I’ve had some epic, thrift/consigment store come ups…as you know if you’re a regular follower of the blog. This weekend, I threw together a casual Sunday outfit that was pretty much all second hand store finds….
Oh how I long for the days that I could get away with nothing more than a light jacket. Being an L.A. girl living in NYC, I often get asked how I’m surviving winter on the east coast. I’m sure a couple friends and family back home expect me to run back to the west coast every time the temperature drops below 30 degrees. It it cold, yes. But if you have your essentials, it’s really not that bad (well, it’s not that bad when there’s not a record-breaking blizzard like today).
For those 50+ degree days that make an appearance every so often in the winter, a staple jacket in my wardrobe is a vegan leather jacket…
Hey lovelies! For today’s post, I thought I’d continue on the theme of second-hand shopping I introduced last week (when I shared some of my favorite thrift and consignment stores in NYC).
I started thrifting about 4 years ago and have found some amazing, one-of-a-kind pieces during my hauls (here and here are some of my great finds)! I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard thrifter by any means though. I probably thrift, vintage or consignment shop about 6-8 times out of the year. But when I do go, I make sure to have a strategy so I can make the most of my shopping expeditions.
Here are 11 thrift store shopping tips to help you not only score some amazing pieces, but make the shopping process one of ease and enjoyment as well.
Patience is key – Shopping for second-hand treasures is not for the faint of heart. Doing it properly takes time and resilience. Yes, you will flip through 50 items or more that you hate for every one that will make it into your cart, but it will all be worth it when you find that gem (like this). Put on your big girl panties, turn on a good shopping playlist and be prepared to spend an hour or more in the store!
Location, location, location – This tip is more for people in spread out cities like L.A. than in compact ones like NYC, but it can apply no matter where you are. I personally have had the most success at thrift stores in artsy, trendy or more upscale parts of the city. They just have better selections in my opinion….
If you’re a regular on the blog, then you know I love a good thrifted or consigned fashion find. I’ve found everything from genuine leather jackets to unique printed pieces to amazing dresses and vintage gems at thrift, consignment and vintage stores around New York City.
I really wouldn’t call myself a trendy fashionista. I wear what I like, how I like and relish in standing out and being different when it comes to my style. And I think second hand shops are one of the best ways to achieve this since you can find such one-of-a-kind pieces.
I must admit that my favorite place to thrift is a certain shop in my home town of L.A., which I hit up every time I go home for a visit. I find the prices much more reasonable than in New York. But since I spend most of my time in the Big Apple, here are some of my favorite second hand shops in NYC:…
I’m home visiting the family in L.A. for the holidays this week and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Claire Sulmers of The Fashion Bomb Daily was also in town for her Cocktails With Claire event last night in Hollywood.
I had to go out and support, especially since I had the great opportunity to moderate the discussion with her at one of her last cocktail events. The wardrobe theme this time around…