Today, there are many ways for people to live well without breaking their budget. Elizabeth’s entire home is a mix of finds from thrift stores, online auctions and estate and sample sales. Elizabeth is pictured with her daughter, Louisa, in their former Savannah home.
Digging for treasures at the beach? Me too! If you are living on or visiting St. Simons Island, and have a passion for sourcing high-design items at a not-high price point, you’re in luck. Not only does this incredible coastal community have an array of food and beverage options, there are also plentiful shopping opportunities at better-than-retail prices. I stumbled across two large-scale framed panels of Gracie wallpaper at Oglethorpe Auction and Interiors in the past that were undoubtedly taken from a beautiful Sea Island home. I was so saddened to learn of their closing but from clothing to furniture, this island has it all, and I have broken down my favorite places to shop to steal the deals in the Golden Isles.
The Tibi Outlet
—The outlet offers incredible deals on past collections, runway samples and one-of-a-kind designer “experiments” from the brand’s sewing room in New York. TIBI’s owner and designer, Amy Smilovic, is originally from St. Simons, which is why she chose the community to be the home for her outlet store. The brand’s national distribution center is just a short drive down the road in Brunswick. To find the best prices within the outlet, head to the back left of the store for even deeper discounts and ask the store’s lovely manager, Laura Latham, for their sample sale schedule. These sales are often not promoted too much and occur on select Sundays throughout the year. During a sample sale, you have the wild opportunity to stock up on all your favorite TIBI finds guilt-free for $20 apiece. Insider tip: The store only allows the first five in line the first 45 minutes exclusively to shop so be sure to get there early and I mean, early (as in before 6 a.m. for the best shot).
28 Market Street, SSI
The Vine Garden Market
—The Vine is a St. Simons’ floral staple, composed of three distinct yet complementary services – landscape design, event design and our garden market. The market location offers “Fresh-Cut Fridays” twice a month where you can find beautiful individual stems priced from $2 to $15. The location also has some fabulous workshops and pop-ups throughout the year.
100 Garden Grove Ln., SSI
The Bailey Boys
—Founded by St. Simons native and resident Diane Bailey, The Bailey Boys is a well-known children’s clothing line. The brand has both retail and warehouse space in St. Simons. To access their warehouse and the deep discounts, walk or run past the full-price merchandise in the front half of the store and head immediately to the back. This is where you will find classic past styles for both boys and girls discounted 20% to 70%.
373 Skylane Road, SSI
Mixed Nuts Boutique & Consignment
—Mixed Nuts is the place on St. Simons Island to shop for discounted women’s designer fashions and accessories, as well as new items and home furnishings and decor. The boutique features brands such as Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Self-Portrait, Lily Pulitzer, and many other coveted designer labels. Check in regularly to see the current inventory and deep price reductions for items in store for more than 60 days.
3415 Frederica Rd., SSI
— The ReStore is a great source to find useful and pricey home items from plantation shutters to quality wood doors and hardware. As a general rule of thumb, thrift stores in areas of higher net worth will have nicer items. Thrift stores in cities where second or third vacation homes are common are probably not as interested in making a profit off of their furniture. Homeowners most likely invested in a high-end decorator when originally designing their home and their castaway items can now be found at local thrift stores. This is a double-win for shoppers. I have seen incredible furniture silhouettes at this location from the likes of Baker and Hickory Chair that could use some fresh fabric and they would look like a million bucks.
1919 Glynn Ave., BWK