Recently, I had the opportunity to check out the Shop Excess Baggage showroom, located in a swanky penthouse condo in Studio City. Shop Excess Baggage is an online and offline boutique that caters to high-end brands for up to 75% off the retail price. If you are local and want to get a feel of the brands and try on the clothes, they are open by appointment only for private shopping and for trunk shows. Their trunk shows (or Ex Bag Events) offer guests a unique and intimate experience, with cocktails, hors dâ€™ oeuvres, beauty services, gift bags and more! Whether you’re shopping from the comfort of your home or stopping by the showroom, you’re bound to find something cute for that next event or outing, as they feature over a hundred brands, from BB Dakota, Blank NYC, See Thru Soul, Woodleigh, One Grey Day, For Love and Lemons to LNA Clothing and M2F Denim. Personally, I really enjoyed the rather intimate one-on-one experience with the CEO- Haylee, who walked me through the two rooms of fashion goodness. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to a mall or thrift store, but having someone there to walk you through the brands, help you pick out outfits (while thinking “outside the box”) and not have to deal with the cluttered racks and hoards of people at let’s say- ‘a popular fast fashion brand’, is rather a pleasant experience. If you are local to LA, I’d highly recommend checking out the showroom or get a great group of girls and have a truck show. But, if not, don’t fret! You can still get the same great deals on the Shop Excess Baggage site!
Located right off 288 and Holly Hall in Houston, Texas lies a hidden gem that is starting to receive local recognition. Top Vintage LLC is a wholesaler that caters to the vintage and second-hand clothing industries. They aren’t like your average “rag house,” they are more of an “upscale warehouse” in that they have an air-conditioned facility that is clean, organized by clothing category and even has a small sitting area and dressing room.
Top Vintage LLC was founded by longtime friends and vintage buyers- Andre Milioto and Nico Cid in February 2014. They have always loved fashion and it’s a way to combine their passion for fashion and recycled clothing. They can’t stand looking like everyone else in Houston, where fashion is more cookie-cutter and vintage/second-hand is slowly (but surely) gaining popularity. “We wanted to start something that we’ve never been to, that we would like to go. This (warehouse with AC and clothing at wholesale prices) doesn’t exist, so we thought ‘screw it, let’s start a revolution!'” Andre said. With that being said, their warehouse covers 6500 square feet and caters to retailers all over the world. The warehouse is exceptionally organized by clothing categories and offers a diverse range of vintage and second-hand clothing that focus on global trends. The guys themselves are very trendy yet stay true to setting themselves apart. They believe that it’s not about what you wear, it’s how you rock it.” I wear womens jeans because they look great on,” Andre stated. “If you think you can rock it, rock it. It’s all about confidence.”
They launched the concept of ‘Last Saturdays’ because they wanted a cool event with good loud music, alcohol, food, friends, fellowship and threads. It is a great way to get their name out there while also flipping product at a wholesale price. I’ve been to a couple of the events and I’ve enjoyed them. Usually, they’ve had either a blogger or stylist curate a collection and then have a local brand do a pop-up shop. I love shopping with them because there’s always something new and I love the thrill of digging and finding those gems. Plus, you can’t beat the prices for quality clothing that likely no one else will have. The staff is also friendly and ready to help style you or point you in the right direction. For event info (usually it’s the last Saturday of every month) check out their Facebook or Instagram.
For further information and to book a shopping appointment, check out their website.