Nifty Thrifty

The popularity of thrift shops has been attracting shoppers from a diverse economic background. They are no longer being viewed as a shopping space intended for penny pinchers, single parents, or impoverished; but rather for those who treasure vintage, fashion trends, and economic steals. What’s the secret to the art of shopping at your local thrift store? Allow me to show you great buys and how I put them together to create a high fashion look without the high fashion price.

Did you know there is a difference between a thrift store and a boutique? Thrift stores are feeder stores. Sometimes, larger and higher end department stores will donate their clothes to a thrift store. If this is the case, ask your local thrift store when they put out new shipment. Thrift stores are usually cheaper in regards to their prices but you should be sure to check for tears, missing buttons, or stains. However, a boutique is smaller, a bit on the pricier side, and usually the employees go through the clothing to make sure there are no stains, tears, or missing buttons.

Shopping at any thrift store is not like going to your local mall or superstore. It takes time, patience, and diligence! When you decide to go to a thrift store, never go when you are in a rush or you have no idea what you are looking for. When I go thrift shopping, I know exactly what I am looking for. Perhaps I noticed a particular look in a magazine that I want to duplicate. I think on that look and that becomes my focus before I get to the thrift store. Now, I may not find the exact piece of clothing, but I will attempt to get close to it. It is important to know your style when going into any store. What is your style? I love vintage; anything between early 60’s and late 70’s and pairing it with something trendy.

Personally, I like to shop alone. I never take my children or shop with friends when I go thrift shopping. Why? I do not have to worry about distractions or other people’s opinions. You will need time to go through the racks of clothing hanger by hanger. You don’t want to find something, buy it, and get it home only to realize it has a hole! Most thrift shops have a strict return policy, this is why it’s so important to take your time.

I always enjoy the experience of shopping at a second hand store….the thrill of buying for less, the excitement of finding the perfect piece of clothing to either add to your collection or to add to a finished look. It’s the cherry topping and most importantly stepping out and no one has any idea that your outfit cost a grand total of $7.00, but you look like a million bucks!

Nothing says Spring like the color of green! This green dress was a steal. It’s timeless, trendy, and beautiful.








I love anything vintage, especially early 60’s to mid 70’s! What I absolutely adore about this ensemble is the mix of patterns. I am wearing a polka dot top with pinstripe wide leg jeans! I know I have told you this once before, and I will say it again…never be afraid mix patterns, shapes, colors, old and new.



Who ever said fatigues had to match or you have to wear a boring t-shirt underneath? Adding this beautiful bright yellow sweater gave this outfit something to salute for. I added gold hoops and bangles for accessories, and black wedges for a feminine appeal. The yellow softens the hard side of the fatigues and gives it a pop of Springtime. If you are not that daring to mix materials, wear your favorite jeans instead.



When ballerina tie ups came into play, I was elated! These shoes can be dressed up or down especially with a stressed jean and a backwards bow tie blouse. Absolutely adorable!






Prints are always prettier! I could have matched the yellow sweater and jacket with this and had so much fun with this look. Jean jackets are very versatile and I recommend that you have at least two of them in your closet.







Shopping at a Thrift store should bring out your creativity and challenge you to think fashion forward. Long gone are the days when second hand clothing meant poor quality clothing. Oh and here’s another fun shopping nugget, if you can’t find it in the women’s section, try the men’s.





My total bill $21.00. Can you guess what pieces were purchased at the thrift store? Follow me on social media and find out! @est_in_73