Saturday, March 31, 2012

The City Girl Chic Guide to Thrifting

Last Wednesday, Susan (my co-worker and carpool buddy) and I took a detour to the Burlingame Goodwill on our way home to San Francisco.  I haven't been to a thrift store in over a year but I read good reviews on yelp about this shop so I was curious to check it out. I ended up getting two button down shirts (a Benetton pink shirt and a Sisley mint colored shirt) both for $8. We also checked out Pick of the Litter Thrift Shop, which was around the corner, where Susan bought a plaid blazer for $15 and I got a $3 green skinny belt. Thrifting can be fun and you can get some good buys but it's important to have some rules in order to prevent you from bringing junk into your home.

The City Girl Chic Guide to Thrifting:

Some good finds: Kate Spade bag ($15), Couch purse ($18), Kate Spade sandals ($18), and an old vintage camera ($10) 
1.)    Get Over Yourself. If there is one thing people constantly complain about thrift stores it is the smell. Yes –old things sometimes smell. Have you ever been to a convalescent home it doesn’t always smell like freesia and baby powder.  You are not at Bloomingdale’s you are at Goodwill –perusing used discarded clothes, books, and furniture that people have given way. The pros is the insanely cheap price and the fact your purchases will benefit a good cause -> the con is it's Goodwill.

Tory Burch print-like
2.)    It’s ok to use some imagination but don’t be delusional. When you look at mismatched clothing you have to imagine how you will wear it (e.g., with jeans, a skirt, a sweater over it, etc.). Don’t be delusional into thinking that you will somehow transform a $2 polyester men’s shirt into a Tory Burch lookalike a-line dress with a purple skinny belt. Unless you have sewing skills that rival the contenders of project runway buy clothes that fit you and are in good condition.

Button down shirts from $2-$5
3.)    Examine-Examine-Examine. You are at a thrift store there are no returns. Just because the shirt looks great from afar doesn't mean it's in great condition. Are all the buttons there? Are there visible stains? Most importantly are there sweat stains? I know gross!

Trending at the Thrift Store: Floral Prints
4.)  Don't be a hoarder. Have you seen the TLC show "Hoarders". It's not pretty and flat out disgusting. True hoarders  love thrift stores because you can buy a lot of *crap* for under $10. When you see something that catches your eye truly ask yourself "Do I really need this?" and "Am I really going to wear this?". If you feel like you can't distinguish between your "wants" and "needs" then you need to bring a friend with you -preferably a friend that does not have impulse control issues. 

Excellent Find: vintage Diane Von Furstenburg top ($15). Didn't need it, didn't buy it :-)

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