Thrifting Fashion by The Red Lip Chronicles

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Meet Justine, a thrifting goddess. I love her blog because she has so many different, interesting features that when I first came across it, I was reading it for a good half hour! Hope you all take her tips for thrifting seriously because girl's got a serious eye for vintage. 

Hi! While Angela is gone enjoying the beaches and being her fabulous self off in Myrtle Beach she asked me to do a guest post. Of course it was a no brainer and I was even more excited since she said the topic was open for me to choose.

My name is Justine from The Red Lip Chronicles.  I'm 22 and live in Chicago with my pit bull pup and boyfriend. I live life in red lipstick (if you couldn't tell from my blog name!), am a collector of cardigans, a baking addict, kitsch enthusiast, and sometimes quoter of "The Office". I blog about all things girly and vintage. But more specifically I use my blog to document my life, recipes, outfits and adventures. You can follow me along for weekly features like my outfit of the day, Shoesday Tuesday (yes, I feature a pair of shoes every week I'd die to own) and City Sightings where I post about an adventure I did during the week.

But the name of this game is thrifting. I remember the day I discovered my first Goodwill, it was magical, euphoric, an epiphany even. Ok so that sounds a bit dramatic but really thrifting is how I got 70% of the clothes that fill my closet. There are so many reasons I love it:

1. It is so much more affordable then shopping full fledged retail stores.

2. You give new life to clothes that were once forgotten. It's fun thinking about how the woman before me loved the item and how she wore it, especially when its vintage.
3. You get to preserve vintage clothing hopefully for a long time to come

4. Its like a treasure hunt, going through all the racks and racks of clothes to find that special item for you makes you feel like a scavenger. 
My tips for thrifting are to go into it with an idea of what you are looking for, otherwise it can be overwhelming and you could end up buying things you don't even need (but get because of the price). I like to go into it with an item in mind that I need, like a new summer dress (always!) or with a color scheme since thats how some thrift stores are set up, like I'd love a new red colored shirt. Also, not all thrift stores are located nationally but some of my favorites that I know are chains, even if only regionally are Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army, Unique Thrift Store, and Village Discount. A lot of these have half off days, for example Unique Thrift has half of Mondays every Monday or Village Discount has half off for an entire weekend during holidays, which to them is even minor things like Superbowl Weekend Sale, or random holidays like a Mother's Day Weekend Sale. So be sure to check out when sales are coming up or join their email lists! 

Happy Thrifting! 



  1. I love reading Justine's blog (: she really does have a great eye for vintage, and I love reading her Tuesday Shoe Day features! I hold tip #2 very near and dear to my heart, because I love feeling like I can give new life to something old. And I feel really bad donating clothes too, because I fear that they might not get bought. I'm weird like that, haha.

  2. Nice post! I like your post features! :)

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  3. Yay! Totally feeling all the sentiments here! I really need to focus on thrifting more on the blog, especially considering the name of my blog. Ha. I love breathing new life into old clothes and housewares. :)


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