Showing posts with label thrifting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thrifting. Show all posts

The Mermaidens Thrifting Guide

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

There is nothing quite as satisfying as emerging from your local thrift store after digging for hours, clutching your hidden gems closely! Since I've been thrifting for as long as I can remember, I wanted to share an updated guide on how to thrift like a pro! Huge thank you to Courtney for these pictures ♡

Visit All the Thrift Stores in Your Area
And go often! Over time, you will get an idea of where has the best prices, best pieces, and when the best times of day to thrift are for each store! Don't get discouraged if you don't find anything good at first - the more you go, the better thrifter you'll become. The Thrift Shopper is an amazing directory that lists thrift stores in your area.

Flex Those diy Skills
Sometimes, you'll find a piece with a hideous cut, but gorgeous fabric - this is the perfect opportunity to flex your DIY skills! You can repurpose it into a skirt, fabric hair bow - even a backdrop for photos. Found a boring but sweet dress? You can use fabric paint and/or fabric dye to spice it up. The possibilities are endless!

Go With a Friend
Some of my favorite hangouts with friends are the ones where we thrifted together! It's fun to get each other's perspective on potential purchases, as well as finding pieces for each other.

Learn Your Fabrics
With a bit of knowledge on how certain fabrics look and feel, you'll know to snap it up when you stumble upon a skirt made with expensive fabric that's a steal for $4!

Go Through Everything
The beauty of thrifting is you never know what you'll find! When thrifting, I try to comb through everything - even the men's and children sections! Some of my holy grail pieces were found in the "wrong" section.
Don't Forget the Hand Sanitizer...
I'm a bit of a germaphobe, so this is a big one for me - don't forget to thoroughly sanitize any find you take home as well!

What was your most cherished thrifted find?

Photos by Courtney

Sailor Kitten

Monday, July 21, 2014

DRESS:Sourpuss Clothing NECKLACE:Sourpuss Clothing SHOES: Thrifted

Considering cats prints and sailor hats/collars are two of my favorite things to wear, a dress combining the two seemed too perfect to exist - but thanks to Sourpuss Clothing, it does. I seriously can't get over this darling dress - I love the minty blue and pink color scheme (two hues I gravitate to towards over and over) and retro inspired silhouette. Plus - look at that collar!

And, as if it wasn't cute enough on it's own, Sourpuss also has a matching necklace!

I paired the dress with these equally darling sling back heels I thrifted for only $3. Rarely do I unearth cute shoes at thrift stores (I have no idea why?!), so I felt like I struck gold with these! They remind me a little bit of those Melissa heels that have been on my wishlist since before I even cared about clothes and shoes…!

I hope you all are enjoying summer! We finally found a reasonably priced air conditioner so my makeup isn't always melting off - phew! <3

Thrifting 101

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Since I've been having a really good thrifting streak lately, I thought it might be fun to compile a post of little tips and tricks I have learned throughout my thrifting adventures! There is something so gratifying when, after digging for hidden treasures, you discover something perfect - and that you had no idea existed in the first place!

I found two of these Strawberry Shortcake mugs at Goodwill for .49 cents each!

Find & Frequent
ALL of the thrift stores in your town! It is imperative that you explore as many as you can and frequent them... well, frequently! Thrift stores are getting new things almost everyday, and so the stock is in a constant state of changing - one day you might go and find absolutely nothing, and the next, you hit a jackpot! The Thrift Shopper was an incredible directory - just put in your zip code and it will show you a list of nearby stores!

Leave No Stone Unturned
Look through everything! Go through sheets, toys, records, books, clothing (including the mens and children sections!) - you never know what you might find! It is very time consuming, (and I am still guilty of skimming through things too quickly sometimes!) but chances are you will be rewarded for your hard work! One of my absolute favorite finds was a Disney's Cinderella soundtrack that I found in the very last stack of records there I looked through!

This adorable cheerleader-esque pinafore skirt was missing a button, so I replaced it with two red ones from my great grandmother's collection!

Be Open Minded
Found a shirt with an awful shape but brilliant fabric? Instead of wearing it as an actual shirt, why not use it for backdrops or repurpose it into something that you will love? That said, don't go overboard and overwhelm yourself! Try not to buy anything that is truly beyond repair.

Bring Hand Sanitizer
This one is pretty important for me! Bring hand sanitizer when doing your searching (you never know where some of those things have been!) and be sure to wash the clothing throughly before use!

My kitty Turnip investigating!

And now I have to ask: what are your thrifting tips? I want to hear them!

p.s. I was featured on Teen Vogue's Best Dressed Reader feature - SQUEE!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

I took inspiration from bloggers like Kate Gabrielle and hung up some things I bought recently on the wall - the pinks look beautiful together and reminds me of flamingos! The floral dress and slip robe I picked up whilst thrifting - there are a grand total of 8 thrift stores within driving distance here, which is incredible compared to only having Goodwill where I last lived!

PINK PETTICOAT: Sock Dreams FLORAL DRESS: Thrift Store SLIP ROBE: Thrift Store ($2.50!) CAKE DRESS: Etsy

Other recent thrift store finds: a My Little Pony "softie" plush - complete with it's tag and brush still attached (only $3!), these adorable Disney books circa the 70s, barrettes, a Polly Pocket, and one of those Barbie McDonalds figurines that I *still* love!

What was the your most impressive thrift store find?

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