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"A Guide to... THRIFT SHOPPING
Reasons Why Thrifting is RAD:
1. The stuff is cheap
2. Every time you go, there's always something new
3. You can find REALLY COOL clothes
I know these are general reasons. HEAR ME OUT! Thrifting is a fun way to find snazzy clothes for a great price! Whether you're looking to enhance your wardrobe, Halloween costume, or porcelain unicorn collection (?)... GO VISIT A THRIFT STORE ... NOW!"
1.Thrift store - a shop selling secondhand goods (clothes, shoes, books, furniture, toys, records, kitchenware, trinkets, etc.) that is often run by a charity. Thrift store items are very inexpensive and can be anywhere from a couple cents to a couple dollars. Some common thrift stores are Goodwill and The Salvation Army.
2. Consignment store - a store where people can donate secondhand items. Once the items are bought, a portion of the sales goes to the donor, and the rest to the store. A lot of times consignment shops don’t accept everything as most thrift stores do. They are looking for gently used items, and clothes that are particularly “on trend” (meaning you probably won’t find grandma’s ugly Christmas sweater there). A lot of consignment shops aren’t a chain, but rather small businesses, with the exception of Plato’s Closet.
3.Vintage store - a store that sells vintage items. But now the question is, what IS vintage? I honestly think something vintage needs to be at LEAST a decade old. Vintage shops usually carry items (clothes, shoes, furniture, magazines, accessories, awesome stuff) from the 40’s to the 70’s.Vintage shops are the most pricey, but don’t fret, you can still find some affordable items there. (I went to a vintage clothing and jewelry show and I bought the most ADORABLE party dress from the 50’s. It was $50, which is a great price, considering dresses from that era usually are at least $100, and it’s in great condition).
SO, those were the definitions, now here’s some tips and tricks. I honestly could write a book about thrift shopping, but here’s some bullet points instead:
• Don’t be intimidated, some thrift stores aren’t the nicest inside, meaning its not a like a store in the mall where everything is neat and tidy. Just dig a little deeper and you’ll find the buried treasure!
• The thrift store is the place where you can get rid of your singles. Don’t come with a $100 bill.
• Thrift stores can be big and have a LOT of stuff. Before you freak out and have a panic attack, focus on one section first. I personally like to start with shoes or accessories because it’s an easier “yes’ or “no” decision.
• It’s easy to get caught up in the “but it’s only a dollar” syndrome. Even if it’s cheap, think to yourself, am I going to use this? Because if not, you just wasted a dollar that could’ve been spent on that bubble blower in the target dollar isle instead
So that’s my little spiel on thrifting. This is a lot of words so scroll down and let’s look at
some outfits eh?
Here’s a closer look at my shirt. It’s a lion. I’m almost as fierce as Beyoncé.
In this picture, I’m wearing the red velvet top. It looks black because the camera can’t pick up its awesomeness. If you look at it one way it looks red, and if you look at it another way it looks black. Pretty cool huh?
I’m wearing an eyeball ring, I don’t know if you can tell.
Ahh. This dress. It’s another favorite. Here I’m wearing it just plain old by itself, but this dress can be used with ANYTHING. Put shirts under or over, tie them like I did in a picture down below, the possibilities are endless. The beauty of buying something rather “plain” is that you can pair it up with things that aren’t so plain, to make it amazing. I never really understood the principle of buying ‘basics”, but slowly I’m understanding.
I’m just jumping for joy.
Here’s the last look. I’m wearing a green velvet top on top of a black lace dress (hooray for layers) with my jean jacket and the coach purse. I also got these shoes for a good deal. Oh my I’ve been scoring lots of bargains lately.
Well, looks like that’s all for today folks. School’s out in only a few more weeks so that means a lot more posts and a lot less homework on how en embryo develops. See ya later : ) *Good news, I (or my family I should say) got a Mac. I haven’t played around with it much yet, but I’m excited to do some fancier stuff!
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Ting "Tifa" Zhou was presenting her work at SAIC's MFA 2013 exhibit - which is still happening and totally worth checking out at Sullivan Galleries. Entitled "My Voice Is Not Being Heard" (pictured above), she transformed words into visual symbols projected into a large screen. Learn more about it here and read her interview for my Newcity design column here.