March 4, 2010

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, a consignment shop, ebay, craigslist, a yard sale, or anywhere else you find secondhand clothing.

The Academy Awards show is on Sunday night, and I thought it would be appropriate to get into the spirit with a black-tie edition of Thrifty Threads today. Dana is back for a repeat performance in a lovely gown she wore to an Emmy awards ceremony, where she attended as the producer of a call-in show called It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle. The program won the award in its category 7 times, in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C .

Dana bought this dress for under $10, and she says she's never purchased a dress for these events outside of a thrift store or consignment shop, and she never will. She got her jewelry free, for helping a friend clean out an estate sale of someone she knew. And she purchases the shoes on clearance. Click here to see Dana in another glamorous gown.

So if you're going to an Oscar party and you feel like dressing up, you just might be able to find something in a thrift store for less than the price of the wine you'll be bringing. Dana, thanks so much for sending those amazing photos. Readers, it's your turn. Put on your favorite thrift store outfit, snap a photo, and send it to me at We all love to see what you're finding out there in the secondhand universe. Anyone is welcome, no matter how young or old, and I'm still waiting on a man brave enough to join Alan, the sole Thrifty Threads male model so far.

Do you shop secondhand? Please leave your best tips and advice for finding secondhand scores in the Comments section, and click here to check out previous installments of Thrifty Threads.


Cate said...

What an awesome dress! It looks great.

Catherine @ The Vegan Good Life said...

How festive for the Academy Awards! I'll be cheering on Meryl Streep from my couch.

I think Dana looks fantastic! What a beautiful dress.

I love thrift for evening wear. I found my favorite dressy shoes at my thrift shop for about $4 and they just needed a minor repair at the cobbler. I also love borrowing jewelry, handbags and wraps from friends and family for such events.

taibhsearachd said...

How gutsy (and wise) of Dana. As a society we have programmed to believe that red carpet events such as the Oscars require attendees to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on designer clothing and accessories. Dana de-bunks that myth. Dana, you look fabulous!

taibhsearachd said... should say "we have BEEN programmed..."

Non Consumer Girl said...

Stunning Dana!

Marie-Josée said...

Wow! Dana looks fabulous. What a great find, and it fits perfectly too.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful dress!! It's perfect for her! Just lovely! :) Great find too.. wow!