We find sleeping in sheets, that only hours before, were covering another strangers body, luxury. However, the moment someone says they shop second hand, we’re silently repulsed. It’s all good for me because that means there’s more for me to discover while others shop fast fashion with the masses. But I think there’s a new wave of vintage obsessed. Wearing something that was previously owned has become almost… desired.
I’ve always been a thrifty girl. Ever since my mother would take us shopping at yard sales in Sacramento. The only thing that’s changed is me wanting to actually buy clothes instead of a sketchy one-eyed Teddy Ruxpin mostly resembling the killer doll Chucky. Ah, the late 80’s and early 90’s were so fun.
All this bartering and second-hand shopping really lit a fire inside my stylist soul and the older I get the more I crave items that tell a good story. Like this stunning blazer from Silence + Noise. I picked it up at my favorite consignment store, Crossroads Trading Co. off Melrose. I also picked up a few more gently worn items for literally $11 out of pocket.
It’s amazing how quickly some tire of their clothes. Items range from mid-century vintage to new with tags even. I’ve found a number of great items at insane prices. Yesterday I found a vintage Oscar De La Renta scarf for $30
I don’t stop there. I frequent Goodwill too. Here, in Los Angeles, Goodwill has a number of locations in great neighborhoods which is typically and indication on what you would find. I shop ones in mid-city, west LA and Santa Monica. My recent find was an Escada jacket for $9.99 with minimal wear. It was likely manufactured in the late 1990’s. How do I know? The shoulder pads and vintage tags are dead giveaways.
Lastly, La Brea Boulevard here in Los Angeles is home to many Vintage stores like Jet Rag also known for the $1 Sunday sale. I got one of my favorite slip dresses from this sale and a 1960’s girls dress for Penny too. When I’m not hitting up that sale, I’m in downtown for their sample sales which happen the last Friday of every month at Cooper Design Space or Estate Sales that happen typically on Sunday.
I incorporate second hand finds by pairing them with new items and of-the-moment staples like Levis or a great cotton dress. You can shop online for vintage items on Tradesy, Etsy, Thread-Up, ASOS marketplace and It’s Vintage Darling. But it’s more fun when you find it in store. How would you pair a one-of-a-kind piece into your wardrobe?