Allow me to introduce you to my little Thrifting Diva, Zoe. Zoe is a smart, beautiful, creative and very determined little girl. Yes, I am pretty biased, but if you were to ever meet her, you would truly agree with me. At the ripe age of 5, Zoe decided that she wanted to dress herself for Kindergarten. Well, if she is going to choose her clothes, then she should learn how to thrift.
My husband and I were unable to change her mind about her dressing herself, as Zoe stated that she “knew what she liked, and wanted to express herself through her outfits.” There were definitely some push back in the beginning by hubby, but eventually, he realized it was not a battle he was going to engage in every morning, while trying to get everyone off to school on time.
I guess I should take some credit for her ability to determine her own fashion sense. She does see mommy curate her outfits, and put time into her appearance. Why should we be surprised that she too wanted the same opportunities to together her own outfits. Once we realized, and pretty much accepted that she was going to be dressing herself, I figured that she should learn the art of thrifting. In teaching her how to thrift, I enabled her to learn about saving money, adopting patience when you go to thrift stores, and further developing her sense of style.
I have always taken my children to the thrift stores when I thrift. I want them to understand why I do it, and what I gain from thrifting, and pretty much learn how to do it. Normally, when we go to the thrift stores, they head directly to the book section. Luckily there is always a sofa in the area, and they each grab some books, and are perfectly content with reading on their own, until it’s time for us to go. However, once Zoe started on her mission to dress herself, I started pointing her in the direction of the children’s clothes for her to browse through the selections.
Today’s blog post features Zoe’s thrifted tulle skirt. She found this darling blush pink tulle skirt from a consignment store in Annapolis, MD called Return to Oz Consignments on West Street. This store carries s both children and adult clothing. We tend to go to this store whenever we are in need of children clothing as they have a rather large selection compared to the other thrift and consignment stores in the area.
Zoe already knows the area to go for her size and she quickly grabbed this skirt on a recent visit to the store. As she pulled it off the rack, she checked for the price and told me, “it’s only $6. I think that is a good price.” Yes, she is definitely learning how to spot a good deal for items, something I know she learns from me. She then followed my guidance in truly examining the item to make sure that there weren’t any holes or stains in the skirt. I have to admit, seeing her do this made me proud. My little girl was definitely learning how to be a Thrifting Diva.
She paired her tulle skirt with a gray tshirt, and a denim jacket as it was a little chilly. Perfect combination wouldn’t you say?
As for me, I am actually wearing a dress over jeans. I thrifted this dress for $5 from a vintage store in San Diego called Frock You Vintage. If you are ever in San Diego, this is a MUST visit for vintage pieces. The dress is actually rather short, so I opted to wear it with my thrifted DIY distressed jeans. You have seen these jeans here. Directions on how to achieve this distressed look can be found here in this post.
As this was a “errands with the kids” day, I wore my comfy Converse that I got on sale at DSW. You have seen me styled it here before as well. I completed the look with my White Coach purse that I got from the Coach outlet on a serious markdown.
Do you teach your little ones how to thrift yet?