All posts filed under: Thrift Shop

Thrifting Haul: Anachronistic Picnic

Originally posted on mailbox mermaid:
I have a secret daydream of living in a little house with a vast, verdant garden in an utterly nonexistent, romanticized land and era where my days spend my days poring over novels, walking through slightly-wild rosebushes, and drinking tea by an abandoned fountain in the late afternoon (and also probably eating cake and strawberries, because why not). This ridiculous, saccharine fantasy recently enveloped me while I was–of all places–lost in the middle of countless racks of color-coded clothes at the Goodwill Store. And why? Because, friends, I found the dress of my dreams: or maybe I should say that it found me? (No, I definitely found it: let’s not make this weirder than it already is.) Absolutely every detail of this dress delights me. The neckline pairs perfectly with my grandmother’s pearls (appropriately)–or, if I had one, perhaps a cameo brooch. There’s no tag or maker’s mark on this dress, and the way in which it’s stitched suggests that it was probably handmade, making it even more charming! You know what I like, though? Really nice fitted…

Outfit of the (Yester)day: Take Me To Your Airship

Originally posted on mailbox mermaid:
Ever since I started working full-time, I’ve struggled in an endless battle against pencil skirts–I know they’re the go-to choice for business casual, but they’re really not my style (though Peggy Carter is proof enough that they can work for other people!). As a strangely tall individual, however, the standard A-lines and fit-and-flares tend to be ridiculously short on my long legs. The solution? Clearly I needed to think more steampunk.  A stroke of luck while shopping secondhand on Poshmark finally brought me the skirt I’d been waiting for–a massively full skirt with pleats beyond belief and a beautiful color that’s so jewel-toned a dragon might mistake it for an emerald. It’s big, bold, and vaguely looks like it was stolen from an alternate timeline. Yup, that’s the skirt for me! One thing I learned while trying to photograph this skirt is that it really has no desire to lie flat. It wants to be in motion, swishing back and forth as you twirl at a period costume dance party or dash away from…

15 Thrift Shopping Tips

Given that our shops motto is to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible, we practically LIVE in thrift shops. For those of you interested in doing your own projects at an eco-friendly and affordable price, here are a few tips: 1. EXPLORE SHOPS in your area. It can be easy to fall in love with a shop, but don’t miss out on other shops that may offer great items for a cheaper (or the same) price. Considering checking out one new thrift shop each week or tackling a cluster in one weekend.  It took me four weeks to find one of my (now) top 3 shops! Don’t be like me. Do better. 2. THRIFT ON VACATION You never know what you’ll find when you venture to a different area. Hit up a few thrift stores while on vacation. Enjoy your vacation, but set aside one morning to go to a thrift store or two. I’ll be doing this when I go home to NC in a few days. I’ll be sure to post …