Recently, I starting thinking about a line in my website bio, “I am an ardent thrift shopper with a fondness for clowns and wiggle eyes.” I don’t have much to write about clown and wiggle eyes today, but I do want to talk about second hand shopping.
I have been around old stuff all my life and my roots run pretty deep with second hand items. My folks are antiques dealers and my Grampa was an auctioneer. When I was a just a little kid, I tagged along to rummage sales and shortly after I started supplementing my wardrobe (and my decor) with goodies I would buy from these sales and from thrift shops. Growing up, my wardrobe was sprinkled with military overcoats, my Grampa’s fedoras, wildly patterned blouses, wool cardigans, soft and completely broken in Levi jeans and corduroys, and various accessories that I would pick up here and there.
I don’t like to spend a lot of money on clothes and accessories, so buying things second hand helps me get more bang for my buck. I go to thrift shops, rummage sales, and consignment shops. I often scour eBay and Etsy for second hand treasure. On the off chance I buy something new, it is almost always on the clearance rack. It kills me to pay full price.
I am not a fan of dressing like everyone else and I really don’t care for what is considered fashion lately (or ever, really). I know what looks good on me and I know what my style is. I have eclectic tastes and I like to dress differently every day. I love dressing in costume, so putting together a great outfit fulfills that need. I love to be matchy matchy and it tickles me right to death to find the perfect accessory that compliments an outfit.
As someone who tries to live as greenly as possible, I consider second hand shopping to be recycling. Also, since a lot of the places I shop at are run by charitable organizations, I am doing my part to help out the community as well.
I collect a lot of different things (lunchboxes, clowns, retro kitchenware and cookbooks, vintage linen, Halloween decorations, sad eyed kid paintings, mushrooms, Tiki items, gnomes, and records) and the only places I can find these items are rummage sales and thrift shops.
When it comes to my style, I favor bold patterns, bright colors, and polyester. I really like fashion from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s and I have found a lot of clothes from these eras over the years. But, I am also a sucker for a cozy wool sweater and I have been fortunate enough to find quite few nice wool sweaters in thrift shops, some of which are handmade. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a Fair Isle sweater yet, but I am still on the hunt and I have faith. As much as I like dressing up, my comfort outfit is well worn jeans, a wool sweater, chunky shoes, a scarf, and silver jewelry. I have really tiny feet, so buying shoes second hand isn’t something I do often, but I still can’t believe I scored a pair of cowboy boots from the 70’s for $16 last year!
This past April, I participated in a 30 Dresses in 30 Days event on Facebook. It really got me back in to my clothing groove. I was falling into my comfort outfits far too often for my tastes. I love a challenge and I really enjoyed coming up with thirty different dresses/skirts in as many days. Lately, I have been sharing my outfits on my personal Facebook page, but I have been toying with the idea of sharing my second hand finds and outfits on this blog. What do you all think? To get things started, in this post I am including an outfit shot from yesterday’s outfit. I don’t know why I am not smiling. I had a great day! I wore this to my friend’s art opening.
Outfit details: 70’s sunhat-rummage sale, black ruffled top-consignment shop, polka dot skirt-retail clearance, polka dot purse-rummage sale, black strappy heels-retail and old as dirt, white plastic ring-clearance retail, black plastic necklace and red plastic bangle-rummage sales.
Let me know what you think, dear readers. I am also working on a blog post about bull’s eye zucchinis that you might have seen photos of on The Pugnacious Vegetarian Facebook page.
Have a great day everyone and keep cooking and second hand shopping!