Category Archives: thrift

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It might be too late for you

Last year I bought my ankle length, double breasted, red coat. With this, I learned, QUICKLY, during my first winter back and while getting VERY familiar with Polar Vortexes, that a coat (or two or three or whatever) comparable to a blanket is a necessity, especially with this storm NY is expecting. So this year, as I was a little more prepared, I took my time to look for new winter coats.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my red coat but it seems that after seeing similar ones on Net-a-porter and Refinery29, I needed to find something to mix it up.

Over Thanksgiving, while my Brooklyn and Manhattan based, Utica raised friends and I were home, we decided to spend a day thrifting together in anticipation of one-upping everyone exhausting the BK thrift and vintage shops.

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Obviously, when thrifting, it is detrimental to be selective and although everything is practically free, you must, must, must look for quality and cut. This ankle length, double breasted wool coat, looked like it had barely been worn. It has nice lines and is super heavy. I removed to excessive shoulder pads and spent less on this coat than most people spend on their lunch.

And this is one of three coats I picked up. So, although I plan on not leaving my apartment from tomorrow until Wednesday, should I need to step out, I think I’ll be ready.

xo Rae

 

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It’s Still Cold Out

There’s so much commitment in a real winter coat. I’m talking the coat you wear when you consciously choose to mouth breathe to avoid that horrible feeling of breathing through your nose when it’s TOO cold. As I mentioned before, I can dig 30 degrees. It’s refreshing. I get to wear layers. I may be trying to stay positive… but I kind of mean it. After last weekend, getting back into the winter coats was disheartening. Then I realized I love my red coat so I lived, but you, what did you do? In that winter coat that has been so good to you all season, how did you feel? Hated it.

Why pick up something else? Haaa, is that even a question? Why not? The 10 day forecast for Brooklyn isn’t seeing temps above 40 and today (really laughing out loud as I type), the “feels like” temp is 1. HA. Like always, you have options and they are all on sale. It’s damn near March, no one is selling coats at full price. But we’re going to explore another option. The thrift shop. I hit the vintage shop, but Celine, the little creative genius fueling my blog with high quality images found an amazing, luxuriously suede, polar vortex fighting coat – for $10.

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From an undisclosed store (sorry, gotta keep this one to myself for once) Celine got this and her other winter coat I love so much. Check out some thrift stores in your area. Grab something different, have a little fun with it. YOLO, if you will. Before you know it, we’ll all be stressing the humidity, I think.

xo Rae

All images were taken by Celine of Cup of Rahman

 

 

 

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cheap thrills

Although, we’ll never know what we truly save when Macklemore-ing, I certainly love thrift shopping.  Mainly because I love having unique things that other people don’t take the time to search for and also because as much as I like nice brands, I like what I like and it doesn’t need to be drenched in LV logos.

As I was inevitably lost in my Twitter timeline last week, I came across my girlfriend Kelly bragging about some awesome vintage finds.  One of the first times I hung out with Kelly, we were both staying at a mutual friends’ in New York and realized that the contents of our suitcases were practically identical, all black, bodysuits, blazers, leathers, booties, we practically matched all weekend.  So once I saw that tweet I demanded she tell me what she got so I could put it on the blog.  She’s SUPER thrifty and did not just head into some vintage boutique where everything has been found, cleaned up and re-priced.

She got this amazing fur coat for $10 and the vintage Verdi luggage for $4 at the Salvation Army.

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Then at Goodwill, she picked up this AMAZING black clutch  and small cross body, both perfect for going out for $3.  And I just came across some similar cross body, tiny bags on Karmaloop and Urban Outfitters online.

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Shes good right?! She picked up everything in Manchester, CT and only spent $20.  Clearly, this takes patience but if your like Kelly or myself that’s half the fun.  I seriously can’t wait to kill a couple afternoons thrifting with her!

xo Rae

 

 

 

 

 

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sincerest form of flattery

One of my oldest friends texted me a little over a week ago about my favorite shorts, referenced in yesterday’s MVP post, the Levi’s high-waisted, destroyed denim from UO.   Jasmine and I often shared clothing woes and shopping strategies as she is also very tall.  She saw them in the pics from the ‘all black everything’ post.  I explained to her I wrote about them awhile ago and had two pairs, but her best bet would probably be to check online.  She thought otherwise.

Upon hearing that the UO shorts were listed as “one size” and that I literally tried on 10 pairs in store because they are not even remotely close to one size fits all, she decided to take matters into her own hands.  After her questions and some examination of the shorts on my part, I told her that they are literally old Levi’s mom jeans that are perfectly cut into shorts.  By the end of the day Jasmine triumphantly texted me and had picked up exactly that, mom jeans.  For only $3.99 at the local thrift shop she got a pair of old Levi’s.

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She took it to YouTube, checked out a couple tutorials and went to work.  The original price of my first pair of shorts was $44.  At $3.99,  she saved $40.01 or about 90% and they are definitely from the IDENTICAL Levi’s mine are made from.  She totally one-upped me and now you have plenty of options to find the perfect pair for yourself.

xo Rae