Thriftspiration: One Shopper Skips Cheap Fashion for Quality Thrifted Pieces

Posted On Monday, September 16th, 2013
Filed Under: shopping, Style Guide, Thrift Stores, Thriftspiration

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

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Name: Jacque
Location: Lawrence, Kansas

When and why did you start thrift shopping?
I started thrifting three years ago because I was a broke college student. I was inspired by ladies like yourself to shed the stigma of wearing “used clothes.” Now, instead of spending money buying cheaply made clothing, I spend the time to find quality, sometimes even designer clothing, for a fraction of the price.

What three words would you use to describe your style?
Girly, girly, girly!

How did you style your outfits?
My style is actually pretty simple: Step 1. Grab something high waisted. Step 2. Tuck in your blouse. Step 3 {optional}. Wear a hat! I was once told that my style is repetitive, but it’s my style and I’m sticking to it.

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What’s your best thrift store score {a standout garment or accessory you absolutely love or a cheap designer find}?
I fell in love with these pink vintage high waist wide leg pants. They’re from the 70’s and such excellent quality!! And I’m also obsessed with this polkadot kimono, it’s full of drama!

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What reactions do you get after telling people your outfit is thrifted?
People are always shocked, especially by the prices. I’ve actually converted a few non-thrifters, which I’m super proud about.

What tips would you give to new thrifters?
Be patient and you’ll find some awesome stuff. Walking into a thrift store isn’t like walking in Forever21. There’s no one to direct you to the trends or even to your size in some stores. You have to do a lot of digging but it’s totally worth it. So clear your schedule, lace up your sneakers, maybe grab some tea and get to sifting!

Check out more of Jacque’s daily style by following her on Instagram {@shoplioness} and you can even scoop up some of her vintage finds {like the ones below!} by visiting her online shop, Lioness Vintage.

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Interested in being the next Thriftspiration candidate? Don’t be shy! Share your tips, best outfits and inspire your fellow thrifter. For a submission form, email ThriftInspiration@gmail.com. Show us what you’ve got.

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