Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thrift TV.

British fashionista, Alexa Chung, is returning to television this summer on a show titled Thrift America.

Thrift America is scheduled to air on PBS and will follow Alexa Chung and Maya Singer (the series creator and editor of special projects for Style.com) around the United States and Europe as they shop for vintage finds at consignment shops, garage sales and flea markets. A few of the places they plan to visit include Orlando, Detroit, Nashville, Alabama and Brooklyn.

According to the New York Times, “In the first episode, Ms. Chung helps Pamela Love, a gothic jewelry designer, create a pop-up shop in London during Fashion Week.”

Sounds pretty interesting to me! Alexa Chung has certainly proven she knows how to mix vintage with designer so I’m excited to see her process.

 

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Drew’s Thrifty Red Carpet Look!

Guess what? Celebrities can thrift too! Check out Drew Barrymore at the Express Denim Nylon Party back in August 2010. Her dress was thrifted for $25 and she paired it with $760 Yves Saint Laurent “Tribute” pumps. Remember what we talked about? Expensive recognizable accessories = expensive-looking outfit. She looked absolutely stunning! I love the dress, shoes, and hair.

What do you think of Drew’s thrifted ensemble?

 

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The Goodwill Store in Glassboro, NJ.

You might be surprised by the little treasures that are hidden inside your local Goodwill Store. The Goodwill is not usually associated with name-brands, but if you are in search of a unique name-less piece with a lot of history—this is your store.  At this specific Goodwill, the only recognizable tag I have come across is Mossimo from Target (who doesn’t love Target), but each Goodwill has a different type of merchandise depending on the area it is located.

My love for the Goodwill began last year when I was on the hunt for some cute t-shirts that didn’t cost $20. They carry some of the best “vintage” t-shirts that are in great condition for around $2 each. Once I got over my initial shock of purchasing “used” t-shirts (the best t-shirts are always in the men’s section), I wandered into the women’s department where I immediately fell in love with the quirky jackets and dresses hanging on the racks.

Though the Goodwill is not known for it’s welcoming decor, you can really find some interesting items if you try hard enough. My good friend, Ashleigh, recently picked up a pair of mint condition leather Bass boat shoes, an adorable straw fedora, and a few mugs for her apartment!

There is not much to say about the Goodwill as they are all different. My biggest piece of advice to you is be patient, don’t have high expectations, and most importantly have fun! I guarantee you can find something, clothing or not, that will brighten your day!

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Thriftadelphia Look For Less.

Okay I know what you’re thinking…Lauren Conrad again. But what can I say, I love searching for clothes that embody her chic and timeless style. Lauren Conrad debuted this ensemble on June 15, 2010 at the unveiling of her national “Got Milk” advertisement. It sure has taken me long enough to replicate, but like I said before consignment shopping is all about patience!

Lauren’s Jumpsuit- Philip Lim, Lauren’s Shoes- Christian Louboutin

While finding a Philip Lim jumper as cute as Lauren’s in a South Jersey consignment shop is unlikely (but you never know!), there are plenty of other well-made brands of a similar style out there. Check out this one I found at the Greene Street Consignment Shop on South Street.

Ruffles, check. Jumper, check. The only difference is that it is black instead of blue and cost me only $17. The brand is Lucca Couture and the original tags were still in tact!

I found this woven leather belt at Plato’s Closet in Deptford. New Jersey. It is originally from Abercrombie Kids and cost me a little less than $6.

These platform sandals are by Jessica Simpson and were found at Marshalls. Even though Marshalls is not a consignment shop, it is always full of amazing deals and is usually my go-to store for discount brand-name footwear. The retail price on these babies are $90, but I paid $49.

 

Plato’s Closet is always featuring their sales associates in a Look For Less Outfit on their style blog. It is so easy to replicate your favorite celebrity outfits at a price that you are comfortable with, go ahead and give it a try!

 

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Spring Cleaning!

It is finally spring break! Those of you who aren’t headed to the islands are going to need some activities to keep you occupied at home. Why not check out your local consignment shops? My hometown has a few cute shops that I intend to visit before leaving for the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

If you don’t feel like leaving the house (it’s your break, you’ll do what you want to), this might be a good time to spring clean that messy closet. Make sure to keep consigning in mind! Create three sections in your room, one for clothing you want to keep, one for clothing you want to throw away, and one for clothing you would like to consign.

Don’t know which clothes to throw away and which to consign? It’s simple. Anything that is still in style and in good condition but you’re just not interested in anymore, goes to a consignment shop. Old pleather pants and t-shirts with holes in them—trash.

When you are done purging unwanted items into their appropriate sections, organize your “keep” clothes (I like to organize by color), take a picture for mom (she’ll be so proud!), and head over to the nearest consignment shop to sell your unwanted clothes!

Consignment selling tip: Don’t bring your clothes to the shop in a garbage bag, it looks tacky and those clothes are not garbage! Why treat them like they are? Invest in some reusable cloth shopping bags if you intend on consigning often ($1.99 at most grocery stores), or simply bring them in a cute suitcase!

Happy cleaning!

 

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“The Thrill of the Hunt.” An Interview with Lauren Foster, a Seasoned Consignment Shopper.

This may be a blog about consignment shopping in the Philadelphia area, but believe me when I tell you there is a whole world of thrift stores beyond the Schuylkill River. Find out what Lauren Foster has to say about her experiences consigning in New York, Boston, and all over the world.

Lauren Foster is a 20-year-old journalism major at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She has a minor in fashion merchandising and global studies, and is a long-time consignment shopper.

What are the reasons that you consign?

“I like to thrift because it is a good way to find one-of-a-kind items that no one else will have. Since fashion repeats itself, I find that thrifting is a great way to find the original versions of that season’s most popular trends. Also, thrifting is a good way to find unique pieces that are high-quality at a bargain price.”

How often do you consign?

“When I lived in Boston, I used to go to consignment stores every other week. Now, I really only get the chance when I go shopping in New York City. It’s better to go frequently because you never know when new merchandise is going to come in and the really good finds—like a vintage Chanel purse—tend to sell quickly.”

What is your favorite aspect of consignment shopping?

“I like the thrill of the hunt and finding designer clothing at a fraction of the price.”

What are some of your favorite finds that you have purchased at a consignment shop?

“My favorite finds include a vintage Yves Saint Laurent leather belt, an Oscar de la Renta silk scarf, and a Missoni off the shoulder top from the 1970s.”

What city do you usually consign in?

“I typically shop in New York City, but I’ve gone consigning in Boston, San Francisco, Paris, and Florence.”

What are your favorite consignment shops in New York City?

“I love the store Second Time Around, which has locations all over the country. In New York City there is one in SoHo and on the Upper East Side, and in Boston there is one on Newbury Street.”

Favorite consignment shop ever?

“I really loved Réciproque on Rue de La Pompe in Paris. It’s actually a series of vintage stores that carries high-end designer labels for both men and women. Réciproque is said to have the largest second-hand Chanel selection in all of Paris, but also stocks Hermés, Lanvin, Dior, Balmain, and others.”

What sort of advice or tips do you have for a successful consignment shopping experience?

“To have a great shopping experience you need time and patience. Sifting through racks of definite no’s can be tiring and frustrating, but it’ll be worth it in the end when you find that one piece you couldn’t bear to live without.”

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Bargain Shopping on South Street.

If my obsession with bargain shopping isn’t already clear, let me confirm it here: I can shop and will shop anywhere I possibly can, so when I find multiple inexpensive stores right next to one another, I just about lose my mind. South Street, Philadelphia is budget shopping heaven. There are so many different shops that sell adorable clothes, funky accessories, and trendy shoes (and I can’t forget the delicious food!). Just remember that the best items are usually tucked away behind a stores seedy exterior, you just have to take the time to find them! Here are a few of my favorite shops on South Street:

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