Calling it a hobby might be a gross understatement. Thrifting is one of my passions. I’m not happy if I don’t find a bargain. More than half of my wardrobe consists of preloved clothing, shoes, and accessories. I could write a full page blog on why I love it. But I’d rather make this more about the photos.
I’ve always had a slightly ecclectic style. Wearing funky jewelry, putting weird colors and patterns together… I’ve worn some crazy stuff in my day. I was the girl in high school who wore an authentic 1950’s dress to homecoming. I just love a little bit of everything. It is another artistic medium for me. And it is another avenue for artistic expression.
In this blog I’ve created a gallery of the thrift store finds I have added to my closet over the last year or so. I think it shows that you can be stylish, relevant, and unique without having to spend a ton of money. I’ve captioned all the photos to describe the item and tell approximately how much it cost.
The grand finale is at the end of this post. You won’t believe what major occasion I thrifted for… scroll through to find out. 😉
Click on photos to view in gallery with captions.
Are you ready for the grand finale? What special occasion did I thrift for?
MY W E D D I N G .
I may be a purple unicorn among women. There is a very small percentage of us who would DARE thrift for a wedding dress or buy one used. Yet, here I am, showing you the dress that came from a thrift store.
Here’s how it happened. My good friend and roommate before I got married, Gabby, (pictured with me in the first picture below) found this white dress for $20. I can’t find the before picture but let me describe it. It originally came up to the mid thigh. It had a long transparent floor length chiffon outer layer that opened in the front. It was actually a quinceñera dress (I found out after researching the brand.)
So I asked Gabby’s mom, gifted at sewing, to add in long layers to make it a full length dress. All I had to buy was the fabric. The total cost of my wedding dress? Less than $75. I think that’s something to brag about. Especially because I had tried on a VERY similar dress at David’s Bridal for $500 just days earlier. The thrifted dress made me and my wedding budget much happier.
And not to mention, I also found my necklace at a thrift store for less than $10. Pictured below.
The moral of the story is, one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. I love thrifting. It is fun, rewarding, and exciting to see what unique and precious things you can find without having to break the bank or lie to your husband and hide all your shopping bags from him in the trunk. I am just too in love with the amazing things I find to ever feel the need to blow money on overpriced things.
For me, the next step will be getting a sewing machine to recreate things I find at the thrift store. I’ve always wanted to do this, and there is a really awesome YouTuber who is super talented at this. Her YouTube name is coolirpa and she takes things from the thrift store and gives them a makeover. You can check out her videos here: Thrifted Transformations. Or follow her on instagram: @coolirpa
If you’re not really a thrifter, maybe this post can show you that sometimes it really pays off. If you are already a thrifter, then you already know!
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