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Upbeat music fills the air at Uptown Cheapskate on West Arbrook Boulevard. Store manager Chrissy Pointer said the resale franchise, which caters to a younger crowd, is celebrating its second year while gearing up for its busy back-to-school shopping season.
“We look for stuff within the last two years that’s coming out of the mall right now,” she said. “I think the advantage [for] college students is they are able to get cash. If they’re looking for a new wardrobe, they can sell theirs and get something different.”
Walking past a rack of tops and assorted Vera Bradley bags, Pointer said the store buys vintage items when they come in but does not currently have a vintage section.
“If we ever have enough to do that, we definitely will,” she said.
The store is part of the Maverick Discount Program.
Theater senior Elly Hunt, who works at Costumes by Dusty, said she wears vintage clothing but does not currently shop for any since she recently inherited older items from her grandmother’s wardrobe. Hunt said she does, however, borrow vintage pieces from Dusty’s for special events.
Dusty’s, located at 324 Exchange Drive, houses more than 20,000 non-prepackaged costumes, Hunt said. Hunt said her boss does a lot of thrift shopping, plus the shop custom-builds outfits to order and accepts donations. The outfits, which hang on racks up to five deep, are not for sale but are available on a rental basis.
Hunt said what’s hot depends a lot on pop-culture trends.
“That’s an assortment of staffs and swords for, like, wizards,” she said as she walked through the store. “This is what we call the tacky dress isle. These are all vintage or remade dresses from the ‘50s. It’s all just floral and polka dot. It’s what you think of as, like, a teacher dress.”
The Roaring ‘20s is a popular period, Hunt said, and a lot of themed parties are 1920s era or Western.
The shop sets up a booth at Scarborough Renaissance Festival each year, and has also done some custom weddings at the festival, Hunt said. Dusty’s also custom-builds mascots. Hunt described a few times when she has worked late.
“It’s very Night at the Museum especially in a room full of costumed mannequins,” Hunt said referring to movie in which museum displays come to life after dark. “The scariest part is coming back here at night. There is a whole row of mascot heads.”
Hunt walked toward a dark corner of the warehouse where a hanging bulb illuminates the bodiless heads of giant, beaked birds, bulls, a Barney dinosaur, and among other things, a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people eater.
“Their bodies are down here,” she said. “But you don’t see those right away.”
Kristine O’Brien, theatre arts costume specialist, said the university’s theater department makes costumes in-house but has purchased things secondhand and also receives donations.
“If it’s a period piece where it’s vintage clothing, we research where we can get a pattern and then buy fabric,” she said. “If it’s more of a modern-day show, we’ll go to a thrift store or resale store to purchase items that are not going to go over our budget. It’s actually cheaper to buy modern-day clothes.”
O’Brien said vintage is sort of known for its quirkiness. She also said today’s sizes are much different than before.
“Even if we do find an actual vintage piece, most likely, it won’t fit,” she said. “People used to be much smaller than they are now.”
People shop vintage and resale for various reasons and shops exist for various reasons as well. Some are non-profit such as Thrift Outreach Store and Donation Center, a newly opened store at 3701 S. Cooper St.
Store owner Cassandra Yettke said the store assists local organizations in helping those in need by allowing referred clients to shop at no cost. She said she opened the store because she wanted to especially help women and children coming from unstable environments.
“I want them to feel normal and not feel like they’re a victim,” she said. “I just wanted to help and give back, plus everybody loves thrift stores.”Read more here:purple formal dresses