Posts Tagged: secondhand

How to Ease Into Thrifting

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Yep, time to talk about thrifting. AGAIN. But this time, I’m hoping to bend the ears (er, eyes?) of you readers who still aren’t sure about the whole deal. The germs, the disorganization, the lack of size selection/diversity, the sheer amount of time it takes to wade through the racks at a used clothing store … something is holding you back. But you’re open to the idea of easing into thrifting. If you’ve been reluctant thus far but have just a smidgen of curiosity, this one’s for you. read more

Originally posted 2012-08-10 06:17:49.

How Not to Thrift

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My love for That Mitchell and Webb Look has been well documented here on the blog, and over the years this BBC show has done some great bits about marketing, feminism, and style. I have mixed feelings about the content of the sketch itself, but love that they titled their parody of fashion makeover TV shows, “How What Not to Look Like.” Because, after all, “What Not to Wear” is an awkward phrase. AWKWARD, I say! So please consider the title of this post in the same fun-poking vein as Messrs Mitchell and Webb. read more

Originally posted 2012-07-09 06:14:10.

Thrifting Wisely for Designer Items

How to find designer items while thrifting.

I found that neon yellow cardigan thrifting in 2008. It was Theory brand, in great condition, and only $9.99. And I hung onto it and wore it for years – through 2012 if memory serves – even though it was always a bit too snug and washed out my complexion. Such is the perilous allure of thrifting designer items. I’ve definitely succumbed to it myself quite a few times, but I’m trying to be more mindful now.

Most of what you’ll find at your local secondhand stores will be clothing and accessories from bargain and mall brands, since those are the most commonly worn and purchased families of brands. But occasionally you’ll turn up a pair of Joe’s Jeans or a vintage Armani blazer, and they’ll generally be incredibly affordable. Well within your budget. And you’ll be tempted to snap them up just because of that fancy label, which is only natural. But here are some questions you should ask yourself first: read more

Originally posted 2015-01-05 06:16:47.