or two, but it’s more a smorgasbord of everything. The racks are categorized by clothing type – if you’re looking for white cropped pants, they’re all in one place; walking shorts, all in one place; cocktail dresses, all in one place; leather jackets, all in one place. I always find exactly what I'm looking for -- as does just about everyone who lives in Palm Springs.
Now -- you’ve got a new spring wardrobe – it’s time to go for the accessories. Dazzles is the insider’s hot spot for glittery 1950s and ‘60s jewelry. Tucked on the first floor of an apartment building on North Palm Canyon Drive, it’s loaded with rhinestone pins, bakelite earrings and all that dazzling, top-quality costume jewelry our moms and grandmothers gave away. Mike Stern, the owner, is delightful and has great taste. Tell him what you want, and he always seems to have just the right piece – hidden beneath the counter. He “found” a gorgeous 1960s designer leopard pin for me – worth every penny at $45. And, if you’re into mid-century modern furnishings – Dazzles is one of the best.
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