Sometimes it’s really hard to keep up with fashion news and novelties. A stylish wardrobe costs money, and I reckon every fashionista makes some financial efforts when it comes to style and fashion. What can we do when our budget is limited, and we can’t really afford to splurge on an extensive shopping session?
I figured I could go shopping in thrift stores from time to time. It doesn’t necessarily have to become a habit, but sometimes it really can give a break to our pockets when we want to buy a little something for us, or when we find something really nice, without spending a little fortune.
I had a couple of nice experiences in thrift stores. Once I went to such a store out of sheer curiosity. I saw the items displayed from outside, and decided to come in and have a look. There were different clothing items – summer dresses, T-Shirts, cardigans, tops, blouses, and many more; all of them really inexpensive. Does $5 sound a lot to you? Browsing through the items, I liked a cocktail dress, a cardigan and a top, and decided to try them on. Turns out the dress fit me perfectly, so I bought it. It only cost $4, and I was really excited about my finding. I have worn my thrift store cocktail dress to different occasions like dinners at restaurants or parties, and nobody even realized I spent so little on it, or that it was bought anywhere else but a fancy mall.
Another nice experience of mine was in a different thrift store. This time my findings consisted in three scarves and a pair of gloves matching two of the scarves. One of the scarves cost me $4, the other two $5 each, and the gloves $1.50. Scarves are one of my favorite accessories, and I love to wear a different scarf every day, usually matching it with the rest of the outfit. For someone who loves to have many scarves in the wardrobe, it’s not a bad idea to buy them for less sometimes.
Thrift stores are like treasure hunting to me. Sometimes one can find some really beautiful items there. However, one has to be careful when buying from thrift stores. Do not expect miracles in thrift stores, many times it’s pure chance. You don’t go shopping for something specific in a thrift store, you don’t go there with a shopping list, you buy from there whatever nice things you can find. As for quality in thrift stores, do not expect it to be very high either. But considering you only pay for it a couple of dollars, it’s not a problem you’re only going to wear it a few times.
Carrie Bradshaw herself buys from thrift stores sometimes. I remember her going to “her favorite thrift store” in the Third Season of Sex and the City the show, with Miranda, where she was looking into “2 for $5 bean” for whatever treasures she could find. So if Carrie Bradshaw can do it, why couldn’t everybody else? Especially when it gives a break to your pocket, and you get a little fashion treat for yourself for next to nothing.