Thursday, August 4, 2011

fash•ion (fash-uh n) | thrifting

I absolutely LOVE when people ask me where I get things and I'm able to say, "I got it at a thrift store". It's moments like those when I can prove that it's not so taboo to be rummaging through secondhand goods because you can find things and make it your own. 90% of the time I buy something at a thrift store I never wear it as is. It usually requires a little snip here, a little hem there, or a lot of alterations all together. Regardless, I'm always proud to tell people that I got things at a thrift store because not only does it change their opinion about where to shop for clothes, but I can also brag that the item cost me less than a burrito bowl at Chipotle.

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As I was thrifting with some friends the other day we all came to the conclusion that it was the best way to shop for trends. I personally thrift because I love finding unique pieces that aren't mass produced and I run less of a risk that someone at work is wearing the same thing. Although I do love supporting retailers (maybe too often), thrifting is the best way for me try trends and styles without breaking the bank. It's a lot easier for me to feel less guilty about only wearing this pair of red Levi's cut offs once when I only paid $2 and lost about 10 minutes out of my day to cut them.

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I started thrifting when I lived in LA and was inspired by an old co-worker of mine who always came to work in the best dresses.  She was someone I would have never assumed to be a thrifter, but alas I was proven wrong.  She motivated me to be more adventurous in where I shopped and really showed me the ropes.  I strongly believe that the world of blogging has helped to make thrifting more mainstream and I'm so glad that someone was able to teach me my ways.

|Has your opinion of thrifting changed throughout the years? What encouraged you to start?|

17 comments:

cynthia said...

I love thrifting! I don't get to go often as I'd like but when I do, I almost always find something. Like you said, I like finding a piece where it isn't mass produced. My girlfriend got me started over 5 years ago and I love it! I'm sonhappy I go. Plus that's where I get all my high end jeans for so much cheaper!

Cartia Cartel said...

I've had a great attitude towards thrifting. I grew up in Northern California where there are quite a few second-hand shops and many as big as department stores. I got away from it moreso from 'out of sight, out of mind...' About 2 years ago I was re-introduced to thrifting by a friend of mine and have been thrift happy ever since!!!

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archivesvintage said...

i hate hate hate shorts on myself, but you in those pink ones make me want to run to my closes thrift and find some pink jeans to cut! GAH! and the plaid top? i love everything about this.

do i even need to tell you how much i love thrifting? hahaha

Kayla said...

I also love thrifting! Of course I love the cost of the items, but also I love the hunt for the perfect addition to your closet. Those shorts are the perfect alteration!

Amy said...

I love thrifting for trends! Those shorts look supe cute on you- love it with that plaid top!

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I'm a bad thrifter, probably because I don't go to the right places and don't have the imagination to see beyond the dingy racks and weird shoulder pads. I guess my idea of "thrifting" is perusing Ebay and Etsy, but then it usually costs more than a Chipotle burrito!

laura said...

I definitely have. I used to think that thrift stores were icky. I would go only to buy costumes for Halloween. Then, I started actually LOOKing at the stuff they sold and found some amazing deals. :) I love thrifting, and prefer it to actual shopping at the mall these days!
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LyddieGal said...

I thrifted some levi's for a dollar this summer and turned them into cutoffs. only they aren't an awesome red like yours, just boring regular blue.

Healthy and Homemade said...

I wish I could be cool and say I thrifted stuff! The thrift stores where I live sell second hands clothes from Old Navy, not exactly anything fancy. Just ghetto really.

I would die for vintage designer pieces!! Love the pink =)

sartoriography said...

I am straight-up obsessed with thrifting, and have been since I was a kid. In high school I was known as "Emily with the old clothes, but in a cool way." Okay, that wasn't my actual nickname, but it was...basically. :) I have the same love you have of being able to say how cheap something was and then make all others suffer the reality that they bought something full price when I got it for 35 cents. Muhahahah!

Also, I recently hacked some thrifted pants into shorts and they look freakishly like these. Really, are we twins? Because I'm beginning to get worried about us. Seriously, though, I am NOT Arnold. I can't do it, even if my calves are as big as his!!

And finally...you are such a hottie! :)

Lindsey N. said...

I love thrifting! I work at a A'gaci, on State Street, and love telling customers I got things from a thrift store (although my bosses may not like it!)! I've always been a thrifted-I used to go with my mom-but I've definitely changed the type of things I look for!

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Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

I totally agree! I love thrifting, and enjoy being able to tell people that I found a certain top, dress, etc, at a thrift store for $3! It's the best!

Blicious said...

i love anything thrifted!!! cute shorts!

xoxo
b

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

What, why wasn't I invited on this thrifting trip?? hehe. You know I heart thrifting, I usually go 2 times a week.

I love looking at the trends in Anthropologie/Urban Outfitters then finding the vintage equivalent, it's a much cheaper and unique alternative.

FashionAddict said...

Oooooo, the print on that dress is awesome! You look great!

Kyla said...

I'm totally digging your new blog name and look and mission. This look is adoreable! I would totally wear everything from head to toe - the colors, the ease ... it's all summer perfection!

Katie Q. said...

I am a die hard thrifter! I live in Alaska and in my town we don't have much for stores, but I've found designer labels at our thrift stores for cheaper than trotting on over to Old Navy. (I just found a DVF dress for $5.00, with the tags still on!) It's so exciting when you get a great find, it's just a matter of jumping into the racks and really looking.