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Page 2 in the conversation "Thrifting 101" by bridgie
I shop primarily at the Salvation Army store (meh local selection) and a chain thrift shop called Frenchys that brings in transports full of used clothes from outside the province (country?).
I have very good luck getting good quality items, often unworn with tags. I live close enough that I stop in several times a week. I keep a list of what I want and I always find desired items after a few trips.
Oh, Frenchy's is special. It's a Maritime bonanza. I don't know how they do it. But every fashionista I know from Ontario or the Prairies goes to Frenchy's when on the east coast!
Fashintern, your son is adorable in his blazer!
ETA, Bridgie -- here are a couple of items I purchased from a consignment store this past year. All bought in Vancouver. 3 items from one store (Turnabout) and one from another store.
The first was my real score -- a Paul Smith linen/summer weight wool check jacket. Gorgeous! Under $50 CAD.
#2 is a Judith and Charles (Canadian design) boiled wool pea coat in navy. The fit is a tiny bit generous for me, but it has proved to be extremely comfortable and easy to wear in my new climate.
#3 is a fake MaxMara made in China dressy wool blend coat with fur cuffs and "pearl" detailing. It is the kind of thing I'd never have paid a lot for but it's fun to wear for dressy events.
#4 is a Pink Tartan herringbone wool jacket with bell sleeves and raised appliques. It's a very unusual piece and I got it for a pittance.
I shop Goodwill a lot. There's at least one goodwill in every town, and I have found some major deals in those shops.
Often, I don't find much that looks better quality than my things, but they are often in better condition than my things. My lifestyle chews up clothes, and fast; so it just makes sense to buy thrifted for my everyday stuff.
I also shop consignment for the stuff that I don't get to wear a lot. It makes high-end brands accessible to me at a price point that makes sense for something I'm not going to wear all the time.
Having so much of my wardrobe be thrifted or consigned does take a lot of time and effort, because I have to shift through mountains of blah to find those pieces I think are worth buying. It's become my hobby, which is better than some of the things I used to do for fun LOL
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