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Ferragamo fans rejoice

November 1, 2008 |  5:23 pm

Like many people out there, I am on a strict clothing budget. So, this morning I decided to check out used clothing store Crossroads Trading co.,  which I've never known to carry higher end or designer items, but today I stumbled upon a goldmine that’s too good not to share.     Img_6835

In the corner was a mountain of shiny red Ferragamo shoe boxes, propping up about 10 pairs of Varina ballet flats for $30 a pair, all size 6 ½ -- my size. Score! The array of colors included a few black, pewter, red, purple, dark green and yellow leather shoes-some of which had never been worn. There were also small vintage Ferragamo purses-perfect leather squares with a long shoulder strap, perfect for wearing out at night -- for only $37 each.

They also had a stash of vintage Ferragamo wallets behind the counter that I didn't really check out because I was so focused on the Varina flats, of which I bought two pairs: emerald green and black patent leather with the signature bow on top.

Of course, the soles are gently worn but in very good condition, as were the bags. The sales clerks told me that all the Ferragamo was brought in 3 days ago by an older woman who was doing some serious closet cleaning.

If you're a 6 ½ and appreciate classic Ferragamo, run, don't walk, to the Crossroads on Melrose Ave, just west of La Brea. Here's the address and phone number: 7409 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 782-8100. One woman's trash truly is my frugal Ferragamo fantasy. And with more people selling their designer possessions to make a little extra cash right now, who knows what you might find out there?

Have you recently found some amazing designer deals in unexpected places? Please share.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Emerald green Ferragamo Varina flats  Credit: Melissa Magsaysay