This blog is about two of my great loves: thrift shopping and reading.

Once a cricket jumped out of the denim rack and onto me at Goodwill, but I kept flipping through because I was looking for the perfect pair of vintage Levi’s. I didn’t find them, but I did scream and startle the other shoppers, winding up with a good laugh. More than flipping through Goodwill racks, I love flipping through images from the latest fashion shows every season, but I’m a college student on a budget. Thrifting has enabled me to incorporate the latest trends into my wardrobe without buying fast fashion knock-offs or blowing the bank.

My most beloved thrifting treasures include a cashmere Ralph Lauren sweater and Nanette Lepore wool skirt, but I don’t just hunt for labels; I look for potential in even the shoulder-padded blazers. I think that may be my favorite thing about thrifting: the promise of potential, the thrill of knowing something beautiful may be hidden amidst cast-off monster truck rally t-shirts and grandma sweaters.

I hope you enjoy reading about how to wear the latest fashions without breaking the bank or destroying the planet in the process!

I also love saving money on clothes because it means more money for books, although honestly I get most of my books at the Brooklyn Public Library. I read so much I sometimes forget what I have read. I wanted to find a way to engage more with the material I read and other readers, so I am reviewing books as well! Let me know if there are any books I  should add to my list!

I am also a: Christian, a marathon runner, amateur embroiderer, sunglasses collector & believer in spontaneous dance parties.

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Twitter: @gjvickers