A Brief History


Dolores and Deanne (Owners)

Dolores Buller was a stay at home mom for 17 years when suddenly divorced, she had to find a job. At the same time, someone in the community was selling a 6 week old consignment shop called Act II. Not knowing anything about owning a store and never having heard of consignment before Dolores took a huge risk which quickly paid off.

Act II was born off of Lake Murray Blvd. in La Mesa, CA. Over the years we have had numerous locations all over San Diego. For 20 Years ACT II has had two locations in the Village of La Mesa, a quaint, friendly and charming town everyone will love.

As a family owned and operated business, Dolores’ daughters has had a hand in keeping the business in operation. Dolores’ other daughter never worked in the stores, but is her favorite place to shop. Deanne on the other hand has always loved to work in the fashion business. She loves Act II says Dolores.

During high school, Deanne combined her interest in fashion with producing and modeling in many fashion shows throughout San Diego county. Upon graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelors in Communications she decided to make Act II her full time career. Not only has she made it her career she has made it a way of life.


Dolores’ thoughts about ACT II

My daughter an I both love working with people. Over the years we have met so many amazing people from customers to the ladies and gentlemen that have worked in the stores. We feel so fortunate to have a store where people can shop and look fantastic for a fraction of the cost of new clothes. When we started, and for many years after, resale was unheard of. Now it is main stream, which we love.

Giving Back to our Community

Throughout the years we have also been very involved with the community. We believe in giving back and getting involved. Both myself and Deanne served on the board of directors with the east county chamber of commerce for over 10 years. In addition, Deanne served as President of the merchants association for several years. Deanne currently serves on our church council at our Lutheran church where we have attended for over 33 years.

We truly believe that giving back is important. Over the years we have donated so much time and money to the Salvation Army, we donate clothes that don’t sell to poor people in Mexico and here in the U.S. We are big supporters of rescue task force, Shriners hospital, humane society in San Diego, our church and the list goes on.

Awards and Recognition

In 1999-2000 we received Business owners of the year from the city of La mesa. Act II also received small business of the year as voted by the east county chamber in 2009. Dolores received business owner of the year by the chamber in 2012. We have been so fortunate to be recognized over the years for our accomplishments.

San Diego Union Tribune – August 2nd, 2013: Our most stylish octogenarian
ast County Magazine – September 22nd, 2008: Cheap Chic: Savor a Resale Fashion Shopping Spree

We love what we do, we love our stores and we couldn’t do it without all of our fantastic people that work at our stores trying to bring you the best items at the lowest cost. And of course the people who shop in our stores as well as all who sell to us.
We hope Act II continues on for another 33 years….