Bargain Town

I must admit, I never really gave much thought as to where Cathy Horyn shops…something that she revealed in today’s New York Times article, “Unabashed Wal-Mart Shopper Speaks”. As an inveterate ‘bargain’ hunter, who routinely combs thrift stores and flea markets, I hardly find it surprising that a fashion insider, who can admittedly buy and wear pretty much whatever she wants, finds it satisfying and gratifying to shop at such an un- ‘fashioney’, un-chic place like Wal-Mart. (By the way, the best part of her article were Joe Eula’s colorful, expressive illustrations, which added a touch of class). By coincidence, one of the lead headlines in today’s WWD is “Wal-Mart Falls Short For Week”, so I guess the mass market chain in having the same problems as other retailers around the country.

And by the way, speaking of bargains, and thrift stores……if you want a real bargain, get yourself over to Godmother’s League Thrift Shop on Third Avenue between 82nd and 83rd streets…..everything is 30% off, and yesterday, I came across a pale mink button front cardigan sweater- cashmere lined- with the label ‘Ben Thylan Furs’. It is in impeccable condition, with the pelts soft and supple, will fit a small size, and it is marked at $175. Unfortunately, by the time you read this, said item will probably have been sold! Oh well, keep hunting…..

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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