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July 27, 2006

Getting ready for fall

While we are still in the throes of the sweltering summer heat, budget fashionistas would be wise to start thinking about fall fashion now. Yes, this is the perfect time to hit Houston's upscale resale shops, as boutiques and local power shoppers clean out their closets and sell last season's goodies.

At B'Dazzled on West Gray, owner Debbie Damon's racks are loaded with brand-new items, tags still attached, that came directly from some of Houston's most well-known boutiques.

"Retailers are moving out the spring/summer to make room for the fall/winter; and the same holds true for resale boutiques," Damon explained.

Chocolate-hued houndstooth pants, lightweight tweed skirts and cashmere sweaters are among the low-cost shopping options at B'Dazzled. Esprit, One Girl Who, Vanessa Riley, Equestrian and Sau Paulo were just some of the labels spotted in the store. Damon said the store's spring and summer items are on sale for 30 percent off, plus an extra 20 percent discount for cash-and-carry customers.

Those of you who are regular boutique shoppers may be surprised to see where some of the clothing comes from. The stores and labels are recognizable; this adds a sweet touch to your purchase, no matter what the season.

Posted by Heather Staible at July 27, 2006 12:00 AM

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May 22, 2006

Wedding dress sales scoop

Budget-savvy brides looking for THE dress will appreciate this tip from B'Dazzled Resale in the River Oaks Shopping Center.

Store owner Debbie Damon just received a shipment of almost 50 pristine wedding dresses from a boutique that recently went out of business. That means the gowns are brand new, have never been worn and are priced at $275 each.

Details: B'Dazzled Resale, 1945 West Gray. 713-387-2525.

Posted by Heather Staible at May 22, 2006 12:00 AM

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February 23, 2006

Rustle up some rodeo wear on a budget

Every February, Houstonians survey their closets for something to kick up their heels in at RodeoHouston. More than a few will find their wardrobes need help, and the city's resales shops are perfect places to cowgirl up while spending less.

Twice New, a consignment boutique at 2005 W. Gray, has a loyal following of shoppers, thanks to 18 years of business. Rodeo finds, including plenty of pieces from the Double D label, fill the store. Beautiful skirts that would work well with a simple turtleneck and bold jewelry hang alongside vests and jackets.

During a recent visit, I found a studded velvet vest for $98 that could be worn during rodeo and after. Twice New's boot selection includes plenty of embellished leather pairs, marked half off retail prices.

Down the street at B'Dazzled, 1945 W. Gray, I came across Lucky Brand jeans for $38 and a killer pair of knee-high suede boots in black, which could add some urban to any cowgirl look, for $98.
Marcia Cummings, the store's personal shopper, said women are mixing up their rodeo looks this year as they deal with the warmer temperatures.

"They are taking cotton tops and pairing them with skirts and denim," Cummings said. "You can put together some awesome looks without all of the traditional leather."

Chunky, oversized belts that are hot for spring and into next fall are $29.95 at B'Dazzled, and Brighton fans will be pleased to see a wide selection of belts from $26 to $35.

Store owner Debbie Damon travels to Sante Fe, N.M., throughout the year, and her jewelry cases are stocked with intricate turquoise, opal and silver pieces. Damon puts a $75 price tag on earrings that retail for $150, and necklaces that sell for $400 elsewhere run $175. B'Dazzled also has plenty of Tony Llama boots in lizard, for around $145.

Don't despair, cowboys; you have options, too. Men's Resale by the Village, 2437 Bissonnet, has a healthy selection of Western vests in sizes small to 2XL for $29.95. A few Western dusters and jackets have come through the store but, as it is with hot items, they go quickly. Tip: If you're looking for something specific, it never hurts to call owner Lily Lee and ask her to keep an eye out. Lee anticipates a truckload of refurbished Tony Llama boots from a local consigner any day now.

Savvy Houstonians looking to spend less on rodeo boots start their search at Texas Junk Co., 215 Welch. An ode to all things Texan, this spot is the place to find boots already broken in and ready to wear. The selection includes all sizes, and prices start as low as $35.

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January 31, 2006

Catching up with B'Dazzled resale boutique

B'Dazzled has a little something for everyone right about now. Shoppers will find major discounts throughout the resale boutique on West Gray.

Items in the store dated October and November are marked 75 percent off; items dated December are marked 50 percent off. Sweaters, suits, shoes and even ski clothes are part of the sale.

For those planning for prom, B'Dazzled has a new shipment of more than 200 new, as in never been worn, designer gowns. The only thing altered on these dresses are the prices, which are 50 percent less than retail. I just happened to be in the store last year when a slew of beautiful dresses walked through the door, and the quality was excellent.

For those looking for formal wear of a different kind, say something in white to be worn in June, B'Dazzled also recently received a shipment of 50 new wedding dresses, with price tags still attached. The boutique is selling the dresses for 50 percent less than suggested retail.

So, let's recap. Winter clothing marked up to 75 percent off, brand new prom dresses marked 50 percent off and a sparkling array of deeply discounted wedding gowns. I only have two words for you: Happy Shopping!

Details: B'Dazzled, 1945 West Gray. 713-387-2525.

Posted by Heather Staible at January 31, 2006 12:00 AM

September 15, 2005

Sell your dress after the thrill is gone.

One of the perks of being Shop Girl is the many e-mails and phone calls I receive from readers. Some simply take a moment to send a sweet, encouraging note, which I greatly appreciate. Others ask for style and/or shopping advice.

This week, I'll reach into my very cute Shop Girl mailbag and answer a frequent question: "My wedding dress is just taking up space, so I would like to try and sell it. Any tips?"

A decade after my wedding, my dress still hangs in my closet in the hope my daughter may someday want it. For those who would rather clear out valuable space, two area consignment shops — Red Door in the Rice Village area and B'Dazzled on West Gray — accept wedding dresses.

Sleek, sophisticated styles are what sell and what will make money for you and the shop owner.

Red Door owner Arlynea Stuckey said she is kind — but particular — about the dresses she accepts.

"They have to be either brand new, worn once and then dry cleaned, or less than a couple of years old. They have to be stylish, without a lot of frou-frou," Stuckey said.

Stuckey has between 25 and 30 wedding dresses in stock, plus a selection of matching bridesmaid dresses, veils and shoes. She said her most popular styles are A-line bustier dresses with little or no beading. The prices run at least half of what they would in a boutique.

An ivory VanLear wedding dress with the tags still attached originally cost $2,500 but is selling for $800, and an A-line bustier Bonny wedding dress that was originally $1,400 is now $499.

"It is an emotional decision to sell your wedding dress, I understand that," Stuckey said. "You would be amazed at how many women run out and buy a dress right when they get engaged and then when it arrives they decide they want something different."

Tina Terry, owner of B'Dazzled, is hopelessly devoted to wedding dresses and other accouterments, reserving the front portion of her store for the items.

"I want these dresses to have a good home," Terry said. "We seem to get a phone call every day for buying or selling one. They have changed their mind, divorced or just plain want to get rid of it."

She accepts wedding, mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaid dresses, veils, shoes, jewelry and other items in current designs. A well-known designer label doesn't hurt, either.

B'Dazzled has a $700 Vera Wang dress — the shop's most expensive — but prices typically start at $200.

Terry asks prospective sellers to bring any paperwork that might authenticate the designer or original price.

"I put the paperwork with the dress because that helps the women looking for a dress have a better idea about it. If they have the original paperwork, that is great, but I will even take a picture from a magazine," Terry said.

So remember, a change of heart isn't necessarily a bad thing — as long as it happens before the wedding.

Details: Red Door, 2532 Nottingham. 713-522-4343.
Details: B'Dazzled, 1945 W. Gray. 713-387-2525.

Posted by Heather at September 15, 2005 12:00 AM

September 5, 2005

Furs find a home at resale shop.

Although we live in a city where one never actually needs to wear fur, that doesn't seem to stop people from slipping one on the minute the temperature dips below 75 degrees.

B'Dazzled resale shop on West Gray is becoming the premier spot for fur resale in Houston thanks to owner Tina Terry's discriminating taste and her insurance policy, which covers the expensive pieces. Those looking to sell their stoles and coats can rest easy knowing they are in safe hands.

Terry has everything from mink stoles to full-length fox-fur coats at more than half of what they sell for in traditional stores. In the coming weeks, many other pieces will make their way out of storage and into the shop. By Thanksgiving, though, the selection will not be as varied so if you're in the market for a fur, now is the time to go.

Details: B'Dazzled, 1945 West Gray. 713-387-2525.

Posted by Heather at September 5, 2005 12:00 AM

B'Dazzling Boutiquish Bungalow

1128 Milam Street

Columbus, TX  78034


(In the Historical District Across From the Colorado County Courthouse)

Monday - Friday

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Later Hours Available By Appointment Only. 

B'Dazzled provides full service complimentary home pick up, closet analysis & organizing all at the same time.  B'Dazzled also provides delivery of donations to shelters and/or any designated non-profit organization on behalf of the customer. 

References Available Upon Request

If you have any questions please call the store in your area or contact owner

Debbie Damon at 281-222-6996 (Cell).

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to consign clothing or

for extended hour private shopping, please call.


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