GFS Thrifting Style (Part 1)

(Thrifted Shoes only in above pic)

I get quite a few inquiries about how I thrift. I can't say that there is an exact science. I just kind of go with what feels right and usually get really lucky. So, I'll share what I know. This is based totally on my experience alone. If it works for you...great. If not, just laugh at me:)

1. NEVER, EVER, EVER go in "looking for something" specific. You will get let down every time. I always find what I am not looking for when I am looking for something else.

(Thrifted Dress/belt/bag)

2. Go in with the mindset of finding basics for your wardrobe. The number one staple in my wardrobe are Blazers. That literally is the first place I head when I walk in a thrift store. Blazers are my safety net for most outfits. Anything goes with a blazer.

(Thrifted jacket/dress/belt)

(Thrifted Christian Dior Blazer...yes, I had to namedrop)

3. Don't get stuck on sizing. Usually when thrifting, the clothes are older which means that the sizing system may have been different than it is today. I clearly wear a solid 12 but I've bought jackets that are a size 8 and dresses that are a size 14. If I am standing at a rack, I usually start two sizes down and keep going 2 sizes past 12. Hope that makes sense.

(Thrifted Vintage Gloria Vanderbilt Nurse's Dress/Vintage handbag)

4. Know your name brands...really I should say "quality". Know what is worth it, and what's not worth even a dollar.

(Thrifted Burberry men's shirt)
5. On the flip side of #4, don't buy things just because you recognize the name brand. Buy it because you like it.

(Thrifted dresses)

All pics are of my thrifted loot over the last 6 months...that white nurse dress is from Halloween. I don't walk around wearing costumes....or do I? (insert Dr. Evil laugh)

(Part 2 coming soon:)

(Are we over the New Year "hype" now?)


E said...

Thrift stores are the most satisfying shopping experiences! I always find those most amazing things and they're always one of a kind! You definitely have a knack for it!

Ash said...

Great thrifting tips! I agree with all of the above!


FashionAddict said...

Fantastic tips! I'm going to link this post in my next post. And, FYI, you look amazing in all these outfits. Just goes to show you what you can find thrifting.

The Haute Bitch said...

Loving that polka-dot dress! I have a secret addiction to anything with polka-dot. i already own a polka-dot shirt, 3 pocket squares varying in colour, 3 pairs of socks, a belt, a bowtie, and.... i guess that's it. a bit much, right?


ps. great blog :)

Kyla said...

You've scored some seriously awesome pieces! I agree with your tip 100%.

simplychic said...

great post! i wish i had luck with the blazers :-/ i normally start at the dress, and then head to the skirts and bounce around from there...

Gabrielle said...

You are my hero: Jesus & Shoes... there is nothing more to say. :)Have a great New Year.

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

Thanks for the tips! I need to get on my thrifting game this year. Love the looks for less!!

Ro said...

Thanks for the tips. Girl I will be buying allkinds of stuff probably looking homeless ..LOL....
You my dear...Make it work!

Christen said...

You are a thrifting genius! Thanks for sharing the wisdom :)

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE your blog! How fun. I am stopping over from SITS and I am just totally enamoured! So nice to meet you today!

Kris Koffee Fashion Therapy said...

I love thrifting too! My husband hate's the fact that women can find great finds for under $5 and make it look like $1k and above. I go to the goodwill, recycle stores where you can sell, trade or buy, and consignment shops. I hate seeing myself coming and I love having different and unique pieces.

Anonymous said...

Excellent tips. I can definitely apply this advice to decor thrifting. I can't wait for part two.

chacha said...

good tips!! and love your thrifted outfits!

here are some more:

- not all thrift stores are created equal. keep checking out different ones until you find one/some you like.

- find out if there's a discount day for even lower prices! salvation army = 1/2 price wednesday

- look in the other sections. things are not always put where they belong. i have found great dresses hidden in the men's shirts and just found a hot embroidered jacket in the little girls' section. (i am not a little girl. or even that little.)

- make sure to check everything thoroughly for stains, loose seams, missing buttons, etc. figure out what you can/will fix and what is not that great of a bargain b/c you will never wear it with that stain and that stain is never coming out.

- biggest tip: have fun and keep an open mind... you never know what you'll find!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great tips. I love thrifting. It must be the thrill of the search. Like a treasure hunt. BTW, you look fabulous in all the looks.

xo Mish

kanishk said...

Great thrifting tips! I agree with all of the above!

see through lingerie

Linda said...

I am a thrifter from birth! Wore a vintage formal to my Junior Prom that cost $4! Wish I still had it! Love your blog. Congrats of being the SITS FB today. I went to the Oprah show twice in the 90's when I lived in Chicago. Maybe I can put in a good word for you :)

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