Top 10 Thrifting Tips from PeachandTweed (Guest Blog)

I’ve got a special treat for you guys today – a little Guest Blog Post from the fabulous Amanda at Peach and Tweed. She has a beautiful Instagram account where she shares her vintage and second hand finds, a lot of which she also sells on Etsy. She’s got lovely taste and finds heaps of precious jewellery and clothes that is transformed once it’s taken out of the charity shop clutter!

Top 10 Thrifting Tips from peach&tweed

1 – Go often.  You won’t always hit the gold mine or find the best pieces if you just go every now and then.  I go almost every other day and sometimes I leave with nothing and sometimes I leave with 3 garbage bags full, it all depends on the day and whats available and since thrift stores get fresh items everyday, it only makes sense you go everyday too.

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2 – Be patient, if you’re looking for specific things and don’t find them right away, its easy to lose your hope in ever finding it but you need to be patient and keep looking!  When I go to the thrift store I usually take over an hour because I like to go through as many racks as I can, you never know the gems you finding hiding among the ugly stuff.

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3 – Bring cash!  A lot of thrift stores are charity owned so they don’t have computers or credit card acceptors like the large Goodwills or Salvation Army’s do.  So be prepared and bring cash.

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4 – Don’t be afraid to ask the managers to set things aside for you!  If you’re like me, then you go to thrift stores for specific items, my top picks are vintage flannels, denim shirts, chunky sweaters, and vintage coats.  I go to my community thrift shop so often that the manager knows me by name and hold things on my list when I’m not able to get to the store and he keeps them in the back for me until I can pick them up, you never know what store managers are willing to do unless you ask.

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5 – Think broadly! If you’re just looking for a little sprucing up in your closet then keep an open mind and think outside the box.  If you find a top and you’re not sure what to wear it with, picture it with different combinations like skirts, pants or accessories, sometimes its hard to see what the final outfit would look like but don’t put back anything until you can’t picture it in a complete outfit

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6 – Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount!  I am a big believer in being cheap… If you’re buying in bulk, especially at somewhere like a flea market or carboot – don’t be afraid to haggle.

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7 – If you don’t absolutely love something, don’t buy it!  I can’t even begin to express how much money Ive wasted buying, “Maybe I’ll wear this” items… if you don’t love it in the store, you won’t love it when you get home, so only buy things that you can’t stop thinking about.

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8 – Bring someone with you. I love thrift shopping with my friends or my mom and sister, its always a lot more fun when you have someone to shop with, and they give you honest advice if you’re on the fence about an item

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9 – Make sure to look at all the sections of the store.  Even if you go in just looking for a sweater or a skirt, go look at the shoes and the housewares while you’re at it. You never know what you’re going to find, and you’re already there so you might as well look at everything!

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10 – Bring donations when you go.  I can’t even stress how easy it is to save money just simply by bringing a donation with you.  Every girl has enough that they don’t use or wear anymore hiding in the back of your closet that you could easily fill up a bag and bring it as a donation when you go.  A lot of stores offer discounts if you donate, and even if they don’t – it gives you good thrifting karma and makes space for new purchases in your wardrobe!

 

Hope you found some handy hints in here! Definitely let me know if you’d like to do an OOTD or tips guest blog – I’d love to have you.

 

And give Amanda a little Instagram follow here: Peach & Tweed Instagram

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Thrifting in Tallinn – The Best Spots!

So, this post has been a loooooong time coming, but after I went to Tallinn last year to visit the boy, I wanted to do a roundup of the best second hand shopping place I found.

 

It’s going to be a bit of a photo-heavy post because I suck at maps so always wish people would just post an image of what to look out for!

 

Humana

So, first up is Humana. This is a charity shop chain (there’s several in Tallinn alone) and is basically super awesome. It has a Buffalo Exchange kind of feel, and is open really long hours. Here’s all the ones in Germany (just for future use FYI).

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I went to the Kaubamaja branch in town which is hidden downstairs (there is a door on the street that’s pictured on the website though). 

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Everything was in racks based on price, so as you can see a LOT of stuff was 2.50€ – winning!!

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You could also donate in store, which is always handy for people on holiday who overfill their suitcases (aka me!).

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I thought the selection was awesome – loads of shoes, tops, dresses, etc, all packed into a fairly small space, and relatively well organised.

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Hello 90s Spice Girls awesome shoes!!

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It was a big annual folk festival so almost everyone was in traditional dress – LOVED IT!

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As you can see: pretty big space and decently tidy. Win.

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I ended up getting (amongst a few things) a blue silk nightie which I wore as a top. It’s featured in an OOTD post here.

 

MISC CHARITY SHOP

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So, sorry for the information fail but this is a charity shop I stumbled upon at Narva Maantee 38. I don’t know the name or what they do, but they had clothes for cheap and here they are on a map….

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I was kind of far out but nice and big, so if you’re on a thrifting binge might be worth the trip.

 

Balti Jaam Market (aka jaama turg)

This market is THE.BOMB – I am not kidding around – I had an amazing time there. But….. it’s a little tricky to find the venue, and a lot tricky to find the actual cheap section. It looks far on this map but I promise you it’s super close to the town centre.

It’s open

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Here’s my stealth spy instructions…

From right on the edge of the Old Town head down the underpass labelled as Balti Jaam (this is easy to find as Tallinn is super small).

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Then go towards (and through) the left hand concrete door/hole.

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I think you then cross some train tracks, and end up here. Just keep going straight until you see this sign….

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Now, this is where you’ll end up and become disappointed and leave (like I did the first time). It’s a locals market selling bras, food, electronics etc – super snore!!!

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BUT…. if you persevere  you will be richly rewarded. Head for this big barn and go round the back. There you’ll find LOADS of people selling second hand clothes by the truckload.

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It’s open 10-5 but I’d recommend going earlier as the market people tend to pack up. I went around lunch time.

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The ‘fancy’ things are hanging up, while the cheap things are mounded onto tables with big cardboard signs listing the price category. They were all between 50 cents and 2 euros – fantastic!

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Obviously you can’t easily try stuff on, and it takes some fairly hardcore rummaging. But it was epic and I got heaps of stuff.

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If you wanna see some of the stuff I got you can check out the below OOTD posts:

Lingerie and ripped jeans

Simple blue dress

Florals for the Folk Festival

Mesh white shirt

Have you ever been to Tallinn?

Did you find some good thrifting spots?

Why I Love American Thrifting

HOLD THE PHONE! I have discovered a new awesome youtube channel for you to spend the next week catching up on.

It’s called #thriftersanonymous and is simply two best friends filming their trips to Goodwill/Savers/Buffalo Exchange in America.

I literally LOVE them so much! Granted, the videos are all at least 30min long but it’s the first time I’ve ever watched one non stop for over 5 minutes. They have such fun, and it’s a perfect insight into why I love thrifting so much. Laughing at the awful things, the thrill of the awesome things, and the hilarity of how different something can be when you actually try it on. Pure magic.

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Here’s my favourite video, but they’re all wonderful (and all pretty similar):

You can also head to their blog if you don’t fancy a mammoth YouTube sesh..

Now taking applications for a hilarious thrifting bestie to do in store videos with me! Apply at paupertoprincess@gmail.com, please include best thrifting find as a bribe ;)

what’s your latest favourite youtube channel?

have you seen these guys before?

OOTD – Thrifted from Thailand

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First off – sorry to everyone who’s stuck back in rainy/snowy England/America but I’m in Thailand and it’s BOILING! Don’t hate me….

 

Thought I’d share with you a little thrifted OOTD, and another great reason to break all the rules. Head to toe white totally works – I’d highly recommend it. Plus it also shows off my existent white girl tan.

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I got this top at Free Bird Cafe charity shop in Chiang Mai (read the review of it here) and it was only £1! Yipeee. Everything was super cheap, and all the money goes to helping Burmeese refugees – gotta love a charity shop.

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I paired it with my white high waisted denim shorts. I got these from a second hand market in Estonia (I know right – I’m SOOOO international right now). They were only 20 cents buried in a heap of random clothes – winning!

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I wear my hair up pretty much all the time right now because it’s super hot, so today I did a fancy(ish) French Plait that went all the way round the back and to the side.  I’m currently growing out my ‘lob’ so plaits are proving a little tricky.

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Did you like this outfit?

Send in your best thrifting finds to paupertoprincess@gmail.com and I’ll featured you!

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Free Bird Cafe – Thrifting in Chiang Mai

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As you guys may know I’ve been based in Chiang Mai recently, and of course had to scope out some of the best thrifting spots for you!

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When I heard about Free Bird Cafe I immediately arranged a lunch date to check it out. It’s in the centre of Chiang Mai and is pretty easy to find if you look out for the banners and graffiti outside. It’s always busy with travellers, hippies and foreigners, plus a few locals too.

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Although I found a few second hand clothes places in Chiang Mai this was the only ‘charity shop’ I tracked down. It’s such a gap in the market! They take donations from travellers who need to lighten their bag as they go/shop, and also locals of course. They sell books and clothes on site, but will take pretty much anything. The items they don’t choose to sell in the shop are given to refugees arriving in the area, or sent out to other worthy causes in Chiang Mai. All the money raised goes towards funding the Thai Freedom House (for Burmese refugees).

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The actual cafe itself was super cool – lots of photos of supporters on the wall, regular ethical events going on, travel books to read, and of course my beloved charity shop.

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Here’s a quick sample of the food – basically it was epic! All vegetarian and organic with heaps of vegan options and rejuvenating smoothies. I managed to hunt down the most sinful thing on the menu (rich dark chocolate brownie) which was heavenly! I balanced it out with some hummus and vegetables, while the others had curries. Yummy!

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I wolfed down the (delicious food) as elegantly as I could whilst being DESPERATE to finish up and go thrifting. They had a surprisingly large selection of clothes, books, shoes, and accessories. As everything has been donated by travellers it’s ideal for other travellers – they had exactly what I needed for lightweight, comfortable, stylish clothes. Wonderful.

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There were lots of thoughtful touches like you being able to try on a sample size of the branded t-shirts to make sure you got the right fit. Wish more places would do this!

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Here I am in heaven! I ended up getting a super cute white crochet top with a very 90s traveller vibe, and my friend Steph got a gorgeous burgundy high-low skirt. I was tempted by LOADS of things but am trying to be good since my 30 Day Declutter Challenge.

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I’d definitely recommend you guys checking this place out if you’re ever in Thailand. The food was amazing, service great, full of cool people, and even a charity shop tagged on.

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Have you ever been to Chaing Mai or Free Bird Cafe?

What’s your favourite international thrifting spot??

ARTS CONNECTION 2012 Benefit Celebration Honoring MARK WAHLBERG and RICHARD KIRSHENBAUM

An inspirational man – Bill Cunningham: New York

Last week I watched my new favourite film – you’ve GOT to see it!!

It’s actually a documentary, of an amazing man called Bill Cunningham. You may or may not have heard of him, but you’ll certainly have been influenced by him.

 

He’s a street fashion photographer and pretty much invented the concept. In the documentary they even get Anna Wintour saying he often spots trends before they do! Quite a claim…

 

The documentary is heart warming, funny and inspiring, for those in fashion or photography, and well as entrepreneurs, and anyone looking to find their passion. Bill loves his work so much that he mostly refuses to get paid (to keep control of his artistic direction), has never dated, wears the same thing every day, and works 20 hour days with a MASSIVE smile on his face. His energy is contagious and his passion makes you want to run headfirst towards your dreams.

 

You can read more about the man himself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Cunningham_New_York

And get info on the film here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1621444/

 

Even if you don’t have time to watch the whole film you MUST make it part of your weekly routine to hear his roundup of street style in New York. He spots all the next trends, colours, and ideas, and captures the real life joy of fashion in all it’s forms – from kids, to supermodels. http://www.nytimes.com/video/on-the-street/ THIS is why I love fashion.

 

An absolutely inspirational man

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Real sized runway models

I read an interesting little article today that gave me quite mixed feelings so thought I’d share it with you…

 

I adore fashion week, catwalks and browsing pictures of models. But… I’m not sure what it does for my body image – I’m quite happy with my shape, but it always feels like there’s room for improvement, and it’s possible some of this comes from the huge number of Victoria Secret images I consume! Cue browsing Beyonce’s workout routine Instagrams while I sit on the sofa avoiding the idea of deadlifts and planking.

 

So, when I saw the latest Cosmo article I had mixed reactions….

As a mini viral campaign a photoshop genius has taken images of runway models and made them ‘real’ size (i.e. around a 12/14 UK). I generally stand by the principles of proven economics – that designers wouldn’t choose such thin models without reason – maybe it really does make people want to buy the clothes more? However, in this case I found myself still adoring the clothes, so I don’t think it took away from the ‘desire to buy’ at all.

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Having said that, I am always surprised by how I consistently prefer the runway version to the red carpet version in comparison posts. Considering the celebrities wearing them are still nowhere near ‘normal’ perhaps I am warped to prefer runway models to any other shape? Or maybe it’s simply that no one can exude the bizarrely appealing grumpy confidence and posture like a strutting model, and that’s what appeals rather than their weight….

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So, would I really be ok with seeing fewer size 0s on the catwalk, or am I just kidding myself? I’d like to think I would! Realistically models of any size are going to have amazing features, perfect proportions (both body and face), hours of hair and makeup, and lovely lighting – so would it be so bad for the industry if they didn’t have an eating disorder too? Coincidentally, this week is actually Eating Disorder Awareness Week and I read a lovely (and relatably honest) article by fellow blogger Alice which I’d highly recommend: My Eating Disorder. Catwalk models, magazine models, and red carpet celebrities, are never going to be attainable if we’re honest, but it’d be nice to see a bit more variation in skin colour and waist size.

 

What are your thoughts? I’d be really interested to hear so I can clear up my own!!

 

How much did your outfit cost?

I recently came across this fab article where people at New York Fashion Week were asked how much their head-to-toe outfit cost. It’s fascinating to see the range of answers, and how almost always the big bucks go on bags and shoes.

 

http://www.theslicedbreadclub.com/awesome/stylish-strangers-reveal-price-looking-good/

 

Would love you guys to send in pics of your favourite outfit (thrifted or not) and the total spend. I’m going to start doing this on all my outfit posts – love it!

 

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Happy reading :)

xoxo

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My new favourite blog!

Sorry Tinderella – you were my all time favourite blog for all of 2 days, until I discovered this beauty. Bad timing my love.

(but p.s. toats do check out Tinderella because it’s the funniest thing ever made)

 

Everyone – I’d like to introduce you to Knickers Model’s Own….

It’s written by a fabulous lady called Caroline, who’s taken on a one year challenge to buy and wear ONLY charity shop clothes (except pants – hence the blog name). It’s all in aid of Cancer Research UK, as she raises money to commemorate her Mum’s great style and the fun they had shopping together. Every day she posts a fabulous outfit on her facebook page to get you inspired to head to your local charity shop.

 

Here are a few of my fav outfits so far… She layers like an absolute GODESS and I love her fun print mixing and energetic posing. Best of all, she’s a real person, just like you & I, and it’s such an inspiration to get out there and play with some charity shop finds.

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So, if you’d like to donate (which you obviously do) head to her JustGiving page and support.

And then, head right out to your nearest charity shop and send me a pic of the results! You know you want to….

 

 

My Top 10 Undiscovered Artists for 2015

Hey hey lovelies!

I haven’t done a ‘new music’ post for ages so I thought it was time for an update – here’s my top 10! I’ve tried to include a wide variation from acoustic to dance tracks. I’ll only share with you things with less than 250k views on Youtube (most have less than 50k) to make sure it’s truly fresh and undiscovered. Would love your thoughts, and tip offs on anything else you’ve found that you love!

 

First up, straight in with some EDM. I dare you not to dance.

Who? E.A.S.Y

Track? Coming Around Again

Vibe? Slight head banging & lots of body rolling night out

Youtube hits? (no official video yet) 72

Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt2kwAuClII

 

Let’s switch it up with some love-in acoustics…

Who? Mike Dingham

Track? Lungs, and Relentless

Vibe? Half loved up acoustic guitar, half jazzy upbeats

Youtube hits? 30k, and 33k

Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoigglPQMqc

 

Fancy some girl power? I got it!

Who? Eemia

Track? Time Bomb

Vibe? Sassy gal pal

Youtube hits? 307

Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm1h9Ok9Gxs

 

Old school is coming back around

Who? Nizlopi (ok fair enough – they’re not new (remember the JBC song??) but this song is amazing and unknown)

Track? Start Beginning

Vibe? Hippies with cant-not-dance rhythm

Youtube hits? 197k

Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0jik2Vd88g

 

REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT!

Who? Zak Abel

Track? These are the Days

Vibe? Soul and swagger for DAYS.

Youtube hits? 23k

Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BP7XC699Jc

 

Let’s head over to Nashville (via the British south coast)

Who? E-J Evans

Track? Nashville

Vibe? Upbeat romantic country (with a hint of Taylor Swift)

Youtube hits? NA, 30 plays on Soundcloud

Linkhttps://soundcloud.com/timbrewulf/e-j-evans-2015-01-16-ashley-hotel-showcase-nashville

 

Crank up the intensity…

Who? IYES

Track? Glow

Vibe? The intensity of young love via twinkly notes and heavy basslines

Youtube hits? 26k

Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41kYQ3gEY-Q

 

Fancy a rooftop heartbreak? You got it!

Who? Nina Smith

Track? This Love

Vibe? Soulful, upbeat heartbreak. Fast Car (Tracy Chapman) flavours.

Youtube hits? 300

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jskza0F0fA

 

Oh snap… get ready to rave

Who? MNEK (probably the best known artist in this post, but I couldn’t not include this)

Track? The Rhythm

Vibe? Taking you from pre-drinks to last orders at the club

Youtube hits? 247k

Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOfPYyO3GfU

 

And lastly, dance your way off onto a wonderful day. Love ya <3

Who? PHONY PPL

Track? End of the Night

Vibe? Two steppin’ in the sunshine

Youtube hits? 58k

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMBIP4MpW6A 

 

What are you listening to right now?

Did you have a fav from this list?