Blog: Crossroads Style

November 21, 2022 Staff Style Spotlight: Emma

Emma sitting on a couch.

As part of our Staff Style Spotlight series, meet Emma, Director of Training and Development at Crossroads. We asked Chicago employees to bring their style and star in our latest photoshoot wearing their Crossroads finds. Read about Emma’s personal style, favorite Crossroads finds and favorite thing about working at Crossroads.

Three images of Emma. One of her sitting on the couch. One holding her daughter. One of her laughing.

Tell us about your favorite Crossroads find.

Chanel Teva style sandals.

What are you dying to see come into your Crossroads store?

Bottega Veneta Mini Jodie Bag in Green.

Emma holding hands with Noah. She is looking back. Emma is wearing a trench coat on her shoulders.

What are your fall closet essentials?

Lot’s of cozy turtleneck knits, monochromatic suiting, Square toe boots.

How would you describe your personal style?

Classic, oversized, chic.  I love layering different shades of neutral colors.

Emma moving the hair from her face. Smiling.

What is your favorite thing about working at Crossroads?

Working for Crossroads has afforded me many opportunities in life they may not have had otherwise.  I love working for a company with strong values.  My favorite part about working at Crossroads is seeing the training materials my team creates in action.  It’s really gratifying.

Top tips for selling at Crossroads?

Take trade! You’ll never be disappointed, there’s always something amazing in our stores.

Thanks for the Staff Style Spotlight, Emma! As Director of Training and Development, Emma has the important job of creating employee training materials and overseeing our communications department. Sounds interesting? Check out our Careers page to learn more about working at Crossroads.

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November 17, 2022 We Have Ideas: Thanksgiving Outfits

We are so ready to plan our Thanksgiving outfits! This is one of our favorite times of the year, making plans to enjoy holiday meals with our friends and family.

As we plan our looks, we start by thinking of some of our favorite Thanksgiving combos and accessories. Take a look at what we tend to go to time and time again.

Boots & Maxi Skirt

We opt for boots all season long, but adding them with a long skirt and sweater is one of our favorite “dress-up” holiday looks.

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Scarves

It’s the season of scarves, so dress up neutral pieces with small silk ones or cozy oversized ones.

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Turtlenecks

The turtleneck will always win us over for cold-weather outings. Look for sweater versions in super soft knits.

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Autumn Colors

You can always look to natural fall colors to bring the festivities to your Thanksgiving look.

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Feathers

Just a hint of feathers as trimming looks so festive!

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Blouse & Jeans

Make it simple for yourself and select a pretty blouse with your favorite jeans.

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Velvet

Oh, how we love velvet for the holidays! These pants would be a perfect choice.

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If you’re still shopping for Thanksgiving outfits, drop into one of our stores to see what’s new on our racks. We might have exactly what you’ve been looking for!

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November 15, 2022 Festive Feather Dresses

We’ve reached that point in the year where all we can think about are holiday outfits, like feather dresses. The holidays provide a special opportunity to dress a little over the top, and for fashion lovers like us, that makes shopping in our stores extra exciting.

Glitter, sequins, and feathers are the eye-catching details we look for when browsing the racks. In secondhand fashion shops like ours, the racks being filled with vintage, contemporary, and designer pieces mean there are so many treasures to be found!

Take a look below at some of the feather dresses that are inspiring us this season. We love how even just a hint of feathers at a hemline takes a dress to the next level. Don’t be afraid to add feathered accessories too.

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Are you busy dreaming of a calendar full of holiday events too? We want to see your festive party looks! If you find a holiday outfit in one of our stores, please share it on Instagram and tag us @crossroadstrading. You may find it featured on our brand feed.

Let’s make a toast to the holiday (fashion) season!

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November 10, 2022 This Week’s Thrift Store Fashion Finds

Another week, and another batch of incredible thrift store fashion finds have hit the sales floors of our Crossroads stores across the country

If you’re not following the regional Instagram feed for your local stores, you should be (and a few are linked below). It’s how you can get a first look at the pieces our buyers have just bought into their store. 

We took a look at the IG feeds this week and collected some of the best thrift store fashion finds we noticed.

Keep scrolling to see what we found!

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Yves Saint Laurent handbag, $220.

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Dries Van Noten coat, $68.

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Chloe loafers, $150.

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Telfar bag, price upon request.

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Assorted Nike Air Max 90 Volt and Air Max 90 UNDFTD, $85-125.

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Alice + Olivia top, $32.50; vintage skirt, $18.50; Nine West shoes, $24.

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Garrixon x Kum & Go Ampersand1 shoes, $225.

Now’s the time to start thrifting your holiday gifts! Bring in your gently-used clothes to sell, and you may receive cash or store credit towards like-new thrift store fashion pieces that make amazing gifts, like designer handbags. Then, follow us on Instagram to keep an eye on everything that’s making its way into our stores.

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November 8, 2022 Q&A with Becky of @beckytsivin

You know we love to come across secondhand fashion enthusiasts on Instagram like Becky of @beckytsivin. When we saw her feed of fashion and decor inspiration, we had to reach out and learn more. Read our Q&A with her below, then pop over to her feed to see for yourself!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi! My name is Becky and I currently live in Chicago with my partner and two beautiful kitties, Smudge and Opal. I grew up around the Chicagoland area and have lived in the city now for about 8 years. I’m really passionate about plants, rollerblading, swimming in Lake Michigan, and golden hour. Currently, I work in the social media & influencer space for a wellness brand.
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You share your love of secondhand fashion and home decor on your IG feed. What originally drew you to thrifting?
Oh my gosh! This is such an awesome question. I’m a huge secondhand and vintage lover when it comes to both my closet and my home. I actually started thrifting back in late middle school/early high school. That’s over 10 years ago now, which is crazy! I was really drawn to the fact that you could find such unique and good-quality pieces. A lot of people I knew were shopping at H&M or Forever 21, but I always felt like I couldn’t find anything I liked there. And if I did, it wasn’t the best quality. One day, I popped into my local Savers with one of my best friends, and the rest is history! I remember everything I got so vividly, and I actually still have one piece (a really awesome hand-embroidered denim jacket) from that first EVER thrift trip. I think I’ll hold onto it for quite some time, as it’s very sentimental to me.
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Thank you for tagging us so we can see your #crossroadsfinds! Do you have a favorite piece that you found in one of our stores?
Yes! I’m an avid Crossroads go-er and quite often frequent the store near me! When I think about some of my favorite pieces over the years, a few come to mind. First, I found a pair of beautiful Agolde jeans that I’ve worn so much and consistently wear to this day. Such great quality denim! I also found a brand new pair of Jeffrey Campbell loafers at a time when I was looking for loafers to incorporate into my wardrobe, which was awesome. The most recent find that I’ve been loving is an Aritzia cashmere sweater, which is just perfect for fall and winter. Crossroads always has the best staple pieces for such a reasonable price. I also love the fact that it’s more curated in selection – it makes finding something on your thrifting wishlist a bit easier!
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Your Chicago apartment is a plant oasis. Please tell us your secret for creating such a special space in the city.
Yes, I have roughly about 45 plants, and I love them all so much! Many of them have been with me for years, which is really special. Honestly, my secret is just good natural lighting, drainage in your pots, and making sure you have a good watering schedule. I feel at peace when I’m surrounded by greenery, and being able to take care of all of these plants and welcome more into my household makes me feel so happy! Having a special space at home where you can relax and unwind from the buzz of the city is a must for me. I feel like having plants in a home space just makes it so much warmer, inviting, and lively.
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What are you hoping to thrift next?
I’m ALWAYS writing down what I’m hoping to thrift next in my notes app, or pinning it on a Pinterest board! I feel like when I’m curating a list of items that I’m on the hunt for, it makes my thrifting experience so much easier. I’ve definitely been wanting to thrift the perfect pair of oversized trousers, a really good wool chunky knit or cardigan for winter layering, and I have absolutely been obsessed with the Realisation Par Rosalita dress and think that the style and shape are so flattering. A dress like that is absolutely a DREAM find of mine!
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We’re very grateful to Becky for taking the time to tell us more about her secondhand fashion journey (and we’re so jealous of that sunny, plant-filled apartment). You can admire all of Becky’s fashion finds and plant oasis on Instagram at @beckytsivin You can join us there too!
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