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Come Thrifting With Me: Arden Way Crossroads

· It isn't really a thrift store ·

March 30, 2017 6 Comments

Crossroads is a small chain of secondhand clothing stores. It's know for being trendy and inexpensive.

Crossroads isn’t technically a “thrift” store. As I define them, thrift shops receive their goods from donations and the proceeds benefit a charity. Crossroads is more of a consignment shop. It buys and sells secondhand clothing. Some pieces are actually on consignment, but most are purchased up front from sellers and then resold. The prices aren’t as good as Goodwill, but the selection and quality are better. Check it out!

I always check out Crossroads’ Designer racks first. The pieces hung here don’t cost significantly more than elsewhere in the store, but may be real steals. This time, I pulled a lace Equipment blouse and a pair of Ralph Lauren joggers to try on. I just laughed at the Hunter clogs.

Speaking of shoes, most of the footwear is displayed on shelves above the racks, organized by size groupings. I saw many pairs I liked, but not in my size:

And then I found this pair and they fit me perfectly!

Long Sleeves
It’s still cool enough in Sacramento (and I have an east coast trip planned for next week) that I’m interested in browsing sweaters. I found a couple of cute ones by Banana Republic.

Tank Tops
Vests are included in the Tank Top section and I was intrigued by this long, olive, duster vest.

Short Sleeves, Skirts, Dresses
I didn’t find anything in Short Sleeves or Skirts. I’ve been looking for a denim skirt with no luck. I didn’t take a picture of the Dresses section because it was so long (the length of two sections of wall) and so tightly packed with garments that it was overwhelming and frustrating to look at. I did make an effort to shop the dresses and found one to try on. (And my friend found the CUTEST Anthropologie dress to wear to a shower. She says she’ll give it to me afterwards!)

This rack, and the Designer rack, are my “must shop” sections of Crossroads. Here, the already low prices are even lower and it’s the best place to look for something from the prior season. For instance, I found this holiday dress in late March: a green version of the Honey Punch sequin, faux-wrap dress I already own.

I only browsed this section because it’s next to the dressing room and I was waiting for my friend to finish. I did find some interesting bags, though. The olive drab purse reminds me of the helmet bags all the young USMC officers liked to carry their stuff around in (while pretending they were pilots). The tooled leather bag seemed genuine and was a steal at $15.

Dressing Room
*Warning* I try the lace blouse on with nothing but a bright bra underneath.

The first BR sweater is a hit! (I love this style of sweater. And, if you’re an eagle-eyed reader, you saw that I already wore this on Wednesday.) The pants, however, are way too big, despite being the same brand, style, and size as my silk, olive drab pair.

The second BR sweater is also a winner! I love the wide neck, stripes, and mullet hem. (And, yes, I wore this the very next day!) The Mossimo vest was only so-so and the quality was poor, so I passed.

I wanted to like the Equipment lace blouse. I’ve been looking for one in this style. I would wear a nude camisole underneath, but this blouse WOULD NOT STAY BUTTONED! The fabric was too soft and didn’t hold the buttons in place. Even with a cami, the blouse would be too scandalous to wear. The Banana Republic dress, though, was perfect!

I bought the two sweaters, dress, black booties, and a tassel necklace (not pictured here) for less than $100. My bill was higher than at a true thrift store. At Crossroads, you pay for the curated selection. The store is filled with on-trend apparel in good condition. All of my items looked and smelled like new and I didn’t have to search hard to find them.

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Kasmira Kit


  1. Sheila (of Ephemera)

    April 1, 2017

    That was fun! Drooling over those funky boots – why are they never in our size!? Bummer about the long vest – cool style. I like that grey BR top – I have a Gap sweater similar that I love. Thanks for showing your finds – hee at your bright red bra! I shop in my “best” bra, which happens to be bright blue.

    • Kasmira Kit

      April 1, 2017

      The half glitter boots? They absolutely make me think of you!

  2. ~J

    April 3, 2017

    Thanks for sharing! Looks like a fun place to score some good deals. Looking forward to seeing how you style that dress.

    • Kasmira Kit

      April 3, 2017

      Crossroads has more locations than I thought! If there is one near you, check it out!

  3. Lorena

    April 5, 2017

    It sure takes longer but I prefer thrift shops that are not curated. I like the hunting phase although it can be somewhat time consuming… too bad for the lace top, maybe you could have sewn the button holes for a better fit ?

    • Kasmira Kit

      April 5, 2017

      I didn’t think of fixing the buttonholes….

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