The Thrift Guru has Spoken..
If you haven’t noticed, being colorful is my TING (yes ting not THING). I really enjoy mixing and mismatch a lot of colors that I know will give me a certain type of glow when I wear it. I also have a bigger advantage since my complexion is dark, and this wonderful feature allows me to play more with loud colors than someone that is fair/light. Outside of this wardrobe confession, I wanted to answer some of the inquiries I have been getting…. “Where do I get my tops from?” LOL, I have absolutely no shame in where I shop at and will proudly tell you, I shop at the thrift store. YES, the Goodwill’s, Salivation Army, and any other local / mom & pop vintage/thrift store. A lot of the time, when I travel, I stop by a thrift store to see what their options are. Surprisingly, every city or state has their own value proposition and a lot of the time I indulge that value and twist it into my own. And so should you…
I know a lot of people would frown their face because its “second hand” items or I make enough money to buy the lavish things but I have a total different perspective on it, here’s why:
- The amount of times someone tries on clothes in a regular store, that’s ”suppose” to be brand new; I pretty much feel like that’s the same sense of shopping at a thrift store. People with expensive clothes are generous and donate their items to the second places; and if you think about it, how many times do they actually wear that item?! Not much — too worried about messing it up if they keep washing it or take it to the cleaners — so they get a couple of wears out of it (if that) and donate it . Having an item sitting in a regular store for 3 months and 5 people try it on per day… now do the math! I feel its the same as buying something at a thrift store — I do a thorough garment cleanse and then take to the cleaners for a guarantee spot check cleanse. At the end of the day, I’m clean, the items are cleans, I have no rashes or bad odors — so what’s the issue. I like how I look in them, along with spending less money…
- When it comes to money, I am … I don’t have a word for it yet. But I have my splurging moments and then I have my frugal/cheap moments. And to me, I rather splurge on my residence, vacation, branding, food, skincare — the whole quality of life and environment I am in. When it comes to clothes and hair I want to be as frugal and cost-efficient as possible! Why?I’m at the point of my life where I have been making a lot of left turns to get to the right one and now that I am in the right path, I want to keep that momentum going for my income in the fashion industry. Shopping at thrift/vintage does not devalue my look or brand; better yet I think it gives me an edge because I wear one of a kind pieces that you won’t find. And to tell you the truth, I rather keep it like that, it truly goes with my persona.. Mystic, Vibrant and Unexpected. Without these thrift/vintage clothes, I don’t think I would stand a chance in the fashion world, THIS is what truly ignites my fuel on styling, or articulating a look for someone’s personal image. Its like I enter the world of the unknown…
SO don’t be ashamed on shopping at a second hand store, I DO! 60%-75% of my wardrobe you guys love are thrifted FYI. You ask, I will def let you know!
If you are interested in going about thrifting items, I would def suggest you not go when you are hungry — Rule # 1– it will be very overwhelming to go through items ; in the beginning it will take a while for you to get the hang of thrift stores process and trying on items. Rule #2 — please try on ! please try on! Please try on! I can’t stress this enough, this isn’t your regular brand, this is a retail hub of various brands all in one store — and every brand has their own measurements. So I inform my clients to try on all items — IDC if it looks like your size, better be safe than sorry. There are no refunds in thrift/vintage stores (SORRY FOLKS — I don’t make the rules) . And Rule # 3, find yourself a seamstress/tailor with EXPERIENCE. You can find something at a thrift store for $7.99 and that item can fit kinda loose, that’s when you seamstress/tailor comes into play. Having that secret weapon will make you look like a million bucks (unless you want to spend that kind of money) .
Everything else comes with comfortability on yourself, fun and creativity. Or you can just keep it simple and chic. I hope I answered your questions, (the ladies and gentlemen). Feel free to hit my email, DM or IG comments; thanks for rockin with me — XXXO
PS — the shirts in the top picture are from a thrift store in New Jersey ( my home town if y’all ain’t know) name Unique — they are all through out NJ, and I think I got one of them from another thrift spot name Yellow Tag Thrift on Route 22 in Green Brook, NJ.
-Stylist + Image Consultant + Accessory/Thrift Guru