Gone are the days when shopping at thrift stores was a reminders of poverty. “Thrifting” as I once heard it called a few years ago in California has become chic and it is environmentally friendly to boot. Lucky magazine just featured an article in its February 2014 magazine about one woman’s successful life of thrift store shopping.
One of the things I like most about shopping in thrift stores and second-hand stores is that you find yourself in many different stores all at once. I mean it is not far-fetched that you could go into a thrift store and come out with a modern Coach bag, a fabulous vintage satin dinner coat, a lesser-known name brand skirt, and a pair of perfectly broken in Frye boots. Some higher end second-hand stores like Crossroads Trading Co (numerous locations from coast to coast) have items on consignment; others like Beacon’s Closet (Manhattan and Brooklyn), have very nice purses, scarves, and bags all at very reasonable prices.
Now, as with many thrift stores, you have to be up for the challenge, and have a pocket-sized hand sanitizer in your purse. The clothing is color-coordinated and in row after row after row. But, flipping through the clothes is relaxing for me. And I always surprised when the woman in front of me passed of a fabulous blazer or unique silk skirt.
For fashionistas who are set in their ways and hesitant about trying new styles, going to thrift stores and buying items for fractions of the regular price gives you a great opportunity to try new things without feeling guilty and without a tremendous pinch on your wallet. It is also a great place to buy nice quality leather, snakeskin and metallic belts. If you have been in any store, you know that belts, even cheap looking ones, can be surprisingly expensive. I have gotten Coach belts, Donna Karan belts, and the kicker was a Cartier purchased for $20.00 (yes $20!!!) at Crossroads in Rockridge near Oakland, California. I eventually sold it on ebay ☺
Thrift stores are also great places to purchase accessories – bracelet for $8.00, or a woven leather choker, or cocktail rings can all be great steals at thrift stores.
If your aren’t one for shopping (gasp) or you don’t like going through rows and rows of stuff, go for something specific. You may be looking for a pencil skirt or a fitted blazer. If so, just go to those sections. It is worth the time and the effort.
If you are interested, go to the link – I shop, you shop and take a look at some items available to you on this site. Many were thrifted ☺ but I had to include shipping. Take a look, or get up and get out there. Feel free to check in with us and share your fabulous finds.