Paint the Town Dressed Up or Down

Dress It Down:
Dress – Patch, Jacket – Forever 21, Rings – Brandy Melville, Boots – Melrose Flea Market (Los Angeles)
Or Dress It Up:
Same Dress!, Necklace – Patch, Shoes – Forever 21

I haven’t been thrift shopping in a long time and I forgot how fun it is! I love browsing through pieces varying from different decades and eventually finding a hidden treasure. I think I found my favourite second hand store, and its called Patch. I had heard about it and finally got the chance to check it out when I was in Guelph the other weekend. There was so much to choose from and I ended up leaving with half the store! One of my favourite pieces that I left with was this blue velvet dress that I got for $24.99. The great thing about this piece is that it can easily be dressed up or down. Adding a heel or a casual jacket is a simple way to get that desired look that you are going for.

While I had a great time checking out Patch, I have yet to visit any of the thrift stores in Toronto. After having such good luck in my last thrift shopping adventure, I plan to visit some of the stores on Queen Street West soon and I will report my findings. In the mean time here is a guide to successful thrift shopping:

1. Make A Plan: Whether it’s just browsing or hunting for a specific item, decide what your purpose is before getting into a thrift store. Some thrift stores can be overwhelming and packed with all sorts of random items. If you already know what it is that you are looking for it makes it a lot easier to narrow down that section in the store.

2. Set Limits For Yourself: I made the mistake of not doing this the other weekend when I went shopping and ended up leaving with things that I didn’t really need. I’m weak. But one of the best parts of thrift shopping is getting to mix old and new pieces. You don’t have to buy a complete look at a store. You can mix something you have found with another piece already hanging in your closet.

3. Check To Make Sure Clothing Isn’t Damaged: Before you make a purchase it is a good idea to check to see if the item has any stains, rips, pulls, etc. You can also turn the item inside out to make sure they aren’t any tears or problems with the stitching.

4. Try Things On: Don’t make the rookie mistake of leaving the store without trying something on!

Time to get thrifty everyone!

My Feel Good Song Of The Day: Macklemore – Thrift Shop

Sorry I had to!


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