Shopping: Never Pay Retail Again


Local fashion consultant Debbie O’Hearn believes you don’t have to drop a bundle to dress well. She’s a big fan of thrift shopping. “This is the way to shop,” she says. “Nobody but you has to know how much you paid.” O’Hearn recently took us on a guided tour of her favorite local thrift stores.

Store: This ’n’ That Thrift and Gift
Location: 3257 Folsom Blvd.
Vibe: East Sac boutique
Merchandise: High-end castoffs from Fab
Best Buys: Forties folks, dead stock from out-of-business stores, plus great vintage stuff     Isaac Mizrahi mohair coat ($18), Fila running jacket ($4), Jessica McClintock evening gown and matching wrap ($15.99)
Debbie says: “This is a great place to buy a prom dress.”

Store: Sacramento SPCA Thrift Store
Location: 1517 E St.
Vibe: Dog-friendly neighborhood hangout
Merchandise: High-quality stuff donated by local pet lovers: designer jeans, “better” sportswear, awesome shoes, a separate plus-size department, but no fur (SSPCA policy)
Best Buys: Elie Tahari three-piece skirted suit ($22.96), Jones New York boyfriend jacket ($6.98)
Debbie says: “Everyone here is so friendly.”
Store: Bows and Arrows
Location: 1712 L St.
Vibe: Midtown hipster heaven
Merchandise: Well-curated collection of period apparel from the ’60s through the ’90s
Best Buys: Etienne Aigner mock-croc pumps ($15), rabbit-fur bomber jacket ($65), Acme cowboy boots ($30)
Debbie says: “Everything here is very true to the era.”
Store: ECO Thrift
Location: 4220 Fruitridge Road
Vibe: This bare-bones store ain’t pretty, but there are bargains galore if you’re willing to paw
Merchandise: Rack after rack of clothes for teens, large sizes, men’s clothing, school uniforms, even underwear
Best Buys: London Fog trench with zip-out lining ($4.98), Old Navy skirt ($1.98), D&G denim shorts (99 cents)
Debbie says: “This store has the best selection of labels.”

Store: Thrift Town
Location: 5005 Stockton Blvd.
Vibe: The Wal-Mart of local thrifts: big, well-lit, good signage
Merchandise: Just about anything you can imagine, including nurses uniforms; thousands of new items hit the floor every day
Best Buys: Classiques Entier blazer ($5.99), Roxy board shorts ($3.99), vintage swing coat ($12.99)
Debbie says:  bring clients here to buy workout wear.”