Consignment shop

Women-owned resale boutique features designer brands and more

Tucked away on the corner of La Mesa Boulevard, women’s resale boutique Act II is celebrating its 40th year of dressing up locals with lightly worn, “soft on your budget” clothing.

Owned by 89-year-old Dolores Buller, the store specializes in second-hand items that are on-trend with today’s styles. After her divorce, Buller said, she found herself looking for a job to support her two daughters. Office roles seemed too boring, but a nearby building that housed a consignment store seemed intriguing.

With little to no knowledge of running a store, Dolores took over the space and turned it into a resale boutique. Ten years later, Act II moved to its current location at 8243 La Mesa Boulevard.

Its customers have always been its main suppliers. The store only carries designer brands which, although previously owned, are still in fashion. The list of brands includes Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Lululemon, Alo Yoga, Coach and more.

After graduating from San Diego State University, Dolores’ daughter Deanne Ross joined the act as a co-owner. She says the family-owned boutique offers women’s clothing, activewear, shoes, jewelry and seasonal items like costumes. Prices range from as low as $1 to around $500 or more after being 30% off retail value.

“We stand out (because) we like to help people here,” Ross explained, “if people want a new style or a new wardrobe, we like to dress people up for dates, new jobs, or concerts…”

Walk-ins are available for customers interested in selling their Act II clothing, but appointments are encouraged. Sellers can get paid for their clothes in cash or opt for store credit. Act II also donates items that are not purchased for resale to Patrick Henry High School.

For appointments, call (619) 698-2392 and learn more about

Roxana Becerril is a freelance writer.