A Compact-y outfit is used or recycled, from Goodwill, a thrift store, or a consignment shop.
Today's model is "Non Consumer Girl," who was the very first model for this series, and I'm so happy to have her back for a return visit. She got this lovely dress at what they call a "frock swap" in Australia. It's a clothing swap where everyone brings nice clothes that are in great shape but just don't suit them, and then hopefully they leave with something new for free!
The dress is a brand called Filo, and NCG says it fits her perfectly. Even though her husband rarely comments on what she's wearing, when she put it on he said, "that's a nice dress!" and offered to take this photo.
And if you're like me, you can't help noticing the killer shoes. I think her year on The Compact has turned her into a brilliant shopper, not just for finding those shoes, but for picking them up for a song. They're Tony Bianco and had only been worn once or twice, and she bought them on ebay for $8. They would retail at around $120. Now THAT'S a bargain!
Thanks so much for sending in that photo, Non Consumer Girl! You look amazing! Imagine getting that entire outfit for just 8 dollars. Click here to read all the details of the frock swap she attended, how they set it up and organized it, etc.
Readers, it's your turn! If you shop in thrift stores, put on your favorite outfit, snap a photo, and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I always need more photos, and we all want to see your fabulous finds! Just look what's out there!
Do you shop secondhand? What are some of your best tips for scoring great stuff? Tell us in the Comments section. And click here if you want to check out previous installments of Thrifty Threads.