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Tory Burch launches new fragrance

Posted on October 13, 2013
Did you know that the new Tory Burch fragrance came out a few weeks ago, and is exclusive to Bloomingdales and Tory Burch boutiques throughout the holidays? Bloomingdales sold about $50,000 of her fragrance on it’s very first day in the stores.
Tory Burch items can also be found in our store. Right now we are carrying rain boots, romy flats, a handbag, and a leather jacket.


Homecoming Trends for 2013

Posted on September 25, 2013
This Fall, the most anticipated event for high school students is Homecoming.
It’s a time to dress up and have a fun night of dancing with your friends.

Many teenagers can’t afford to pay full price for the new Homecoming fashions that many magazines are promoting and stores are advertising. The perfect solution to the problem is a consignment store.

Some of the new trends are:
Flirty embroidered dresses, floral headpieces, stone stud earrings, girly platforms with bows and sparkle, embellished dresses, simple sandal to go with flashy dress, statement jewelry such as necklaces and rings, glitter flats for those not accustomed to wearing heels, embellished clutch, long gown with the back cutout, sleek booties, and bright colored lace dress
Come check out the reasonably priced items in the store for your Homecoming outfits!


Fashion Blogger in the store!

Posted on September 18, 2013
Last week we had the pleasure of meeting a local fashion blogger Anais Alexandre. She has a very unique sense of style that we just adore. She was able to find some amazing items in the store, and told us this was now her favorite place to shop! Check our her blog and Instagram for inspiration.
Her blog:
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New York Fashion Week 2013

Posted on September 7, 2013
We are at Fashion Week in New York this beautiful weekend! The weather, the fashion, and the food are wonderful. The company is even better. Getting to spend time with the ladies of Resale Royalty has been an awesome experience. We definitely hope to use what we learned here to make our store even better!

Attention! Attention! Read All About It!

Posted on August 23, 2013
Miami Herald > Business

Posted on Friday, 08.09.13


By Claudia Buck The Sacramento Bee
The recession has altered shopper attitudes, and the thrift shop industry is taking advantage of newfound frugality.
When attorney Charity Kenyon appeared before the California Supreme Court a few years ago, she was fashionably dressed in serious-lawyer attire. Yet from head to toe, her courtroom ensemble — heels, black skirt and a high-end Ralph Lauren jacket — was purchased from secondhand stores. Total cost: no more than $125.

Likewise, Alison Merrilees, a longtime California Capitol staffer, works in a world of designer-clad lobbyists and legislators. On a recent summer workday, she sported a stylish striped skirt and a polka-dot silk sweater. Both came from a thrift shop. Total cost: $6.

Both women are committed thrifters, a category of shoppers who buy most of their casual and workday wardrobes from “gently used” clothing stores. Their motivations are partly environmental, partly frugal, partly thrill-of-the-hunt fun.

Kenyon, who started shopping secondhand about 15 years ago, said it’s a way to be both economical and “feel as though I’m contributing less to environmental impacts. It’s 100 percent recycling.”

Thrift-store clothing is also a way to sidestep so-called “fast fashion,” the inexpensive, trendy clothes churned out cheaply in overseas factories. The recent garment factory tragedies in Bangladesh, where more than 1,200 low-paid workers were killed in fires and a building collapse, have raised awareness of the dangers of a buy-cheap, buy-more clothing culture.

“I don’t like the idea of buying cheap, disposable clothes. Secondhand shopping breaks that cycle,” said Merrilees, who got hooked on buying used a decade ago, initially for her kids’ clothes.

Certainly, buying secondhand isn’t a new concept. Consignment stores and charity-backed stores have survived for years on donated goods and loyal shoppers. Not to mention mainstays like Goodwill and Salvation Army.

And online, eBay has plenty of competitors with trendy names like Tradesy, Rehash and Threadflip.

The recent recession had a huge impact on the thrift shop industry, said Michael Gold, founder of, a Vero Beach-based directory of charity-based secondhand stores. He said his listings have jumped past 11,100 in recent years.

“People are thrifting more than ever,” he said. “There was a stigma that’s been disappearing as thrift shops become more boutique-y.”

In 2012, the “used merchandise” industry, which includes sellers of apparel, furniture, books and jewelry, racked up $13 billion in annual revenue, according to First Research, which profiles U.S. industries.

Saving money is a big appeal of thrifting. Lots of budget-conscious moms like buying used baby and children’s clothes, because they’re quickly outgrown.

The resale market “is blossoming thanks to value-conscious consumers,” according to the national Association of Resale Professionals, which projects 7 percent annual growth in the number of consignment and secondhand stores, currently estimated at 25,000.

For many veteran thrifters, though, it’s just plain fun.

“It lets me take risks, buying things I would never do if I were paying full price,” said Merrilees, like her eye-popping turquoise-and-teal brocade coat that always draws compliments.

Does she ever feel self-conscious about where her designer labels come from?

At the Capitol, she sometimes has to “bite my tongue” rather than reveal she paid only $10 for a skirt or is wearing someone else’s castoffs.

Indeed, 80 percent of consumers surveyed in recent years by America’s Research Group said they’d “never buy” someone else’s worn clothing.

“A lot of people don’t want to buy something used because of health concerns,” said Chairman/CEO Britt Beemer.

Yet the troubled economy drives consumers to hunt for used clothing bargains. In a back-to-school shopping survey in July, America’s Research Group reported that 18.9 percent of U.S. adults said they had shopped in a secondhand store during the last year.

Another avenue for secondhand clothes is “refashion,” where creative, seamstress-savvy artists buy used apparel that’s snipped and resewn into “new” garments.

Olivia Coelho, co-owner of Bows & Arrows resale boutique in Sacramento, Calif., whose wardrobe is mostly recycled clothing, says she hunts for period pieces from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s at vintage stores, estate sales and flea markets. She looks for geometric and bohemian fabrics that can be recrafted into crop tops, tunics or shirts, often thumbing through “plus-size” racks because there’s more yardage to work with.

“It’s the ‘greenness’ of it, but I also like the fashion history,” said Coelho. “It’s taking a fabric that’s already lived its own life and cutting it up and making it into new shapes and styles.”

Thrifting also appeals to teens who want to express themselves.

Merrilees’ son Andrew Paiva, 17, and friends from his high school are regular thrift shop hounds, frequenting Thrift Town outlets. It often entails picking through “a lot of crappy shirts” or those with “funny sayings that really aren’t that funny,” Paiva says.

When he was 13, Paiva thought thrift-shopping was “kind of gross,” but in high school it caught on among his friends. “It’s a fun way to express yourself cheaply,” said the senior, who said he’s bought plenty of $1 T-shirts and $4 pairs of jeans, as well as dress shirts, khakis and shoes.

“You can find original clothes that you couldn’t find anywhere else. It’s a surprise every time.”

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We Are In Our New Store!

Posted on August 21, 2013
Last month The Recycled Closet moved across S. Dixie Highway from the old location. If you haven’t seen the new store, feel free to stop by if you are in the neighborhood. We have so much more space!

Did you know that we are putting between 20-60 new items on the racks every day? We have more than just clothes. We have jewelry, designer purses, belts, hats and shoes. We have added a men’s section as well!
We are accepting consignments, during the hours of 12-4, Tuesday through Thursday.

Follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook and Instagram to see new items added. Also, check our pages for discounts and offers throughout the week.


Posted on August 13, 2013
Whether you’re looking for that perfect sundress or those strappy sandals to complete your summer look, the Recycled Closet has all of your summer needs. Come in and look around. With new items coming in everyday, you never know what you may find on any given day. Find something spectacular and wow Miami. We dare you


Posted on August 5, 2013
After months of planning, our move has finally come to fruition! Since July 20th, we have been open for business and the store is bigger and better than we could have imagined! With new inventory coming in daily, your options are endless especially since we are now carrying men’s and plus size clothing! Come in and look around…after all you never know what you may find!



Posted on August 2, 2013
Going green has never become easier with consignment. Shopping consignment helps Mother Earth by recycling clothing. It’s not always about the price…even though consignors can make a buck here and there.

Retail prices are falling, but who wants to go to that chain store where everyone has the same clothing? Come shop with us and stand out. Find that unique piece and become the talk of the town.

So do yourself and the Earth a favor and come visit us…we promise it’ll be a decision you won’t regret.


Posted on July 10, 2013
The big move is just around the corner, but we need clothes! Men, clean out those closets and find that shirt you never wore and bring it down to our new location starting next week.

More information will follow about the exact date of our move. We are also accepting women’s clothing and larger sizes (10-16).


Posted on June 26, 2013
As the years have passed, we have outgrown our little space and are breaking free. Mid-July we will be relocating to our new store at 8861 SW 132 Street in the Warehouses by the Falls. More info will follow in our weekly emails on the exact date of our move.

Join us for our big sale this weekend on Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from 12 PM to 4 PM. Tons of dolla holla and other promotions. Come check us out!


Posted on June 25, 2013
Hot off the press. Read all about it! We’re moving, but before we do, we’re going out with a bang!

Saturday 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Sunday 12 P.M. to 4 P.M. at The Recycled Closet we will be having a blowout moving sale. Tons of dolla/holla clothes for sale as well as the regular clothes in store. Anything from dresses to summer blouses or those strappy heels you’ve been pining for, we’ve got it! So be there or be unfashionable…and no one wants that!


Posted on January 29, 2013
In case you didn’t know, green is in! With emerald being the “Color of The Year”, The Recycled Closet decided to put a GREEN outfit together.
Here we have Giselle wearing a

T-bags Blouse
Flying Monkey Jeans
BCBG peep toe heels
Cips Jewels


Posted on January 11, 2013
In honor of my daughter Jenna’s wedding to her wonderful fiance, Jorge, The Recycled Closet will be closed on Saturday January 12, 2013
Best wishes to this lovely couple!


Posted on December 17, 2012
It’s no secret that The Recycled Closet has some awesome brand name pieces. From Free People and BCBG to Alexis and Alice + Olivia, we have it all! And not only are the finds fabulous, but so are the prices.

Here we have Jecca in a Alice + Olivia silk wrapped goddess dress, paired with chandelier earrings and Penny Loves Kenny mesh pumps.
Apparently we aren’t the only ones loving this dress. Beyonce was spotted wearing the same dress in olive green. The only difference is, she added a belt to the mix.
How awesome is that? This dress retails for $265 and we have it listed for $52 in perfect condition.
What a steal!
Look fabulous for the holidays, and get celebrity looks for a much lower price at The Recycled Closet.

We hope to see you soon!


Posted on November 26, 2012
Have you started your holiday shopping?

Come by The Recycled Closet today for some awesome deals on name brand pieces!
Check out Giselle in this awesome Forever 21 dress!


Posted on November 19, 2012
Come and supprt the Recyceld Closet this Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday is once a year and is aimed towards raising awareness to small businesses in your area, and what better time than now to save on some gifts for the holidays?

So join us November 24th for big deals! We will be giving a 20% discount on one full priced item.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend! Enjoy lots of turkey and, of course, SHOPPING!

See you Saturday!



Posted on November 12, 2012
We’ve been spoiled for the past week with chilly days. Maybe we will be getting “winter” weather after all!

Here, Giselle is wearing a long Betsey Johnson coat and Calvin Klein heels.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, leave us a comment or email us at


Posted on November 5, 2012
This week, we decided to do something a little different. One of our shoppers was so pleased with the pieces she found at The Recycled Closet, that she sent us a picture of her finds!
Monica is wearing a bebe jacket and an H&M dress, both from The Recycled Closet! Doesn’t she look fabulous? Thanks Monica for sharing your outfit with us.

If you are interested in sharing any pieces you’ve gotten from The Recycled Closet, please email your pictures to with your name and the brand of each piece, or if you have an Instagram, be sure to tag your photo with @therecycledcloset.

Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

Hope to hear from you soon.


Posted on October 29, 2012
FALL IS HERE and how great is this beautiful weather? I like to think we get the best of both worlds when it comes to Miami weather, and because of that, we can wear whatever we want all year around!

With that being said, todays post is dedicated to one of my personal favorite pieces currently at The Recycled Closet.
Here we have Jecca in a long bohemian dress by Jens Pirate Booty paired with Christian Louboutin heels.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, leave us a comment or email us at


Posted on October 22, 2012
We all know that seasons are pretty much nonexistent here in Miami. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t follow the latest fall trends. They’ll just have a Miami twist.

Deep teal and gold are two colors that are very much in this fall, and this T-Bag dress is absolutaly perfect for fall especially in Miami. It is light, easy, and fun but still trendy for fall!

I paired this dress with a beautiful Via Spiga belt, and gold Prada flats.
T~Bags dress- $64
Via Spiga belt- $52
Prada flats- $179

If you are interested in purchasing any of these items come by The Recycled Closet today or email us at


Posted on October 15, 2012
Every outfit should have a main focus, and with this one it was this beautiful studded skirt by Miami designer, Alexis. I couldn’t help myself when I saw this piece, and I knew it was going to look even better on than it did on the hanger.

I paired the skirt with this silk VINCE blouse, and these awesome studded Steve Madden heels. Since this skirt is such a statement piece, I kept the accessories to a minimum with a beautiful Versace ring, and necklace by Cip’s Jewels.

Alexis studded skirt- $84
Vince silk blouse- $47
Versace ring- $40
Necklace Cip’s Jewels- $22
Steve Madden heels- SOLD!
If you are interested in purchasing any of these items come by The Recycled Closet today or email us at

Designer Du Jour


Tom Ford started at NYU before studying at Parsons in New York City. He started working for Gucci in 1990 and soon moved up the ladder of success to become Creative Director. Tom Ford left Gucci to start his own line in 2005. Ford has a partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Esteé Lauder to create the TOM FORD beauty brand. There are currently 15 private blend and 6 signature fragrances in the TOM FORD beauty collection, as well as a complete cosmetics collection, which launched in Fall 2011. Both the eyewear and beauty collections have been hugely successful and rank in the top 3 brands at specialty stores worldwide.

Tom Ford has been widely known and given many awards for his design work.
We got into the store a very gently used pair of Tom Ford Sunglasses. Come try them on for size!



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