In the spirit of National Thrift Shopping Day and the thrifting class I will be teaching with Katie (somethingtobefound.com) on August 16 at the Goodwill in Brunswick, I am sharing one of the secrets we teach at our workshops: four timeless styles you will always find at the thrift store.
One of the best things about thrift shopping is the beauty of the hunt; that feeling of stumbling across a gem that you didn’t expect to find. However, in the midst of racks of treasures, believe it or not, there’s some consistency. After years of thrifting, I’ve found that second hand stores carry a surplus of styles that tend to reoccur over the years. Keep an eye out for these four staples the next time you’re out thrifting:
Polka dots have been in style for decades (think Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini) and because of that, you can always count on finding this print in some shape or form at the thrift store. Look for polka dot blouses, dresses, and blazers as staple pieces that you can accessorize with bold colors and pretty accessories.
Another timeless style, animal print seems to keep coming back year after year. Many Goodwill locations will even group animal print blouses together on a rack so pick up a blouse, sweater or cardigan in this print for endless styling possibilities.
My absolute favorite article of clothing: the denim button down. A chambray shirt is quite possibly the most versatile piece of clothing you will ever own and the good news is that the thrift store always carries them due to the high volume of 1990s styles. Chambray shirts fell off the radar for a little while and then made a huge comeback. Not only can you count on finding chambray shirts from 20 years ago, but you can also score updated and newer styles too.
Embellishments (Beads & Sequins)
Beads and sequins aren’t just for New Year’s Eve parties. You can find plenty of day -time embellished pieces like cardigans or summer dresses. Don’t be afraid to incorporate vintage beaded and sequin dresses and blazers into your wardrobe. Not only are they rare styles, but fully embellished pieces run upwards of $100 at department stores.
August’s Thrifting Tip: Research tailors and prices in your area or ask a family member if
they know how to make clothing alterations, that way the next time you fall in love with a really affordable piece at Goodwill that isn’t your size, you can count on your tailor for the perfect fit.