Walking into a giant warehouse that smells like laundry detergent and what must assuredly be the lost and found of Grandmother’s scarves can seem like a meager place to find great fashion pieces.
However, many great fashion enthusiasts will tell you that one of their most treasured wardrobe pieces was found at a Goodwill or an unassuming second hand store. So what’s the secret in finding great items without spending hours at a time sorting through piles of tacky polyester??
1. Clean Lines
2. Quality Fabric
3. Unusual patterns
3. Classic pieces
For my Goodwill shopping trip this past week, I focused on blouses. I went in primarily for new material for this blog post and crossed my fingers I’d find good enough pieces to use as examples. I loved the red blouse as soon as I noticed it and kept it along for it’s 100% silk material tag. It has great clean lines and is in good condition. Overall, just needs a good steam. The green shirt stuck out to me because its a limited edition shirt from Target. It’s from a designer’s collection, and I loved the bright colors and colorblock scheme to it. The white blouse was simple, clean and made of linen. Great quality item I picked up immediately. Lastly, I picked the apple blouse for it’s fun, unique pattern.
In the end, I decided that the red blouse had too much of a “christmas shine” to it. Great for the holiday season, but not currently relevant to me. Once I tried on the green blouse, I noticed it had an elastic hem, contributing to a very “parachute” look. Not good. As cute as the apple print was, the top looked bad in all the wrong places- the polyester material also made it look cheap on. I had to say no. The white linen top was chic, classy, and looked like I had spent $50 on it. At $4.99 it was a done deal.