Tips for Thrifting

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Jacket: Thrifted from my local Salvation Army store | Belt: vintage Escada from Poshmark (current Monogram belt) | Jeans: Levi Wedgie Fit Jeans | Boots: vintage Etienne Aigner

In today’s post, I’m going to share what I look for while I’m thrifting and two tips for thrifting beginners.

Tip #1: Don’t put it down because it’s “not your size”!

Thrifting allows you to be creative. You may come across certain pieces that are over-sized, pushing you to come up with different ways to style them. The first jacket is huge on me now, so what’d I do? Belted it and styled it as a top!

Also, vintage sizing is different from the sizing standards used today. If you spot something you like, try it on.  The way it looks on a hanger is not how it’ll look on you.

The moment I picked it up, I knew it was huge, but I just could not leave such rich colors and soft velvet-y texture behind.

Tip #2: Forget trends! 

If you thrift with whatever current trends in mind, you might miss out on treasures. Just let your instincts guide you. If certain colors and/or prints draw you in, grab it!

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Jacket: Thrifted from Goodwill | T-shirt: Target | Skirt: Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen | Coat: LOFT (old) (similar) | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (thrifted)

My mom actually found this pink and purple beauty, but we both fell in love with the beautiful colors and floral print, made complete with the trim you see in the last picture.

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It’s Sweater Weather!

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Sweater: Poshmark | Jeans: Madewell from Poshmark (similar) | Ankle boots: Louise et Cie (old) (similar)

It’s time to free your thick sweaters from the depth of your closets! If you haven’t stocked up for the impending brisk fall and winter weather, keep reading for some very affordable options!

I bought this vintage powder blue Beldoch Popper over-sized sweater off Poshmark. I love how soft and cozy it is! The slight blouson-y sleeves are a nice touch as well. I already know I’m going to be styling this sweater for so many outfits.

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Sweater: Poshmark | Jeans: Levi’s Wedgie jeans | Boots: vintage Etienne Aigner

This short sleeve chunky knit sweater is another vintage find from Poshmark. Even though it has short sleeves, it was still able to keep me warm because it is a heavy-knit sweater.

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Polkadot blouse: Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen collection | Sweater: thrifted (similar) | Pants: LOFT (old) (find on Poshmark) | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Bag: Ralph Lauren (old from Marshalls)

The last one is a cable knit sweater that I thrifted from my local Salvation Army store last year (or maybe two years ago). It is not a heavy-knit sweater, so it layers nicely over blouses.

Share your favorite style of sweaters and where you find them!

Why I LOVE Shopping Pre-loved or Second-hand

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Turtleneck: Lands End | Skirt: Banana Republic (old) | Shoes: Cole Haan (Poshmark) | Blazer: Escada (TheRealReal) | Belt: vintage Escada (Poshmark)

If you love clothes and shopping like I do (let’s face it – you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t ;P), I wanted to share my tips on how to indulge yourself without making your wallet and bank account cry.

Poshmark

Sellers usually write a description and post pictures of the actual item they are selling, so you get a good sense of what it will look like when you receive it. Definitely request measurements (bust, waist, hips, etc.) if they’re not listed.

One of the best features about Poshmark?  You can negotiate prices with the seller.

You can also get an idea of how other shoppers’ experiences have been with a particular Posher. Once shoppers receive their items, they are asked to rate the item and comment on their shopping experience.

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TheRealReal

Love luxury items, but on a budget?

TheRealReal is perfect for you.

You can buy luxury items at a fraction of the original retail price. I purchased the gray Escada blazer from TRR, and it’s become a staple piece in my wardrobe.

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Sweater: thrifted | Jeans: Madewell (Poshmark) | Plaid shirt: Rails (Poshmark) |
Booties: Doc Martens (Asos) | Camera bag: Target

Thrifting

Need I say anything about the thrill of bargain hunting? I love finding unique pieces or even closet staples at prices as low as $1.98!