October 29, 2009

Thrifty Threads

Welcome to another installment of Thrifty Threads, AKA Most Stylish Compact-y Outfit, where readers model their favorite secondhand clothes.

A Compact-y outfit is used or recycled, from Goodwill, a thrift store, or a consignment shop.

I'm so happy to have Kristen from The Frugal Girl as today's model, in a repeat performance. This black dress was the inspiration for the Thrifty Threads series. Kristen had posted a photo of this dress on her blog, along with a bunch of other items she'd bought at Goodwill. Her head was cut off, and she said she usually wore the dress with black boots, and I thought to myself, "I wish I could see it like that." And the idea started percolating in my head, how fun it would be to see people's secondhand scores and how great they look in them.

Kristen bought this cute Charlotte Russe dress at Goodwill for $5, and the New York & Company camisole for $3. She says she decided the neckline was cut a little too low, but that the camisole neckline isn't usually crooked. I'm just glad her son likes to take photos, so she could send this one to me. Doesn't this make you want to go thrift store shopping right now? Kristen wanted to let everyone know that she bought the boots on clearance at Target for $14 before she started shopping at Goodwill.

Kristen probably doesn't need any introduction for most of you, but for those of you who haven't read her fabulous blog, she's "The Frugal Girl," and she totally rocks. I know that word is overused, but in this case it's true. Her blog is jam-packed with awesome recipes, fantastic tips, and she's the inspiration for taking photos of rotten food so we can all try to waste less. If you ever wished you had a best friend or older sister who just knew how to do everything, and had a great attitude about sharing it with you, that's Kristen. If you've never read her blog, you're in for a treat. And you might start baking your own bread!

Thanks Kristen for sending that photo of the dress that started the series. Readers, it's your turn. Put on your favorite thrift store scores and send me a photo at barton.angela@gmail.com. I always need more photos, so keep them coming! It is so much fun to do this Thrifty Threads series, and I'll do it as long as I continue to get your emails. Remember, I would love to get photos of children or toddlers, and guys- I would LOVE to hear from you. Only one brave man has participated so far.

Do you shop secondhand? I wonder if it's getting easier or harder because of the recession. I think there are a lot more people shopping thrift stores these days. Tell us about it in a Comment. And click here to check out previous installments of Thrifty Threads.


Cate said...

Question: does the outfit have to be entirely thrifted?

Angela said...

Cate-Thanks for asking!! No, it does not. I'm using my subjective judgment on this, but generally if the thrifted part is highlighted, then it's fine. For example, in Kristen's photo, her boots are NOT thrifted, but that's okay because the dress is the highlight. One woman wanted to send a wedding photo, which would be awesome, and I hope she still does- but the dress WASN'T thrifted, but the veil and hair ornaments were. I told her I would love a head shot or even a bust shot that highlighted the veil and hair ornaments. I've had Thrifty Threads that were just focused on the blouse, etc. Use your judgment, and I would love to get a photo from you!

hiptobeme said...

I love it when thrifty and Wowsa go together.

The Frugal Engineer said...

My wedding dress and veil (I was married in 2007) were both from a second-hand store that specialized in selling samples and gently-used gowns. Would that count (the dress was a sample and the veil was second-hand - had been used by another bride and then sold back to the store)?

Angela said...

hiptobeme- I know, right?? She looks SO cute...

The Frugal Engineer- Yes, that sounds great! I would LOVE to post a photo of a wedding dress. That would really get people thinking, right? I actually saw a gorgeous wedding dress at the Goodwill the other day- if it happened to be your size, you could get a wedding dress for 19.99! Please send a photo!