Shopping Tips: Top 3 Thrift /Consignment /Sample Stores in LA

Aside from the constant 70-degree weather, living in LA also means that I am blessed with high quality thrift stores and samples stores.  Today, I wanted to share 3 of my favorite thrift/consignment/designer sample stores that you can actually find great deals at!

1) The Closet Trading Co.



I thrifted this Chanel Navy pants along with a pair of Schutz and a Mac Jacobs jacket for less then $200. This thrift store purchases a lot of gently used designer items, and it organizes the clothes very neatly in highly-visible racks. One of the things I dislike about thrift stores is that I usually have to go through a lot of junk before finding a decent item, but I didn’t experience that here!


2) Shopaholic Sample Shop



Before any designers places an order with a garment factory, they usually order a sample first to test out the quality of the finishing product.  In theory, these sample items usually go on sale before a collection is launched and they have a cheaper price tag.  I heard of them in Europe but rarely saw anything in LA until I stumbled upon this sample shop on Melrose.

While the sustainability factor varies depending on the designer you purchased from, it lets us buy higher quality designer clothes at a hefty discount! This store sells a lot of Aussie fashion brands such as Keepsake, Cameo, etc that you see on BLKN and Revolve!

I bought this Keepsake two-piece outfit because they are very versatile – I can wear them as a dress or separately as a top vs. skirt! I provided links to other Keepsake two pieces below. Hope you enjoy!


3) Madison Ave of Melrose

This consignment store regularly updates product images on their Instagram so you don’t have to waste time driving there hoping that you will find great deals! They also ship worldwide but if you are planning on buying expensive designer handbags, I will still recommend paying a visit in person.

Here are my outfit #3 and #4 from my September’s 10-Piece Fashion Diet!

What is 10-Piece Fashion Diet? I picked out 10 items from my closet (including shoes but not accessories) to make 4-6 different outfits.  You can see all 10 items I picked here, and my outfit 1 and outfit 2.



I started a 10-Piece Fashion Diet as a way to motivate myself to restyle my existing clothes more often and curb my shopping habit. I hope that you will find some inspirations from these restyling blog posts!

Smile and style on!


Outfit Info

Keepsake Two-Piece

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Minny (The white is sold out 🙂

Wool Pants: Chanel (Thrifted, but similar below)

Purse: YSL

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