Monday, June 20, 2011

Spring 2011 thrift store finds

For those who know me; know that I love thrift stores!  At least one third of my wardrobe must be second hand, and several of my favorite dresses were made out of reclaimed sheets.

I live in a University town, and the best time to rummage through the racks is when all the college students leave!  Of course you often find somewhat shocking stringy tops, no doubt worn to a local bar; but there are other surprising treasures if you make an effort.

I always enjoy seeing what other people find, I hope you enjoy my "haul".

First off are some somewhat plain but rather versatile tops.  What I like about them is the little details that make them stand out.  

The plain white one has cute little scallops at the neck and sleeves: perfect for layering with a jumperskirt for a casual lolita look.   I haven't figured out what to do with the dark red one, but those puffed sleeves were too good to pass on.

The white one with the blue flowers is my favorite!.  I had been hoping to pair it with my Sweet Matyroshka jumperskirt, but it ends up too busy!  I really like it for adding a bit of color to mori looks.

Ah sweaters,  I wear sweaters year round; layered over a turtleneck in the winter or worn with a light dress in the summer.  

I'm planning on wearing the cream long one with a long skirt, and brown belt.  I wasn't sure about the teal one, but it's quickly become my new favorite piece of clothing.  Brown is a staple of my wardrobe so the 3rd one should work out one way or the other.

I also picked up a plain white braided leather belt, a simple piece.

I couldn't pass up this tapestry purse, even though the colors (other then brown) matched nothing in my wardrobe.  Then I realized that the striped heavy cotton I had picked up to make a fall/winter dress was the exact same colors. 

And finally the brooch I worn in my hair with my "fairy formal" dress.  I actually have acquired quite a vintage pin collection.  I was all hep on the idea of collecting vintage hats (I have a few), but recently realized that I already have a vintage collection!  I might have to see if I can get them all together at some point and post it here!

Did I say finally?  Well I actually found this at an antiques store, not a thrift store.  It's a sweater guard, and I bought it on impulse because I had just recently found out about them.  

And I wear it all the time!  It's so great!  It's usually either being worn, or kept in my purse.   It's so classy and elegant, and makes all of those cardigans that like to slip off of my shoulders when I work stay put!

So look forward to some coords with these pieces soon!

Have any of you found anything great at your local thrift store lately?


  1. Nice ^^

    I especially like the white top with the blue flower embroidery ^.~

  2. Nice haul! I'm intrigued by sweater guards now. You've made me want to go thrifting again soon. I haven't been in a little while!

  3. Ooo great finds! The white sweater is just beautiful.

  4. Amie, Naomi: Thank you, I'm just really enjoying having new pieces to play with!

    Duskrose_Dreaming: I really do suggest trying to find a sweater guard, they are really great!

  5. Such great finds! When I lived in a university town I used to also find wonderful things :)
    I love that sweater guard, I will have to keep my eye out for one...

  6. And crazy you should ask! I just did a post on thrifting finds! I found some amazing dresses at local stores that I posted a pic of there.

  7. Those are all so cute. Do you mind if I attempt to try and knit/crochet those sweaters?

  8. I would wear that outfit in a heartbeat. As for recent thrift store goodness: An amazing brown leather handbag with just the right patina. And a grey wool pleated skirt that gives the rest of my stuff that back to school 'oomph'. :)