Purple haze of bargain Mode

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PURPLE PATCH: Elissa finds another bargain on Pako.

Deep purple is a gorgeous colour to wear for spring going into summer.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wearing richer, darker colours in the warmer months, no reason to limit them just for winter.
Plus, there’s no need to restrict your wardrobe and feel pressured to emulate the weather with colour choices – just go for lighter fabric weights.
Out and about, I discovered a real gem of a boutique called Second Mode, in Geelong West, which sells designer and high-end designer clothes for a lot less than the original price due to the items being ‘pre-loved’.
In other words, shoppers can find wonderful second-hand designer labels at unbelievably frugal prices, locally on Pakington Street.
Second Mode is among a handful of Geelong shops with second-hand designer labels in good condition for low prices. How can you possibly resist?
Oh, the buzz of finding bargains when and where possible is truly superb. If the feeling could be bottled it would be priceless.
Second Mode’s tasteful shopfront and elegant window display delivers little tastes of the multitude of wonders that can be found inside.
It‘s an intimate space in which to browse bargains along with a friendly service.
The shop is nicely stocked with a great selection of clothes, shoes, accessories and so on, and is often alive with ladies scanning the rails dripping with bargains.
Pretty quickly I found a super duper Royal Purple colour silk dress.
Side-knotted style and draped at the side, with a crew neck and fully lined, the Diane Von Furstenberg design was just waiting to be tried on.
Celebration time, it was a great find and the price was even more fabulous. In mint condition, the dress was only $84.
Okay, it might sound a little pricey at first, but hold your horses: the price of the dress new looks to be around $400.
Team the dress, or something similar, with a high stiletto or even a pair of stylish sandals like thongs, which we Poms call flip flops.
Finish off the outfit with a clutch bag and you’re set to go fabulously wherever you choose.
Just to add a cherry to the cake, Second Mode actually sells your items, too, if you bring them into the shop and they’re selected as suitable for the boutique’s retail style and also if existing stock levels aren’t too high.
The owner of the items receives a percentage on any sales. Nice!
All of a sudden the chore of spring cleaning might sound a little more exciting.

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