I found the most amazing pair of boots at my local Seeds of Hope thrift store! I got this pair of Nine West Boots for $4, during a 1/2 off shoes sale! These amazing suede boots retail for approximately $70!
A couple of quick tips for buying boots at the thrift store!
Wipe the interior with antibacterial wipes. For extra measure, use some Gold Bond inside the boots as well. Sanitation is key!
Make sure to look at the tread on the boots, and the condition of the zipper.
If you want to be like the greats, learn from the greats. –
I have a few thrift blogs that I devour weekly, because I love them so much. One of them is called Looking Fly On A Dime, by blogger Patrice Williams. If you remember, I post previously about the book she wrote, also called Looking Fly On A Dime.
Patrice J. Williams started her quest for budget friendly fashion during college and then plunged deep into the thrift world when she moved to NYC and began her career at a top fashion magazine. I love looking at the amazing outfits she comes up with –and I really love all the advice she gives on how to find your own clothing gems.She has a fun challenge, called #ThriftyThreads365, where she buys only previously used clothing for an entire year. I plan on taking up that challenge in 2017.
Since I love this blog so much, I would love to share a taste of her blog with you, so here are 3 of my favorite blog posts at Looking Fly On A Dime:
Sigh. I have a problem with smashing sunglasses. So here is another pair, this time in mint green. I had actually looked all over down-town for sunglasses, and couldn’t find any. Apparently it’s the wrong time of year for sun wear…. But, thankfully, Wal-Mart always has sunglasses on hand. I was so excited when I found this cute pair sitting in the $5 section! I love to wear green whenever I possibly can. 🙂
Also, I promised to show some clothing from my yard sale post, so here is that pair of skinny jeans! They are so comfy, and so fun to wear. My button up is pretty simple, but it keeps the focus on the mint. 🙂 And alas, the grass decided to swallow my flats, but I assure you that they are leopard print. If you read my blog often, you’ve probably seen this pair of flats 8000 times.
My outfit deconstructed:
Mint Sunglasses: $5, New (Wal-Mart)
Navy Button Up Shirt: $2.50, Thrifted (Converse)
Mint Skinny Jeans: $.75, Yard sale’d (YMI)
Leopard Print flats: $9.99, “New”- bought in 2012 (Payless)
I love the mystery and intrigue that comes with thrift shopping -I never know what I am going to find! This can be both a blessing and a curse. If I’m not careful, I will end up with a wardrobe full of super cool, super random clothing. If I can’t mix and match my wardrobe easily, I feel like I have nothing to wear. Thankfully there are ways to combat this.
One way that I make sure to keep my thrift shopping in check is to shop with a wish list. When I look for specific items at thrift stores, it helps me be more discerning, and buy what will really benefit my wardrobe. Also, I am more likely to find amazing things when I am consciously looking for them.
A few tips:
Keep your list under 10 items. This will make thrift shopping with a wish list less daunting.
Think about colors -and neutrals -that can enhance your wardrobe. Right now I am looking for more green and more navy.
Look for “filler” items. These are the so-called boring clothing staples that can stretch your wardrobe -like white button up shirts, black t-shirts, etc.
Think about occasion pieces. Do you need more work clothes, more dresses, or more casual clothing?
Silhouettes are another great way to shop. I tend to buy a-line skirts, so I make a conscious effort to look for other silhouettes, such as pencil skirts or maxi-skirts.
This wish list tip is one of the key components of my thrift shopping strategy. Let me know if you take a thrifting wish list on one of your thrift shopping adventures!
Finding the Seeds of Hope website is a bit difficult, so I created a basic information page for all those looking for this awesome thrift store. I plan on writing a future post about why I love Seeds of Hope so much. ❤
I did a lot of fun things this summer, and wrote a recap about all of that fun. Some of my adventures included a wedding in California, sanding a dining room set, a colonial-themed 4th of July party, and more. 🙂