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Campus Couture-Mastering the Art of Thrift Shopping

Does the term “thrift shopping” turn you off? Does your mind immediately conjure up images of dusty and musty rooms, packed to the gills with unwanted cast-offs, decrepit sweaters, and bizarre knick-knacks? I understand that thrift-shopping may seem like an unappealing and daunting task, the pros far outweigh the cons. Don’t believe me? Here are my thift shop faves!

1. Mustard 3/4 length tweed jacket-Ark&Co.-$4

2. Tan long-line blazer-BCBGMaxAzria (for real!!!)-$5

3. Peachy/coral pencil skirt-J.Crew-$3

4. Chunky oversized knit sweater-Express-$2

4.Polka dot cardigan-$3

5. Printed cardigan-$2

6. Olive green v-neck sweater-Banana Republic-$3

7. Tribal print sundress-$6

8. Green pin-striped button-up-Gap-$2

9. Greige waffle-knit sweater-$3

10. Black, white, and green plaid trapeze blazer-$5

If you want to experience the same thrift shopping success as I have, there are a few things you should take note of. First of all, lower your expectations. Don’t go out thrifting and expect to find a ton of designer duds on your first stop…lots of times going thrifting is pretty hit-and-miss. Second, have a creative vision. If you are handy with a needle and thread, chances are you can transform a hideous muumuu into a cute little dress for less than $5. Third, be patient. Thrift stores are packed to the gills, and oftentimes with a bunch of junk. Take your time to slowly peruse the selections. Fourth, thrift stores are amazing places to find vintage jewelry and scarfs. I probably have about 10 scarves that I absolutely adore that come from thrift shops.

 

(just a small portion of my scarf collection)

Go forth and explore your local thrift shop, and hopefully your endeavors will be rewarded.

~E~

Style.Study.Savvy


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