Review: DeeLux

DeeLux Window Display

Photo by Karina Ultreras

We often hear the phrase “fashion repeats itself”, but not many people think of this when they’re shopping. Most people are ready to revamp their closets with overpriced and sometimes poor quality clothing. If we hear this phrase so much, why did it just become oh-so-popular to own secondhand clothing? I’m not so sure, but Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did an awesome job explaining this trend with their song.

DeeLux is store I recently discovered while exploring the heart of Claremont, CA. At a glance, I thought it was a cute little boutique and window-shopping wouldn’t cause anybody any harm. I then found out I had hit the jackpot of a new thrift store.  DeeLux is one of a few thrift stores that doesn’t accept donations, instead, you sell or trade your items for 35 percent of the original price in cash or 50 percent in-store credit. This way of thrifting is a little different because the employees pick out everything. Trusting that they have good fashion sense, hunting for a good find isn’t necessary.

Jelly Sandals ($20) Photo by Karina Ultreras

Sandals By JuJu (£ 28.00) Photo by Office.co.uk

The clothing, shoes and accessories selection ranges from brand new to vintage items for men and women. The new items are affordable, and dupes can also be found. For example, American Apparel’s basic hoodies are $48 while DeeLux has the same hoodies for $30. Another dupe you can find is the trendy jelly sandals. Band T-shirts can also be found here. A few that I browsed through were Joy Division, The Cramps, Misfits and The Strokes. In addition to clothing, DeeLux carries cool knickknacks and accessories. If you are looking for a stylish pair of sunglasses, this store is for you. Random items like room sprays and socks with bacon illustrations greet you at the door. This thrift store gains a ton of cool points because of its shoe collection. Here you can find a good pair of heels, sneakers, sandals or boots. Behind the counter they keep all of the popular name brands including Dr. Martens, T.U.K. and Jeffrey Campbell.

Since winter is around the corner, check out DeeLux's boot selection.

Since winter is around the corner, check out DeeLux’s boot selection. Photo by Karina Ultreras

Overall DeeLux is a great shop that is aesthetically pleasing. For an avid thrifter who knows the effort of searching rack through rack for one good find, this thrift store saves you time since you find great items in no time. Almost every time I visit, I leave with a satisfying purchase. The only downsides are that the thrill of thrifting is lessened and, the brand new items can be a bit overpriced. Without those little bumps in the road, I totally recommend visiting one of the two locations.

Rating (Least ☆ to ☆☆☆☆☆ Most)

Brand Names: ☆☆☆☆

Price Range: ☆☆☆

Finds: ☆☆☆

Overall: ☆☆☆☆

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