Posts Tagged: thrifting

The Dark Side of Thrifting

Pitfalls of secondhand shopping

I want you all to thrift shop. Do you hear me? I WANT THAT. Because thrift shopping teaches stylish people that value is relative, that clothing needn’t be expensive to be good, that trends can be procured for pennies, that style doesn’t have to come from a mall, that recycling doesn’t just mean putting your soda cans out for pickup every week, that the number on the size tag is totally arbitrary …

Thrifting is good. And I love it.

BUT. It will occasionally bite a gal in the ass. Especially if that gal becomes a serial thrifter. There are some dangers inherent to having access to a stream of ridiculously cheap clothing, and they include: read more

Originally posted 2011-08-16 06:02:36.

Why Trends Are Your Friends

Why fashion trends are worth your attention

Whenever I start nattering on about the latest trends, there are always a few folks who say, “Eh, I don’t really follow trends.” And I can respect that. Some women prefer to avoid trends because they want to cultivate a unique personal style. Some women prefer to dress in a timeless, classic fashion. Some women would prefer to circumvent the whole “mutton dressed as lamb” thing. All logical, reasonable explanations for eschewing trends.

BUT! (You knew there was gonna be a “but,” didn’t you? Because YOU read the post title.) I believe that even trend-eschewers, trend-avoiders, and avid trend-haters should consider remaining aware of and participating in trends. At least on a limited-investment, low-impact level. And here’s why: read more

Originally posted 2011-06-09 06:16:28.

Your Thrifting Checklist

Thinking of thrifting up a storm this month? Here are some tips to ponder before you hit the shops:

  • Check organization websites for coupons or deal days (50% off purple tags on Thursday, and the like).
  • If you’re shopping at a place that takes donations from the public, bring YOUR giveaway pile. Often, you’ll get a coupon to shop just for donating.

  • Either wear something that’s easy to tear off (a dress and slip-on shoes) or underlayers that will serve as a bodysuit (leggings and a tank) in case you end up somewhere sans dressing rooms.
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    Originally posted 2011-03-04 06:01:33.