How to Thrift Shop the Trends

Posted On Monday, April 9th, 2012
Filed Under: How To, Looking FLY on a Dime, shopping, Thrift Stores

Fashion trends come and go but one thing is constant: no matter what the trend, you can find it at a thrift store. Some people still think of thrift stores as having crappy leftovers other people no longer see fit to wear. Sometimes that’s true but other times, you find awesome, current threads. And because fashion is so cyclical, what was hot years ago is once again in style. While thrifting last week, I came across a few trends that I’ve seen on the runway. Instead of dropping major cash on an “it” item of the moment, you can save a ton by thrifting the trends.

Florals were seen in collections by Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, and countless others and I found a ton of them at the Salvation Army, from blazers to dresses to skirts. It was an absolute explosion of flower power.

I scoped out a Diane von Furstenberg blouse for $7…

And cute cropped pants…

Polka dots are another trend we’ve seen (below: Tory Burch and Adam). The trick to wearing this tricky design is to go for smaller dots. They make a statement without being too overwhelming to your figure.

polka dots

And lo and behold, I came across a pair of high waisted, Betsey Johnson polka dot pants.

They didn’t have a tag on them so I took them to the counter and the sales clerk priced them at $5. I’d say that’s a thrift store score!

Whether you’re looking for other trends {sheer, prints, ruffles, lace, etc}, there’s a good chance you can find them at your local secondhand shop.

What trends have you snagged from the thrift store? Have you become more adventurous with trying trends since you can buy them for next to nothing at a secondhand store?

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18 thoughts on “How to Thrift Shop the Trends

  1. Oh yes! I have scored a pair pf NEW mustard yellow jeans from Talbots, Yellow shorts from J Crew, a Coach bag and a pair of black/whote checkered pants that I am rockin’ today…all from my local Goodwill Boutique!

  2. I just bought a pair of purple skinny jeans this weekend. I figure if I’m going to try the bright colored jeans trend, the six dollar investment at the thrift store is the way to go (:

  3. I got a blue and white men’s dress shirt, a cute pleated polka dot skirt to wear with the white shirt tied at my waist, a vintage floral a line skirt, and a black and white maxi dress. spent $27.00 in total

  4. Great posts. I’ve fallin’ off my thrifting game but just got the idea that I should probably consider thrifting to find some colored jeans instead of giving Gap $70 for something that won’t be relevant next season.

  5. Ok Just started thrifting, and I LOVE IT. So fat a NINE West wrap dress ($13), a Seven Jean ($4), Theory Blazer ($6) and countless others…I have yet to get lucky with shoes

  6. I went thrifting today and I found a total of 6 pieces of wonders for $20.30! Polka dot collared shirt, floral blouse, a red/white sheer floral chiffon blouse, jean vest that I plan to alter, the PERFECT red blazer with gold buttons (classy!), and a gold necklace for accessories! The blazer has to be the best. It fits perfectly.. as if it was tailored for me and looks totally stylish and classy. So happy!

  7. Just finished an afternoon of thrifting and scored some great pieces!! Red vintage Halston 3-piece outfit (skirt, blouse & belt) ($15), Jones New York sling-back pumps ($5), and white vintage belt ($2)!!! Can’t wait to wear them!! 🙂

  8. I went thrifting last friday and I got 3 purses! One Liz Claiborne 4.99, Isaac Mizrahi (leather, blk) still had the tags 8.99,  a new jean shoulder bag so cute 1.99!  For 5.99, I thought I would try the maxie dress that are so popular right now, I had a shrug at home that matched perfectly!  It was from AB Studio.   I got this adorable blk n white sleeveless dress for 5.49 from Connected Apparel.   A Speigal skirt for 3.49,  a Gap sun dress for 3.49 (new), a Dress Barn sheer brown polka dot dress 5.49, a blue n white floral print dress Mossimo 3.99, a New York n Co. lime green sun dress for3.99. Also 5 varying scarves one of which is big enough for a wrap over a swim suit. All for 60. I was thrilled 🙂 !!!

  9. does anyone know of any good thrift stores, i’ve been to goodwill but i haven’t found a great place to score great deals…

  10. I found two Lauren Ralph Lauren shirts yesterday! One was striped and the other was leopard! Gingham shirts, two vintage cross body bags, and floral shirts!! You found some amazing pieces too :))


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