Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Debunking the Myth: All Thrifted Clothing = Ugly

This is what I hear all the time as one of the age old excuses to not thrift. The clothes are ugly. Someone else wore them. They smell. All are fixable or able to be placed up for debate, but tonight I plan to focus on the first one.

The clothes are just SO UGLY. 

Now, let me start by saying that we all have VERY different styles. One major purpose in setting out to start this blog was to not just talk, but SHOW, and I will do that in time. With all of that said, just because you don't appreciate the style that I may show off here, it doesn't mean you can't find your own personal style at the local Goodwill. Part of the thrill and fun of it is that you literally have everything from whattheheckwasthispersonthinking to HOLYCRAPICANTBELIVEIFOUNDTHISHERE. It's a beautiful marriage.

I have found some of my most on-trend items via thrift stores. I'm not HUGE on trends, as I wear what I like, but that does change frequently and there are some trends that I enjoy taking part in. I don't, however, enjoy spending big bucks on a trend that may not last from Spring to Fall. That's when my habit comes in most handy, because I can score things to mix and match (or just score a killer piece!) on a dime. I can go into the world, dressed to kill and nobody else knows any different.

I mean, why spend $100 on a pair of jeans that with enough patience I can find for $3? Yeah. Exactly. I have a closet full of clothes that aren't ugly, they aren't even SORTA ugly. They are all fantastic and I love them-- and I paid next to nothing for it.

I want to show you two things that I've recently purchased from my local Goodwill. They were both on the higher end of what I like to pay for one item ($6 and $7) but they were both well worth it. They are also both very much so "on trend".

Notice anything about them? No? How about the factory packaging and the fact that they were brand freakin' new!?

I found these bad boys for $6.99. I actually didn't quite pay that because they were the color tag, so they were half off. I love them. They are comfortable, and they are new. They are also wedges, and wedges are goooooooood.

The next item I want to show you may actually be the most valuable accessory/clothing item that I have found. It's J. Crew. It's gold. I paid $4.99 for it. I do want to apologize for the lack of a full photo-- I grabbed this off of my Instagram, so it's the best I can do for now. 

Yep, that's right. I scored a J. Crew bubble necklace. 

It's actually sold out on their website, but it's listed for $150.00. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS. I paid 5. FIVE BUCKS. 

These are just two examples, but that's all it takes for me to know that the clothes are NOT ugly. There are great things to be found in your local second-hand store. It just takes patience. You'll have days where you go in and you load the heck up. I got both of the above on the same shopping day, and I actually didn't realize the value of the necklace until I got home. I grabbed it because it was cute and I had wanted one, so everything else was just a happy accident. I had to be open to that, and I had to take advantage of it when I found it. That's why shopping with an open mind and shopping often are so important. If you haven't checked out my previous "10 Thrifting Tips" post, I urge you to do so. 

I look forward to debunking more "thrifting myths" for you over time. I also look forward to sharing my thrift finds and outfits with you all as well!

I pose this question to you, dear readers: 

What is your favorite &/or most valuable thrift find?

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