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Thrift Store Style: It’s All About Unique Pieces!

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Wow. This has really been quite a month, hasn’t it?

Take a deep breath. You’ve earned it.

I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy in what feels like the lousiest episode of Dark Mirror ever.

It’s tough to feel like dressing in anything other than raggedy pajamas right now, and I’m truly grateful I have this blog to serve as an excuse for getting cutified every now and again.

This may sound silly and trite, but putting together fun thrifted outfits to share with you guys this month has really bolstered my spirits. And I hope this blog has at least been a pleasant distraction for you as well.

If you’d like to get a larger dose of my thrift store style (as well as the occasional pic of Douglas and Benson), make sure to follow me on Instagram!

My Fabulous $1 ’80s Top & Flapper Lady Necklace

thrift store style refashionista 80s top and deco necklace
I’m digging this look hard.

Ah! Remember places? This was taken back when we were still able to go to them at the beginning of this month.

I like a lot about this outfit. The pattern mixing is fun, but I really think that necklace I scored for $10 at an antique mall makes it all work.

Here’s a closer look:

thrift store style refashionista flapper necklace
Amazing, no?

I also love the label in this top.

thrift store style 80s Kneat Knits Label
Misspelled Alliteration was big in the ’80s.

My $25 “Treat Yoself” Patchwork Justin Boots

thrift store style patchwork boots
I’m in love.

I had been eyeing these boots for about a YEAR. That’s right. They sat on the shelf of one of my favorite vintage vendor’s antique mall booth for that long.

Originally, they were priced at $50. I finally decided to just go ahead and buy them as a treat for meeting a couple of goals I had set for myself. When I brought them up to the counter, my vendor friend looked at them, then at me, and said “You know what? For you, these are $25. I’m just glad to see them going to someone who will appreciate them.”

Isn’t that just the nicest thing?

$1 Top & Skirt

This simple sleeveless top was scored in the same trip as my freebie T-shirt, and I paired it with a $1 thrifted skirt.

thrift store style refashionista thrifted top and skirt
Simple, but cute!

I accessorized this look with a pair of Gucci knockoff sunglasses, thrifted bangles, my favorite leather sandals and this amazing $3 thrifted ballerina necklace:

thrift store style refashionista ballerina necklace
Hold me closer, Tiny Dancer…

A $10 Vintage Hand Knit Horse Sweater

thrift store style refashionista horse sweater
Rockin’ a Horse-O on my Torso!

Isn’t this sweater just adorable?

I like to imagine that someone’s grandmother lovingly created this for her horse-crazy granddaughter. Now…why in the world said granddaughter would ever give this up is beyond me!

thrift store style refashionista horse sweater outfit
Remember those shorts?

I scored this amazing piece at a Vintage Pop-Up Sale (once again, back when we went to places). I styled it with a pair of velvet shorts I refashioned a while back from a pair of pants, red cowboy boots, and lace fishnets.

$1 Thai Fisherman Pants, ’90s Vest & Vintage Scarf

thrift store style refashionista Thai fisherman pants and vest
I looooove these pants!

If you ever stumble upon a pair of these funky wraparound pants, I highly recommend scooping them up, as they are the comfiest pants I own!

refashionista thrift store style in hammock
Comfy pants + Comfy Hammock = Maximum Comfiness

I styled them with a $1 thrifted ’90s vest, a couple of vintage brooches from my collection, a couple of thrifted bangles, and this amazing $1 thrifted vintage scarf:

thrift store style ReFashionista vintage scarf
Dachshunds!

So there you go! My favorite outfits from this month! I hope these give you a lil zap of inspiration for how you can wear your own thrift store finds!

I definitely don’t advise going thrifting right now (Seriously…stay home!), but why not look through your wardrobe for those unique pieces you wish you wore more and trot them out while we’re at home (Thrift store style can happen anywhere, I say!)? If you’ve been feeling glum, it might just cheer you up a bit.

Stay safe, and I’ll see you on Instagram!

Cheers!

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46 thoughts on “Thrift Store Style: It’s All About Unique Pieces!”

  1. i have fun following your posts. i always look at things at thrift stores and imagine them as beautifuly redone. problem is, i take it home and there it sits. i have a big pile now..piles. so you keep doing what you do, and i will try to sift, sort, and stoss (couldnt think of an s throw away trashy word). i might even go hem a pair of pants that i have had for 2 years hanging in the closet with the tags still on! hip hip horay for Refashionista and MR!!

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    • Get to it! This is a good time to focus on creative projects, and the bonus is, you’ll have lots of nice things to wear when we can all go out again!

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  2. I saw this in my in-box this morning. I was working from home today, so I waited all day to open it (it’s the little things in life, right?!) so fun, I enjoyed reading and looking! Now it’s time to change from my day pj’s to my night pj’s.
    Thanks for the posts!

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  3. Thank you so much for blogging. It really is a bright spot for me to read these and feel normal for a few moments, thinking abut sewing, thrifting, and fashion.

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  4. I feel like your return to blogging came at the *perfect* time. I think we all benefit from reading your positive posts right now!

    It may not be the right tine to thrift shop, but it is the perfect time for projects. To the sewing machines and craft tables!

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  5. I love the pants but that maxi skirt is just everything! I’m curious though, I never buy maxi skirts because I’m a tiny woman. So from one tiny gal to another, do you hem yours or have you found a maxi skirt distributor who makes them for smaller women?

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  6. Having your posts through all this is just such a win-win! Love all your inspirations and I’ve shared on facebook so others I know can enjoy all your goodies and exploits as well!

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  7. Not a Kondo method person, either, Kathleen. Have you ever stopped by flylady.net? Do check her out (FLY = finally loving yourself). As Marla (FLY lady) often says, “you are never behind, just jump in where we are”!

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  8. I enjoy seeing your re-creations! I’m always so inspired by the cute things you show us! Thank you for brightening up my day. I look forward to each blog post! I moved from the Columbia SC area in 2017, after living there for 26 years, to come back to my home state of Indiana. Enjoy that warmer weather!

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  9. You look adorable in each of your creative thrifted outfits. The horse sweater is a super treasure. You simply MUST wear it with black leggings AND those incredible boots. I can see it in my mind’s eye. The dachshund scarf is a hoot – you must have been thrilled when you found it.

    P.S. My husband gave me Marie Kondo’s book for my birthday a year ago. I started to read it and had trouble breathing, so buried it somewhere. The Kondo way is NOT FOR ME! I hold on to almost everything and bitterly miss clothing and jewelry I’ve given away.

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  10. I too am on the fence about face masks for the same reasons as you. I’m okay with supplying something deemed “better than nothing” for family or friends who might request them but am leery of supplying them to the general public. I’ve read many articles and have not yet found the information that would settle this question for me once and for all. I wouldn’t want to provide a reason to persuade or support someone’s decision to go out in public because they felt safe in my mask. It’s a guarantee that’s impossible to make.

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  11. I was also wondering about the facemask projects and tried unsuccessfully to contact a large university medical center to ask what the criteria was and if they were welcoming donations of this type. Frustrating to be in a holding pattern like this, but there is no choice in this.

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  12. Those checkerboard boots and the Mary Maxim horse sweater!!! Too wonderful. I hope that you and everyone here have a good day finding things at home to restyle and enjoy. One thing I’ve learned with this time in the burrow (Seattle, epicenter, we’ve been at this awhile now), with all due respects to Marie Kondo and her mission, I’m so glad I didn’t go full minimalist. It’s great to have stuff around to work with and work on. I think I’ve become more the Great Depression mentality of saving everything for future use from now on out.
    Those comfy pants, the Dachshund scarf, and the incredible jewelry are all gems. Going to put on some favorite jewelry right now myself.
    Stay well, everyone!

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  13. I had to laugh at the Black Mirror reference! My kids were astonished when I made it past the first one – the pig and the PM. I still shudder when I think of that one! The latest ones are MUCH different in tone!

    Love alll the boots, and everything else, too! Have you ever seen B Jones Style on Insta or you tube? She has a funky vibe as well and is a big Gucci fan!

    Stay well, my internet friend!

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  14. Thanks for your very well thought out concerns about the face masks. I’d been feeling guilty about not jumping right on the face mask thing, but have had the same nagging concerns.

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  15. Your blog just makes my day. Thank you! I have never purchased thrifted footwear-I’m a little squeamish. Do you have any tips for making sure recycled shoes, boots, etc. are “safe” to wear?

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  16. Hi lady…thanks for all the cute style ideas today. I have a favor to ask. Would you mind showing us how to make face masks at home? I have a lot of old blue jeans and t-shirts and with your creative mind I feel like you would be able to show your favorite fans how to fashion suitable face masks. I suspect we will all be needing them sooner rather than later.
    Thanks!

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    • I’m trying to be really careful about sharing a face mask tutorial. I’m still doing lots of research, because I have a lot of concerns about promoting a face mask that isn’t medical grade. I know lots of people are sharing these tutorials and they’re easy to find, but my concerns revolve around them possibly harboring pathogens, making people think they’re safer than they are, and actually encouraging people to touch their faces more than they would if they weren’t wearing a mask at all.

      A lot of craft stores are encouraging folks to pick up supplies from them to create masks that would then be dropped off at their stores, and I don’t know if that’s a great idea. Not only for the reasons I listed above, but also because it’s making people leave their homes, handle stuff, and then interact with other people, when everyone might be better served by just. staying. home.

      I know we all want to do something to help right now, so it’s really hard to know exactly what the right thing to do is. If you (or anyone else reading this) has any helpful info to send my way on the effectiveness of these homemade masks, I’d really appreciate it.

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  17. Oh my goodness!! Those boots! And the horse sweater!?! I would’ve scooped up those to. I probably would have passed up the pants, but the look so comfy …

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  18. The horse jumper is adorable on you. So glad “said granddaughter” gave it up! I also love the dog scarf. I guess I am outing myself here as the (proud to be) crazy animal lady 🙂

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  19. With everyone at home, cleaning out their closets, some day in the near future, the thrift stores will be busting with great new treasures! Love this blog.

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  20. You are a Treasured Treet (not a misspell, pretend ‘80’s alliteration ) & life inspo for this scary time. Thank you for adorableness & hilarity!!

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  21. I so enjoy your posts, def a bright spot in the darkness these days! and as a knitter I can tell you i think that sweater is a Mary Maxim pattern!

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  22. Love what you do! So enjoy reading and looking at your creative fashions….. Inspirational – can’t wait to get out again and thrift shop!
    Stay healthy….

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  23. Everything looks cute on you. You are just a great seamstress and model. Thanks for all you do. I always look forward to your posts.

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