“But s***, it was 99 cents!”
– Ben Haggerty (AKA Macklemore)
This profound quote from Macklemore, found in the 2013 smash-hit Thrift Shop, perfectly sums up my ideology when it comes to thrift shopping in the ‘Peg.
I often (impulse) buy the most ridiculous pieces. So, when I came home with two-inch platform runners that feature big letters spelling out ‘Sweet Girl’ in rainbow writing, all I could do was tell my mom that it actually was 99 cents.
I started thrifting about a year ago. Initially, it was because some of my friends were showing up to school in the coolest clothes ever. When I asked them where they got their pants/shirt/dress from, they’d say, “I got it from Value Village/the Goodwill/Salvation Army.”
So, without much hesitation, I hopped on the bus and went straight to the Value Village on Ellice Avenue. Ever since that day, I can legitimately say that (almost) my entire wardrobe is from Winnipeg’s thrift stores. In fact, I don’t think I’ve bought anything from a non-thrift store in over a year.
Thrifting is super cool. Like, really super ultra cool.
It’s good for the environment (recycling!) and good for your wallet ($2 tops?! Yes please!). I recommend it to all my friends and have even converted a couple of those I’m-weirded-out-by-the-smell people.
If YOU happen to be one of those I’m-weirded-out-by-the-smell people who don’t believe great stuff can be found at thrift stores, then sit back and scroll through my list of five favourite thriftin’ outfits!
1. Last week, at The Goodwill, I bought this beautiful peach coloured top with flowy sleeves ($4) that make me feel like a fairy (think Tinkerbell, not Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson in the Tooth Fairy). My black shorts ($5) and brown boots ($8) are from Value Village.
2. This outfit sort of functions as my I-just-learned-how-to-play-tennis outfit (disclaimer: I do not play tennis). The plaid-purple crop top is from Value Village ($6). The black skirt is originally from Le Chateau, but I found it at VV ($5).
Fun Fact: this photo was taken at Interstellar Rodeo – which was amazing, by the way.
3. Sometimes I have to force myself to put down the clothes and stop thrifting. I don’t need everything. But, When it came to these stretchy jean capris ($4) at The Goodwill, I couldn’t let go. Paired with a plain black t-shirt ($3), I felt like a member of the Babysitters Club. Who doesn’t want to feel like a babysitter from the 90s?
4. If you ever wanted an outfit that screams angel-who-just-started-working-at-an-office, then you should invest in a long-sleeved, lace button-up top. Seriously. The button-up was $3 from the Goodwill and the denim skirt was $4 and also from the Goodwill!
5. This dress and these shoes are probably my classiest finds from The Goodwill. The dress ($5) is ridiculously comfortable and, when paired with lacey shoes ($3), makes me feel like a more subdued version of Baby Spice – all I’m missing is a pair of blonde pigtails.
6. Finally, my favourite outfit that I’ve ever thrifted ever, is this. I found it at the Goodwill and Salvation Army. This skirt ($4) is one of my most-worn items. The top ($3) belonged to my grandma. The pièce(s) de résistance of the outfit are my Sweet Girl shoes. They’re two-inch platform sneakers and always a conversation starter.
It’s items like these that keep me thrifting!
So now that you’ve seen my five (well, six) favourite thriftin’ outfits, you better be in the mood to get your Macklemore on and shop.
Let’s get real.
Clothes are expensive. The environment is dying. You deserve a nice, cheap treat.