Back before Macklemore popularized the art of thrift shopping, it was all I knew.
I never knew there was a name for it, I only knew that with a house full of Amazons and big/tall siblings, my parents said bump to overpriced name brand clothing and took our behinds to Goodwill.
Thrifting was how I shaped my style as a broke college student and why I know how to make a dollar stretch living in the high-priced, “eat or pay rent” jungle of New York. But it’s not all fine and thrifty here. Since my move, it’s been a struggle to find a thrift store that’s actually a thrift store, and no, I’m not talking vintage shops, those DO NOT the count.
Heck, even the Salvation Army that I found has prices that look like Forever 21! Maybe I’m spoiled from the the guaranteed low prices of the Wal-Mart ridden south, or maybe New York has just lost it’s mind. Could be a combination of both.
Either way, I’ve managed to find refuge in the local Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange. Haven’t heard of Buffalo Exchange? Imagine a second hand clothing store filled with hand selected current and vintage style, minus the stank and disorganization of Goodwill. Although, I would argue a certain comfort that comes from the steal fragrance of used clothing (only the most avid thrifter will understand).
Check out my pick-ups below and let me know which is your favorite!
Cut-off tee – H&M
Over-sized Champions crewneck sweater – MyUnique Thrift Store
Tangerine long-sleeve button down – H&M
Ribbed v-neck cropped sweater – Goodwill
African American Alliance Hoodie – Buffalo Exchange (For sale!)
Moto jacket – H&M
Black 3/4 sleeve button down – Goodwill (by ASOS)
Stripped long sleeve tee – Goodwill (from Gap)
Moto jeggings – Goodwill (from Gap)
Stripped button down – H&M
Corduroy jumper dress – MyUnique Thrift Store
Peace, peace, peace,