Thriftspiration: Designer Finds at Estate Sales

Posted On Friday, May 10th, 2013
Filed Under: shopping, Thrift Stores, Thriftspiration

Thriftspiration is a weekly series that puts a spotlight on readers who share their secondhand shopping tips and fun ways to style thrifted finds.

golf sweater, estate sale find Name: Kristi
Location: Los Angeles, California

When and why did you start thrift shopping?
I started thrift shopping with my mom when I was very young. My mom always had a flair for vintage things: clothing, furniture and especially handbags. I always felt that there was something special about giving new life to things that someone else wasn’t using anymore. I still feel the same way now!

What three words would you use to describe your style?
Creative. Bold. Fly.

Kristi xoxo, rick owens boots, rick owens for less What’s your best thrift store score {a standout garment or accessory you absolutely love or a cheap designer find}?
It’s hard to say what my very best thrift store score is – I have so many! Recent favorites include the black Rick Owens S/S 2010 wedge peep toe boots {above} where I’m wearing that Maison Martin Margiela + H&M dress. I found these fabulous boots last month at a Goodwill here in LA for $9.99. I looked them up online and they originally sold for upwards of $1000 and these ones look like they had only been worn once!

What are your favorite stores in your area?
My favorite stores are not necessarily in the most commercial areas. Ventura Blvd has got tons of resale and vintage shops but I always find better deals and more interesting things if I go to Goodwill or Salvation Army. I also shop estate sales almost every Saturday morning. Estate sales are where I find amazing fur coats and vintage bags, gloves, scarves and jewelry. My very best estate sale find ever is that authentic red Chanel 2.55 chain bag {below} that I got for $4. The reversible mink/leather jacket is also an estate sale find. And the picture with the Scottish golf tam is a new favorite outfit – the hat and golf sweater are from an estate sale and they’re both menswear and cost me $3 each and the shoes were from a Goodwill in Sherman Oaks.

vintage fur, vintage fur coat What tips would you give to new thrifters?
The best advice I can give is to keep an open mind and just explore everything in the store – my best finds are usually not something that I go out searching for. I usually shop “off season” and find the best jackets and sweaters in summer when everyone is looking for warm-weather clothes. I always find cute, summery things in the winter.

Be sure to follow Kristi’s blog, Kristi XOXO, and check her out on Instagram {@kristixoxo}. And if you’re interested in check out an estate sale, check your local papers and this online estate sale finder.

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3 thoughts on “Thriftspiration: Designer Finds at Estate Sales

  1. i love Kristi’s style and follow her blog. That $4 Chanel bag is amazing. I need to find an estate sale near me.

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