What do I do?
I frequent my favorite spots several times a week...usually during my lunch break. When you walk into a thrift store, all of those racks and racks of stuff can be a little overwhelming...Where do you start? What do you look for?
I always keep in mind color or textile that I want. Usually based on what's trending in fashion. I don't mind dropping a twenty dollar bill for the latest runway mania, which I know will last only a season or two at most. It enables me to have some fun with the trend without a major impact on my clothing budget. Or sewing time.
For example, the last few weeks, I walked into the thrift store thinking COLOR and TEXTURE and PATTERN:
Gray, oxblood, leather, lace, menswear (plaid, jacquard)
This helps me to tune out all the other stuff. And it really does keep me focused. When I'm scanning through racks of crap, lace and oxblood really stand out if that's what I'm looking for.
So, some of my favorite recent finds…
These menswear slim plaid pants with a slouchy gray/beige sweater
This gray cardigan which I embellished with a wide sequin trim that I purchased at the fabric store (a la marc Jacobs).
A menswear print midi skirt
a fabulous burgundy lace skirt and moto jacket.
I also found a great vintage big coat . But I was loosing my light, so I'll have to share that later.
Thrifting is such a blast...and you may be very, very surprised at what you will find.