my sister Katie thrifting with me in Toronto back in some day.

nice thing about thrifting, it can almost go on forever. almost. and all those girls who recently bought piles of vintage clothes that wouldn’t have if it didn’t get so popular, well, those clothes now show up again in thrift stores. round and round.

i haven’t posted about thrifting for a while, except for my outfits. i still thrift a lot, even when i think i’m not, the piles of clothes grow in and around my closet. and i continue to use recycled materials in SWANclothing. mostly leather reuse at the moment.

The Coveted recently posted What’s your thrifting strategy? and I liked my comments so here they are…

i have an ongoing wish list of what i want to find at thrift stores. sometimes it takes a few years but… eventually it shows up.

i only buy what fits, even if i love it and it is cheap. and definitely going more often will get you what you want, it’s very random of course. very!

i wouldn’t really count stores that have already thrifted for you as a thrift store, but if you really want something and can’t put in the shopping hours, it’s a good option.

and try to go to places that aren’t too overrun by other savvy thrifters, sort of impossible but worth a try.

also, look in neighbourhoods where the type of clothing you want is being thrown away. when i wanted more “boho” type things back in the “boho” day and a lot of Indian clothing fell into that category, i would thrift in a suburb where there was a large Indian community.

and really look carefully for flaws in the store, it’s so easy to miss moth munchings and tiny holes and stains, but later on they will drive you crazy.

and remember to test out certain things well at the store. there are a whole bunch of shoes from the 80s that have the blown foam soles, i don’t know the real name for it, but they often look perfectly preserved but one good bend or a few full-weighted steps and the sole just kind of cracks and starts disintegrating. yuck!

never fully trust the stores categorization of clothing. look in the kids section for things that will fit you, look in small sections even if you are large etc.

and remember that sizing changes pretty much every decade. so just try it on.

i am definitely a bit of a committed thrifter.

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being the buckle enthusiast that i am, i have to love these buckle socks from Modcloth.

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…and a sexy dude bro with crazy hair.

read the names for his Big Brother Vintage clothing items. they are the best.

I never burned any bridges….I never needed none of them in the first place… for a brown velvet blazer.

How could i be such a fool, i took a wrong turn and now your probably wondering why im here…. for a soft 70s argyle sweater.

Were in the middle of something, something very special….so the very least you should stop and say hello…. for a Levis plaid shirt.

i get so tired of making searchable keywords, tagging things right, bringing all that targeted selling into some beauty and poetry i wanted to share too. and sometimes i ditch it all. but Big Brother is all about that unsearchable whateverness. and it’s perfect. and also coordinates with great big tousled hair, vintage rings and belts.

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i came upon the Etsy Handmade Moment videos when i found this Big Stud Pin which i really like by Miss Crowland Leather, who i really like, and whose video i voted for, because i really, really like it.

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maybe they are not supposed to be bunny ears but they certainly look like it. from a Different Kind of Fine aka Ashley Ernest.

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a lazy entry for some simple & perfect clothes. complex geometries, i love them.

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officially called “Armulet Monster” Python Dual Cuffs by Marsha Chun-Matsubara. i love these. found through Nubiasnonsense.

my love of trenches is out of control forever. if you follow my bloggings you know. so… this combines my medieval minimalist lovings and trench obsession too. how gorgeous, and perfect and unexpected. by iris van herpen and via Style Child.

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well this will keep changing as i keep adding more favourites. but for the moment, you can see that i love black and hair [!] victorian jewellery. black is always my friend for fall and winter. also that tiny houndstooth fedora! and beautiful 1920s pressed leather purse. yum.

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this is my favourite Victorian Cuff…

and i wrote this last year… black is the new black. paint it black. back to black. back in black. or best of all just… in the black. and heck it still holds!

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Dorothy’s Deco Blouse from TELL IT TO THE MOUNTAIN. it’s just lovely. vintage, pale pink, beaded, openwork. i had to blog it.

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i couldn’t ask for more. softly constructed trenches [anyonewho knows me, knows i have a huge trenchcoat collection], playful skin revelations, buckled bottines. and still smart.

photos via fashionologie.

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