i showed you this dress here last fall.
vintage dress - $4
j. crew belt - free from karen
bass loafers - $1
a lot of you have been asking about how i find such great deals while out second-hand shopping.
there really isn't much to it, it's actually a lot like shopping in regular department stores.
the first thing i do is make a list, it's hard to believe you can approach second hand shopping this way but you can. our goodwill has a huge inventory and it's all organized by color. so if i'm looking for a green sweater, it's very easy to find lots and lots of green sweaters to choose from.
most of them will be crap but occasionally you get lucky and you'll find a real gem.
so with list in hand i go to the appropriate section, let's say blouses and i scan the rows and rows of blouses by color and touch. nice fabric really stands out in a sea of awful. if i don't see it then maybe i'll feel it. so as i'm walking along the rows i'm lightly touching the fabrics feeling for fabrics that stand out.
when i find something, i first check it thoroughly for flaws. i stretch the garment every which way and hold it up to the light to see if there are any tiny holes. i check the stitching and lining and look for stains or holes that cannot be fixed.
if it's made it this far then it will go in the dressing room with me and if it fits well i'll buy it.
or if it would fit with minor alterations then i'll buy it too.
all that being said, lists and all, the real thrill is finding something totally unexpected and unplanned for like this. that is the really fun part of second-hand shopping, it's such an adventure.
a lot of people don't have the time or inclination to shop like this but i have to say it's now my favorite way to shop. it's fun, challenging and so rewarding.
i know for a fact that if you are patient, there isn't anything you can't find second-hand.
i hope this helps or encourages you to give it a try.
have a beautiful day today!