Looking for that perfect outfit, jacket, shoes or accessory but don’t have a lot of money to spare? Shopping on a budget or you just want an item that is truly “vintage”? Well, thrift shopping is a great way to get lots of amazing clothing articles, accessories, and shoes for dirt cheap while still looking great. It may sound extremely cliché but the fact of the matter is, “One Man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. You’d be amazed at the quality of items people throw away! At many thrift stores, you’ll find items that are gently worn , almost-new, and even brand new! The key to thrift shopping is going to shops in the right areas. Many people (I find myself guilty of this as well), throw out or donate good quality clothes! We wear something once, and get tired of it quickly or we buy a cute blouse, but it’s too small and it’s too late to return it to the store. Clothes/shoes/accessories deserve a second-time around! In New York City, you can find many thrift shops, second-hand stores, and consignment shops that have many fabulous finds.
I landed this brand-new suit, tickets still attached and all, for FIFTEEN DOLLARS! at a Thrift Store located in Roslyn, NY called the Junior League Thrift shop. It was a beautiful lined-suit that was easily worth $100+ dollars. Where else can you buy a brand-new quality suit for $15?! All young people attempting to make their way into the job market need a suit like this. I actually wore this suit on one interview so far, and the interviewer kept complimenting me on how great I looked!
My friend landed these almost-new BCBG glittery-gold pumps for just $25 from the same location. She also landed a cute orange skirt for just $1! Yes, one-dollar! You never know what you may find if you just look. The best part about the thrift store was that the proceeds go to charity.
My friend Antoinette is a frequent thrift store shopper. She scored this great outfit from a thrift store in Downtown Brooklyn, NY. Her cute peek-a-boo white blouse and her sky-blue skinny jeans with flowers were just $10 each! Great price for a great outfit! Especially a last minute outfit for a trip to Atlantic City! =)
I went to two separate Halloween parties last year and I did not want to buy a new Halloween costume. Instead I bought this purple bustier for $10 and this black/white plaid shirt for $5 from a thrift store in West Hempstead on Hempstead Turnpike. I paired the bustier with a playful mask and tights and there was my first costume for $10! I paired the plaid shirt with shorts and I was a cowgirl for the next party. Why not buy your costume from thrift stores and save money?!?! It only takes a few pieces to come up with a cool costume.
There are so many thrift stores throughout NYC and Long Island. Buffalo Exchange is a great “recycled” clothing store found in various parts of the country. I found a brand new Kathy Van Zeeland purse for just $15 there. Finding good like-new to new name brand clothes is all about going to the right area! Try to go to stores in prominent areas. They say NYC is the best place to find great deals. Shop around! Don’t be a afraid shop second-hand, it’s always better the second-time around! =)