Thrift Shopping 101

My mom says I have an eclectic style. My sister says I dress like an old lady. But I prefer to call it *~*thrift store chic*~*. Make fun of me all you want, but my whole wardrobe costs less than one calfskin chevron quilting Chanel pocketbook! If you want to look stylin’, and still have enough money in your wallet to get a red slurpie from the 7/11 thrifting is for you. Not only will your clothes all be unique, but they can look super fantastic with just a few minor tweeks. Oops that rhymed. Not on purpose. I’m more of a freeverse girl.

This dress may seem a little over the top, but before putting something like this back on the shelf, consider the possibilities. Simply by snipping out the shoulder pads, and ditching the skirt, you’ve got yourself a cute, flirty outfit.

In fact, cutting out shoulder pads can lead to some surprisingly nice results in otherwise “grandmother” shirts. It’s also a good idea to experiment with how you’ll wear your new shirt. You may think buttoning a shirt up all the way is too conservative, but it could save you from looking like a creepy guy up in the club.                                                                                                                                           ⇓

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When looking for new tops, I keep my eyes open for unique patterns, prints, and insignias. Almost anything looks good with your favorite pair of jeans. I tell myself that anyways.

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In a way, thrifting is a fun hobby for me. But if you just need something new for a fancy occasion, head right for the skirts and scan the racks for something totally you. I wore this skirt to perform an opera number at a vocal festival. I noticed it because of the buttons. It’s the little accents that make a difference.


Some people are afraid that they won’t find anything that they like in a thrift store. That is just nonsense. This blazer is great for class or work, and confidence keeps the fact that it’s originally from a mom store a secret. Pssst! If you want a tailored looking jacket, go to the little boys’ section and look for a large. You’re welcome.

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If you find something you totally love, but it’s one size too small, roll up the sleeves and pretend you don’t notice! I have clothing from size 6 to size 16, and sometimes the right fit just depends on the fabric. Don’t look at the size, look at how the clothes you pick off the rack fit your own body. Confidence is key. But do be sure to try on everything before you buy it!


If you see something on a rack that makes you laugh because it’s ugly or bold, try it on! My roommate told me this vest looks like Christmas, but I like wearing it in the summer when I’m feeling brave enough. I wore it in a production of In the Heights for the musical number “96,000”. Good times.

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Accessorizing is essential. Don’t bypass the jewelry section at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. I’ve found lots of darling, often handmade pieces.
teal 1 cortacapinknblack           bowtie normallol                         earrings And I love this look because JK I have my limits. But the coat is indeed from the thrift store. $13 wassup.

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The inspiration for this post came from cleaning out my closet as I made room for some new outfits. I snatched this cute little number up last Saturday thrifting with my little sister. I’m waiting for the right moment to wear it out, but for now I’ll just dress up for fun!

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This has been fun, but Mom made banana chocolate chip muffins. Good luck out there shopping, and be sure to share your cute bargains with me! Comment your favorite outfit if you feel so inclined.

P.s. None of this fashion advice is licensed or backed up by any scientific evidence. It is possible that I dress like an absolute imbecile. 


15 thoughts on “Thrift Shopping 101

  1. Hahaha this was the first fashion blog post I’ve ever read in its entirety. And it’s a good thing too, because now I want banana chocolate chip muffins. This post also sounded like an infomercial which was cool. First thing tomorrow I’m gonna go through my closet, grab all the grandmother shirts, and take the shoulder pads out of them. Good tip.

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    1. Well I am honored that you read it all! 🙂 haha Omg this muffins is the best. I microwaved it for exactly ten seconds and the chocolate is melty. Glad I could help with your grandma tops! You need to take care of those asap.

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      1. They were a real pain in the shoulders, now I know why. Since you shared a food story that has made me hungry, I shall return the favour. I had two fresh out of the oven cinnamon buns with icing tonight. Ohhhh they were so good. (This is like an online food fight).

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      2. You bet they were. Spicy foods make me cry. My eyes are like a broken faucet. Not good. Oh did I mention the pasta and meatballs I had for dinner? Just so perfectly cooked.

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