More Than Just Rags & Lace


Nestled on Jan Smuts Avenue in Craighall, thrift shop Rags & Lace is truly a hidden gem – and probably Joburg’s best-kept secret. Without any intense advertising or even a website, it’s a favourite for many women with a keen eye and love for fashion.

Open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:30 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00, everyone has the chance to pop in for a shopping spree. Well, not everyone per se, as the shop is reserved for ladies only, which creates a sort of safe, guilt-free hub for women to enjoy an afternoon of shopping. Can you think of anything better than taking your time to pick and choose an outfit, without your irritable husband, partner or boyfriend waiting for you by the changing room bench? We didn’t think so…

We know that when you read the name Rags & Lace, chances are you think it’s a cool name but picture actual rags and lace. Well, impressively, the store is not just another thrift store – they stock good quality clothing, most of which are some really great brands like YSL, Gucci and Ralph Lauren.

Outside the fabulous brands we all know and love, they also stock other amazing clothing options. Two things to note though: the clothing is in either really great or good condition and the prices are not ridiculously cheap, but they cost significantly less than if you’d bought them brand new. When items aren’t sold within the first eight weeks of being received and displayed, the price is marked down to 50% off after 12 weeks, 75% off after 16 weeks and then, after six months of not selling, the store gives the item to charity.

So, if you ever find yourself gallivanting on Jan Smuts, be sure to pass by Rags & Lace for an awesome outfit or two. They also stock shoes and accessories that are perfect to pair with your outfit.

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