As a self-proclaimed sale rack junkie and thrift shopping enthusiast, there is no denying I love a bargain [and really, who doesn’t?]. But I find it particularly rewarding to give new life to something someone else decided had reached the end of its road—and to me, that’s what thrifting is all about.
the good, the bad and the ugly: As a thrift store shopper you will undoubtedly encounter more of the latter. That being said, successful thrifting requires positivity; remain hopeful. The experience is all about being open-minded and patient.
‘The good’ refers to that thrift store score, diamond in the rough hanging among tech vests and magic bubble shirts [the bad and ugly]. With basic shapes and styles, sweaters are one of the easiest and most versatile pieces to score.
Last week on Instagram I shared five thrift store sweaters that I have accumulated over time, each for under $5. Here is how I brought these pieces back to life:
sweater | faux leather
Leather is an easy way to add a little edge to pretty much any outfit, so I’m a big fan of pairing it with more casual items like these sweaters.
Rarely can you go wrong with a monochromatic look. If I’m keeping my outfit in the same color family, I like to add in an accent somewhere else. For the black look I chose the accent to be these metallic heeled ankle boots, and for the grey outfit I went with a red lip.
I kept things super simple with this final look, pairing this navy sweater and skinny jeans with these brown studded leather booties for a subtle edge.
Like most things when it comes to clothing, certain pieces are always worth the splurge. But the hunt for a bargain and challenge of turning something old into something new is a win-win. Not to mention many thrift stores are associated with non-profits and other programs that give back to the community, so make that a win-win-win!