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/// THE CHEAP ISSUE


URBAN EXCHANGE Cheap Thrills T


alk is cheap — but fashion talk, not really. It seems you can’t even talk about style without your credit card being swiped. Yet for every designer label slip of the tongue (cha-ching!) there’s some bargain banter to be had. Think you can’t shop consignment stores and look


good? You’re not only wrong, you’re overpaying — not flattering. You know what’s attractive these days? Being smart. Take a lesson from some consign- ment stores in the area that are offering fashion at a fraction of the cost.


Urban Exchange (926 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids): This urban consignment boutique wants to make a braggart out of you. Owner Stephanie Johnson touts “elevated pieces” that are the result of boutique overstock. A Juicy Couture watch retailing at $450 goes for $62.50 and is still-in-the-box brand new. You can stumble upon real steals in the form of a Coach purse and hat, among lower price point items such as chunky scarves in bold lemon and coral colors for around $20. In Johnson’s opinion, to get a great look for less seek out “embel- lishments such as ruffles and embroidery on clothing, or thick belts for tunics.”


Rock Paper Scissors (145 Diamond Ave. SE, Grand Rapids): A $21 tank top that reads “all dressed up and somewhere to go” pretty much sums up this store’s personality. Style supplies came in the form of J-Crew headbands for $12, vinyl reusable totes (think beach bags) for $5, and sunglasses for $12. A spring open house for the store is held April 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening. Owner Brynne Roberts heads right to the quintessential less-than-retail example in the army green faux leather jacket that’s “cool, fitted, and a little edgy and fun. It’s perfect to throw over a sundress.”


ROCK, PAPER SCISSORS


Closet Case (4160 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Standale): If you ask Owner Karen Hall, the celebrity most likely to shop at her store is Johnny Depp. “He’d stop in for the men’s line — because he seems to like the funky, out-there look. Also, he wears a lot of hats, which we have.” With a Standale location perfect for the college crowd on the way to Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus, you can expect super saver deals with tank tops anywhere from $3 to $4 and shorts and skirts ranging from $8 to $12. An “outstanding” shoe collection is on-hand and usually less than $12. Vintage tip: Snoop their pillbox hats for around $10. By Missy Black


PHOTOS // Missy Black 36 | REVUEWM.COM | APRIL 2011


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