Meet Mary! | Our Newest Resale Boutique Director | Johns Landing

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“I love it so much that I moved here twice.”

Originally hailing from New York, Mary’s sunny demeanor and eclectic sensibilities landed her in Portland. And the first time she wandered through our doors? A lucky day for all! We were instantly captivated by her lovely personality, and soon scooped her up to become Boutique Director of our Johns Landing location. With her New England background and a flair for the creative, we sat down to chat about the serious stuff: costumes, consignment and her ultimate weakness.

J. Crew Meets Jeffrey Campbell

Self-describing her style as a combination between classic/preppy and forward-thinking/weird, one thing is clear: Mary loves dress-up. She connects her affinity for clothes with her adoration of women’s consignment: finding those unique pieces to create a totally different look. Her love for locals also has her especially excited to work in a storefront setting. We have been known to host a regular or two from time to time…

Would You Like Fries With That? MaryHepburn

Citing Halloween as her favorite holiday, her litany of creative costumes is sure to please a crowd. Listening to Mary describe her most tried and true costume methods, she’s clearly learned a thing or two: “Looking for a certain costume silhouette is less about finding the exact pieces to make it work, and more about finding the right feeling even without the exact same pieces.” Included here is a photo of her in an Audrey Hepburn costume, but she wants to make it clear: “That ‘cigarette’ is actually a Burgerville fry with ketchup!”

“I have a compulsion to try on every shoe in the world.”

Sixty seconds with any fashion-lover usually reveals her ultimate weaknesses. Is it designer handbags? Luxury fabrics? As the headline reveals, you guessed it: SHOES! She cites her favorite resale scores as follows: an auburn pair of Cole Haan lace-up boots and a nautical pair of red J. Crew flats. Also on the list? The distinctive quirkiness of Fluevog shoewear. So plan a visit to our SW resale boutique location soon, where you’re likely to find Mary twirling past the shelves of our Shoe LaLa! Room.

 

Passing the baton and signing out for now,

Your former Director-turned-Grad Student Kelly

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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