Friday, January 18, 2013

Thrift Shop

{Shoes: Bass -- Tights: H&M -- Dress: Thrifted -- Cardigan: Urban Outfitters -- Hat: Thrifted}

I would like to dedicate today's post to the infamous thrift stores, or charity shops, or op shops, depending where you live. No matter the name they are a true fashionista's best friend. Let me tell you why I personally love thrift stores:
  • CHEAP clothing
  • Vintage clothes!
  • The hunt for treasure
  • Knowing your helping a good cause with your purchase
  • The bragging rights of finding really good brands for 5% of the original cost
  • Being able to donate my old clothes!
  • A fun place to go with friends and try on weird articles of clothing
  • Looking through all the strange knick knacks 
  • Finding decorations for my home
  • Did I mention cheap clothing? 
As most of you know I'm currently attending college away from home. I don't have a job because I like to visit that said home whenever I get the chance (also because of my copious amounts of homework). Therefore, sadly, I'm rather broke. You probably also know that I love fashion! Which includes a lot of shopping and a lot of changing styles. If I buy a cute blouse at the thrift store for two dollars I don't feel so bad when I want to get rid of it next season... which happens a lot. 

I decided I would wear one my favorite thrifting finds in this outfit post, which is this adorable black and white scalloped vintage dress. It's quirky, girly, and vintage all in one. A perfect find in my eyes. How much do you think this one cost? Only 6 USD! Now if I had found this dress at a vintage store the price tag would have been a whole other story... 

So, have I convinced you that thrifting is totally and completely awesome? 

If so, here are some tips to keep in mind when you are heading for your next trip to the local Goodwill or Salvation Army: 
  • Have a list of colors you really want. Lately mine have been burgundy, metallic, dark blue, and purple!
  • Write down a list to take with you of the type of clothing articles you are looking for. 
    • Example: long cardigan, leather jacket, floral dress, oxford shoes, green purse
    • Without a list a thrift store might feel a little intimidating since there is so much merchandise
  • Look in all the sections! And I mean kids and men sections included.
  • Keep an open mind-- you never know what'll find
  • Try everything on! I don't care if there isn't a dressing room, pull on that dress over your current outfit. We are here to save money not waste it on something that doesn't fit properly.
  • Although try and remember if something is too big in the waist or too long that is an easy alter at the tailors. 
  • Thrift stores are a great place to find basics. Such as white and black button down shirts or a pair of dark wash jeans
I hope these tips help on your next thrifting trip! 

Have a great weekend girls (and guys)! 


Sylvie said...

lovely outfit! i wish i was a nifty thrifter, i can never find anything in my local charity shops though! xxx

Gaby Doris said...

Lovely colors!

Frannie Pantz said...

I love thriftiness for the same reasons and these are great tips too! I've found tons and tons of clothes in other sizes or sections. Great cardigan today!

Eve said...

Great post! I love opshops, there is nothing like the feeling of finding that little gem. You really never know what will be there.

x Eve

Unknown said...

I absolutely love your hat!


The Hearabouts said...

The dress is such a bargain and it looks amazing on you. Long live thrift shops :)


Vera said...

Thrift shops are the best, that,s for sure! My favorite dresses are from thrift shops. Yours is awesome: suits you so well!

Adora Mehitabel said...

Beautiful photos! Love the vintage touches

Sabrina said...

Gorgeous. I absolutely love this colour combination. Personally, I don't have patience to thrift. But with posts like these, I always feel like I'm missing out!


Unknown said...

This dress was a fantastic thrift find! I love it! I share your many sentiments about thrift stores. I, too, am broke at school so they really are the best way to cure a shopping urge. Although I like the thrift stores back home more than at school because they're way cheaper and less picked over. Anyway, this outfit is adorable. I love the scallops and your yellow cardigan.

friedenlinde said...

Thrifting is the best thing! you are right about the basics, I usually hunt for basic cardigans and sweaters, and found great ones in this past year (from Old Navy, Gap, or cashmere ones.. for 3€ max!). Right also about the crazy things! But the best finds are the pretty and wearable things, as this b/w scalloped dress, great find!! I love the treasure hunting that it's thrifting.