I have a new favorite store here in Illinois. I have made the trip to it three times now, and all I can think about is "where has this been all my life?!" It's call Last Chance. Have you heard of it? I consider it to be the worlds best garage sale. It's a brick and mortar Ebay. It's a rescue organization for unwanted fashion. And it is only one of two of it's kind in the USA!
Have you ever wondered what Nordstrom does with all of their returned merchandise? Well, now I know. For a few years now, they have been shipping it all to their Last Chance store in AZ. I absolutely love this concept. The textile industry in general is taking an environmental toll on our earth. The clothing industry is constantly churning out new designs and styles. The documentary "The True Cost" goes deep into the effects of "fast fashion" on our environment. This store gives product that could potentially end up in a landfill a second shot at being utilized. It's green, it's fun, and it's exciting to hunt for hidden gems!
Like any woman, I love me some good clothes. However, I have champagne taste on a beer budget. Enter, Last Chance. All of the merchandise is DEEPLY discounted. It is all either from Nordstrom proper or Nordstrom Rack. Some of it is gently used, and some of it has minor defects. Some pieces appear to be brand new. And if you are willing to spend some time in their store, you are guaranteed to walk away with a smoking hot deal on high quality merch!
My mom purchased a pair of leather Frye boots for $52 (currently at Nordstrom for $279). My SIL scooped up a pair of Vince booties for $25 (currently at Nordstrom for $325). My sister scored a pair of seemingly new TOMS boots for $29 (currently at Nordstrom for $97). Insane, right?! I have also had several major shoe finds.
Here's my shoe purchase break-down:
BP Trolley Bootie: In store for $100. Purchased at Last Chance for $15!
Sperry Seacoaster's: In store for $60. Purchased at Last Chance for $8
Diane Von Furstenberg Black Heels: In store for $208. Purchased at Last Chance for $22.
Vince Camuto Black Booties: In store for $77. Purchased at Last Chance for $11!
Steve Madden Leather Sandal: In store for $59. Purchased at Last Chance for $11!
Halogen Black Strappy Flat: In store for $89. Purchased at Last Chance for $13!
Stride Rites for my son: In store for $35. Purchased at Last Chance for $7!
That means I was able to snag $628 worth of fabulous shoes for a fraction of the cost! Only $87, which is a savings of 86%. Wow! Yes, some of the soles have some minor wear. But these shoes are all in fantastic condition. And I did not need to pay anywhere close to retail for them! Shoe shopping took a lot out of me, so I called it a day. But one week later, I went back to look through the clothing. I found some incredible pieces!
Current Elliott Station Agent Jean: In store for $238. Purchased at Last Chance for $36.
Soft Joie Mayleen Top: In store for $158. Purchased at Last Chance for $20.
Patterned Sleeveless Top: In store for $19. Purchased at Last Chance for $8.
Stem Top: In store for $59. Purchased at Last Chance for $5.
Elodie Striped High/Low Top: In store for $42. Purchased at Last Chance for $5.
Abound Top: In store for $10. Purchased for $2.
Ro & De Blouse: In store for $30. Purchased at Last Chance for $7.
14th & Union Sleeveless Top: In store for $27. Purchased at Last Chance for $4.
Let me run some quick numbers here. WOW! $526 worth of new-to-me clothes for $87! 83% off of retail! Everyone loves a bargain, but these prices and discounts are unheard of! So my grand two-day total comes to $174 for $1154 worth of Nordy's gear. I am set for a longgggggg time. I have not shopped in six months because of the fact that my husband and I set a tight budget for ourselves, but with these prices, your money ends up going a long way for higher quality pieces that you can have in your wardrobe for a long time.
Last Chance has men's clothing and shoes as well. They also sell sunglasses, handbags, children's clothing and shoes, and other home goods. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! The store is nicely organized but may appear out of order solely because of the fact that they only really have one of everything. If you are willing to spend a little time in the store, and are looking to give a good home to some gently used designer duds, then this is the place for you!