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UPDATE: The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which runs the charitable Out Of The Closet thrift store chain in California and Florida, has issued this statement concerning Palin's favorite consignment shop, which goes by the same name:
"We are grateful to Governor Palin for bringing the infringement of AIDS Healthcare Foundation's trademark on our eighteen year-old 'Out of the Closet' name to our attention. In addition to raising funds for the care and treatment of thousands of people with AIDS in the US and around the globe, several AHF 'Out of the Closet' sites also serve as free HIV and STD testing centers. A growing number are now partnered with or placed alongside full service AHF Pharmacy stores, which are open to everyone, but offer clients specific expertise in HIV/AIDS medications. AHF's 'Out of the Closet' chain and our related services at these sites provide the community a unique opportunity to give back. We value our good name and as such, have sent a 'cease and desist' letter to the independent for-profit resale shop operating under our 'Out of the Closet' name in Alaska....We also invite Governor Palin and the Republican National Committee to give back to the community by donating the Vice Presidential candidate's campaign wardrobe to AIDS Healthcare Foundation's 'Out of the Closet' following the election."
At a rally this weekend, Sarah Palin addressed last week's $150,000 clothing brouhaha and declared that she's "back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska."
On Monday morning "The Early Show" spoke to the owner of that store, Out of The Closet!, which is described on its website as "an upscale resale store for women size 0-16" that "offers affordable high-end designer labels and brands not otherwise available in Anchorage" and lists its favorite brands as "Prada, Marc Jacobs, Narcisco Rodriguez, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Armani, Catherine Malandrino, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tracy Reese, Trina Turk, Seven for All Mankind, True Religion, Juicy Couture, & Eileen Fisher."
Owner Ellen Arvold revealed that the governor "likes leather jackets" and went on to say "I have only seen a few pieces that she's bought here on the campaign trail."
Arvold wouldn't divulge how much Palin typically spends at the store (where she said items range "from $16 for a knit top to a Chloe handbag for $800"--though some featured items on the website include a mink coat for $1,500 and a chalcedony necklace for $1,685), but added "I think she could probably come in and buy our whole store three times over for $150,000."
Watch the full interview:
Watch "The View"'s Elisabeth Hasselback, fresh from a campaign appearance with Palin, portray the governor as so oblivious to luxury labels that she "she calls Jimmy Choos 'Johnny Choos'." Do you believe her?