Thrift Store Finds

Courtney Charbonneau

Tue March 1, 2016 2:50pm

You may have heard the phrase a diamond in the rough. It applies to thrift stores finds.
I’ve heard from different types of people that they see thrift stores as second-hand-nothings or “cheap” clothes nobody really wants. It inspired me to write this month’s column.
Unique is in and what better way to be yourself than to wear an outfit with a story. Not only will you be stylish, but the likelihood of somebody else wearing the same outfit is slim to none.
Cheaper doesn’t always mean compromising your fashion sense. Finding pieces that scream “you” while making a statement is the thrill of thrifting.
Thrift stores allow you to combine both vintage and modern, but there are some things to keep in mind before tackling the piles. Pay attention to details. This is good and bad. It’s good because small details can make an outfit really stand out. It’s bad because there’s always a chance of a small rip or tear in the piece you find. If you still don’t want to put it back on the rack, then you should take into consideration the repair it would need and see if the price is right from there.
Having an idea of what you’re looking for will save you a chunk of time. You have to be in the mood to sift through the racks at a thrift store otherwise it will become overwhelming. Taking the time to envision the outfit you’re looking to achieve is a good idea.
Many of the pieces I’ve snagged at thrift stores were brand new. I recommend checking tags, washing instructions and brands. Thrift store finds are like giving your clothes a second life. Bring back that ’80s T-shirt and pair it with some Kate Spade glasses and stylish boots. Nobody has to know you only spent a fraction of the cost to pull off your new Kate Hudson in “Almost Famous” look.
Try on everything! Most thrift stores do not accept returns. Remember, these items are pre-owned. You want to make sure nothing has shrunk. Don’t always trust the size on the hangers. Most of all, make sure you feel comfortable.
Thrifting is exciting and it adds adventure to fashion that everybody can enjoy. Consider clothing that would work well with items you already have in your closet.
Now go out and start digging through the piles to find pieces that inspire you.