how awesome is this jacket? it's reversible. yes. i know. i just adore thrifting. i actually hit quite the jackpot the last few goodwill visits. since i've last blogged i've scored a pair of black ksubi jeans & theory trousers (santa monica goodwill), this jacket & the fairy tale world of arthur rackham (pasadena goodwill) and these bum equipment overalls (glendale goodwill). i think i have a goodwill problem haha...
so shopping edition...
after scoring this jacket i decided to do a post on shopping... but alas madeline beat me to it so i will just expound a little. here is my shopping breakdown:
this includes thrifting, online vintage shopping, trading and high end used ebay goods
mainly socks, tights, bras/undies, the occasional shoe splurge and the occasional luxury item (this is mainly a birthday thing haha)
5% handmade/small business
mainly etsy and small homegrown (online) boutiques
my shopping philosophy is very similar to madeline's... i really recommend reading her post on it here. i'm using her post as a point of reference because 1/i am too lazy at the moment 2/i agree with her wholeheartedly and 3/i couldn't have said it better myself. but i do have a few other things to add...
sell things that you aren't using. one grrl's trash is another grrl's treasure :) i am kinda ocd... so i clean out my closet A LOT. living in a small apartment kinda helps me keep this a ritual and i highly recommend it to all you bloggers/fashionistas. being a thrift junky (or shopping junky for that matter) really keeps a closet nice and full and often enough we have things we don't really wear. i take my vintage pieces to squaresville/wasteland/buffalo exchange and the more contemporary pieces and name brands to crossroads/buffalo exchange to sell/trade. you will often find something that fits into your current aesthetic. and the best part is it's affordable if you are trading and it's secondhand so you aren't contributing to the demand for creating more things for people to buy.
i also really recommend buying high end and designer items on ebay. there is always someone selling things that they barely wore. that is where i get a lot of my shoes and sometimes you can even get a deal.
buy handmade, local and from small businesses. it is just all around a great experience... you get unique things made with love and passion AND you are supporting the artist lifestyle. supply and demand... an artist can only survive on their art if there is a demand for it. i find it easier to swallow spending a chunk of change on an amazing unif piece than shopping at f21. i would love to buy more handmade items... if i could buy 95% secondhand, handmade and small business i would be veryvery happy :)
and lastly donate. because it's time to stop abusing our planet and because there are people who shop at thrift stores because they can't afford to shop anywhere else.
ps... all those trade/sell shops i mentioned above are in l.a. i think you can google or yelp places in your area pretty easily though :)