A Thrifty, Thrifter's Tale!
At the ripe age of 22 , I began to fall in love with everything fashion . When I first started University of Southern Mississippi, I didn’t really care too much about clothing because I was never able to afford the popular brands that everyone else wore. Also, at the time I wouldn’t really consider myself as a girl that really cared about what she had on. The clothes that I came to Hattiesburg with were clothes that I wore at the previous community college and even high school. My second year at USM was when fashion was possible for the minimum wage-college student.
My roommate was a daring fashionista. She never seemed to wear the same thing more than twice. I would always wonder how could she afford so many clothes, since We were both working jobs that underpaid us (that’s Mississippi for you). One day she invited me shopping with her because she was “running out of things to wear” . (I’m not sure how that was possible , but okay. haha) My first thought was I don’t want to go shopping, especially since I probably didn’t have enough money to afford what she where she was shopping.
When she first took me to the Salvation Army , my first reaction was “what a junk-hole”. I only knew of stores like Charlotte Russe , 579 , and Rue 21 . With my extensive background in Retail , this would mean extra hours after closing time to recover. I began reading the price lists right by the front door : Blouses $2.50 , Pants: $3.50 , Shoes :$2.50 . The prices tempted me, but I thought to myself there must be nothing but junk here. I began searching racks in the women’s section with my roommate. I found myself finding nothing but treasures.
After that day, I shopped at that store every month or so to stock up . I also find myself wanting more and finding other stores like this one. Salvation army gave me my chance to be a fashionista. I began reading famous bloggers such as Shauna Millers “ Penny Chic “, Folake Kuye Huntoon “StylePantry”, and Collegefashion.net.
This is my first experience as a blogger, so excuse me if I can be overly wordy. Make sure you look out for my vlogs via Youtube. I’ll make sure to post the links on my articles. I plan on posting interviews and thrift hauls.
Author: Carla Marie