When it comes to clothes, I love thrift stores, consignment stores, and all things resale. The mecca for me in this area is a little resale store called Glad Rags in Bay City, Michigan.
Glad Rags has a long history in mid-Michigan. Owner Mary Bush started the store in the early 80s in the Old Town area of Saginaw. I rambled through on a regular basis, pawing my way through racks of intriguing clothing. Not all vintage, not all top designer, but every last piece interesting. That’s what makes Glad Rags a unique store to visit.
Fortunately for me, I’ve got a friend who’s a good friend of the Glad Rags owner. Extra bonus points because sometimes (like this time) my friend operates the store while the owner is away on vacation. In my life, very little beats chatting away for hours with a friend while slowly looking at each and every piece of clothing.
Unless chocolate, books, or cooking is involved. Which it was not this time. So clothes and talking for the win.
Owner Mary Bush has been known to say, “If you’re afraid of fashion, this store isn’t for you.” I think this black vinyl coat with fluffy white fur totally proves her statement. It fit me perfectly, but didn’t make the final cut.
If that doesn’t do it, how about this colorful overcoat?
Nothing says “fashion forward” (or backward) like an uber-patriotic windbreaker. No doubt perfect for the fourth of July here in Michigan where the evening temps are often chilly enough to warrant a windbreaker.
And there were these red vinyl platform lace up boots from the 70s.
This is the kind of resale shop I absolutely love. You never, ever know what you’re going to find, and are always guaranteed to find something that no one else owns. Or might wear, depending on how you think about fashion.
One piece had to come home with me: a new with tags 1960s red wool suit from Printzess Fashions.
Yep, that’s me in the photo wearing the suit. The jacket fits perfect, the skirt…oh heck, I couldn’t even get it zipped up. Still, if I ever decide to open an online resale store featuring awesome and interesting clothes (plus cookbooks, naturally) this would be in the store right away.
I’m pretty sure I could go back to Glad Rags once a week and find something new every single time. There’s so much stuff, it’s hard to see it all at one time. I just love the old mannequins – and those luscious blue suede lace-up booties.
In the end, I did manage to stay under budget and land several interesting things to add to my wardrobe. I’ll definitely be heading back over to Bay City one of these days to visit Glad Rags resale shop
Glad Rags closed in late 2016.