Several bloggers, including myself have decided to take part in the $20 thrift store challenge where we have to create an entire outfit purchased solely from thrift stores and keep it under $20. It’s a lot more difficult than you think. Not including shoes and handbag, surprisingly difficult items to find at thrift stores, I was able to pull together an entire outfit within my budget at Goodwill and even had more money left over to buy a few other items – stay tuned to see them featured in upcoming outfit posts. But for now, here’s my take on the thrift store challenge.
DENIM SKIRT | $4.99
What was once a Little House on the Prairie style skirt, is now a raw-hemmed denim mini – perfectly on trend with this season. Looking at this particular style for inspiration, I knew cutting the length off would make it more modern and fun. Thrift stores are great for trends that were once very popular and fizzled out but are suddenly back in the style game. Thrift stores are packed full of denim skirts in every style.
OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOP | $2.99
This is a style that truly has never gone out of style. Sure it comes in waves of heavy variety in stores, particularly in the summer. But realistically, they’re always in style. Items like these are in constant rotation in thrift stores because of the fact that they never disappear in retailers.
SCARF | $0.99
The silk square scarf is a classic accessory in women’s fashion. From high end with styles by Hermès to fun vintage thrift store finds, there are tons of options to choose from and because of their ongoing popularity and many uses, scarves are typically very easy to find in thrift stores. And think outside the box with scarves – ti it around your neck, your purse handle for a splash of color or drape wear one in your hair weather as a headband or tied around a bun. It’s an effortlessly chic look that you can never go wrong with.
I’d call this one a win. Although this particular challenge was to find the entire outfit from thrift stores under $20 – taking away the shoes, handbag and sunglasses, the main outfit was under $10. Not too shabby. You can see how easy it is to stock up on great finds while thrift store shopping. You never know what you’ll find and the best part is that you’ll barely put a dent in your wallet. For less than $20 you can pull an outfit together and even better that it will be something fun and unique.
Dry cleaning is a must. I always dry clean most of my thrift/vintage store finds since they are typically older and worn, therefore a little more delicate. Also, most thrift store goods have not been laundered before being placed in a hanger – so you’ll definitely want to wash them before wearing.
Be creative when shopping and don’t take everything for face value. If you find a great blazer but it’s just too big, consider taking it to a tailor to be fitted. Coats, especially vintage fur, are very easy to find in thrift stores that would normally cost you a small fortune in a major retailer. So hit up your local Goodwill and get creative! You’ll have more fun than you think.
Feel free to add your own thrift store challenge to the link up below. We’d love to see what others come up with!
Photos by Stephanie Drenka Photography.