My Thrifting Philosophy
Being a SAHM (stay at home mom) has led me deeper into thrift stores than I've ever been before and really experiment with ways to make it easier and less overwhelming. It also just so happens to be one of the most eco-friendly ways to buy clothing. As I reflect on Mother's Day this year, I realize that I'm not only going to be teaching Kolton a totally different way of shopping by thrifting, but I'll also be really exploring my style as a new mom through this way of shopping. I believe that thrifting should be exactly that, fun and eye-opening. However, with the number of thrift stores opening and donations that pack the aisles with less than desirable styles, it can be overwhelming at times just walking into one. I kept a few garments I wore to work and thrifted or bought vintage to fill out the rest of my closet.
There have been certain steps I've taken to becoming a more sustainable mom such as thrifting all of Kolton's clothes, buying pre-owned plastic toys instead of new plastic toys and creating DIY projects for the items that have already extended their expiration date. It's a process that has been fun and inspiring.
Tips for Thrifting
1. Look Everywhere
Shop all categories at the thrift for style. Men's t-shirts, men's pants, sleepwear, or even different sizes will open up more opportunities than just sticking to one section. You never know what's hiding next to the purse wall or in between men's sweaters. This will help open a discovery of fit and silhouettes that will look good to your body type.
2. Use Thrifted Finds to Balance Your Wardrobe
Pair a thrifted item in your closet with a new skirt or jacket. It's the same concept as pairing a nude lip with a smokey eye. Don't go overboard with thrifting, instead use it to make a statement. Invest in your basics and use thrifted fashion as a way to showcase your playful looks and silhouettes.
3. Get Inspired
What I mean about getting inspired is find a trend or style that makes you happy. A Victorian romantic look with lots of florals, that includes prairie dresses and distressed details, or maybe an edgier look that lends to crinkled leather, metal stud details, and turquoise accessories. If something catches your eye to your trend or style, get it, thrifting is the perfect situation to experiment with your style and find out what works. Use tools like Pinterest, Polyvore, and Instagram to brainstorm different style or themes.
4. Start Small
Incorporate a thrifted piece slowly and minimally at first. Start out with getting two items on a single trip, choose an accessory (I find these are easier to start with). Don't let thrifting become an impulse trap that will leave you with a closet filled with more clothing you don't wear. Look for something that you can not be without, that way you know the piece will last.
Yes, there are sales at thrift shops and it does pay to wait for them. Sometimes, garments can go up to $8 for a unique one-of-a-kind piece. Having that 50% sale will really make a difference, especially if the item is less than three dollars. At the end of this post, I'll share my favorite resale shops and how to get access to their specials.
What I Wore
This look I'm wearing is mostly thrift. The skirt is from Vetta Capsule and the rest is thrifted from my local thrift shops, aside from the t-shirt and purse. I found the t-shirt at an antique shop among porcelain dishes on an old bookshelf. It's a vintage Metallica band t-shirt designed by the well-known artist Pushead (available in my shop now). I created the headband out of an old thrifted dress that no longer fit me in my closet. I show you how to create your own in the DIY section on my site.
My Favorite Thrift Shops
Text 31966 to LAST CHANCE to get 50% promotion deals sent to your phone. They text me once a week with specials.
The second Wednesday of every month is their 50% off everything sale. I usually find really good vintage clothing either right before the sale or afterward at this place.
Mondays are 50% all clothing but every day they have 50% specials. Sales go toward a non-profit resource center that offers women assistance for unplanned pregnancies.
This resale shop helps others in need at our local hospitals. Their specials are usually posted on their Instagram (@suncoasthospiceresaleshops). Sign up for their newsletter to be sent specials on a regular basis.