Thrifters Creed

Irreverent and slightly jaded
I pluck treasures midst the cast-offs and faded
Imagine a blank canvas destined to be painted
In patterns and styles mall rats consider outdated

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Thrifter on the hunt of a well crafted past
I’ll resew and patch history to make it last
Pay homage to a long last craft
Laying a vintage foundation many call vast

 

I stalk the ailes for vintage treasures
Style and quality is beyond measure
Repurpose the worn and weathered
And develop a personal style that’s untethered

 

Every morning awake and rejoice
Another day to give the castoffs a new voice
A little bit of vintage daily
I do it by choice

And many will question what I do
Wonder why sift through the dirt, when I can buy new
I ask: “Why do what’s expected of you?
Thrifting isn’t a fad to me, it’s for the well-styled few”

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Evolution of (Partially) Thrifted Outfit

There are times I have to remind myself that I don’t have to be the perfect example of a well stocked vintage closet. Plus, it’s summer and who wants to wear polyester in the heat…Phew!

So begins my journey to create something perfect for the season but thrifted too…

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It’s the perfect mix of summer staples: The medium blue chambray, the stripes, the above the knee black skirt and to add some edge, black sandles. It was perfect…until I washed the skirt, when it’s supposed to be dry cleaned!

It took me 2 months to find another black skirt to do it justice.

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I found this drab, almost midi, but yet not maxi black skirt at Goodwill for $3. It’s the perfect replacement.

I used some stitch witchery and bought some new buttons…

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And a found a lighter shirt at Old Navy…

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And created a lighter, much chicer, version of the one I partially destroyed (also too hot for the season).

Much better!

Stay Thrifty my Loves!

Thrifted D.I.Y.: Dye, DYE; DYE!

Recycle!

Repurpose!

Reuse!

This post is about one thing.  It’s about an idea, a need and a skirt.  This skirt:

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Which looked like it belongs on one of those disney teen television shows…something a nearly 30 year old woman should stay far away from.
So I dyed it with a mixture of forest green, navy and black and it came out this merky eggplant. Thankfully the flower pattern remained. And I now call it my: Thrifty Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil…

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It’s everything I needed this $1 skirt to be: simple, versatile, perfect for fall and flattering A-line skirt. For a total of $3 ($1 for the skirt and $2 for the dye).

Lastly, this shirt was boxy and had these hideous “Princess Bride” sleeves…

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So I cut off the sleeves and dyed it Taupe…

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And tuned it into a very 60s casual boho look. This is a huge step out of the jeans and heels box I like to check every dress down Friday. But I look forward to warm weather next year, or maybe I can find a long-sleeve shirt in a complimentary color.

So what do you all think? Comments and suggestions are appreciated!

When It Rains, I Thrift….Again!

There’s something about the tinkling or thunderous pounding of rain that makes people quarantine themselves until the wet plague is over.  While I…I welcome the rain.  Stick out my tongue at an oncoming shower, dance in it…and you better believe I’ll shop in it from now on!

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Either this is Ethnic print or a funky Chevron stripe…no matter, this is still chic for the fall. Same goes for the necklace which I thrifted this week as well.

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Yet another vintage goodie! This cashmere cardigan is a beautiful teal with textured gold buttons, by the brand “Mary Sachs” for Hadley. This brand was specially for the Harrisburg/Lancaster, Pa. area.

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Oooo! Another vintage sweater, this semi-sheer, mightnight blue one is from Pendleton.

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This light jacket or heavy cardigan (depending on how I style it) is made purely of wool by the brand Sparrow. Never heard of it…but it’s a gorgeous color and makes me feel like Little Red Riding Hood!

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Yes…another blazer! But, I’m honing in on the prep school vibe it’s sending me and I’ll be sewing a patch on!

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Finally, I only bought this shirt with my boyfriend in mind. I’m in love with the “boyfriend” look, especially with black leggings and these Ed Hardy brown knee-high rugby boots from Amazon!

That’s all I have for now my loves! I can’t wait to share how I styled these goodies!

As I always say…Keep it Thrifty!

A Thrifted and a Gifted

I must say…last week might have been my favorite thrifted outfits from the past month.  There were no easy pairings this week…nothing jumped out at me and said: “Wear me.”

I needed to pair colors and patterns that I wouldn’t…be bold!  Comfort zone be gone!

So this outfit suited my needs perfectly:

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Here’s something I’ve never done before…paired a cool and warm tone together. The taupe and black polka-dot semi-sheer shirt is soft but funky while the firery tomato red accordian pleated skirt wakes up the outfit.

This outfit has a special place in my heart because it’s from my noyfriend (may the ‘awww’ing commence). This very basic baby blue and yellow striped shirt was easy to style with a thin brown belt (thrifted), chestnut boots and brown Louis Button inspired purse. Super cozy, casual, fall appropriate and meaningful!

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Keep it Thrifty!

Thrift Haul in Reverse!

Since I’m always showingh what I buy at thrift stores I figured I’d share what I’m giving away:

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My oh my has my style changed! I was practically living in the juniors section and New York and Company.

I’m proud that I’ve made a transformation…I prefer a slightly worn vintage wedge from Candies over a slinky black top from Penny’s; an obscure textured plum clutch over another black handbag. Sheesh! Now that I think about it, do I even wear black anymore?

What I’m rambling on about is that I’ve come a long way to this fashionable point. I know who I am and what I’m about and I’m confident about it.

30 here I come. ;D

When It Rains, I Thrift!

Has anyone else noticed that rain deters people from shopping?!  I did, and I used that to my advantage this weekend!

I scored some divine pieces this week on two of the nastiest rain-filled days:

Vintage vintage vintage! I can’t get enough and this perfect accordion pleated skirt has the Union Made tag and $1.50 price to prove it belonged in my closet.

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This roomy pintucked/crotched tunic was hidden amongst ratty white t-shirts. It had no stains, tears or tags! Perhaps another perfect vintage find?! Of course I can’t leave this garment in its prestine state, because white never stays ! I plan to dye this a dark royal blue with dye from Dharma Trading Company.

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Saw this and thought: Gold grommets! I plan to buy a 3/8th” grommet kit from the hardware store and line the lapel with them….soooo excited for this d.i.y.!

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The Navy is a part of the U.S. military, right?! Sooooo, I should be able to get away with this Nautical jacket in the fall. Especially if I wear all a tight black tank, black straight leg pants and a small gold clutch!

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I have looked for a wool pencil skirt in this color for so long…and I bought this one for $1.50! I think it could got very well with the tan jacket above.

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I can’t wait to rip apart, sew back together and dye my thifted pieces! As always: Keep it thrifty!

Thrifty Fall Fashion: It’s raining menswear!

Trousers!

Suspenders!

Textured sweater vests!

Vests with foxes!

Suspenders…again!

I’m falling for Fall! Autumnal fashion trends abound! Another one I picked up on is: Menswear!

I’ve never been interested in what mall clothing stores offered for this trend, but thrift stores have supplied almost every need! Check it ouuuut!:

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I feel like I’m missing something…some ties perhaps? Or a boxy jacket?…Maybe embracing this trend could also mean to embrace the simplicity of menswear in my own wardrobe.

Such as this fall/winter thrifted outfit that features the rose suspenders for menswear, black skinny pants and boots for the red and black combination trend! Check it ouuut:

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What do you guys think? Do i need simething else to rock this trend? I am always open to suggestions and definitely comments!

Thrifty D.I.Y.: Getting Tie-Dyed Up in Knots

Every Friday I struggle with the same thing: I can’t find anything to wear!

Thrifting has opened my eyes. It has drastically changed my taste in clothes. But now I have a tough time finding what to wear with jeans. A simple t-shirt, jeans and sneakers won’t suffice…I’ve never been that girl. And I get my fill of high heels Monday through Thursday so I needed a middle ground…so I decided to start dying my clothes.

I started with this dingy white shirt I thrifted for $3.99 at the Salvation Army in Mount Pocono that I wanted to dye a deep cranberry, with darker wine colored splotches. Then I researched low immersion dying and figured that was the easiest solution. But, I couldn’t find any soda ash so went through with it anyway and it turned out like this:

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It wasn’t the piece of art I was looking to create.
So I repeated my steps but soaked the shirt in a hot soda ash bathe for 30 minutes first. The shirt is currently soaking in the same dye bath for the past 3 days…hopefully that makes the dye stick! I’ll update the post as soon as it’s done!

My small dye mishap didn’t stop me from dying this open cardigan/wrap and a searsucker jacket:

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This open cardigan was begging to be dyed too, so I low immersed it in falls hottest color: Peacock Blue (combination of Evening Blue and Forest Green).

As for the searsucker…

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I call it my “Calm After the Storm” jacket. It goes perfectly with a black camisole and black pants for work or any color jeans for the weekend! I love cheap versatility!

That’s all for now. Hope everyones fall shopping is going well. Keep it thrifty!