This week we have a guest blogger, Melissa. She is an ECA volunteer who is helping with social media.
Hi, I’m Melissa! I’m a thinker, maker, and doer who has a passion for hand lettering, dinosaurs, ampersands, all things tasty, crafting, and binge watching murder mysteries.
When the air begins to turn crisp, the leaves begin to change, and the PSL (pumpkin spice latte) fills my Instagram feed, I know it’s fall. And as summer fades away, I always have an urge to bundle up in a comfy sweater, visit a pumpkin patch, and browse the internet for fall trends to add to my wardrobe. But before cracking open my wallet this year, I’ve decided to first clean out my closet to see what I have and what I don’t wear (aka what I’ll be donating), and see what I already own and can pair with some new fall finds. By cleaning out my closet I can also make a little more room for the loveable additions I want to add.
I know what you’re thinking… and no, I’m not planning a painting project, nor am I 10 anymore. And I don’t need to be! Overalls are making a comeback this fall. Jean overalls are a fun way to channel your inner childhood while also adding some new flair to your wardrobe. Jean overalls, like jeans, are a great staple that can be dressed up or down depending upon the occasion.
I love the look of florals all year round, however, vibrant flowers tend to look out of place with the darker hues of fall leaves and the vibrant white of snow. Dark floral clothes are a great way to channel my inner 90s kid, keep the florals that I love, and rock some hues more appropriate for fall and winter.
Denim or cargo jacket
Both denim and cargo jackets became trendy in the spring and their popularity has only grown. Not only are they on trend now, but both denim and cargo never really goes out of style. By looking through the men’s section it should be easy to find a jacket with character and room for fall/winter layers.
Pins and patches
My newest obsession is with pins and patches that I can add to my jackets, sweaters, and bags. While there are plenty of new designs available at department stores, rummaging through a thrift store makes finding retro and vintage flair that much more exciting. Plus, it’ll be harder for someone to have my look.
There are so many great trends to thrift this fall. While these are the top four I’ll be keeping an eye out for, there are plenty of other great fall staples to keep in mind. From ankle boots to scarves, comfy sweaters to wide brimmed hats the possibilities are endless.
I am always curious about the latest trends in thrift shops, consignment and resale. Luckily, I discovered the 2016 Resale Report, published by thredUP. It contains some fascinating information about the latest developments in resale, including how and why the market for secondhand clothing is growing, the top resale brands, and the top 10 resale cities in the USA. The article is very informative and definitely worth reading, especially if you love buying, selling, or wearing secondhand clothing.
In case you’re not already familiar with thredUP, it is a popular website where you can buy or sell secondhand clothing. Interestingly, the thredUP website also includes interviews with “badassmoms.”
The following data points come from the thredUp 2016 Resale Report.
If 1 in 100 American households shopped resale:
These cities have the greatest amount of resale activity in the USA:
Cool, huh? Makes me want to keep shopping resale and spreading the word!
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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