Lovely reader N. sent me this question a while back:
I love the idea of thrift store shopping … But I need to know how to do it successfully. I like the stuff I see at thrift stores, but most of them don’t have a place to try things on and I have been burned on fit with no refunds/exchanges. Can you suggest ways to analyze an item without trying it on to see if it’s going to work? Are there ways to tell what items would be easier to alter (and therefore less costly to alter)?
I’ve shopped thrift since … well, since forever. I’ve never been squeamish about buying used garments, and the bargain hunter in me loves pulling treasure from other people’s trash. Here are some tips to address N’s concerns, and hopefully, yours, too!
Originally posted 2008-11-13 07:16:00.
It’s Monday morning. You roll out of bed, deeply grumpy, and slog through your morning ablutions in a haze. The outfit you assemble appears acceptable in your bedroom mirror, so you pack your lunch, lock the door, and make your way to the office. By 10:15 a.m., you’ve had a cup of coffee or two and are finally starting to perk up. You head to the restroom, glance at your reflection for the first time since you left the house, and BLEEEEAAARRRRGH! Who is that mismatched, dumpy-frumpy, stylistically impaired chick? Look at that ill-fitting blouse, those scandalously snug pants, that bizarre-ass necklace! How the HELL did this outfit pass muster?
Originally posted 2008-08-11 05:54:00.
Wanna know how to keep your stuff clean? Head back for part 1 of this two-part series. Below are some tips for keeping your stuff pristine! Or, if not pristine, at least in wearable condition for a good, long time.
1. An organized closet
If you’re wondering why your shoes are getting scuffed and torn, consider how you’re storing them. Are they in a giant heap at closet-bottom, or neatly arranged in racks or boxes? If you’re wondering why those shirts that just returned from the cleaners are already rumpled, consider how you’re storing them. Are they hanging loosely in a spare, clean closet, or jammed in with a thousand other shirts that haven’t been worn since 1998? If you’re wondering why your jewelry is in a tumbleweed-sized knot … OK, you get the picture. An organized closet is key to keeping your wardrobe in wearable shape.
Originally posted 2008-07-08 07:50:00.