It’s All About the Hunt.
Last week, I stopped by my favorite re-sale store, Repeter Consignment Los Altos, to pick up my consignment check. While waiting for my payout, this gorgeous orange Veronica Beard jacket caught my eye. Upon closer look, I was elated to discover it was my size, new, with the tags still attached! I asked my friend and shop owner Mili to hold it for a few hours, took a photo of the jacket, and headed home to see how the piece would work with my wardrobe. It didn’t take long to realize that this would be a wonderful addition to my collection, and back to the boutique I went. While waiting to pay for my jacket, I spotted this beautiful Joie snake print blouse (also NWT) and knew they would be a perfect pair.
ASB Thrifting Tips:
- Check Back Regularly
- Remember, EVERYTHING is a deal when you are thrifting. I like to keep a list on my phone of what’s missing in my wardrobe. That way, I only buy things I really need.
- Before you hand over your cash, take a photo of the item, or if you are shopping online, carry your laptop into your closet, and make sure the item works with your wardrobe. Most second-hand stores do not offer returns, so once you pay, it’s yours to keep. (ThredUP online is an exception as they offer a very fair return/exchange policy).
- No matter how great a buy it is, only purchase items your size (unless it is super easy to alter, and then again, don’t forget to factor in the cost of tailoring), or most likely it will become a Closet Orphan.
- Calculate the cost of dry cleaning into the garment price. I once bought a faux fur vest that had leather trim. Little did I know, due to the leather trim, the item would cost me $40 to have the perfume smell drycleaned out of it!
- Check for wear, pilling, and fading. If you love it, you want to make sure the garment still has enough life in it, to wear till you tire of the piece. Often items in’ like new’ condition are worth the extra dollars spent, as you can often re-sell the piece when you tire of t.
- If you love the quality and look of designer items, consider checking out ThredUp and The RealReal. Both sites allow you to set up searches and then be notified with emails when items from your search come into stock. ThredUp recently added a “premium” and “designer” filtering option to their main menu tabs. A few of my current searches are ‘Veronica Beard’, ‘Rachel Zoe’, and ‘DVF’. I edit my searches based on what I feel is missing in my closet. You can further edit your search by size, so you only get what will work for you.
- Sign up for the coupon alerts, as both sites regularly offer deals. If you have never shopped ThredUP (HERE), you can use my share code which will get you $10 off your first purchase (HERE).
- Poshmark. Poshmark is basically what Ebay used to me back in the day. Its user friendly app makes it easy to shop and sell. But one thing to remember is the you are buying from directly from a seller. And often their interpretation of “condition” or “fit” is not the same as yours. They do offer “Posh Protect” but for the most part all sales are final. One the plus side, there is some negotiating that can be done, so you can grab some great deals.
- Find local shops in your area. Here in the Bay Area I shop Repeter Los Altos, Millie Mango Burlingame, Thredup IRL in Burlingame and Los Gatos.
I Can’t Believe It’s Thrifted!
I utilize second-hand shops as just another means of rounding out my wardrobe, can you guess which pieces are thrift finds?
And the Second Pieces Are…
Left to Right: Jenni Kayne Camel Coat | St John Knit Side Tie Sweater | Karl Lagerfeld Sparkle Cardigan | DVF Bell Sleeve Sweater | Joie Soft Snake Print Blouse | Veronica Beard Orange Blazer
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Jessica A Jannenga says
Suzanne, ( first I dont know why i show up all caps, m caps lock isnt on 🙂
What a deal finding that blazer, how beautiful! I love the style and the look on you. The camel jacket over your plaid dress is fantastic too! I shop secondhand online with poshmark, real real, and havent bought much from thred up, but there are some great consignment stores here i should pop into.
thanks for linking up!
I love second-hand shopping–the jacket and blouse are fantastic.
Beth M. says
The prices are what keep me thrilled to thrift! yesterday i decided i needed a navy blazer for a job interview. bopped over to my local salvation army and found the perfect talbot’s navy blazer at a half-off price of $5! and it looks brand-spankin’ new!! It’s not always that seamless; i try not to thrift shop with a specific goal in mind, but when i do and it works, man, it feels so great!
Wow, great finds, perfect combination. I am rather New TO the thrift WORld. But I’m loving it!
Hi Nancy! How are the thrift shops out in your parts? We have some great ones around here as well as online options that once you learn to navigate are fun as well!
petite teacher says
Such a wonderful blogpost. tips like these are always welcome. i especially love your warning about everything being a deal. i think that is a mistake we all have made and still make from time to time. I am happy nancy(www.nancyfashionstlye.com) introduced your blog on hers. love, lieske
Thank you, I am happy to hear you found it helpful! Yes, I have to continually remind myself that just because the price is right OR it is a brand I love OR its a fab designer find, doesn’t mean I need it in my wardrobe. I have learned after many mistakes, to PAUSE before I buy – especially if something cannot be returned and take the time to make sure it fits my lifestyle and my wardrobe. Have a wonderful weekend!