My personal love of thrift and vintage finds runs feverishly deep. Here's why: Truly the most original, eclectic and almost always responsibly-made pieces are found in secondhand stores--fact. For those that have yet to discover this glorious method of shopping I urge you to succumb to the gems that can only be found in thrift stores, purely for the sake of obtaining your best wardrobe yet. Ever wonder how the best-dressed-set pull off completely original looks day in and out? I'll give you a hint: It's mostly in part of carefully scouring through secondhand stores in search of a few spectacular pieces that will easily take a simple pair of jeans or offset those funky shoes by taking a rather simple ensemble to the next level--for cheap. When fashion fans talk about styling a "high-low" outfit, they usually mean pairing a Chloe skirt with a Zara or H&M jacket. But real fashionistas know there are even better options out there when searching for the right "low" for those "highs". Thrift/vintage pieces are far more unique and one-of-a-kind than those that can be found in any mass retail store. Also, things made prior to contemporary times have almost always been made responsibly and even locally--before the days of fast-fashion--which I can guarantee you won't find either of these positives hanging on a well-known, rushed sales rack. Clothing aside, many of these thrift shops sell home decor and eclectic accessory items perfect for transporting your abode or work space into chic little havens. With this idea in mind I suggest perusing your favorite or yet to be discovered vintage spots for inspired gifts this season.
Have a grandmother that collects delicate little vases or jewelry boxes? Estate sales, flea markets, yard sales and the amazing Housing Works have endless offerings such as these. Always unsure of what to buy your fashion-forward bestie with an impressive collection of Chanel and Louis Vuitton bags, because you're convinced you can't afford to really please her/him? Beacon's Closet and many other specialty vintage stores stock up on gently used designer pieces at a fraction of the retail cost. Trust me, said bestie will not care that it's secondhand. If they are a serious fashion maven they will probably be more excited that is, simply because it's vintage which means exclusive and/or rare. If I were the receiving friend I'd love you more than french fries and champagne. Simply because of your pristine effort and especially if you gift me with vintage Yves Saint Laurent..
So, give thrift a chance. You'll save so many dollars and gain so many "likes" while you collect the coolest, rarest, and actually built-to-last goodies.