My outfit today is a brand new thrifty score and it cost me $7.99! That is less than my favorite cup of Caramel Macchiato and a chocolate muffin to go with, from Starbucks. Also, that is a quarter of the price of what similar dresses like it are going for on Ebay and Etsy today. It was obviously hard to turn down such an elegant, colorful and inexpensive vintage dress in perfect condition with that Hawaiian flair. That's because it is made in Hawaii too :). It is a vibrant Pomare Tahiti Floral print dress with empire waist similar here. I bought mine from a thrift store in Toronto, Canada last year but needed to wear it at the right time and the right place. So i waited, and while in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, it just seemed like the perfect place for it. This photos were taken at the bar area on the rooftop of Billini Hotel where I stayed.
If you are thinking about thrifting for the first time or want to know more about how to find fabulous pieces at a thrift store, here are some tips that have worked for me and hopefully they can help you out as well:
1. Set aside an uninterrupted day, have some coffee and eat some toast buttered with lots of patience because you are going to need it while shopping.
2. Thrift stores located in big cities are like gold mines because it is a big city, and the chances of finding lots of cool, vintage, trendy, chic and even valuable pieces are higher.
3. If you find something you like, don't get too excited too quickly. Pay attention to wears, tears and frays. Not all that glitter is gold baby.
4. Try every outfit you plan on buying because not everything that looks well fits well.
5. Always dry clean instead of a machine wash if you don't see the "how to care for" instructions on the outfit. It is better to be safe than to be sorry. Remember, it is thrifted, so no refunds.
6. While it is probably easier to shop at the big stores because the more the merrier, never under estimate the charm of small thrift stores. You will be surprised what you might find. Like they say, "Good things come in small sizes" .
7. If you don't find anything you like in any store, try another. You can even give it a few days and maybe even more time, then check back again because good things come to those who wait.
Before I forget, always donate your old or new stuff as well if you know you won't be needing them. Especially to places like The Salvation Army because the money is going to charity and i call it good karma. Most times, they may even give you a discount on your purchases in their store for your generosity. Good luck friends!
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