I am excited to announce a new Another's Treasure monthly feature: Thrifty Blogger of the Month! I always enjoy reading personal style blogs that feature thrifted goods, and I can't wait to share them with you all :)
When I started working in an office, I switched to shopping for clothing at regular retail stores, and quickly grew nauseous at the sight of rows and rows of the exact same item and at ridiculous prices. I started to frequent thrift shops again to find blazers and slacks that didn't cost a fortune. One day I just realized that I am, and always will be, crazy about the rush of finding something unique and special for a few dollars.
Amanda: What do you consider your best thrifted find ever?
Amanda: What would be the ultimate coolest thing to see for a dollar at a thrift store? (Mine would be vintage Ray Bans!)
Megan: Oh yes, finding vintage sunnies would be the bomb! I'm also always on the look out for the perfect faux-leather engineer boots. I love the look of those boots with knee high socks and a floral dress. Hoping to find some before Fall so wish me luck!
(Photo: Courtesy of Megan and Outfit: Everything thrifted except tights and shoes :))
Amanda: Do you have any tips on finding great things while thrifting? Please share!
Megan: Thanks for asking! I narrowed it down to four that I've found to be the most useful to me:
1. Study your favorite styles in magazines, blogs, and websites before you go. I started doing this over the last six months and it has helped me tremendously in my choices. It also helps with writing my posts because I can write about what inspired me to pick it out.
2. Pick items out first because you love the pattern, color, or texture, and then look at the size. If you really love it, but it is not exactly the right fit, with a little imagination, nip, or tuck, you can make it work! I learned to buy things I LOVE, not because I think I need them because they are my size and I kinda liked them. My spending has been cut in half and I adore every single item that comes into my home.
3. Spring or summer, winter or fall, make sure you wear a tank top underneath so you can try things on if there is no dressing room (or the line is too long!). Most of the time I just find a mirror that is out of the way, and spend 10 minutes or so throwing things on and off.
4. Lastly, don't forget to look at jewelry! I have found amazing pieces by closely examining the different clumps of jewelry behind the glass case at the counter. Recently I found some hand-painted vintage screw-on earrings, very similar to ones I inherited from my grandmother. They sold them to me for $2. Also, my beautiful brooch collection is growing because I started to pay more attention to that section of the store.
I hope this helps and I wish you the best thrift store adventures!!
Isn't she great? Be sure to check out Megan's lovely blog Transmission Me and her Chictopia.