Polo Ralph Lauren
The Vintage Find
Since I have moved to New York about 2 and a half years ago, I have become a huge vintage shopper! Finding unique, timeless, quality pieces for a mere fraction of their actual cost gives me a high that drugs can never replace. Do not be fooled by New York’s expensive consignment stores; a cheap vintage store can be just around the corner. If you’re nice I may just share with you my favorite spots…ok, ok, you know I am going to give them to you! You just have to scroll down.
One of my absolute favorite finds would have to be this Bordeaux Polo Ralph Lauren Blazer. I have worn this to so many events, holiday party’s, and even to the office for work with a nice turtle neck underneath. I really fell in love with this because of it’s rich color. For me, it’s a lot easier to wear black or neutral tones, always classic! I do believe it is harder to wear color but not this one.
How much do you think I paid for it?
I bought this Blazer for $10!
I know right? When I saw it was only $10 I took it, hid it underneath my other finds, paid, and then ran away because I felt as if I was stealing. Ever since I started vintage shopping and doing sample sales, I have sworn to never buy anything full price again. Some of my finds include a Marc Jacobs sweater for $15, a Lanvin blouse for $30, a pair of Manolo Blahnik pumps for $20, Giorgio Armani 100% silk pants for $55, Salvatore Ferragamo loafers for $30.. the list goes on. I really do think that you can buy quality pieces for cheap if you are open to looking… Sometimes it can definitely be discouraging looking through all those racks, but stay strong!
Ok, here is some of my favorite vintage stores. I am completely scared to share these spots as they truly are the best, just make sure to leave some good stuff for me!
Vintage Thrift West
Another wonderful reason to thrift shop is because of how it can help the environmental impact on our planet. Each year, the world consumes 80 billion new pieces of clothing and sends 26 billion pounds to the landfill. North America alone sends more than 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills, 95% of which cannot be recycled. Scale that down, and you would find that the average person throws away 81 pounds of textiles per year .
I really try to buy less, buy vintage, and promote small businesses who practice sustainable and ethical manufacturing. These small steps have really reduced my closet space as I use to always buy into fast fashion in my college days. If you want to do a clean sweep, beacons closet will actually buy your used clothing and give to charity what they cannot sell, https://beaconscloset.com/pages/charities . I did this twice and it felt great!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me. I am always just an email away!