Monday, October 09, 2006

Everything Old is New Again!

1970's Moroccan print dress from Monster Vintage

A friend and I went thrift store shopping this weekend for a 70's inspired party that she is having. I am not an avid thrift store shopper, but I have previously gotten great bags, scarves and jewelry at thrift stores and garage sales. Well needless to say, I found some great finds and I don't have to worry about someone else wearing the same outfit! Here are some helpful hints for thrift store shopping:
1. Come prepared. Some thrift stores do not take credit cards or checks so it is best to come ready and have cash on hand just in case. Also, dress for thrift store shopping. Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to get in and out of.

2. Make sure that you have time to shop. Shopping at thrift stores are like treasure hunts, you have to have time to find the prize. If your friends are strictly mall rats, odds are they will not be that into shopping for someone else's old clothes so you should probably go alone.

3. Try things on and don't look at size. Sizing and fashion has changed over the years so you should try on whatever piques your interest (but not if it looks WAY too small for you.) You will probably not be able to find something that's the perfect fit so you may have to get it altered. Also, go to the men's and boys sections, you can find cute tees and shirts here too!

4. Look for rips, stains and zipper malfunctions. If it is something that can be repaired AND you love it, get it. You should also point it out to the seller, they may reduce the price for you.

5. Don't judge a book by its cover. You may find the greatest things in out of the way places instead of frequented stores like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

Now one celeb who does vintage well is Nicole Richie. (Yes I know the girl is skinny, but I like her style!)
For online thrift store shopping, you can check out Adore Vintage, Shop My Closet, and Paisley Babylon.

(By the way, I found the CUTEST dress to wear to the party and I talked the seller down on the price!)

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