Hope you had an amazing Fathers Day my friends – talking a little bit about week two of Thrift Month today which was a success, but in a different way than week one. Week one was all about the finds, but week two has been all about the lessons.
My focus going into last week was carrying on the thrifting tips for newbies from week one, but also to be okay with not finding anything or not putting pressure on myself to purchase something if I wasn’t in the mood.
After dealing with crazy storms that blew out our power/cell coverage, staying in another city for a week, and then walking through a family emergency getting a haul in was just the last thing I felt like doing.
But even still, I was determined to at least find one vintage tee this past week and after two stops I had success. And learned a few lessons along the way…
- Just because it’s a nice brand and cool item in my size doesn’t mean I should buy it
- Sometimes a piece just isn’t worth tailoring
- If you’re not feeling the hunt there’s no need to force things
To me, excitement = use and sometimes that can come with practical basics and sometimes that can come with statement pieces, but it has to be there for me to purchase an item.
Lesson number two was mostly acknowledging that some pieces would just require too much tailoring. I already evaluate this when I’m thrift or vintage shopping, but it’s important for me to be honest with myself about how much tailoring a piece would really need, and for me, the yellow two-piece set I found was just too many sizes too big and therefore expensive to tailor – so I passed.
The third lesson and probably my favorite is not forcing myself to find something if I’m just not in the mood. I think it’s easy to justify buying whatever you want at a thrift store cause it’s so cheap, but it still can easily create a giant stack in your wardrobe if you don’t learn to say no just like you do to all those expensive once in a while pieces.
And I don’t know about you, but I’m most vulnerable to buying things “just because” when I am in a weird mood.
So not in the mood/weird mood = just pass on buying things
Buttttt and it’s a big but lol. Because it’s thrift month, and I was determined to at least find one thing a week, I decided to go to a vintage shop that was recommended by a friend that is filled with the best grungy vintage tee’s (around 20 a pop).
Soo I headed over with one thing on my brain – to find a vintage tee, and one rule in mind – only look at white tees on the rack.
And guess what?! I was successful!
Styling Notes | I paired this tee with my wide leg pleated pants, my Italian leather white wedges that I scored in last weeks haul, some of my favorite layered necklaces, a woven bag, and my fav white sunnies.
It’s such a good blend of easy and yet also put together with the monochromatic spin.
Sunnies (old) | Similar here
Sling-back wedges (thrifted)
Vintage tee (thrifted)
And tell me, when you thrift, what do you think about buying items that are good brands but don’t excite you? Do you tailor your items no matter how big? And what do you do when you just aren’t in the mood to thrift?
So much love,