April 23, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Don’t know what to do with that mint-condition monstrosity you wore to your junior prom? What about that nonreturnable designer sample you bought in a tizzy of bad judgment and skinny mirrors? Never fear. This comprehensive guide to purveyors of gently used clothing — from Snellville, Georgia, to Kauai, Hawaii — is just the ticket. Though the no-frills listings in The Ultimate Consignment & Thrift Store Guide don’t offer much in the way of visuals, they’re still invaluable: Each shop description includes store hours, merchandise specialties, and consignment policy. Not to mention handy tips from the veteran rummager — e.g., “try on whenever possible.” Which makes unloading dud duds (and finding new ones) that much easier. B

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