Curb cruising and thrifting (okay, and dumpster jumping in the old days) is part of who I am. I’ve rescued worn down and cast-off furniture and home accessories from curbs all over the tri-state (okay, and beyond) area. I love the thrill of the find and the challenge of refurbishing other people’s castoffs. Ask my husband Mike about my, uh, hobby. I’ve rewired lamps, reupholstered furniture, repainted wicker and so much more. And I challenge you to pick the items I’ve refurbished out in our home. My kids used to tease me about the “junk” I brought home … until I outfitted my son’s college apartment with quality rescued/thrifted items; and now my college freshman daughter said she can’t wait to be “next.”
Why am I telling you this? Because I have another hobby near to my heart that I’ve pretty much kept a secret for many, many years: I shop thrift and resale stores for clothing and accessories. I can spend hours looking through yucky stuff in hopes of finding, say, the perfect evening bag for my daughter Tory.
I am a willing diver-into-large-boxes looking for an awesome vintage (but perfect in every way) chamois work shirt (or two) for my son Max.
And I’ve taught my daughter Tory how to thrift for quality items like gowns.
Although not a thrift shopper, Max has asked me to be on the lookout for particular items of clothing for him. His latest? a neon orange watch cap. No worries. I’m on it.
My kids get it: You can find a quality piece of clothing that, with a little washing or dry cleaning, is perfect for you and at a fraction of the cost of “new.” And for every item I rescue, that’s one less item in the garbage stream.
A tailor (or, if you’re like me and sew) can nip and tuck and get a perfect-for-you fit every time. And let’s face it, well tailored clothing makes you look and feel better about yourself.
So how about you? Do you have a fashion (or other) secret? Care to share it with me?
Here’s a blogger who is all about thrifting. I enjoy reading her inspiring posts and seeing what she’s found in her local Texas thrift stores.