Favorite thrifted item?
It varies! So often you find a gem and get really obsessed with it for a few weeks, and then you find a new treasure the next time you go. Some of my favorites include this Penny Lane-esque jacket I picked up at the Haight Street Goodwill, a couple of vintage train cases I use for storage, and an old camera bag I use for my own equipment. The best thing I’ve found is a $2 Dollar Carole King vinyl of Tapestry. I listen to it all the time.
When did you start thrifting?
I started shopping at second-hand stores fairly early on in High School. Usually, we ended up hunting through Goodwill for spirit day clothing. But then it became more about finding things I’d wear regularly.
What do you love about thrifting?
The surprise element of it all. You truly never know what you’ll find when you walk in. Some days it’s a total miss, but other times you walk out thinking you’ve really hit the jackpot.
Favorite Goodwill and why?
I LOVE the Alhambra location.
Do you feel like thrifting enhances your style and why?
Oh definitely. It’s so fun to wear a piece you’ve had to dig for. There’s a weird sense of fulfillment that comes from someone being like, “Oh my gosh, love that jacket!”
What is your favorite season for fashion?
Fall! Always. I’m such a massive fan of the fall tones, oversized coats, and scarves.
Describe your personal style?
I keep my style pretty simple. I tend to lean towards a more neutral color palette, never straying too far from black, white, and denim. But I like to mix things up a bit with a bright lipstick, an interesting coat, or some wild boots.
What is your thrift store strategy? Do you spend a lot of time and go through everything? Do you go for a specific item each trip? How do you stay on track?
My strategy is to only spend time looking through the colors I know I’ll wear. Most thrift store racks are laid out by colors, so I go straight for the ones I know I’ll wear most: black, white, gray. But I stay away from colors that would go to waste in my closet. It’s unlikely that I’d ever wear an orange shirt, so I don’t waste time scrolling though oranges or looking at anything with a bold pattern.
Favorite fashion tip?
Figure out what types of clothes best suits your personality and your body type, and live in that zone. Knowing what you love to wear makes it so much easier to shop at thrift stores, get ready in the morning, and be confident when you walk out the door.
How do you avoid buying something that is the wrong size or that you don’t need?
I’m 100% that person who has to try everything on before buying it. I don’t commit to a shopping trip unless I know I have the time to really make sure I’m trying things on and getting what I need.
Anything else you want to add?
There’s this great Gore Vidal quote, “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” While I don’t think he was necessarily referring to fashion, it’s a pretty great quote to keep in mind when figuring out your own sense of style.