Monday, May 18, 2009


There is a lot of talk around regarding thrifting. Several ways to go about it as well. Some of you guys just don't enjoy the hunt while others live for it! It can be fun and you can score amazing finds. You do need to have fortitude and comfortable shoes.

I was out and about today at several different types of second-hand stores.

The first one was a typical thrift store. Organized very nicely! Clean, orderly, a pleasure to rummage about in. Found a darling vintage straw clutch, a workout hoodie and T.

Next I went to another type of thrift store. Less organized, but lots of fun digging for interesting household items. Here I found a boombox-type stereo for my deck and a couple of hardcover books I've been meaning to read.

Third place I visited was a high-end consignment store. Nice! Hit paydirt regarding denim. Didn't buy anything here, but I am planning on returning regularly. This place is perfect for anyone with a transitioning body. Perfect!

Here are a few pointers regarding thrifting:

Thrift Store Fashion DO's and DON'Ts
• Do be willing to spend a morning or afternoon to find the very best bargains.

• Do be prepared to visit a thrift store more than once to find clothes that you like.

• Do shop at a thrift store that donates its proceeds to charity.

• Do inspect an item of clothing for fading, stains, tears or blemishes.

• Do look for brand-name items. Brand-name items cost much less at thrift stores.

• Do look for items that have never been worn and still have their original tags.

• Do try on the clothing before buying it.

• Don't go into the store with the attitude that you won't find what you want.

• Do shop alone. I love to bring friends, but they can never last as long as I last. I can dig forever!

• Don't forget to accessorize - some thrift stores have great accessories in addition to clothes.

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