1980’s Vintage Cache beaded dress purchased at Goodwill, Photograher: Johnny Richer
Hello Beautiful models and fans of Style & Curve, Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog. Today I’m going to blog about Thrift Store, resale store and vintage store shopping. Regardless of your financial resources, shopping at these types of stores can bring you wonderful treasures at unbelievably low prices. You can certainly find one of a kind garments and accessories that are unique and beautiful. The images you see in this blog are garments and or accessories that were purchased from thrift stores, resale boutiques or vintage shops. Each garment or accessory pictured in this blog cost anywhere from .99 cents to $29.95 with most of them being under $10.
I have to be completely honest, before I started modeling and acting, I had a completely different perception about these types of shops. Yes, I used to believe, only those less fortunate shop at Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Those on a budge shop at resale boutiques and vintage shops just have “old stuff”. About 10 years ago I performed in a musical theater production called “Spotlight on Broadway”. We needed some period costumes for some of the different numbers we were performing so our director recommended we go to a thrift shop called Goodwill. We needed a 70’s type of outfit, a cocktail dress, etc. and it would be very expensive to purchase these garments brand new. Initially, the idea of shopping at a thrift store was quite foreign and uncomfortable for me but I went in to look.
I remember walking into Goodwill for the first time thinking, “I wonder if people in here think I’m poor.” Looking back, I realize it was such a silly thought. Granted, I had to go through lots of clothes on the racks with some of them being garbage but then suddenly I would find something that jumped out at me and was such a great find. I was finding high-end vintage designer garments such as Cache, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Channel, & Calvin Klein just to name a few. I couldn’t believe my luck and how well preserved these garments were!
Now, don’t pay attention to the size marked on the garment, only look at it and guess if it will fit and of course try it on. I wear a size 14/16 but in vintage clothing I wear an 18 and 20 1/2. Today’s clothing designers cut their garments larger and size them about two sizes smaller than they once were. For example, everyone knows that Marilyn Monroe was a curvy size 14 but by today’s clothing sizing, she would be a size 10. Another great example is if you wear a size 16 in everyday fashion but you’re about to get married and you have to purchase a wedding gown in a size 20. That’s because wedding gown designers have never changed their sizing standards. I will look at the size marked but I will determine whether it might fit based on the cut, style and fabric of the garment.
Anytime you are shopping at one of these types of stores, always inspect the garment. Keep in mind that vintage garments will not be perfect but you will know whether or not it is a usable garment or not. Believe it or not, I’ve received more compliments from my thrift store finds than many of my more expensive garments that I purchased brand new. Although I will watch the trends, I like to purchase garments that are classic and ageless. Some of the very trendy styles fade away as quickly as they came in. It’s also fun to mix and match different time periods. For instance, I purchased this colorful dress on clearance and I paired it with a 1960’s feather hat that I borrowed from a vintage boutique called Romantic Cultures to create this unique look.
I have walked into a thrift store or resale boutique and have walked out with multiple garments and often with matching accessories and spend the same amount as I would’ve spent on a single garment in a regular retail store. Not to mention, I now own unique garments that you won’t see everyone else wearing.
If you haven’t gone into a thrift store, resale store or vintage boutique, I highly recommend that you do, you will be amazed at what you might find. Keep in mind, if you go into a smaller store with limited selections, you will not always find a treasure so keep looking, I promise, you will find something amazing for the cost of next to nothing.
As always, don’t allow the negative people along the way bring you down and trust me; there will be negative people that will cross your path. Take control of your future, even if it means smashing through preconceived boundaries in this industry. Again, if there is a topic you’d like me to blog about, feel free to contact me. Until next week, stay positive!
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