June 9, 2010

Funky Fanny's Tip of the day: Thriftin' 101

These days being Foxylicious and spreading free hugs comes easy to a gal like me...
So I've invested time in other awesomeness!
Like learning how to be a
* thriftin' vintage junky queen!! Say that 5x's real fast * ;-)

From thrift stores, vintage boutiques,
and my personal favorite flea markets!!

I'll give you a few tips on how to make it through all that wonderful vintage
in one piece, find a treat, and not go broke!

1. Shop with a budget! Or have an idea of how much you'd like to spend, because you don't want to regret it later!
I often limit myself to 5 pieces of vintage each shopping trip.
Keep in mind: Thrift with the intentions that you will wear your vintage again and again because most places don't do returns or exchanges.

2. Check condition of vintage! No matter the price you should check every vintage item for damage.
This is important because you want to make sure you're getting good quality for the price you're paying.
The worst is buying a piece to find out it has severe damage and you can't return it!
It prohibits you from wearing said killer piece and that my friends is the pits!

Clothing: Check seams for holes and tears.
Any stain damage especially around underarm area, missing buttons, and zippers.

Shoes: Analyze for peeling, missing heel and taps.
Bend the shoe to make sure it's sole is secure and not cracking.
You don't want your shoes to snap, crackle and pop!

Purses: Test strap durability and any hardware damage, scuff marks, and general wear 'n tear.

Jewelry: Analyze the clasps are secure and for any designer markings.
You never know it might be an authentic Anne Klein, Chanel or Weiss piece!
Could be worth some money honey!!

* On a side note bring Hand Sanitizer or wash your hands after thriftin'
It can be a messy job but don't be afraid to roll your sleeves up and dig deep into those racks of clothing!
It's all for love in the vintage game! *

3. Research Vintage Boutiques and Thrift stores.
The Internet has an unlimited amount of information on vintage.
If you love vintage then visit your local thrift stores, boutiques
and find vintage pop up shops!
Goodies are often found in the most obscure places!

4. Flea Markets!! I attend flea markets on the regular!
Mainly for the wonderful experience and great finds. You never know what amazing "junk" you can find while at the Flea. Most are held outdoors, so you get to enjoy the fresh air!
Prices are reasonable and not to mention all the wonderful food you can indulge in!!
You can always find something that you're looking for, or just enjoy a cheap thrill!

*One time I found a mini disco ball for a $1!!
I Stopped right in my tracks and had an E.D.P.!! (Emergency Dance Party)*

This Fanny has tips, dips, tricks and stories for days!!
Till next time

~Foxy Fanny~

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