Behind the Style Sleuths: The Bigwigs Upstairs

hwga isn’t your average designer consignment store, and if you haven’t guessed, these style sleuths aren’t your average head honchos. They are your go-to resale sensei (setting the bar for your inner grasshopper), your style guru, your guide to keeping Portland green, and a caring ear when you need one. They answered a few questions to help you get to know them a little better. Meet the rest of the crew!

Chris: Resale Queen Extraordinaire

chris-gaugerTea or Coffee?
Definitely coffee! (or red wine, hahaha!).

Guilty pleasure?
Pretty much anything salty and crunchy.

Favorite place to eat in Portland?
Oh, so many! I don’t think I can limit myself to one, but we go often to The Iron Horse around the corner from our house (fried oyster taco night!) and one of our long-time standards is Wild Abandon on SE Belmont, kitschy and comfortable, with good food and great bread pudding.

Favorite book or TV show?
Right now, I’m a total addict for Modern Family. I love to laugh! Book is harder, my selections are very eclectic, but I loved Team of Rivals, and I felt like I knew Abraham Lincoln after reading it. Very impressive book.
Your favorite HWGA moment?
Twenty-four years is too long a time to pick just one. Most recently, I loved it when someone told me on Facebook that they loved my puns. It was validating – I write to amuse myself, but it’s always a plus if I can make someone else laugh too!


Kelly: Captain of the SS Carolina

Tea or Coffee?kelly-a-199x300
Herbal teas.
Guilty pleasure?
Adventuring outdoors, being a night owl, playlists, extreme cake decorating and fantasy basketball.
Favorite place to eat in Portland?
It’s a 3-way between Bamboo Sushi, Red Onion Thai and a secret hole-in-the-wall date night spot that I might reveal if given the proper puppy dog eyes!
Favorite book or TV show?
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Your favorite HWGA moment? 
11-11-11 goes down in history as one of the coolest days in here, and definitely one of the most unique HWGA events! Chris hired a quirky Fortune Teller to read our palms, and it also happened to be my first week working here. The store made that magical transition from boutique to party, and it felt like everyone settled into that “we’re all friends here” feel that makes work feel like play.


Am-J: Broadway Commander-in-Chief

06 (1)Tea or Coffee?
Super Irish Breakfast Tea is my life’s blood. I drink it in a brass knuckle mug for more power…
Guilty pleasure?
Trashy television ala True Blood, Teen wolf, and various other shows.
Favorite place to eat in Portland?
The Lamp! Their BLT is beyond compare, and their brunch is so tasty. Bonus, you don’t have to wait 9,000 hours for a table!
Favorite book or TV show?
Books: The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson
TV Show: Firefly (ok let’s be real, anything Joss Whedon has done)
Your favorite HWGA moment?
When ladies are in shopping and we all start singing along to what’s on the radio. A few weeks ago we had an epic 4 part harmony rendition of “Brown Eyed Girl” and it was beautiful. 


Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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