I love consignment/thrift shops. I love the thrill of the hunt. I love that I can continue my wonderful habit of wearing something different almost all the time, without breaking the bank.
It’s like a fashion safari…hunting through the racks, until… wait! You spot something. I usually stay very broadminded and take lots of things into the changing room. I particularly love my wonderful local shop, Grand Central Consignment, here in New Westminster, as it caters to sizes 10 and up. I have many opportunities to find things there that fit me.
I find all kinds of things: from subtle elegant work-horse items to extravagant over the top once a year kinds of things. This trip, I tried on about 25 pieces, and had to narrow it down and only take ten. Most of them were around ten dollars: Calvin Klein linen pants, another pair black linen pants with a nice tie belt, a shiny white textured blouse, a black and white sweater, and oatmeal coloured sweater, a sheer black and tan gingham shirt, a terracotta and black striped long sleeved T, a zig-zaggy black a white top, and a Jones Studio black silky coat with copper top-stitching that would be totally at home with a fancy little black dress. I’d say that was pretty good value for my $100.
Another time, I popped in the day before a gala, and found a great formal gown to wear the next evening, for $25.
In this same vein, you might enjoy a TED talk called “Wearing Nothing New”, given by Jessi Arrington a Brooklyn designer who never buys new. Very entertaining!
It’s recycling at its best, lots of fun, and very satisfying.
Excuse me, I have to go change now….