Curated Couture for a Cause Close to the Heart

Welcome to Start Rescue-one beautiful luxury boutique that is a haven for curated couture to be rehomed with all proceeds going to rescue animals. (Don’t be alarmed if you hear a chorus of Angels singing as you read the following post because Start Rescues mission is truly Angelic).

Six years ago, Rene Ruston, a successful realtor in Los Angeles and Co-Founder of START Rescue (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team), was inspired to search for a dedicated space that would offer a special selection of items to customers with all proceeds going to rescue animals. Rene’s mission became a reality and Start Rescue Resale opened its doors in 2017 in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood. Designed as a charity luxury thrift store where shopping saves animals’ lives, Rene’s passion project sets itself apart from other thrift stores due to the curated nature of the unique and special items that Start Rescue Resale offers their customers.

START Rescue Resale receives its merchandise from a diverse swath of donors which include prestigious, affluent, generous and compassionate connections, START’s Board of Directors, Co-Founders, donors, community members and animal lovers from across the country. These individuals care deeply for the welfare of all animals and generously donate their one of kind unique items to be “rehomed” instead of going the route of resale each season. Their wish is that these special pieces be appreciated and respected with all proceeds going to rescue animals in need. (Does anyone else need a tissue at this moment… because I sure do)?

Store manager Karim Reese, sets the tone for the entire shop with her warmth and knowledge of each piece and her customer service rivals that of any Couture conclave. Karim also shares the same passion and love for animals as Rene, leaving a 20-year career as a jewelry designer to dedicate her talents to running START Rescue Resale full time.

The cost of running a rescue is not for the faint of heart… (Translation-it’s expensive).  Start Rescue averages 100 animals saved per monthly transport-the cost for each transport averaging $8,000.00. Add on the cost of robust spay/neuter programs which serve those who cannot afford to “fix” their pet, plus the additional cost promoting animal retention of $20,000 to $30,000 in monthly expenses with over 16,000 dogs and cats saved, 13,000+ spayed and neutered – leaves one to surmise that Start Rescue’s mission is truly a Labor of Love.

START Rescue’s dedication and love for animals is all inclusive. Their list of rescues knows no bounds as they’ve helped dogs, cats, goats, pigs, possums, ferrets and just about any other animal in need. START is contemplating opening their own shelter in the near future and will continue to grow their Couture boutique in addition to the resale shop located on their main floor.

START RESCUE RESALE offer a bevy of options to peruse and purchase from the beautiful, unique and carefully curated items at Start Rescue Resale: Click on the links below to view their current online offerings…

Online Store: https://www.startrescueresale.org/

EBay https://www.ebay.com/sch/startrescueteam1/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

*Start Rescue also offers a dedicated space in the main store on Van Nuys Blvd. that is filled with a bevy of beautiful items for the customer that wants to shop for fashion jewelry, housewares and assorted items at deeply discounted prices with the proceeds also going to animal rescue.

 

Owner Rene Ruston and Store Manager Karim Reese aka the Glamour Girls of Start Rescue…complete with hearts as beautiful as their style selections. 

Oscar de la Renta Gown $25,000.00 Now: $9,995.00 Size 6-8

Alaia Black dress (on Mannequin) $1200 size 38 (left to right) Alaia White dress $895 size 42 Black Long Sleeve $475. size 6  White knit dress $995.00 size 38

Chanel 3 Piece Suiting $4200.

Valentino Lace Dress $4000. Now $849. size 6

Vintage Oliver by Valentino $500.

Vintage Chanel Suiting in Powder Blue

Halston “Pretty in Pale Pink Dress” $595.00 size 8

Chanel Sundress $795. size 34  with the perfect accessories

Chanel Sun Dress button detail….

Dolce & Gabbana Silk Dress $2500 now $1000. Size 40

Christian Lacroix Strapless Dress $4000. Now: 695. size 38

Oscar de La Renta Gown $9000. Now: $2000 Size 2

Jimmy Choo Pump: Dolce & Gabbana $4800.00 Now: $3000.00

Prada Cerise Saffiano Bagetto: $3200. now $1,895. Vintage Valentino Cream Handbag: $20,000.Now: $6,000. Valentino Shoulder Bag: $2,900.00 now $1,695. Louboutin (never worn Patent heels: $950.NOW: $695. size 38

Gucci Wool Serpent Blazer w/leather detail: $1445.size 40                                     

Gucci Wool Serpent Jacket with Leather detail/Back

Gucci Corduroy Blazer with Serpent Detail $1445 size 40

Gucci Velveteen Blazer with serpent detail $1445 size 40

Chanel Wool Skirt with Fringe $595. size 36

Brand New Balenciaga Puffer Jacket 2021 $1900 *Modeled by Ronny PA to Karim @ Start Rescue Resale

A wide selection of exquisite one of a kind jewelry pieces

Designer Shoes & Handbags are available at deeply discounted prices.

*Start Rescue also offers a dedicated space in the main store on Van Nuys Blvd. that is filled with a bevy of beautiful items for the customer that wants to shop for fashion jewelry, housewares and assorted items at deeply discounted prices with the proceeds also going to animal rescue.

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