Secondhand stores like Crossroads can be overwhelming, even for veteran thrifters. Making a plan of what you’re looking for beforehand can save you some anxiety, but don’t expect to find everything in the first store you walk into. The magic of shopping a secondhand store is the possibility of finding unique pieces from a brand you may never have discovered otherwise, or brand-name pieces you love but can’t justify purchasing at original price.
I want you to love the adventure of thrifting as much as I do, so I’ve put together a guide to the best secondhand bargains to spend your energy on!
The first thing I look at when walking into a recycled fashion or secondhand store is the shoe selection. I scan all sizes because brands fit differently and shoes often get moved and put back incorrectly throughout the day. It is not uncommon to find like new or brand new, unworn, and high-end shoes that are already broken in for less than half of the original price.
Coats and Jackets
Living in Los Angeles, there are only a couple of months in the year that a coat is necessary, so I often find it hard to justify the high price of a new one. Coats are an item that I have not paid full price for in years. I’ve been able to find everything from a vintage, oversized denim jacket to a never worn, trendy duster coat.
While I still shop good-quality fast fashion brands like Forever 21, H&M, and Urban Outfitters at secondhand stores, the best bargains will be with high-quality brand name labels. The prices will be significantly lower than the original. And at buy-sell-trade stores, they’ll only be slightly used or, in some cases, brand new with the tags still attached!
I like to keep on top of clothing trends, but I definitely do not buy into all of them. New, trendy pieces can be expensive because of the high demand. Trends tend to come in cycles, so you may be lucky enough to find current trends at a secondhand store from the previous cycle. I personally think the original run of the trend is always best; for example, vintage Levi’s will forever be favored over newly manufactured copycat “mom jeans.”
Does anyone really enjoy shopping for new denim? Finding the right size for you depends on the brand, the cut, the shape, and the style of the jeans (or jacket). For me, the worst part is how the denim’s shape changes after a few wears or washes. Finding a perfectly worn-in pair of jeans or a denim jacket at a secondhand store will guarantee that the fit in the dressing room will be the fit for life!
Once fall arrived, I realized my denim game could use a much-needed upgrade. I knew exactly where to go for some serious denim inspiration: self-proclaimed denim junkie Courtney of Pretty Little Fawn, because she’s my personal denim guru.
A great pair of dark denim is the perfect beginning to any fall/winter outfit. Courtney and I both naturally gravitate towards high-waisted skinny cropped denim, but this season I’m equally attracted to cropped flares, edgy distressed, and vintage-inspired styles too!
Courtney’s denim motto (and ours) is “MORE DENIM. ALL DENIM ALL THE TIME,” so I picked out a couple of styles right off our sales floor featuring brands that she swears by, including BDG, Levi’s, Zara, and Madewell.
Not to worry, fall denim will never be out of style. In fact, it will probably always be a mainstay, transcending any trend, forever being classic and timeless. But there comes a time when the best has a bit of competition, and this season, the stars of the show are every other types of fabric and pant cuts.
Fall is my favorite season to have fun with my style. It’s a great time to experiment with heavier fabrics, larger shapes, and bold patterns. Check out my round-up of some of my favorite denimless street style outfits that are perfect for fall!
Trends come and go so quickly, there’s really no point in being a slave to them. When it comes to updating your look for back to school, you don’t have buy a whole new wardrobe to replace last fall’s threads—just update them at Crossroads with this week’s newest arrivals!
For the first day of school, make an impression with a button down suede skirt and colored denim jacket. Then add our Stripe Boxy Tee ($13.50) and Suede Bolo Tie Necklace ($18.50), pictured here with leather Converse sneakers found at our Lincoln Park location ($25).
Mix prints by pairing camo trousers with any one of our Roll Sleeve Terry Tees (available in sport stripe, charcoal stripe, or navy stripe, $15). Finish the look with mirrored aviators and a neutral flat.
Select store locations are featuring handpicked racks of back-to-school clothing and accessories—so come shop with us this weekend!
The moment I saw 3×1’s Crop Lima jean, I knew I had to have them—but with a $295 price tag, I set out to create my own affordable version. I closed my web browser, picked up my seam rippers, and ran to the Crossroads DIY Studio to create these frayed hem jeans myself!
First things first: you can use any pair of jeans to achieve this fringed accent. I’ll be using a pair of light wash skinny jeans, but you can use any color or silhouette you want.
You will need:
– A pair of jeans
– A seam ripper
– A pair of sharp scissors
– A ruler
3. Now you can start fraying! You can use your fingers to rub the edges of the fabric to find your loose vertical threads. Then just start unraveling. I used the seam ripper to isolate each thread, pulling them out one by one.The entire process should only take about an hour to unravel both legs up to your desired height.
Here’s a finished pair. I added some stitching to keep the fringe from unraveling beyond my original measurement.
Light wash or dark wash, this fun DIY is an easy and free route to transforming last season’s jeans into this summer’s hottest denim trend.
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