Whatever the case, it would do you good to drop in at Bizarre Bazaar a Tenn-Low hole-in-the-wall down the road from Regis University, at 4986 Lowell Boulevard that sells gently used clothing, furniture, locally made jewelry and a handful of true and pristine vintage garments, including such gems as a Jackie Kennedy-channeling white wool shift with openwork sleeves. No coincidence: Owner Wendy Steinway, who recently celebrated the stores first anniversary, actually dressed up like Jackie last Halloween and says she grew up in a house where the glamorous former first lady was idolized. Theres even a pile of period Look and Life magazines dedicated to the Kennedy mystique for sale (or wistful perusing) in a corner of the neatly laden shop.
Steinway, a longtime worker in the non-profit realm, opened Bizarre Bazaar in a carryover spirit of community and giving: What makes it work is people, who are invited to bring in their castoffs, taking advantage of a fifty-fifty consignment arrangement, but also to trade for or buy reasonably priced rags (which are actually in tip-top condition). A recent spin through the store unearthed luxurious piles of silky scarves and winter sweaters, embroidered velvet jackets, pretty pumps and trendy handbags, from a stock thats always changing.
Bizarre Bazaar is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; for details, visit www.bizarreboutique.net or call 303-458-1174.
Jan. 11-14, 2009