Hello! I have missed you all so much!
A few updates: I am done working (Long story, just know I am DONE) and I am moving September 24th to Maryland! YAY! Scared and excited but READY. More on that later in the week. PROMISE. I am pushing my blog into overdrive since, ya know, ain’t much else poppin’ these days in my world.
I have been stressed out lately and I have found a good way to channel my energy without breaking the bank by THRIFTING. Yes, I am one of those people who hits the Sal Val and Value World regularly with the cart full of random items. Lately, I have had some good luck so I wanted to make a post about thrifting with tips, tricks and fun items I have found.
Where Do I Thrift?
I love the Salvation Army and Value World. Both have good deals and usually run specials. Sign up for their e-mails and take advantage of them. I went in one day and it was yellow tags 5 for $5 and another it was 25% off with student ID. Also, they send out good e-mail deals such as spend $25 and get 50% off. I also hit random thrift stores such as St. Vincent de Paul as well. There are also various boutique’s on IG such as @shopvintagebowtique that are good. I usually draw inspo from her page and try to find items in the stores or I buy from her. She is reasonably priced and will bundle shipping (Don’t ask me how I know…). Also, I visited a few Vintage stores in Baltimore such as Keeper’s Vintage. Now, shopping at a vintage store comes with a price tag. I paid a few dollars for some pieces but I supported a black owned business and got some cute stuff. For the most part I try to stick to my local thrift stores.
How Do I Thrift?
I walk in with my hand sanitizer (cuz gross things are there, too), grab a cart and get to going. I usually just wander isle or section to section and grab whatever I see I like or eehhh KINDA like and throw it in the cart. If you think you like it grab it! Thrifting isn’t like regular shopping somebody could come and grab it and it’s GONE. Throw it in the cart and we can figure it out later. Check for quality, holes and stains. Thrifting is mostly final sale so I would hate to get home and discover a gross strain. YUCK. I usually look for crazy colors and patterns and whatever I like. I don’t have things in mind either when I walk in the door. I freestyle it. Sometimes I leave empty handed. Sometimes I spent $30. Don’t expect to walk in and find a vintage Gucci bag but you could. So once I have a haul of stuff I usually find a corner with a mirror and try stuff on and figure out if you want it for real. I can usually weed out half my cart or buy it all. Don’t forget to check out belts and accessories. I have found cute belts and brooches/pins. I don’t thrift shoes. I have no advice for that. Not knocking those who do but I don’t. I follow a few thrift and fashion icon’s on IG and look for inspo on their pages on how to make things work at times. I have grabbed stuff and figured out how to style it later. For $3.99, why pass it up? Now, it’s ugly stuff in the thrift stores, too. I have bought some and made it work. I have bought some and been like, “WYD, GABI?”. Balance. You figure it out.
What’s Fast Fashion?
Fast Fashion is like Fashion Nova, any IG boutique, H & M, Zara and Forever 21 type stores. The quality isn’t there and it’s cheap for a reason. I am not big on supporting them anymore or as much. I am over fast fashion. I have been slowly working it out my closet and replacing it with more thrifted and vintage looks. It’s a reason why that old school Pendleton (google it) blazer is still holding up 15/20 years later and looks amazing styled right. As I grow older I can’t shop at those fast fashion stores as much. Hell, I can’t fit them, too. And honestly, I just love the vintage style lately. I never shopped at Fashion Nova and y’all can have it. I challenge you to repurpose what you already have or shop thrifted. The average US Citizen throws out 70 lbs of clothes annually. Keep in mind clothes don’t break down. It just sits there in land fills. I didn’t know that until one of my IG BFF (in my head) @TheWorkingBeauty posted stats on it. CRAZY, RIGHT?
Here are some cool pieces I have found
I have found some pretty cool stuff thrifting and I may start a section on my blog for thrifted items you guys can snag for the low. I may also start a thrifting look book to give y’all ideas. Do you thrift? Score anything good? Want me to thrift you something? LOL Let me know.
And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” –John 6:12