A Thought is the Blossom is a must-read for us thrifty gals! Here's your chance to learn a little more about Starr and the inside scoop on her thrift magic :)
Another's Treasure: When did you first start thrift shopping, and why did you begin?
A Thought is the Blossom: I didn't start thrifting until a couple of years ago. It's weird that it took so long for me to discover it! When I was in middle school and junior high, my parents took me and my sister to a bunch of antique malls and flea markets.
We would spend a whole day 'thrifting' in small country towns, but the 90's were so brand conscious that I wasn't really 'in' to any of the dusty items. I hate that I didn't see the gem that was right in front of my eyes then.
I don't think I really started appreciating them until the first couple of Myspace/Ebay sellers came along in the about 2004. Once I discovered the thrift stores in my town, there was no turning back!
|Starr's Thrifty End of Summer Outfit; Courtesy of A Thought is the Blossom|
ATiTB: I think I was most excited when I thrifted my Eames ball clock or my mid century credenza. I think my favorite thrifted finds are all my Samsonite bags and suitcases!
AT: That's awesome! I'm actually a huge Samsonite fan too! What would be the ultimate coolest thing to see for a dollar at a thrift store?
ATiTB: A Mary Poppins-sized tapestry purse, a phonograph, a Lucienne Day chair, or pretty much anything from the 30's and earlier!
AT: Do you have any tips on finding great things while thrifting? Please share!
ATiTB: Tags and fonts are always a dead giveaway that an item is vintage. If you're unsure, look up the label on your phone. If that doesn't help, then you can usually tell from touching the fabric.
Today's fabric is usually very thin and feels just downright cheap. It wasn't always like that! Metal zippers are also a good hint that it's vintage too. Once you get used to doing it, you'll have no trouble telling the difference!
As for finding the things you want... take a look at all the fall and spring lookbooks that are coming out now. They're always good inspiration for what's in style at the moment, and you can usually find a much cheaper version of your favorite piece at the thrift store!
Thanks so much for your lovely answers and tips, Starr!
Everyone be sure to check out A Thought is the Blossom if you haven't already- it's pretty darn great :)