What's your thrift to retail ratio?

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These days there are few things I shop retail for, but with a size nine foot it's a little tricky to score nice or even vintage shoes when op shopping. I imagine sometimes that amongst the gorgeous women of the fifties and sixties; that had I been around I may have been somewhat a giant at 5 ft 8" especially when in heels.

So when it comes to my feet, I like to have enough shoe options in my wardrobe, so I often look at retail stores. With Autumn approaching I thought I would add a few fun pairs of flats to the wardrobe. I also can't help when it comes to the cooler or winter months to look for colour and fun in shoes to brighten the mood.
I picked up both of these pairs from Kmart. The leopard/animal pair are a necessity for any women's wardrobe in my opinion. Whether you wear heels, flats, wedges, I truly believe every women should have a pair of leopard/animal print shoes they go with so many other patterns and colours, they're a classic as far as I'm concerned. So of course these were picked up out of complete necessity as my other leopard flats have died and my other animal print pair I still own are wedges.....see I've got to have options.

Secondly I'm utterly in love with this orange pair of suedette flat, I love mixing edgy and funky things like these with feminine outfits. It's fun adding a touch of the unexpected. I can see myself seeking any and every excuse to wear these; orange really makes me smile.

I'm curious though how much retail shopping do you do in comparison to your op shopping buys (including vintage purchases, fairs, markets, garage sales, jumbles sales etc)? With the exception of eighty percent of my shoes, underwear and some basic tees throughout the year with a few other buys here and there I'd say I have an 80% thrift to 20% retail ration . It's therefore why I look for inexpensive cheerful options, like these flats to add extra punch to my wardrobe and stylings. 

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My Vintage Childhood: What's your thrift to retail ratio?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What's your thrift to retail ratio?

This is not a sponsored post
These days there are few things I shop retail for, but with a size nine foot it's a little tricky to score nice or even vintage shoes when op shopping. I imagine sometimes that amongst the gorgeous women of the fifties and sixties; that had I been around I may have been somewhat a giant at 5 ft 8" especially when in heels.

So when it comes to my feet, I like to have enough shoe options in my wardrobe, so I often look at retail stores. With Autumn approaching I thought I would add a few fun pairs of flats to the wardrobe. I also can't help when it comes to the cooler or winter months to look for colour and fun in shoes to brighten the mood.
I picked up both of these pairs from Kmart. The leopard/animal pair are a necessity for any women's wardrobe in my opinion. Whether you wear heels, flats, wedges, I truly believe every women should have a pair of leopard/animal print shoes they go with so many other patterns and colours, they're a classic as far as I'm concerned. So of course these were picked up out of complete necessity as my other leopard flats have died and my other animal print pair I still own are wedges.....see I've got to have options.

Secondly I'm utterly in love with this orange pair of suedette flat, I love mixing edgy and funky things like these with feminine outfits. It's fun adding a touch of the unexpected. I can see myself seeking any and every excuse to wear these; orange really makes me smile.

I'm curious though how much retail shopping do you do in comparison to your op shopping buys (including vintage purchases, fairs, markets, garage sales, jumbles sales etc)? With the exception of eighty percent of my shoes, underwear and some basic tees throughout the year with a few other buys here and there I'd say I have an 80% thrift to 20% retail ration . It's therefore why I look for inexpensive cheerful options, like these flats to add extra punch to my wardrobe and stylings. 

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15 Comments:

At February 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Sunae Reilly said...

I'm still kind of finding my way with wearing vintage, so a lot of my clothes are bought retail, mostly from Valleygirl and nearly all of my shoes are from Kmart. That's not to say that these are the things I wear most, though. The few opshopped and vintage pieces I have are probably worn thrice as much as anything else in my wardrobe, and I am constantly mixing them with retail buys to change up their look. I would love to eventually own more vintage than retail, but for now (since the majority of vintage things I see that I like are in vintage boutiques) this is unaffordable, and since I have size 10-11 feet, I'm not even going to hope to own any vintage shoes in the near future!

 
At February 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM , Blogger rachel @ idlepines said...

100% thrifed since 2009: that was the last time I bought new clothes.
In the last ten years, I'd say easily over 95% of the clothes I have bought have been thrifted.
Shoes are/were harder to find, but being an 8 to a 9, I've been fortunate in finding some lovely 2nd hand shoes, but overall finding shoes is very much hit or miss. So for me there's always Kmart or Big W for lovely cheap colourful canvas sneakers!

 
At February 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM , Blogger Vintage Bird Girl said...

I think I'm the same as you, although I have been buying shoes from the op shops lately too. But apart from underwear & the occasional cardigan or tights I tend to shop second hand these days. I can always find vintage shoes with my mini feet! Xx

 
At February 19, 2013 at 9:40 PM , Blogger Vix said...

Last year I bought a fake fur coat (£7), some crochet bell bottoms (£5), 2 pairs of candy coloured platforms for £5 a pair, a straw hat (£2) and a five pack of knickers for £4 and that was the sum total of new purchases, everything else was second-hand.
I've got big feet as well but usually manage to score some decent second hand footwear in charity shops. xxx

 
At February 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Kelly Wayne said...

I found myself in a shopping centre the other day, mesmerised by the pretty shiny new things but after I bought some underwear I couldn't wait to get home to my second hand and thrifted goodies instead. I would say I'm 70% thrift 30% retail! Great post Trudie!

 
At February 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM , Blogger Anne @ Domesblissity said...

You know Trudie, I felt my retail percentage was rising when KMart introduced their 'cheap' range but I'm not impressed. Its not the best quality and very thread bare. I'm going back to thrift store. May not be vintage but the items I buy are good brands and may be from a few seasons ago but still going very strong. A thrift store shirt for around $10 is going to outlast a KMart $6 tee that will probably last a few washes before it shrinks and goes out of shape. (By the way, in my late teens I had the most perfect pair of the pointiest, white lace kitten heels. They were my absolute favourites. Heaven only knows where they are now. I don't think I kept them. Boo hoo sob sob. They'd probably be worth a mint now and I'm a 9.5 to 10.)

Anne xx

 
At February 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM , Blogger WolvesAtTheDoor said...

At the moment its all thrift for me!:) Like the orange shoes!!!

 
At February 20, 2013 at 7:22 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

Developing a vintage wardrobe definitely takes time it's not an over night thing. It's like a beautiful art collection it takes time to curate, source and acquire pieces. I do a lot of mixing with modern but I would still say the vast majority of my non-vintage/thrifted items are still op shopped, hand me downs etc. I really struggle to find pieces in current trends and fashions I really like.

By the way I should really arrange a Gold Coast op shopping get together for us bloggers in the region.

 
At February 20, 2013 at 7:25 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

Wow Rachel you've done well. Even with a size nine foot I struggle in the so department, that's not say I haven't picked up sites op shopping because I have. Quite a few are op shopped but the retail ratio on shoes would definitely out way the thrift ratio in my wardrobe. But you're right Kmart and Big W have cute, fun, colourful options for shoes, I like that.

 
At February 20, 2013 at 7:29 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

I think that's the point I'm making as well is that my style doesn't come from department stores. It's the extras and basics I need that fill in the gaps. As it is the vast majority of my non-vintage still comes from the op shop or hand me downs.

 
At February 20, 2013 at 7:31 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

Wow Vix you take the prize, that's very thrifty of you.

 
At February 20, 2013 at 7:35 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

That's it Kelly I hate these shopping centres each store has the same or similar things at varying prices so if you're a fool you'll get cheated out of $10-$15 more than the competitor a few doors down. Then if you find yourself in one of these shopping centres somewhere else in the country it's the same thing, same clothes, same looks, same blah. How bloody boring. Give me thrift any day and the shopping centre for a few basics thanks.

 
At February 20, 2013 at 7:37 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

I do understand what you're saying about some of Kmart merchandise, but the one thing with any basics I buy from there that hasn't wained is shoes. I think they have and continue deliver on them, I seem to get a few seasons out them at least.

 
At February 20, 2013 at 7:38 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

Clever cookie you. I know the orange ones are pretty cool huh?

 
At February 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM , Blogger OP SHOP MAMA said...

Nice shoes.. KMart etc.. does have some bargains.. quality is often hit or miss though..

For house stuff (EVERYTHING!!) I think I'm 98% thrift! If I need a sharp knife or something like a tin opener that actually works I get out and find that for a bargainous price at a 'retail' store.

Clothing is a bit trickier.. For me 98% thrifted I'd say. For my older kids the retail percentage goes up - they have started to covet things. I TRY and thrift the things they want but sometimes I have to go and get them the skinny jeans they crave.. Or the swim top that isn't threadbare. Etc.. I will only go to sales though.. buying brand new would feel painful!!!

A big factor is that clothes are actually quite expensive these days in the oppies. Jumble Sales are useful..

 

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