Yesterday marked my 3rd thrift tour I’ve hosted and helped coordinate. As many people know, I love nothing more than spreading the love, knowledge, tricks, and tips to shopping second hand. I’m not just passionate about recycling and purchasing second hand, I’m actually obsessive. It’s ok, I’ve accepted and embraced this path of mine. We are all born to do something, love something… My something is the passion for the thrifted fashion. It’s my creative outlet and I know it can be for others, too! When the Utilities Exploration Center in Roseville, CA asked me to help coordinate a thrift tour promoting thrift and recycling, I was instantly on board! A lot of thought, energy, and love went it to this tour and I would like to first thank Rachel Tooker from the Utility Exploration Center for asking me to do this and for working hours and hours to make this tour, well, FABULOUS! Rachel taught me so much! Did you know that the average American throws away approximately 68 pounds of clothing a year?! Something so great about this whole experience was all the press we got. Not only were we able to promote the tour, but we had the opportunity to give the actual statistics of why people should donate or sell to second hand stores. Pretty cool, right? We had about 40 people on the bus yesterday and hit up a mixture of thrift, consignment, and buy/sell/trade stores. I wanted to show the guests that there are many different facets to the world of second hand clothing. This way there was a little something for everyone! A BIG thank you to Reinvent Clothing Consignment, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, Thrift Town, Sei Bella Boutique Consignment, and Crossroads Trading Company for participating! I’d also like to give another thank you to Deeda Salon, Magpie Bakery, the Sacramento Antique Faire, and Roxy Restaurant for donating gift cards and delicious foods! If you are interested in the FUN, please join us on our next tour scheduled for Saturday, February 21st from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. You can call (916) 746-1550 for more info and tickets! It’s through the Utility Exploration Center. If you have any questions for me please ask away! Here are some pictures from the wonderful, fabulous, shop filled day!
I take a lot of pride in looking like a million bucks on a shoe string budget. Just because I don’t make exuberant amounts of money doesn’t mean that I have to sacrifice the glitz and the glam. My mission is to spill all of my frugal thrifting secrets and prove to people that high end designer pieces are hiding at your local thrift, consignment, and vintage stores. Someone’s throw away become my treasures at these wonderful second hand stores I frequent. This Ralph Lauren gown is the perfect example of looking dressy on a dime and definitely a treasure in my book. I mean, look at the details on top of the sleeves! It’s the perfect 20’s style dress. A dress like this will blend well in any fancy pants parties and no one would ever know that you got it second hand for $25 bucks! Unless you tell on yourself like I do ;) I threw on my sparkly vintage earrings (SPCA thrift) and my second hand Jimmy Choo’s ($40 at Crossroad’s Trading Co) and I was ready for a fabulous night on the town. Now, if only I had somewhere to wear this beautiful dress to…
For something a little more vintage I found this stunning 50’s lace and velvet dress at the Alameda Antique Faire for $10! I’m normally one to bargain for everything at antique faires, but when the dealer said $10 I took it. It’s just exquisite and look at the delicate floral lace.
The sweet heart neck line is just darling and flattering on so many different body types. The construction of the dress is just incredible, too. The top has boning and molds to the body perfectly – they just don’t make them like they used to! Going along with the floral lace, I opted for a vintage floral necklace from Thrift Town ($5.99) and floral vintage earrings from the Alameda Antique Faire. ($5)
Next time you have a nice event to attend don’t forget that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars. Your next glamorous outfit is right around the corner at your local thrift, vintage, or antique faire for pennies on the dollar.
Please let me know if you have any thrift or styling questions! Would love to help. Love, The Dress Fiend
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Below are a few of my favorite pieces, stay tune for part 2 tomorrow!
~ Black vintage leather skirt, Freestyle Clothing Exchange thrift, $15
~ Red vintage leather pants, Deseret Industries thrift, $10
~ Black leather Bebe pants, Sei Bella Boutique Consignment, $24.99
~ Red vintage leather skirt, Deseret Industries, $10
~ Black faux leather pants, Thrift Town, $1.99 (30% 0ff!)