How to accessorise with thrift store finds

How to accessorise with thrift store finds - Vintage brass necklace purchased from a thrift store / op shop / Vinnies can dress up any fashion outfit. Urban Outfitter Cardigan and Dotti Floral Dress.

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.

How to accessorise with thrift store finds - Vintage brass necklace purchased from a thrift store / op shop / Vinnies can dress up any fashion outfit. Urban Outfitter Cardigan and Dotti Floral Dress.

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.
How to accessorise with thrift store finds - Vintage brass necklace purchased from a thrift store / op shop / Vinnies can dress up any fashion outfit. Urban Outfitter Cardigan and Dotti Floral Dress.

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.
How to accessorise with thrift store finds - Vintage brass necklace purchased from a thrift store / op shop / Vinnies can dress up any fashion outfit. Urban Outfitter Cardigan and Dotti Floral Dress.

Dress: Dotti | Thrifted | Vinnies Sumners Park  – $6
Cardigan | Urban Outfitters  – $59 **Currently on sale $30USD
Vintage Necklace | Thrifted | Lifeline West Ipswich  – $2

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!

How to accessorise with thrift store finds - Vintage brass necklace purchased from a thrift store / op shop / Vinnies can dress up any fashion outfit. Urban Outfitter Cardigan and Dotti Floral Dress.



Founder of the Vintage at Heart blog – Kacey loves to share with you her journey through the ever-changing adventures of life as she explores motherhood, repurpose thrift store finds, and discover how to have a more sustainable home.

12 Comments

  1. Cazza
    June 20, 2016

    Gorgeous as always Miss Kacey! You find some hidden treasures don’t you!?

    Reply
    1. Kacey
      June 22, 2016

      Thanks Cazza! I always seem to find what I am looking for when I go op shopping. I head there with an item in mind and more often than not I am successful. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Jeanette
    June 25, 2016

    Very pretty and the necklace is very cool.

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    1. Kacey
      June 27, 2016

      Thanks so much Jeanette, and thanks for visiting <3

      Reply
  3. yuliya
    June 25, 2016

    you are so pretty, I love the accessory too x

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    1. Kacey
      June 27, 2016

      Naw, what a sweetie you are Yuliya! And I am really glad you loved the necklace. 🙂

      Reply
  4. Hollie
    June 25, 2016

    I’ve found some of my favorite accessories and elements in thrift stores and this is such good advice. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Kacey
      June 27, 2016

      Thanks Hollie! So glad to find another thrift store fan, and you are right, you can find such great finds in them.

      Reply
  5. Creative Khadija
    June 26, 2016

    This is so pretty! I love the printed shirt. Necklace is perfect 🙂

    Reply
    1. Kacey
      June 27, 2016

      Thanks so much!! Really glad you love the necklace, and my dress. I too loved the colours and had to have it!

      Reply
  6. Michelle B.
    August 9, 2016

    So cute! I’m a digger, which is what I love about thrifting. I actually go in without any expectations because if I go in looking for something specific, I never find it LOL. You gotta be open and see what comes your way!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

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  7. Vintage Necklace Magpie
    February 2, 2017

    Hi Kacey, loving your blog post and your necklace is gorgeous 🙂

    Reply

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