The Beaches, a Canadian girl band, performed this year in the Bulldog Bash lineup. The band is comprised of sisters Jordan Miller (lead vocals, bass) and Kylie Miller (guitar), Leandra Earl (guitar, keyboards) and Eliza Enman-McDaniel (drums, percussion). All the band members were decked out in bright red outfits, each one unique from the others.
The one outfit that caught the most attention was lead singer Miller’s red sequined gown. If audience members’ eyes were not drawn to the flashing lights of the stage, then Miller’s glittering figure did the trick. The most surprising part about the gown? It was thrifted the morning of the performance at local consignment shop, Revolution Consignment.
Miller said the dress was an unexpected, yet perfect find for the band’s performance.
“It was this beautiful, long sequined ball gown, like something Miss Scarlett from the Clue board game would have worn,” Miller said.
According to Miller, before she visited the shop, all she packed was long sleeves and her “stripper bra,” which she judged would not be fitting for the family affair. However, the dress from Revolution Consignment turned out to be the most fitting outfit of all.
“It was the cotton underneath the sequins that made it so comfortable. I could move around in it, which is a really important factor when you’re picking a stage outfit. I could breathe in it, and it was mobile. It was a functional outfit on stage,” Miller said.
Miller noted second-hand shopping is her most preferred method, and pointed out all the benefits of avoiding retail stores.
“I like shopping at consignment stores for a number of reasons. One being that it’s better for the environment. I’m not contributing to any waste because the clothes are already there. Two, because the clothes are more interesting, and there’s more of a variety than clothes at stores that have a particular trend, and honestly, it’s more affordable too,” Miller said, adding that her purchase was only a mere $10.
“That’s the magic of consignment stores. You don’t always luck out like that, but when you do, it’s more special.”
Miller gave praise to Revolution Consignment for their customer service, making special emphasis that one worker even “offered the clothes from her own closet.”
John Baker, sales associate at Revolution Consignment, was the person who sold the dress to The Beaches.
Baker said just moments before, he had an idea to make a video for the store stating how their customer base extended from “Niagara Falls to Mississippi.” According to Baker, only 20 minutes later, the Canadian girl band members walked in the store.
“They were great, amazing people. I told [the staff] ‘we’re going to go world wide’ back in January. And look at us now; those girls are a big deal,” Baker said.
John said the purchase was made from their vintage collection, which is a smaller collection found in a separate room in the store. He is now calling it "the sale of the year.”
Jessica Taylor, manager of Revolution Consignment, added that this is a unique part of their store, and they were happy to see Miller find something in the section of the store.
“We have a pretty small selection of vintage clothes, but the selection we have is pretty cool,” Taylor said. “We were so excited that they got her dress here, and we were so happy to meet them. She just got really lucky when she found a bright metallic dress,” Taylor said.
According to Taylor, Revolution Consignment claims the title of the only consignment clothing shop in Starkville, and the store brings in over 100 new items each day. The store just recently moved from a strip mall area off of Highway 12 into a house on 204 East Wood Street, and Taylor said this has increased their customer interaction immensely.
As for The Beaches, they are also adding new things to their musical collection in the near future, though Miller could not disclose when. Although the band was planning to go on an American tour, the tour recently was cancelled because the headliner of the tour was in a car wreck.