:This post was supposed to be up on Thursday, but unforeseen circumstances of baby crankiness kept me from doing much of anything else, but being a human comfort blankie for Miss E. I carried her cute little bum around all day and I mean the whole day, but here it is. Thursday in the future will be dedicated to being Thrifty, so keep an eye for future post or you could always follow us on our adventures.
I know your thinking what is 20 bucks gonna buy..nothing? I’m here to show you otherwise. Why $20, well for one I wanted to prove that you can find some incredible items for cheap and don’t have to resort to paying full retail price and secondly it’s just fun to challenge myself.
Miss E and I began our adventures in one my favorite places Value Village. Some of you might not know what Value Village is, but for those who don’t The VV is a large thrift chain store. They purchase donated goods from local charities and donate money back into the community from any drop off items they receive.
This kind of retailer is an excellent starting point for anyone just getting into thrifting. The variety of merchandise can be mind boggling to most people walking in, but just remember the steps from my first post on thrifting and it’s far less intimidating. Plus for Miss E I usually have to make our trips quick and calculated almost like a some kind of heist, your in and out before anyone notices.
On to the goods… but here is a few high lights from our little adventures in thrift shopping.
I zeroed in on this cream leather French Connection moto jacket for $34.00, My gut said “Buy it”, but it didn’t fallen in to the challenge rules (so, I’m going back on Monday when this little beauty is 50%, I love when their clearance sales come around it’s like Christmas). I’ve got a thing for leather jackets and shopping vintage/secondhand has definitely not helped the situation in my closet.
How about a cute nautical Joe Fresh shirt for $7, a great wardrobe staple, but a girl can only have so many striped shirts, right…
What I did end up purchasing with my 20 bucks.
This lovely barely used cream colored Ted Benson hobo bag was only $7.99. This bag is Italian leather and after some research the retail brand new for a bag like this is around $250-300. On Ebay the same bag in different colors is going for about $50. Let’s just say this was a major score for a momma on a budget.
I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to prints and I spotted this cool tribal influenced kimono top from a mile away. This Marilyn Brooks piece ($5.99) will be great protection from the summer sun in the city, paired with a cute pair of denim cutoffs and we’ve got ourselves a new summer uniform.
The last item that I purchased is going to become part of a couple of DIY projects in the near future. The print on this curtain panel had me soon as I turned the corner. I knew exactly what must become of it, I swore I’d never do this, but it can’t be helped it would be a crime not to do it… matching outfits! A summer romper for Miss E and a pair of high waisted shorts for Momma. Sickeningly cute right?
Well, what do you think? $20 can stretch pretty far. I dare you to give it a try and see what you find. As always any questions or comments feel free to shout it out.
Every season we see these glamours ladies hitting up Fashion Week across the globe, wearing fabulous looks that we’d have to save our pennies for years to be able to afford. Hmmm groceries for the next few months or rent? Street style looks for less… YES!
Always looking to save a buck or two I’m a regular at the thrift stores in my area, especially consignment shops. Who doesn’t love trading in your old stuff for something new.. ish right? There are others like myself who love the thrill of the hunt thrift shopping fulfills, but there are some who just can’t be bothered. I always wondered how people could dislike vintage shopping, so I asked around. The general consensus seems to be that they find the whole experience overwhelming and far to tedious searching through every item in order to unearth a gem. Which to me is crazy talk, especially when shopping for vintage/thrifting can real stretch your dollars. Now for those of you who think they can’t do it listen up, if I can do it with a wiggley impatient seven month old strapped to my chest you can too. How? Well let’s go over some easy techniques that should make your thrift shopping experience a little easier.
1. Plan ahead, go through your closet and look for any holes in your wardrobe that you need to fill. Missing a LBD or a cool leather jacket, consider that your mission. Once you have an idea of what you want, put blinders up to everything else and zone in on what your looking for first. By doing this you cut out the visual confusion that thrifting presents.
2. The majority of thrift stores are organized by categories (tops, sweaters, jackets, etc), focus on which half you’ll be dressing and take the store one section at a time. When you break it down rack by rack it’s easier to examine the clothing. Take this opportunity to look for deficiencies (rips, holes, seams are still intact, fading,stains) and eliminate anything that doesn’t seem repairable.
3. Most places will have an area where they display their premium items. This could be designer pieces, well preserved vintage, or highly desirable trend items. Always check it out you never know what you might find, for example a while back I scooped up a cute navy Givenchy Sport sweater from the 70’s for a steal.
4. Always talk to the sales staff. They can direct you to exactly what your looking for or even show you things you would never have considered.
5. Some stores have preferred customer lists or take requests for items. Don’t be afraid to ask the staff if their store has either of these, after you build a customer profile they will contact you if they’ve come across anything you might like. See the shopping has already been done for you, how much easier could that be.
6. I know some people are squeamish about trying things on in thrift stores, I don’t blame you. When you hear about bed bug outbreaks and all kinds of other nasty things floating around, trying stuff on is usually the last thing on your mind. Well I’m hear to tell you most stores only accept cleaned clothing, some even go the distance of having merchandised cleaned before placing it on the floor. If in doubt wear clothing that you can easily try stuff on over top. Wear a pair of leggings and a fitted tee and if you still feel weird about it bring your hand sanitizer and wetwipes. When you get home throw everything in the washer right away and if you can’t wash it. Keep it tied up in a plastic bag and toss it in the freezer till you can get to the dry cleaners.
Still not feeling it, well think about this way if you start now, you can beat all the ladies to the 70’s trend that was featured on the runways of NY fashion Week. Why pay for designer or knock off’s when you can wear the inspirational looks instead.
Look for more weekly post about thrift/vintage shopping and styling right here on The Modern Hepburns. As always feel free to leave a comment or ask me questions.
I’m here in the back of the house where there is no heat at all, wearing two sweaters and all snuggled in a blanket torturing myself over Anthropologie’s new SS collection. Dreaming of warmer days, hopefully they arrive soon.