What to wear to a summer tag sale

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When you're visiting a good tag sale, there's a good chance you're going to have to wait in line. Even when you're not early birding and dealing with number systems and dealers. Do this at enough homes in a day, or for long enough at one particularly good estate, and the sun starts taking its toll. These are my tag sale line essentials.
  1. A wide brim hat. I like this particular Missoni for Target hat because it's really lightweight felt.
  2. Medium or dark tinted sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection. And a nice shock of red never hurt anyone.
  3. SPF 40+. I'm in love with this one by Shiseido right now: Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 For Face/Body. People say anything above 30, but all I can tell you is these dials go to effing 11, my friends. I'm also a fan of the Neutrogena sunscreens but I've been favoring this one because it does face and body and doesn't sting my face.
  4. A lightweight shawl to protect my skin and allow airflow. Again, Missoni for Target is my hero. It was the best quality of all the recent Target collabs. A cardigan, denim jacket, hoodie draped over your shoulders works in a pinch, too.
  5. Water. I infuse with strawberry and basil, blackberry and lemon, any combo of fruits and herbs I have on hand to keep the water interesting. I also toss in some chia seeds.
  6. Snack bar. During the Lunchtime Lull is the best time to peruse a tag sale in relative peace and quiet, so I have a snack on hand in case there are too many good sales in a day. ;)

Cue brief, unrelated tangent in which I show off my "new" sterling & turquoise Navajo bracelet:

turquoise detail

I got it at Brimfield y'all. Isn't it the most?

plein sud mulberry missoni

Incidentally, I like to wear a lot of tag/estate sale finds when I'm visiting sales. It's called SHOWING OFF. ;)

  1. Plein Sud top & skirt from a tag sale in Manhasset.
  2. Missoni for Target hat & shawl, both scored at Target in Westbury.
  3. Dior sunglasses from Nordstrom Rack in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza.
  4. Mulberry bag from a tag sale in Plainview.
  5. Turquoise & sterling Navajo bracelet from Brimfield.
  6. Lace ankle socks from Sock Dreams.

Do you wear a lot of secondhand? What are your tag sale-ing essentials? Let's hear about it in the comments below or email me at

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