Thrift ‘Til You Drop!- A Thriftacular Experience

I remember being a kid and HATING when someone even mentioned “thrift store” and “shopping” in the same sentence. I mean, back then I loathed the fact that my Grandmom wore turbans too…see how far I’ve come? Yes, I’ve done a total 360 when it comes to style and appreciation for authenticity, quality, and wearability. To me, a thrift store automatically meant “someone else’s clothes” and I guess just being a kid, I wanted my OWN new stuff…you know, kids and that possession thing. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the value of the clothes and other valuables I find thrifting and can’t believe that I once looked down on it!

When I walk into a thrift store, it’s almost like I walk into the past of not only fashion, but the lives and personalities of the people who once wore the clothes. Have you ever done that? I honestly pick up different items and start day dreaming about what the person who wore it was like and how they may have styled it…who knows, maybe that’s just me but I find that it adds a little special something to the whole experience. I also love thrifting because in an age where much of society wants to mirror each other, I really just….don’t. I love knowing that what I purchase more than likely won’t be walking down every street in Philly, or wherever else I go for that matter. I always know that I’m getting something unique and that even if someone else owns it, they won’t rock it the same way I will!

I went to Boston this Thanksgiving break and went on the thrifting mission of LIFE. Yes, LIFE. I will not disclose the amount of $ I spent in the process, but it’s at least 70% lower than what I would have spent at my normal go-to retail locations for the amount of goods that I purchased. I went to Savers, and The Salvation Army and it was almost overwhelming upon entering the stores, clothes everywhere! Blazers for DAYS, dresses for every occasion, shirts that screamed “70s”, “80s”, “90s”, “LOUD”, “quiet”, and “I dare you!” It was definitely the best thrifting experience I’ve ever had. I got so many great pieces that are classic, versatile, and can also serve as staple pieces if need be. As I put outfits together I love to take photos, and would love to share them with you! On Tuesdays and Thursdays I’ll share my “Thriftacular” outfit posts and you tell me what you think! Well, since today is Tuesday, here’s one of my newest thriftacular finds…

Pictured above is a hot pink, 80s frock with button detail on both shoulders. Includes shoulder pads as well for more defined structure. Seam at waist w/ elastic reinforcement for a slight cinch. The fish tail earrings and triangular tribal necklace are also vintage. Tassle necklace is Forever 21, and bracelet set is Rue 21, Phosphor watch. Purple platform pump (tongue twister, ehh?) is Steve Madden.

Here’s another look I rocked last week via my vintage voyage!
Here I mix old with new: 80s printed blouse w/ shoulder pads and button down closure, 50s inspired long pleated skirt, waist belt from Iman Global Chic collection , Steve Madden purple platform pump, Rue 21 gold leaf earrings and bangle set, phosphor watch, and a pompadour to finish it up!
Do you love to thrift? Know of any great stores you’d like to recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Sharontina B.


  1. DrJean December 7, 2011 / 9:01 PM

    I love shopping thrift stores. You can find some great items if you take the time to look — cashmere sweaters, designer dresses. One of my favorite finds is a pale blue silk jacket. Every one always comments on how great it looks. I never tell them where I bought it. 🙂

  2. AsiaB! April 23, 2012 / 1:24 PM

    I love your blog! The styling here is memorable…which is a must these days. You look fantastic! You Go Girl!

    • Sharontina April 23, 2012 / 4:12 PM

      Thanks! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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