The Serendipity Of Resale Shopping

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I recently read an interview with Miriam Sontz, the retiring CEO at Powell’s Books. While I love reading about women in business in general, there was a quote that particularly resonated with me, and gave me an “AHA!” moment.

The quote was “What bookstores offer is the experience of serendipity.” Aha! We have something in common with Powell’s! If you substitute the words ‘resale shop’ in place of the word ‘bookstores,’ it’s equally true.

The more I read of her interview, the more I found myself nodding in agreement with her experiences as a brick and mortar bookstore:

“And the other thing the web has not been able to replicate is, what a cool community. When you shop here and you’re mulling a particular book, I can’t tell you how many times somebody will be standing next to you and they’ll be saying, “Oh yeah, that’s really good.”

It happens so often that our shoppers run into friends at our stores. Sometimes it’s their bestie, but often, it’s someone they haven’t seen in awhile. We love that! It’s like being the crossroads of peoples’ busy lives. Shopping online is great and I admit that I do it too sometimes, for the sheer convenience of it when I need something specific. But the satisfaction isn’t the same for me as coming across that surprise treasure at a local shop run by local people. And our resale shoppers are not shy about weighing in when an outfit looks smashing on you, or telling you their experiences with a particular brand and how it fits. We are a community, and proud to call ourselves that.

While some resale shoppers pop in to a consignment shop to look for something specific, most are just wanting to look, in hopes of finding something  wonderful. What often happens in both scenarios is that shoppers find a resale treasure that’s completely unexpected! It might be a colorful handbag, a adorable top, jeans that FIT, or even your next favorite pair of earrings.

Here We Go Again resale shopAnother characteristic at Here We Go Again, is that our staff are pretty up on what has recently arrived – OR – what might work for you that you hadn’t even considered! We love playing dress up, while respecting boundaries and personal shopping preferences. If you want our suggestions, or even if you want us to FILL  a dressing room for you, we’re ready and eager to help you treasure hunt. Always with no pressure. Our desire is only to make the resale shopping experience as fun-filled and delightful as possible.

Since our selection changes daily, and we pride ourselves in curating only the best selection of what’s brought to us, Here We Go Again’s shops have  continuously fresh picks, for your consignment and resale shopping pleasure! When shopping for designer consignment clothes, designer handbags and shoes, or just everyday consignment clothing for

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women, it’s important to keep your mind open to the world of possibilities!

Serendipity is fun!  At its most basic, resale shopping is all about the serendipity, the thrill of the hunt and more importantly – the thrill of the find!

xoxo ~hwga

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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