Saturday, February 10, 2007

Ain't There no More - Bloomin Deals About All That's Left of Thrifting in NOLA

There was a time when you could plan a day of just thrifting in New Orleans by neighborhood: uptown (Bloomin Deals on Freret, Goodwill and St. Vincent dePaul on Magazine), or in the Carrollton/Jefferson Highway Corridor (Salvation Army,Bridge House, St. Vincent de Paul, then the Red, White and Blue way past the Flea Market) or even hit Tulane/Airline for the least traveled trifecta of Thrift City at Carrollton & Tulane, then down to Family Thrift Center and then the long, long stretch of stop and go traffic and ten million red lights to Salvation Army and St. Vincent dePaul near the M.E. Green Shopping Center and the Zephyr Field. This haul was particularly worth it as hardly anyone ever seemed to be at those stores and they always had fantastic items. I bought many of my now long lost cut velvet handbags there. But enough of crying about the past.
In some respects a very consistent store has survived and that is the Bloomin Deals store on Freret. This store has always maintained a great supply of blazers, vintage wedding dresses and skirts and sweaters for years. I love this place but most things are very tiny perhaps best attributed to many of their former junior league owners? Shop here for quality vintage designer items to sell on ebay. Prices here are okay - 4.00 for skirts/pants/sweaters, 6.00 - 10.00 for dresses (sweaters are currently half off) and they accept cash or checks only.
Bloomin Deals is open Tuesday - Saturday 10Am - 4:50PM and Sundays 12:30-4:15PM. It is located at 4645 Freret Street down from the old Dunbar's.

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