Thrift store shopping (or op shopping as we call it in Australia) is definitely a fine art. You need to go shopping with an outcome in mind, or in search of something in particular. A lot of time and patience are needed to work your way through the collection of disorganised garments, messy shoe shelves and tangled necklace racks to find what you are looking for. More and more people are commenting to me that thrift store shopping is “too hard” but it really isn’t and the rewards of your dedication speak for themselves. I always like to have something in particular that I am searching for when I go thrift store shopping and to be honest more often than not, I find exactly what I am looking for. Knowing what you need or want really helps to keep you focused on where to direct your attention, allowing you to feel less overwhelmed and ultimately find success.
Accessories are one of my favourite things to search for in thrift stores, as they are a great way to reinvent an outfit or dress an item of clothing up or down. While thrift shopping I have found the most beautiful silk scarves, leather belts, COUNTLESS vintage clutches, even unworn shoes … all in different shapes and sizes to fit in with the current fashion trends. I have mentioned this in previous posts, but it is so true: trends go in cycles. You are bound to find items that are pre-loved but still work with the latest fashion and home decorating trends appearing in magazines and online.
My latest thrift shop find is this gorgeous brass thrifted vintage necklace, which was an impulse counter purchase of $2. I love wearing long statement necklaces with my dresses (we know I live in dresses) as I really feel they add that extra something special to any outfit and are great for creating the illusion of lengthening the neck on high necked dresses. Brass and copper are very on-trend at the moment, and this piece already comes with a rustic vintage feel which I just love… and for $2 how could you say no. While heading out to a breakfast date with my girlfriends this weekend, I teamed this thrifted vintage necklace with a thrifted Dotti dress and a comfortable Urban Outfitters cardigan in tan – I am all about tan at the moment.
So maybe next time you are heading out shopping looking for a new necklace or accessory, why not first head to your local charity thrift store and see what treasures you might find? I am sure you will be surprised, or maybe not so surprised, with what you can discover! Seems like everyone is trying out thrift shopping these days so if you are not already addicted like me, why not give it a try yourself? You might even find your own thrifted vintage necklace!