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click to enlarge United Apparel Liquidators offers designer goods at steep discounts.

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United Apparel Liquidators offers designer goods at steep discounts.

Online swap-and-sell

  Moderator Ashley Robison founded the Desperately Seeking Trashy Diva Facebook page in 2013 because she'd seen "other brand-centric groups offering resells on Facebook." Now 2,000-plus members strong, Desperately Seeking Trashy Diva is a place to snag coveted Trashy Diva garments and resell those that didn't work out.

Clothing liquidators

  Local liquidators offer designer clothing at a fraction of the original price. United Apparel Liquidators (518 Chartres St., 504-301-4437; 2033 N. Highway 190, Covington, 985-871-0749; www.shopual.com) has sold designer overstock, showroom samples and retail display pieces since 1981. The Dillard's Clearance Center (The Esplanade, 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 504-468-6116; www.shoptheesplanade.com) sells off-season men's, women's and children's clothing at steep discounts (50 to 65 percent off), but all sales are final.

Consignment shops

  Consignment options run the gamut from vintage threads and cast- off costumes to Saks' last-season pieces and couture gowns. From the former category: Funky Monkey (3127 Magazine St., 504-899-5587), Buffalo Exchange (3312 Magazine St., 504-891-7443; www.buffaloexchange.com), Miss Claudia's Vintage Clothing & Costume (4204 Magazine St., 504-897-6310; www.missclaudias.com) and Revival Outpost (234 Chartres St., 504-301-3754; www.therevivaloutpost.com) are likely places to score costumes and gently worn clothes.

  From the latter category: Swap (3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-373-6051; 5530A Magazine St., 504-324-8143; 7716 Maple St., 504-304-6025; www.swapboutique.com) is the spot for high-end contemporary designer goods, and Prima Donna's Closet (1206 St. Charles Ave., 504-525-3327; 701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-835-1120; 927 Royal St., 504-875-4437; www.primadonnascloset.com) offers luxury brands ranging from Chanel to Prada.

Thrift stores

  The best thrifting in the greater New Orleans area lies in its suburbs. Cross the bridge and/or parish line to visit these two granddaddies of thrift: The Red, White & Blue (605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 504-347-1512; 5278 Jefferson Highway, 504-733-8066; www.redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com) and Thrift City USA (601 Terry Parkway., Suite 18, Gretna, 504-363-0006). As with any thrift store, diamonds lurk in the rough — but be forewarned, none of these outlets has fitting rooms, and Red, White & Blue is cash only.

CUE Warehouse Sale

  Yes, it's shameless self-promotion, but we wouldn't plug something unless it was really worth it. That's the case with The Warehouse Sale (www.facebook.com/thewarehousesales), created by ALG Style and sponsored by Gambit's CUE. The twice-yearly sale brings dozens of local boutiques together under one roof, where owners sell overstock and new merchandise at varying discounts. The next Warehouse Sale is Aug. 30 at the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel (2601 Severn Ave., Metairie).

  "It's going to be the biggest one to date," says stylist Aimee Gowland, who launched The Warehouse Sale in 2012 with partner Corrie Pellerin.




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