Magazine article Sunset

The Flip Side of Park City

Magazine article Sunset

The Flip Side of Park City

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Bargain hunting in Utah's posh resort town

With its designer boutiques and top restaurants, celebrity-studded Park City, Utah-home of the Sundance Film Festival and site of the 2002 Winter Olympics-is hot right now. But part of the fun in visiting is exploring the old silver-mining town from a local's point of view. Spend a day here and you'll find that the area is full of bargains, from offbeat shopping and dining to miles of easily accessible hiking and biking trails.

The first stop for in-the-know bargain hunters is Changing Hands (580 Main St.; 435/649-5905). At this consignment boutique, the focus of owners Kathy O'Brien and Paula Etherington is on high-end labels and stylish items. In the summer, the partners (who met 15 years ago on the local garage-sale circuit) stock sundresses, hats, and quality sports clothes from the segment of the local population that likes to turn its wardrobe over every couple of months. In the winter, you'll find luxurious ski-wear at shockingly reasonable prices. Cases of jewelry, scarves, and a few decorative items round out the store's inventory.

Right at Home (closed Sun; 1745 Bonanza Dr.; 435/658-2111), a 3,600-square-foot home-furnishings consignment store, is the brainchild of three locals. They capitalize on the fact that the town's thousands of vacation condos provide a steady out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new cycle that leaves a lot of posh pieces looking for a new home. The crowded store is a Mother Lode of armoires, comfy chairs, and much more. …

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