Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Goodwill Finds: 80s Vertical Striped Sweater Dress

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One of my New Year's resolutions is encouraging more people to buy secondhand. There are SO many reasons to consider shopping your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or vintage boutique. 
  • Cost (you're almost always going to pay less)
  • Sustainability (what's more "green" than buying others' "recycled" clothing)
  • There are good options! (I donate nice things to Goodwill, and others do, too — their discards can be your treasures — and many items are in nearly new condition)
  • Uniqueness (more one of a kind, funky stuff than any women's — or men's — clothing shop you'll visit)
  • THERE'S SERIOUS FUN IN THE HUNT!
Okay, more on that later.

For now, here's an example of what's waiting for you at your local secondhand shop. 

Secondhand find: teal/black, vertical-striped sweater dress (so soft!) - $5.89 at the Northlake (i.e., Tucker) Goodwill - no tag
Paired with: black leggings (Target), elastic/fake patent belt (Mercedes Bien in D.C.), Dolce Vita wish boots 

And if you REALLY want to see a great blog about secondhand clothes, check out "New Dress A Day," a blog dedicated to spending $365 (or less) on 365 days' worth of outfits. Marisa is a genius at finding neat thrift clothes and making them her own. Some need more work than others, and she takes "before" and "after" photos to show how she customizes each item to her style and taste. Phenom. I'm so inspired. (Thanks to Becca for sharing this blog with me!)

5 comments:

Fell 4 Fashion said...

Lovely dress! Thanks so much for sharing this blog, I'm on my way to visit! :)

prettylittletangents said...

Love the dress - it looks hot on you! And thanks for giving me a new blog to obsess over. Can't wait for our GW trip!

Kb_Mal said...

Thanks, ladies. And enjoy the blog rec. It's so good!

I think the three of us (me and you ladies, F4F and PLT) should get that Goodwill outing on the calendar!

mixonian said...

Great find! My daughters and I love Goodwill - the process of shopping there is so fun and cheap!!! I have a favorite Tommy H. blouse from the Mt. Pleasant Goodwill, among other treasures.

Kb_Mal said...

My mom and I love thrifting together, too! She has a favorite black/white checked blouse she found at Last Chance.

I agree on the thrill of the hunt. :)