Thrift Tip: Try On Everything

I’m not going to brag, but I know a thing or two about thrifting, and how to do it, right!  Here is one major thrift tip for you.  Try on everything that catches your eye.  Yes,  I know that sounds a little too serious.  However, I have learned my lesson time and time again to prove this point.  The one thing you must remember, is that when you are out thrifting, you could be in a thrift store or consignment shop which will have different kinds of designers and brands.  This is important to remember because one brand’s size 10 is another brand’s size 8.
Thrift Tip- Try On Everything - Thrifting Diva Thrift Tip- Try On Everything - Thrifting Diva To add another level of frustration, some brands purposefully use vanity sizes.  Vanity sizing is a ploy in which designers flatter women by making clothes bigger so they think they are buying a smaller size.  The silliness of this ploy is a whole new different blog post for another time.  For now, though, you simply have to arm yourself with this knowledge when you thrift.  Thus, it is the reason I say that you must try on everything that catches your eye, without focusing too much on that little size tag.
Thrift Tip- Try On Everything - Thrifting Diva A perfect example of a gorgeous piece that would have been left behind had I not followed this thrift tip myself.  I found this beautiful blue Trina Turk dress at My Sister’s Closet, a consignment shop here in San Diego.  This cobalt blue color grabbed my eye, as I know this blue looks electric on me.  You have to know those colors that simply pop on you.  It makes thrifting a lot easier as you are able to grab items off the rack rather quickly.  Once I pulled this Trina Turk dress, I immediately fell in love with the design.  Isn’t the one-shoulder detail absolutely regal.  I then check out the price, and my heart literally skipped a beat.  This beautiful Trina Turk dress was only $21.   If you know your designers, like I have blogged about before here, then you know that this dress would have retailed for over $200.
Thrift Tip- Try On Everything - Thrifting Diva The last thing to check was the size, and that is when I was seriously confused.  It said size 2.  Let me be clear.  I am not a size 2.  I haven’t been a size 2 since high school, and normally I won’t even play myself and hurt my own feelings by trying on a piece which claims it’s a size 2.  But, I have been fooled too many times in a thrift and consignment stores when it comes to these brands and their “different” sizing.  I decided to put it in the basket anyway, and tried it on.  A perfect fit.  A perfect dress.  The perfect price.   If you haven’t begun thrifting yet, I am not sure what else to tell you to convince you this is the way to go when it comes to shopping.
Thrift Tip- Try On Everything - Thrifting Diva Thrift Tip- Try On Everything - Thrifting Diva Thrift Tip- Try On Everything - Thrifting Diva I decided to go with a bright color heels when I wore this dress.  The great thing about living in San Diego is the beautiful spring/summer like temperatures year round.  So, in the middle of February, I was able to rock this outfit without any fear of the “freeze.”  These Nina floral print heels were acquired from DSW in their clearance section.  I honestly don’t know if I have ever bought anything from DSW that wasn’t in their clearance section.  I got these beautiful floral print heels for $11.00.  That is why I shop their clearance section.
Thrift Tip- Try On Everything - Thrifting Diva I completed the outfit with a silver clutch from Charming Charlie.  They also have some amazing reductions when they put items on sale.  This clutch was only $4.99, after being reduced from $29.
Thrift Tip- Try On Everything - Thrifting Diva There you have it.  I believe I have proven my point that you simply must try on everything or you run the risk of losing out on some very beautiful pieces.

Photography by Pixelcreek Photography

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  1. You are right, that colour is fabulous on you. And such a gorgeous dress. You did very well. I agree that you need to try everything on because I am often surprised how small a size will fit me when I try on thrifted vintage or newer pieces. Your photos are gorgeous too. Cheers, Michele

  2. I love your blog. This dress looks fabulous on you and the color IS electric.
    I live in Rhode Island which is the fashion-less capital of the United States.
    They don’t even have a Lord and Taylor in the entire state!

    I am about an hour away from Boston.
    Do you have any advice about finding a good thrift or consignment store in places where there isn’t a lot of high fashion?

  3. My goodness you look gorgeous! That cobalt dress is phenomenal and I second your statement on thrifting. Finding a good bargain for quality clothes is wonderful! I love the way you styled the dress with the white clutch and floral print heels.

  4. I really love the color of this dress and it looks comfortable. I’m in love with those shoes, I need a pair like that, I’ll see if I can find a great sale like you did, thanks for the look!

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