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American Thrift Hustle

January 17th, 2014 • by Karen A. Chase • 1 Comment
70sVintage

I found this fabulous vintage 70s dress for $45.

Happy New Year. In light of the oh-so-fabulous American Hustle movie winning at the Golden Globes, I’m sharing my little secret to finding that vintage (or used) fashion.

In 2013 I made the resolution to only buy used clothing (with the exception of swimsuits, shoes and underwear obviously). What did I find?

In vintage shops, I found one-of-a-kind skirts and dresses with amazing styling. But then I found an owner of a vintage shop in a Salvation Army buying pieces to resell, so I started to shop with even more thrift. I discovered that in the fancier neighborhoods, I could buy designer clothing with the tags still on them. Clothing that others thought was “so last year.” Some of it was last century.

I also found more time because clothing wasn’t my focus. And I found more money in my pocket, with a few more dollars to invest in nicer shoes that would last longer. In all, I figure I spent about $250-300 on thrift items and saved over $1500.

Discovering this second-hand life, allows me more time and money for this one‚Äďand it’s loaded with decades of styles. So I’ll stick to thrift-shopping in 2014, with a little hustle and haggling thrown in for fun.

SnowPants

Snow pants. Yes they’re Pepto-Bismal pink, but they were $20, and no one was going to recognize me so covered up.

 

Dress from a consignment store, $30. My mother's 1960s hat, and an old sweater of mine.

Dress from a consignment store, $30. Tags were still on it. My mother’s 1960s hat, and an old sweater of mine.

I guess the whole throwing an outfit together started early. Me at age 4 or 5 with borrowed jewelry and glasses.

I guess the whole throwing a thrifty outfit together started early. Me at age 4 or 5 with borrowed jewelry and glasses.