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Repeat Boutiques

Fabulous fashion at great prices.

November 5, 2009
Trisha Smith

Maui has a unique selection of second-hand stores, with interesting inventories available for all shapes and styles, in non-intimidating shopping environments during a time when bargains are sought more than ever.

And, if you’re low on funds, just place the idle items in your home with the shops and hope that what you may think is useless, is valuable to another.

Visit “Maui’s largest consignment store,” Rainbow Attic in Kīhei, and dive into a colorful world of clothing, collectibles, furniture and so much more.

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Bethany Gingerich open-ed Elise! after taking a vow to not buy anything new for a year.

This place feels like the best garage sale I’ve ever been to, every time I walk through the doors. I’ve never left empty-handed. Where else can you find a three-foot candle, a copy of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, a collectors’ bottle of “Marilyn Merlot” and an abundance of low-priced, attractive attire for the entire family—all under one roof?

Check out the strategically placed rack next to the fitting rooms, which is full of body mists and lotions galore that are on sale for next to nothing. Pure evil.

This well-known shop has been around now for almost two decades, and since present owner Jamie Campisi took over nearly three years ago, Rainbow Attic has really evolved and enjoyed a good turnover of inventory.

Some days, nearly 1,000 items are accepted for consignment, according to longtime employee Sanoe Kuia.

“Also, the money made from our $1 tables outside go to such places as the Boo Boo Zoo and the Maui Humane Society,” she said.

Rainbow Attic is located at 1881 S. Kīhei Road, near Foodland, and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Call 874-0884.

The “caution” sticker on the front door of Elise! Clothing Company in Kahului mocks me each time I enter this chic resale boutique. Ladies, beware—you could find yourself spending an entire afternoon sorting through the assortment of fabulous fashion and accessories here.

Bethany Gingerich and her boyfriend, Joseph Cicchino, opened Elise! in April 2007. Bethany found herself loving second-hand shopping after she took a vow to not buy anything new for year, which fueled her idea to open a store of recycled clothing and more.

“I think it’s really important to recycle and be aware of being wasteful,” she said. “Don’t just throw things away because you may not want them—pass them along to someone who might love them.”

Elise! offers only the “good stuff” to its female clientele to enjoy at low costs.

Elise! Clothing Company is located at 310 Alamaha St. in Kahului. Call 893-5473 or visit www.eliseclothingcompany.com for more information.

Head to the North Shore for a stylish second helping of trendy fashion at Sassy Seconds, a consignment and alternations shop that opened last summer in Pā‘ia. The quaint yet sophisticated setting and friendly service allows ladies to feel comfortable while browsing through designer duds. Sassy tries to bring in “the sought-out brands,” and offer them at sensible prices. They are a little pricier than most consignment shops—but the outside sale racks boast killer deals though. Nearly everything in there is charming and brand-named. A variety of alteration services are also available.

Sassy Seconds, located 381 Baldwin Ave., at the Old Pā‘ia Train Depot, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 579-3812.

The new kid on the shopping block, Shelley’s Closet in Kīhei, is looking to make its mark as “a repeat boutique for the entire ‘ohana.” Shelley Lowell—along with familial support from her 12-year-old son, who is apparently quite the salesman—is striving to create a more refined consignment shop. Aiming for “that boutique feel,” she accepts only “quality apparel” and “dressier items.” She also carries new merchandise and one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry from artist Crystal Leyva.

“People walk in here and don’t even think this is a used clothing store,” said Lowell.

Shelley’s offers stylish women’s apparel for all ages, with a great selection of designer purses and shoes. They are currently bulking up their keiki and menswear sections, offering some outstanding deals on high-end suits that you won’t find anywhere else on Maui.

 I found numerous items “from back in the day” that have come full circle and are cool again. I didn’t leave empty-handed.

Shelley’s Closet is located at 1993 S. Kīhei Road., on the bottom floor of the Island Surf Building, near Joy’s Place. Call 280-1267.

For all the shops, it’s best to make an appointment to bring in your consignments, so call ahead.

 
 
 

 

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