Let's get it all out on the table here: I don't thrift. None of my gal pals thrift so it never comes up as an option on shopping trips, my first few forays into attempted thrifting left me fleeing stores packed with bad smells on stained aceta-poly-on, and honestly I don't have the patience to look through the racks of meh to find the treasures that are out there. I know awesome deals can be had, unique pieces can be found, and for the really crafty, old frocks can be re-engineered into something custom and gorgeous. But I don't do it.
My idea of thrifting is typically Ebay or Etsy, which means most of the dirty work is already done for me and I can just "tra la la" my way through a selection of sorted goodies. But I hate to battle it out on Ebay and sometimes the "because it's vintage" pricing on Etsy is less than awesome. So that was just one of the reasons I was thrilled when my blog friend Eleanor decided to open her online shop, Katy-Did Vintage, because now I have another alternative (and I like my alternatives) to find unique, pre-loved goodies.
Another reason I was thrilled is because I get happy whenever I see a fellow member of our style blog community do something that they are truly have a passion for. Eleanor is a long-time style blogger who formerly had a jet-setting but exhaustive lifestyle. She willingly gave up the grueling hours to spend more time with her family and pursue her true interests, and I applaud her for her daring to go against the grain of what is expected and do what she chooses. From that, Katy-Did Vintage was able to evolve organically out of Eleanor's love of thrifting.
And boy, am I am glad when someone else can do the weeding for me!
Eleanor generously sent me this dress to try from her collection at Katy-Did. I'll admit, this is probably not something I would've picked out on my own as I tend to veer from maxis, but that's where I give credit to Eleanor for seeing potential. After trying the dress on and playing around with it, I was really surprised at how much I liked it. You can see another example of Eleanor's thrift prowess in Pamela's post here and in her daily outfit posts on her own blog.
Do you thrift? What are your tips for a successful trip? Or if you're like me, why don't you thrift?
Dress: c/o Liz Claiborne via Katy-Did Vintage
Belt: Anthropologie (worn here - sim here, here, here)
Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction swim n fool (worn here - sim here, platform here, pricey here)
Necklace: Anthropologie gold finger (worn here - sim on sale here, here, pricey here)
Bracelets: Old Navy enamel (sim here, here, here)