Monday, April 4, 2011

In Which I Discover Consignment Shopping and My Inner Blanche

Shirt: LOFT
Skirt and belt: Vintage from consignment shop
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Brian Moody (wish I could have gotten a close-up picture, but it just wasn't happening)

I was never a big thrift shopper growing up. Living in a coastal town full of Northern retirees (affectionately nicknamed snowbirds), the thrift store selection wasn't so much stylishly quirky as it was reminiscent of Bea Arthur's wardrobe on The Golden Girls. And while I love me some Dorothy, if I was going to look like any Golden Girl, it was going to be Blanche, or hell, even Rose. So I didn't spend a lot of time in thrift and consignment shops in my formative years.

Now, at age nearly 27, I have discovered the joys of thrift and consignment shopping. I pass this consignment shop on my way home from work every day, and on Friday, I finally stopped to browse. Oh my gosh, y'all. This place was a wonderland of beautiful clothes, all at amazingly cheap prices. They had modern stuff. They had vintage stuff. They had designer stuff. They had stuff for your house. They had everything.

I managed not to go completely bananas in there, and only bought the pieces that really spoke to me, namely, this skirt ($5) and belt ($6). Both are vintage, maybe early 80s-ish? So in a way, I am sort of channeling The Golden Girls, right? I don't have giant shoulder pads, but the skirt is 100% polyester, so that's got to count for something. Besides that, this skirt makes me feel so cheery, I can't even tell you. And it's pleated, which I'm told is in this spring. At $5, I can afford to be in.

I don't want to be this fabulous....
...I want to be THIS fabulous!


  1. Fabulous. I'm a huge fan of thrifting, much to my mother's dismay ("You're wearing secondhand clothing? Ah!") The skirt is drapey and beautiful, and I can see that belt working with just about anything.

  2. Don't forget the other joy of consignment stores - you can sell the stuff you already own but don't like, thus getting $$$ for more stuff!

  3. Thanks, y'all! Nina, I'm totally wearing this belt again today, so yes, it does go with everything :) Margaret, I hadn't thought about that before, but good idea! More $$$ for more stuff is always good.

  4. love your skirt! and holy moly: i so referenced the golden girls today too! we are bloggy bffs for sure;)


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