I’ve asked some of my most stylish friends to make a list of their favorite treasures that they’ve found at thrift stores, garage sales, grandma’s closest, wherever! One of my good friends, Meg, just sent me her favorite finds. Take a look. I’m sure that her wonderful treasures will leave you inspired.
Secondhand shops have more than just clothing, but also household treasures. This year, I moved out of my parents pad (again) and moved into the big city of Toronto! I was lucky enough to find two awesome roommates and a blank canvas that I could begin to decorate. With a tight budget, I found myself going to antique markets, garage sales, and secondhand shops for inspiration.
Dress: Value Village, $7
Belt: Value Village, $2
I had only been to the “VV Boutique” (Value Village) once before. College friends of mine recommended it as a great spot to assemble my costume for my Baz Luhrmann themed party (yes, that happened). I was not disappointed. I found a great tuxedo shirt, top hat and suspenders. Years later, I never thought I would have thought to go back for clothes. I admit, I was a fish out of water when it came to thrift store shopping. You’d be more likely to find me in Fairview, Queen West, or Yorkdale. However, Cate and a promise of 50% off was quite convincing.
I have a real love/hate relationship with stores like Urban Outfitters. Occasionally they will have some pretty cool pieces, but mostly I find myself saying, “What the what! 60 bucks for a t-shirt. Puhlease!” The thing that drives me nuts with stores like that, is the fact that the clothing is meant to look “secondhand.” Let moi explain…
Sienna Miller is one of my fashion icons. Unfortunately, I do not have the budget to dress like her. But I keep elements of her style with me every time I shop.
I’m sure all you fashionistas have heard the words, “Fashion always repeats itself.” These words definitely speak the truth; let me explain.