I love the thrift store because not only do I have a quirky style that can only be satisfied by thrifted clothes, but I refuse to pay over 10 dollars for a single pair of pants or a t-shirt. In recent years thrift stores have been gaining a lot of attention because there is an urban legend circling around that thrift stores are filled to the brim with hidden treasures and vintage bomber jackets. While this is untrue, you can't just walk into a thrift store and walk out with a Nirvana t-shirt and cool pants, there are really cool things to be found at thrift stores. Every style under the sun is represented and amongst the racks of clothing you will find everything from polyester pant suits to evening gowns. Truly, the possibilities are endless when it comes to thrift stores.
To convince you that there really is something in thrift stores for everyone I have compiled my top 5 thrifted items. They are all very diverse in both style and quirkiness and all were rescued from the racks of thrift stores.
When I saw this cardigan on the rack I grabbed it like I was at a black Friday sale and there were people fighting each other over 20$ toasters and waffle irons. Its a statement piece to end all statement pieces and the most identifiable piece of clothing that I own. Whenever I bust it out and wear it in public all my friends tell me this piece is, 'So you!' I take it as a compliment because not only do I love sunflowers but I also love this cardigan. It is a testament to all those hidden treasures that only ever seem to exist on the racks of thrift stores or ironically in places like H&M and Urban Outfitters.
Fun Fact: As I sit before this computer typing up this blog post I am wearing this exact, exact sweater.
It is a hand cross-stitched sweatshirt, something that you truly could only find if your great-aunt personally made it for you, or some cold hearted person gave it away and then you picked it up at the thrift store. That's another really fun things about thrift stores, all the handmade things that people gave away. I have a handmade sweater, a handmade blazer, and of course, this hand stitched sweatshirt. It has been deemed less quirky than the sunflower cardigan because while being entirely unique and fun it is still simple and regular because as its core it is a blue sweatshirt that was given a dose of creativity.
And what thrift post would be complete without the humble t-shirt? At your local thrift store you will find every t-shirt type under the sun. Disney t-shirts, t-shirts with quirky sayings, t-shirts for charity runs, t-shirts that would have been cute but have been ruined by tassels or a horrific jewel decal, and simple t-shirts like this one that are just plain cute. I love this t-shirt because I feel like a first grader when I wear it and there's something so pleasing about the simple lone dinosaur silhouetted against the pink. It will hopefully please those of you that are just dipping your toe into the quirkier side of style, or for those that enjoy looking ten years younger than you actually are.
I will start by saying that yes, the lighting got weird and different and that is because I literally set up a bedroom lamp and shone it on my door and called it good. We're amateurs over here on Little Egg and Carrot, can't expect too much from us.
Both of these items were thrifted, and so I am counting them separately because 5 is way snazzier sounding than 4. Thrift stores not only offer outdated pieces that only your grandmother would wear, hand stitched sweatshirts, and fun t-shirts, but also very on-trend and stylish clothes. For every person that donates the clothes they found in the dusty rafters of their attic, there is a person donating clothes that they bought a year ago and just don't like anymore. In my town there are tons of stores like Plato's Closet that only accept 'on-trend' used clothes. Those are definitely the best places to go if you want clothes that are newer, and in many ways nicer, but your traditional thrift stores also carry a fair amount of on trend items.
Yes, thrift stores are a truly magical place. If you've never been I highly recommend that you go, bringing some friends along is always a good idea too. Sometimes its nice to try on a muumuu or clown pants in the company of other people. But again, for every pair of clown pants there is a pair of nice jeans, and for every sun flower cardigan there is a magical jacket with patches and stitching and everything.
Not to mention buying clothes second hand is also good for the environment, because it reduces waste and pollution. On top of that, most thrift stores give jobs to those with special needs, and supporting those stores in turn supports jobs for those who are disabled. So all around, thrifting is good, not only for the wallet and the world, but the heart and soul as well. Happy thrifting!
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