It probably won’t surprise anyone that the mall isn’t where I do much of my shopping.  When I need to throw together an outfit for an event or a shoot or something, I first look to see what I have, what can I mix up, what can I freshen up with maybe a creative revision or some fun accessories.  

If nothing fantastic comes out of that, I head to the vintage stores.  Every single thing there is unique.   It’s a true treasure hunt.   It’s for men and women, alike.  You don’t really know what you want until you see it.  The prices are always good and there’s something very soulful about perusing a rack of garments that have already had some experience living, I’m sure, a stylish life.  What kind of closet did this used to hang in?  Who all has worn this and where?  What’s this piece’s story? It’s great fun to think about.   The whole second hand shopping experience is more joyful and colorful for some reason.  Every selection feels that much more ‘special’.  You’ve had to work a little harder to get it, you feel like you’re getting a good deal and you know you have something the person next door won’t have in their closet.  

Just bringing home a few playful vintage pieces can reinvigorate your wardrobe in a lot of different ways.  You can create looks from all different eras, mixing them up in your own individual style. The designs, the fabrics…they’re things you won’t find anywhere else…and there’s something very exciting about that.   

One of my favorite haunts makes the whole experience even more personal and thrilling by taking the time to write up illustrious, cheerful tags for the garments.  They’re honestly the only price tags I’ve ever run across that make me smile and laugh…..and sometimes take a second look.   

And that my friends, is what your fashion statement should celebrate…what makes you smile when you look in the mirror, what makes you different; and the resourceful, creative, ways you get there!   Dare to be different, and wear it proudly.

Cheers to second hand shopping!

What are some of your favorite second hand haunts?


  1. Blogleser says:

    Ich bin durch Bing auf diesen Artikel gestossen und muss sagen liest sich wirklich sehr schön!

    Werd die Seite mal in meine Lesezeichen packen und demnächst wieder reinschauen.

  2. Lisa says:

    I live in Tampa Bay and there are lots and lots of Thrift Stores around. My favourite has to be Hospice. Last week I found an entire interview outfit (slacks, shirt, and jacket) for $17!

  3. Toni says:

    Second hand stores are always so much fun. Also, consignment stores (there’s quite a few of them in Palm Springs area that are really cool) – I also enjoy several shops in Pasadena.

    I live in a small mountain community in So California called Idyllwild (it’s in the mountains above Palm Springs – and yes, we get the 4 seasons here, even snow – ugggh (beautiful to look at, but when you have to “deal” with it on a daily basis – it gets old). On Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends – the “whole mountain” has yard sales – it is always so much fun.

  4. Rachel says:

    My absolute favorite place to shop isn’t so much an actual shop as it is a season. GARAGE SALE season!!! My husband and I are addicted to them. Most of our clothes come from them or our local favorite second hand store. Our 3 year old son has also become a fan of them, though he goes for the toys:)

  5. Meredith says:

    I LOVE Goodwill! Especially on the once-a-month 1/2 price days! And I agree–you never know what you want until you see what there is–it’s a treasure hunt!

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