Editors' pick

The Resourceful Woman Thrift Shop

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Editorial Review

Sorting through racks of used clothing, books and household items in hopes of unearthing a couple of great pieces isn't for the faint of heart or those on a tight schedule. But if you do venture into the Resourceful Woman and do a little digging, you might just find a treasure.

The store -- a nonprofit enterprise that benefits the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter -- is the happy beneficiary of items from nearby retailers with an excess of unsold inventory as well as from well-dressed Loudoun County residents updating their wardrobes and homes. Finds on a recent trip included an intricately beaded black tunic dress, a men's cashmere sweater, a vintage red Chanel women's suit and a pair of red Salvatore Ferragamo flats. The best part? The total bill was just over $30. If that's not resourceful, what is?

-- Jess Righthand (Dec. 2, 2011)