Shopping in St. Louis Hills: Consignment Shops and Baked Goods 

click to enlarge Charlotte Sumtimes and her daughter, Kaith, on the hunt for bargains. The mother of three, Sumtimes produces the Last Saturday Strip burlesque show in the Grove.

Corey Woodruff

Charlotte Sumtimes and her daughter, Kaith, on the hunt for bargains. The mother of three, Sumtimes produces the Last Saturday Strip burlesque show in the Grove.

Destination: St. Louis Hills

Shopper: Charlotte Sumtimes, Burlesque Goddess and Mom

Shopping can be challenge when you're a burlesque-performing mommy of two. Between stitching over-the-top costumes and finding clothes to meet my daughters' elusive approval, I'm always on the lookout for shops that won't murder my budget. Lately, I've fallen in love with a few stores in St. Louis Hills.

With my eleven-year-old daughter in tow, I made my first stop at the Green Goose Resale & Consignment (5611 Hampton Avenue, 314-352-5000). I pounced on a $12 blue crystal to hang over my doorway, where it will join a collection of other crystals and various baubles I've collected. I'm pretty much a bling hoarder, to be honest.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY COREY WOODRUFF
  • Photo by Corey Woodruff

Thankfully, my daughter takes after my love of shiny, pretty things; we decided to buy "mother-daughter rings," one in pink for her and one in sterling for me. Our moment of mutual ring appreciation set me back just $22.

Before taking our leave of the Green Goose, I picked up a scented candle that makes my entire house smell like a coffee shop. At $10, it was only a little pricier than buying a Frappuccino at Starbucks.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY COREY WOODRUFF
  • Photo by Corey Woodruff

Next, we moved north on Hampton Avenue. After a five-minute drive, we came to Panache Plus Consignment (3504 Hampton Avenue, 314-352-3838). The folks who run this place are clearly picky about what goes on their shelves, and they've got a good eye for fashionable clothes fitted for body types you don't usually see on a Victoria's Secret catwalk.

My daughter wasn't finished bling hunting, so while I eyed a $15 black-and-leopard-print sweater, she dove into the jewelry displays, emerging with six (!) pairs of rhinestone earrings priced at $2 apiece. Along with the sweater, I left the store with a $12 sequined handbag.

We ended our shopping escapade the right way — with the wickedly tasty delights at Pint Size Bakery & Coffee (3825 Watson Road, 314-645-7142). I made the executive mom decision to spend the remaining balance of my budget (about $20) on cupcakes, quiche and cookies that are basically soft-baked chocolate chip cookies circumscribed by brownie edges. I kid you not: If those brownie/cookies were a burlesque number, it would leave the audience howling in their seats. Highly recommended. -- As told to Danny Wicentowski

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