Let’s discuss a couple fundamental rules to thrift shopping today! I found this GORGEOUS, floral colored top at one of my favorite thrift stores in Alexandria, VA, called Thrift Store Center. Of course they don’t have a website, but they are on yelp – go figure!
Anyways, besides the styling of this top in this post, I wanted to discuss where to find cute things in a thrift store. The answer, EVERYWHERE. Do not believe that you will find all of your awesome scores in the ladies’ section of the store. That would be too easy and we all know it won’t really be thrifting if it was that easy. On a good thrift day, where I have at least an hour to myself for browsing, I will cover the entire store — women’s section, children’s section, men’s section and the knick knacks section (yup, I have found shoes stashed in the knick knacks).
I found this beauty in the men’s section. More likely than not, someone else just hung it in the wrong section – happens ALL the time in thrift stores. But, while diligently combing through the racks, I spotted it hanging out there waiting for some rescuing, and rescue, I did.
Another thrifting rule to follow, don’t stress about the sizes on the clothes label. Once I spotted my find, I checked out the designer and the size — Schrader Petite 10. I am not petite in the least, but that did not stop me. I tried it one, and of course, as you can see my arms are longer than the shirt. No stress at all for me. I am ok with a little skin showing. Besides, it just appears as a 3/4 sleeve shirt. I also did some research on the designer Schrader and this will definitely fall into the 80s vintage category (if 80s is vintage in your book). And while we are talking color, why not add these super cute thrifted Jessica Simpson purple heels! These made a special entrance in my very first blog post here at thriftingdiva.com. I thrifted these peep toe heels from a San Diego Goodwill for $6.99. Also check out the purple faux snake skin clutch which I thrifted for $3.00 at the Salvation Army in San Diego. Completing this look are these lace shorts from Franchesca’s. I love the detailing, the length, color and best of all, the PRICE. I picked these up for a mere $14.00 on clearance. I’ll take that – please and thank you!
So, lessons for the day here. Check out ALL areas of the thrift store and try on everything you LOVE!