The Vintanthromobile: Connecticut’s FIRST mobile vintage boutique Shopping at The Vintanthromobile was a glorious experience for me, and Jeb too! First off, the owner, Melissa Gonzales, and her crew, are the nicest people; chatting with Jeb for an hour and talking to me … Continue reading
I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could pull of a week straight of wearing second-hand clothing/items! So, this past week, I put my money where my mouth is, and tried it. Since my wardrobe is not 100% full of second-hand clothing… I mixed in some clothing I already had in my closet.
What I found was, challenge or no challenge, I usually am wearing a vintage or consignment piece of clothing! So, this really wasn’t a huge challenge for me. The true challenge would be wearing outfits (top to bottom) that are 100% from a second-hand store…okay, maybe not the underwear, but you get the picture. Either way, I had fun compiling these outfits and hope you see that you can shop second-hand and still be stylish and SAVE MONEY.
Leopard Print Shoes: Steve Madden – already in my closet
Mint Green Pants: Old Navy – already in my closet
Cream Vintage Sweater: Purchased at The Garment District in Cambridge, MA ($9.99)
Polka Dot Sweater: Merona, purchased at The Goodwill ($4.99)
Black Dress: Ann Klein – already in my closet
Blue Printed Shirt: Old Navy – Purchased from Modern Millie’s ($2)
Vintage Velvet Blazer: Purchased from Foreign Affair Warehouse in Providence ($28)
Pink T-shirt: The Gap – Already in my closet
Gold Earrings: Already in my closet
Martini: Just delicious!
Plaid Skirt: Vintage and purchased from the Goodwill in Quincy, MA ($4.99)
Black Shirt: Gap – already in my closet
Black Flats: H & M – already in my closet
Fun Dress: Mimi Chic – already in my closet
Cowboy Boots: Texas – purchased from NAVA in Providence, RI ($65)
Vintage Leather Clutch: Honestly, I have had this clutch for years, and I can’t remember what thrift store I purchased it at 😦 All I know is was under $10 and I LOVE IT!
Cheated a bit here and considered my winter coat as an “outfit” for the day 🙂
Vintage Nude Wool Coat: Purchased from North Hampton Hospice Thrift Shop ($8)
Brown Purse: H & M – Already in my closet
Gloves & Scarf: Already in my closet
As you can see, I am a skier! As a thrifty gal I am always on the look out for great ski gear at decent prices. Check out my price for my GORTEX pants!
Off- White Sweater: LL Bean, purchased from Bloomingdeals in Salem, NH for $25
Black Gortex Pants: Purchased from Second Time Around with the tags still on them for $25!!! These usually go for $230.
Orange Ski Jacket: The North Face – Already in my closet
All and all a great week 🙂
Hope your week is off to a great start!
Three Graces Vintage – 68 Main St. -Stafford Springs, CT – 860-597-1427
I got the chance to check out Three Graces Vintage Shop a few weeks ago while I was in Stafford Springs for business. Now, if you have been to Stafford Springs you would know that it’s a VERY small town off of rt. 84 (about 30 minutes from Hartford). I am not even sure they have traffic lights here… making this quaint town, a breath of fresh air!
I normally don’t spend time shopping in Stafford Springs, however, this visit brought a new hip vintage store to my attention! I spotted Three Graces Vintage Shop while getting lunch at Middle Ground Cafe on Main Street. Since there is always time to review a vintage shop (I cut my lunch break down…ok) I took a quick opportunity to check out this new spot.
Stepping into Three Graces Vintage was like stepping back in time. The clothing, jewelry and accessories were straight out of a different era.
The store also has a side section that is focused on local artists! I love it when small businesses include the local artists! The owner told me that she plans on doing a fashion show with fashion students from the local college this Fall! I hope to get an invite to that fun event… so cool!
Overall, I really enjoyed this store. The owner and her daughter were very welcoming and informative about all the items. Everything in the store was very well maintained, and clean. If you find yourself on rt. 84 in Connecticut, take a quick road trip to Stafford Springs! This quaint town and Three Graces Vintage shop will not disappoint you!
Second Time Around – West Hartford, CT – 977 Farmington Ave – (860) 233-8650
Overall thoughts: High-end designers and very fashionable attire
Recommend: If you’re a lover of designer clothing or shoes, go here.
The amount of free time I have had this week has been minimal, due to work events. However, I just happened to stumble across a Second Time Around in West Hartford, CT yesterday. I was so psyched when I came across this store (by accident) and couldn’t wait to get my hunt on.
Helpful tips for shopping at STA and other similar thrift stores:
1. Have an open mind… thrift shopping is about the UNKNOWN of what you might find.
2. Get ready to do some math… STA has great discounts, just be ready to do the math and not just look at the price tag. Most of the items are 20% -50% off.
3. Buy off season! Buy a winter jacket in the summer time. I bet you it will be at least 50% off.
4. Look in the Men’s Section. You can find great deals in the extra small section, ties (great outfit accents) or shoes
5. Buy quality. Period.
Enough about my hints and onto my adventure –
When walking in I had to remind myself about their markdown structure. This will save you a ton of money in the end. My goal is to always look for the colored label with the 50% discount, because why wouldn’t you!
I had never been to this STA location so I did’t know what to expect when walking in. The first thing I noticed was a Tory Birtch dress hanging in the corner. It was nice piece, but I am not obsessed with designers so didn’t get too excited. As my hunt continued, I realized about 75% of the items in this store were high-end designers.
I checked out their GREAT shoe selection, containing designers such as Gucci and Prada. I am a size 9 and the options for a size 9 are not nearly as good as a size 6 (I blame my parents for this… haha). I found the coolest pairs of shoes, of course, in a size 6 or 7. Check out the cute yellow shoes below. If only I had small feet I would be rockin’ these shoes today.
All STA’s are very well labeled, giving you direction to finding what you’re looking for. This is a great starter store for someone who is not willing to hunt through racks and racks of clothes at the Salvation Army or Goodwill. And wouldn’t you know, STA has a similar motto to my blog… they had this on t-shirts for sale at this location.
I was on my way out, but decided to take one loop back around the shoes. The size 9’s were on the very top rack so had to get on my tippy toes to see them (shopping is a workout today). I found a really cool pair of teal patent leader Tod’s high heels. The price was $130, but after I did the math they came down to $70. I did a quick search online and discovered that the Tod’s Brand is quite pricey, with these shoes retailing at $550 in black. Being a New England gal I knew these would be SO perfect for the fall season. So, home with me they came 🙂 I also loved that they were different and did not look as if they had ever been worn.
Today I am workin’ the teal pumps with a black skirt and top! Gave a good punch to my outfit.
The photo doesn’t show the great color of the shoe, but hey, I am not a professional photographer nor do I have that much time to play around with my Mac!
Bottom line, I spent more then I normally do at a STA. However, I know I will get great use out of my purchase and since they are a quality brand, they will last me. Hello ladies and gents… you don not have to go to Nordstroms for designer items, just get into a STA for the your favorite designer.
CT: Greenwich, West Hartford, Westport
MA: Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Needham, Newton, Wellesley