What We Wear Is Not Who We Are

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Shoes, Glorious Shoes!
Dijon yellow Bacio platforms, size 7 1/2.

Or is it? I’ve always believed that all fashion is costume – change your outfit, change your outlook, change others’ perceptions. We all switch up our style to fit the occasion: job interview; wedding; high school reunion, happy hour. My mood and my personality shift slightly just by changing my shoes. My biker boots bring out a different side of me than my platform cage ankle boots, or my gladiator sandals.

Shopping resale for me is my favorite way to change up my costume, with the added bonus of lining up with my green values. I love saving money, I love finding a treasure, and I love the high quality of better name brands and designer labels. I’ve always had champagne taste, don’t know why. In my early years, I was addicted to sewing Vogue Designer patterns. I was probably the only girl in Nebraska wearing Issey Miyake! What a kook.

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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