Hello, readers of The You Are Project! My name is Charity and I blog over at c’est la belle vie. I am excited and honored to be contributing to this wonderful project, and look forward to interacting with you all.
Today I’d love to share some tips regarding one of my favorite things: thrifting. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I absolutely love the whole process of thrifting, from finding the store, to digging through all the clothes, to figuring out how to style second-handpieces. Not only does it allow me to shop much more than if I were buying full-price items, but it’s fun! Here are my tips for putting together a thrifted outfit:
1. Look for thrift shops that give back to the community. Stores like Goodwill and Value Village provide job training and things like that, but there are lots of little thrift shops that are volunteer-run, which means that 100% of their profits support local organizations. Two of my favorite thrift shops are run by the sweetest old women: one profits an organization that provides emergency housing for women and children in need, and one supports hospice care for those that can’t afford it. At these places, you can feel really great about where your money is going.
2. Be ready to put in some effort. Grab a coffee beforehand. Go with an energetic friend. Blast your favorite pop song on the drive there. Whatever you need to do to be in the right mood for thrifting, do it! Because most of the items you look through won’t be what you want, you have to be ready to look through lots of duds to get to that perfect polka dot dress or pair of vintage boots. Look through clothing that you normally wouldn’t, including the men’s sweater section and every size of women’s clothing. Since vintage sizing is so different, you never know what size may fit you like a glove.
3. Watch for deals. Places like Value Village and Goodwill often have daily specials, which you can find on their websites or displayed at the store. However, remember not to buy something just because it’s only $1—only buy it if you really want it!
4. Pair thrifted pieces with trendy or basic pieces. When it comes to styling thrifted finds, I like to mix them with modern, trendy pieces to create an interesting combo. For example, in the outfit I’m pictured in here, half of the pieces are thrifted: the skirt, belt, and purse. The romper and boots were both purchased in the last year. Play with different mixes of new and old to get the look you want, whether that may be vintage, classic, trendy, dressy, boho chic, etc. In my opinion, too much vintage can start to look costume-y if worn all at once, so I like to mix it up a bit.
5. Don’t be afraid to wear something a bit bizarre. If you fall in love with a piece while thrifting, buy it and rock it with confidence! You’ll find some strange things while shopping secondhand, but more often than not, if you love it then somebody else will too. Crazy prints, shoulder pads, full skirts, neon 80s wear, high-waisted denim…I’ve found that the more eclectic something I wear is, the more compliments I get on it. So do your thing, and enjoy!
Romper (worn as top): Forever 21. Boots: Charlotte Russe. Skirt: thrifted, $4. Belt: thrifted, $1. Purse: thrifted, $7.
Thank you for reading, and thanks to The You Are Project for allowing me to contribute! Now grab a latte and get thrifting.
I am 21 years old.
My occupation/major is I just graduated with a BA in Creative Writing last month, and currently work at a resort waitressing and serving summer weddings. Starting in September, I will be a full-time intern at Pacific Northwest college ministry.
My career goal is to one day have a collection of my short stories published. I love writing short creative nonfiction pieces, and having them put together and published would be a dream come true!
My favorite place in the world is my grandparents’ home in Idaho. It is gorgeous and picturesque, with rivers and railroad tracks and horses around each corner. I have so many wonderful memories there as both a child and an adult. Also, there is always pie ready.
I feel most beautiful when I am in a simple sundress with crazy, natural hair and new freckles from swimming all day with my best friends. Something about summer just makes me feel so good.
The passage of scripture that I live by isPsalm 63:7, “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” I love this verse because it gives such a beautiful image of how God cares for us and protects us, and how we should praise him always. I am a worrier, so this verse helps calm me and put things in perspective when I am feeling stressed.
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Charity writes about style, thrifting, DIY, recipes, and life at c’est la belle vie.