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Whoever said diamonds were a girl’s best friend must have never knew the relationship between a woman and her closet. It’s a love that runs deep—well deep into the bottom of our pockets that is. With sky high NYC rent, school loans, and bills, that hardly leaves us with enough money to fulfill our womanly shopping desires. In a perfect world, Prada & Gucci pieces would fall effortlessly from the sky landing perfectly nestled in our closets…free of charge of course. But until that glorious day, Christina, Tales From The Thrift style blogger is teaching us how to score some awesome pieces while still managing to pay our rent on time.
What’s your blog about?
My blog is about looking good on a budget. The majority of my posts feature outfits I put together using thrifted, secondhand/swapped, sale and gifted pieces. I’m a big believer in style not being solely about how much money you spend, but how you can make the most out of what you have. How did you get into thrifting?
I started thrifting a lot when I first moved to NYC after college. Basically, I wasn’t prepared for just how expensive living in the city would be, and thrifting became a way for me to indulge in my love of fashion and shopping without going into debt.
What’s the difference between a thrift store and a consignment shop?
A thrift store typically sells only donated items, while a consignment store either buys secondhand items to resell, or takes a cut from a secondhand item someone opts to sell there. Thrift stores are typically cheaper, but consignment stores offer a more curated selection. But you can find great deals at both!
What are your favorite thrift stores?
My favorite thrift stores are the Housing Works thrift shops in NYC, and I’m also a fan of most Salvation Army and Goodwill outlets throughout the city. I also like Cure Thrift Shop (it’s a little pricier, but they have sales throughout the year!), and while it’s not technically a thrift store, AuH2O is a great secondhand boutique in the East Village that I always recommend.
Is there any time of the year that you can get the best pieces from thrifting?
I don’t think there’s a specific time of year that’s best, but I try to think ahead and shop for the opposite season. For instance, shopping for sandals in the fall, or heavy sweaters in the spring. Most people aren’t usually shopping for summer items at the start of winter and vice versa, so it’s a little easier to find deals, in my opinion.
What’s something you think most people don’t know about thrifting?
I think some people don’t realize that you can find a lot of the latest trends at thrift stores. Fashion is definitely cyclical, so you can easily find vintage items that fit with today’s latest looks, and you can also find a lot of classics that are timeless and look modern when paired with newer, trendier items.
With all the pieces that you’ve purchased, what do you think was your best find?
My best find was a beautiful, emerald green cocktail dress by DVF that I got for just $1 at Buffalo Exchange’s Earth Day Dollar Sale event. And it was completely brand new with tags still on!
What’s the best advice you would you give to first time thrifters?
I’d tell any first-time thrifter to just be patient. A lot of people underestimate the amount of time and effort that goes into thrifting amazing stuff, and it takes a lot of patience to find those hidden gems. Also, when I first started thrifting, I thought that because I had just spent hours digging around a giant store, I had to leave with something, but that mindset led me to buying a lot of junk I didn’t need or actually want. So sometimes you have to be okay with just walking out empty handed and trying another day!