I’ve always been into thrift shopping. My dad is obsessed with tracking down used, out-of-print books, so I grew up seeking out the nearest source of used books wherever we went. Though naturally, I mostly went straight for the clothes. When I lived in a hipster suburb of Seattle for a few years, I made a lot of good finds at consignment stores such as Buffalo Exchange because the neighborhood in general had good taste, and local boutiques would consign some of their end of season wares. This winter, however, I’ve realized that some of my favorite pieces to wear have been traditional thrift store finds. Here’s a look:
Vintage jacket with really cool texture and ruffle-y thingies (Goodwill), worn on NYE:
J. Crew red cable knit sweater (Value Village):
I like it so much, I wore it for one of my engagement photo outfits:
Banana Republic cream turtleneck with charming buttons on each sleeve (Value Village):
Can you tell I wear these sweaters a lot? Super wrinkly!
Doran Maxie Ford shorts from Anthropologie, originally $288…OMG! (Goodwill):
Nine West black heels (Goodwill):
The afore mentioned hipster suburb is also rumored to house the exact Value Village and Goodwill that Macklemore refers to in his hit Thrift Shop (#namedrop). I’ve bought many a wedding candlestick and Halloween costume at these very shops.
This weekend is my birthday, and I’ve decided to re-visit that Goodwill and Value Village at the hopes of crossing some items off of my Thrift Shop Hunt List, which is a very real document. It mostly includes items that are inspired by a current high-end designer piece or an item I’ve recently identified as “classic.” This list also moonlights as my future To Sew list, should they never manifest in a thrift shop.
Some items it includes (clothing specific):
Teal shiny silk or velvet skirt: I’ve been obsessed with owning one since Elle’s law school outfit in Legally Blonde; current iterations include Gucci F/W 2013 and Milly F/W 2013:
Tie neck blouses
Brown herringbone or menswear-ish blazer:
from Elle Collections Mexico
Scotch & Soda F/W 2013
Full midi skirt and/or long coats:
Prada F/W 2013 (last three)
Vintage box clutches:
Wishlist aside, the best part of thrift shopping as that you really don’t know what you’ll find. Call it my form of adventure. 🙂
I can’t wait to share my finds with you all –