Sunday, September 18, 2011

Clothes Encounters, A Smart Way to Shop

Raise your hand if you shop on a budget? Even when I couldn't shop for myself, I've generally shopped on a budget.
Oh, raise your other hand if you often had hand-me-down clothes growing up. Yes I've been there too and there is nothing wrong with it. When I was younger I didn't have this, should I say ease of mind? If I may use the excuse of being young and naïve, I didn't think I would fit in properly with second hand clothes or other "cheap" clothes and I was a little embarrassed about it. I won't delve into more detail since I'm sure many of you can relate.
Soooo, now I do find thrift and vintage stores to be treasure troves and some of my inspiration comes from the ladies pictured above and below.



Sarah and Jenn from Clothes Encounters shop regularly at thrift stores  and there are great benefits, naturally.

  • Cheap clothes can mean a larger wardrobe is in easier reach (if that's what you desire).
  • A plethora of style choices.
  • You can cut off pants, turn them into shorts and not feel so bad because you paid 3 bucks for them. 
Sarah and Jenn are very creative in how they style their sometimes seemingly bizarre finds. Thus, at the top of the list of tips in thrift shopping, keep an open mind and exercise your creativity. You can update a piece with simple alterations and of course mixing it with modern pieces.

I would label their style a mixture of eclectic, rocker chic, and sometimes vintage. They may say something different, but that's the best I can do, aha. These ladies are trend followers considering some of their videos are labeled as "Fall Trends," for example. That's cool. I don't personally follow trends, but I'm not going to tell anyone they shouldn't if it floats their boat. With that in mind, I do like how they personalize and make a trend "their own."

I plan on taking my sister with me to our local Goodwill soon, see if I can find some spiffy bow-ties, perhaps my very own sport jacket. I'll let you know if I strike gold---or silver, yeah, I like silver better.
If you haven't given thrift stores or vintage stores a chance, well you should. Another persuasive reason: reduce, reuse, recycle. Mmhm, that's a good one.

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