In my early years of college, I decided to take on two jobs to help bring in money for any extra expenses I might’ve accumulated. Traveling expenses had become another bill for me once I decided to attend school and live in New Jersey Monday through Friday and travel back home to the Bronx where I lived on the weekends. One job in New Jersey and the other in New York.
This was the exact moment in my life where I discovered my love for thrift shopping. There’s something so appealing about finding a piece in the thrift shop I know will turn heads & break necks. Not only would I sport some of the fliest gear no one else could get their hands on, but I was getting a good bang for my buck as well. As a college student trying to make ends meet and still be in style, thrifting was my savior. I fell in love with thrift shopping.
I knew I had a love for vintage clothes when all I wanted to do as a child was play in my grandmother’s clothes. From sequence dresses and shoulder padded blazers to buttery soft leather bags and large detailed clip on earrings. I always felt like I had an “old soul” and these vintage pieces were a pure example of it.
Ebay and Etsy played a big part in my online thrifting experience for the times I was too busy studying to visit an actual thrift shop. Auh2o has been my go to thrift shop for YEARS now, I discovered this little hidden gem on 7th street between 1st and 2nd Ave. They had me at hello from the moment I walked in and seen they’re massive collection of accessories. I have a love hate relationship with the Salvation Army, The Goodwill and Unique . They can be a hit or a miss, BUT when it’s a hit that means I found something mind blowing. L train vintage ( a shit load of thrift shops from Manhattan to Brooklyn all on the L line) has become my favorite thrift shops. The prices are just so amazing and the items I’ve found are even more jaw dropping. Beacons Closet, Buffalo Exchange & Crossroads, are my go to’s when it comes to spring/fall cleaning. I usually go through my closet twice a year or more in search of items I’m no longer interested in and bring them to one of these three in trade of a store credit or cash. Amazing way to save money & add new pieces to your collection.
Photos By: George Parente
I truly believe the most fashionable people in the world are those that take pride in the art of style. The ones that have an open mind & can appreciate different eras of fashion. The ones that feel like ANY & EVERYTHING is wearable if you put it together right. I’m saying this to say, it’s not always about the price you pay but about the amount of effort you put into creating a look.
Denim Mickey Jacket – No Relation Vintage ( Brooklyn)
Black Satin Button Down –L Train Vintage
Mom Jeans-L Train Vintage (Levis)
Black Leather Belt – No Relation Vintage (Lower East Side)
Black Leather Booties- Crossroads (Top Shop)
Black Bandana (I sprayed with bleach) –The Goodwill