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Why I love thrifting

thrift shopping finds

I’ve spoken before about the joys of buying second-hand. For one, you can find unique vintage finds and have pieces that no one else has. You can also find designer pieces at hugely discounted rates. And lastly, you buy high-street purchases without the consumerism guilt (a lot of times you can find things from the current season in store). 

I’ve become somewhat of an expert sleuth on telling real / fake bags and designer goods apart. With a little bit of research, you can learn to tell the difference and know when you’re finding a gem and not get duped. A lot of it involves paying attention to the details (stitching, lining, tags and labels). 

If you’re looking for current season items eBay and Depop are great places to start hunting online before branching out into your local charity shops. (Go to charity shops in more affluent sections of town and you’ll be astonished by what some people give away!) 

But long-time readers of Rhyme & Ribbons will know that I’m someone who loves vintage. The cuts, the fashions the durability: I’d rather spend money on a vintage piece than go shopping on the high street, a lot of the time. 

Enter Rokit for great vintage finds. The vintage chain is based in London, but if you live elsewhere they put a large part of their collection online so that you can browse and buy vintage from the comfort of your own home. 

It was after hours perusing the Rokit site that I spotted an Alexander McQueen scarf. I’ve always, always wanted one and once I saw it, I had to immediately put it into my shopping cart. I also love a good boxy blazer and saw this small Harris Tweed 50s traditional cut blazer and needed it for myself. (Though I promised Sam that he could borrow it sometimes.) 

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***This post is in collaboration with Rokit but all thoughts and opinions are forever my own ***

Do you thrift shop or buy vintage?

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  • And, thrifting is really good for the environment in this throwaway day and age!

  • Waaaa, this outfit is giving me LIFE Amanda! That blazer is just to die for!
    Bee xxx

  • I love love love this outfit – what an amazing blazer! I used to buy quite a lot of vintage stuff and visited charity shops regularly, but I haven’t done for a couple of years now…it’s something I really want to get back into because you can find some really wonderful things (plus I hate waste so it really appeals to me) xx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • I bet you could really rock a vintage look! The blazer was such a find – I’m so glad that I ended up perusing the menswear section! x

  • I only got into thrifting fairly recently but now I would call it a hobby and have found the most amazing pieces, including a military blazer that fits like a glove, a Ted Baker mini dress and a dark denim shirt dress when all of my favourite internet stores failed to bring one up I liked.

  • I love that outfit! Especially the blazer ๐Ÿ™‚


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    The Glossychic

  • That blazer looks so cute!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • This is a stunning outfit on you – cracking blazer!
    I don’t mind a bit of second hand, though I rarely do, probably through laziness of the search!
    Hollyxxx ///

  • I love thrift shopping! There is always something a little special about knowing that the clothes and accessories you’re buying have lived a life before you… And I always think about that when I’m wearing the clothes
    Lucie, xx

  • I love your jacket!! Can never go wrong with tweed haha I love thrifting and I think that most of my clothes are from rummaging thrift/charity stores. I like the idea of the website, but I always worry about buying clothes online though

    • I’ve become a massive convert to online shopping. I hate trying on things in shops these days and love being able to do it at home, knowing that most places offer free return postage. (The only bummer is waiting for the refund!) x

  • Nice jacket and I also like shopping at opp shops but don’t like to buy clothes online need to try it on and see if it looks good on my body

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  • I canno t believe you got that in a thrift shop! You can pick up some real bargains

    Ellie xx

  • I probably buy 90% of my clothes secondhand. I also worked in a high-end secondhand store during high school so I think I’m forever spoiled! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wait. Which one did you work in? I need to know as I was obsessed with a few high end thrifting chains during high school! x

      • It was just local to my town (Traverse City, MI) but here’s the link: Unfortunately, they don’t have an online store. However, the owner is more like a big sister to me and she always has a pile of clothes waiting for me when I get home (let’s be honest, it’s pretty much all J.Crew). Also, I was in Aspen, Colorado over the weekend for a wedding and that was the JACKPOT for secondhand stores. So many rich people getting rid of AWESOME stuff!!! I went a bit crazy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rhyme & Ribbons is my passion! Glad you always share your opinion on different things! Thanks

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE your outfit. That scarf definitely screams 2006 to me. That was the big skull craze, no? I had a skull belt I believe. It was great if you were putting together a lot of pirate costumes at the time, which, coincidentally, I was ๐Ÿ˜€

    Ski resort towns are the absolute BEST places for second hand shopping. Revoltingly rich people fly in, go straight to the designer shops to sort out their “look” for their holiday, and when they leave they don’t want to pack all that crap coz I suppose they’re heading to a fecking beach or something and the “look” is different. So they dump it all with the Salvation army or whoever on their way to the airport. Madness.

    Mayfair second hand shops are pretty lol too.

    • Why were you putting together so many pirate costumes. There must be a blog post in there somewhere.

      I need to go to a ski town asap! Just for second-hand shop shopping. x

  • kathrynsharman

    You are rocking that scarf and yes I still can’t resist a spot of thrifting xx