Friday Finery & Frivolities; BTV Thrifty Fashionista Update

This week felt like a marathon! I started the week off with a nasty head cold and some organic outfit inspiration. I wore two floral inspired looks one subtle and one bold and then struggled with a case of fashion déjà vu. I’m so glad it’s almost the weekend!

Spring has finally found it’s way to Burlington and the sunshine has brought the city back to life! Carolyn of Fig Dreams Clothing & Design who made these shorts and styled these looks stopped by the shop last night and she was wearing one of her amazing outfits (as usual).

She’s wearing: thrifted romper, vintage hat, heart shaped sunnies from Downtown Threads, amazing DIY necklace, assorted glass rings, vintage Adidas, and a thrifted tee. 

Carolyn always has the best accessories

I can’t wait to copy Carolyn’s open romper look! I love how fearless her style is. I think one of the reasons everything always looks so good on Carolyn is becuase she carries herself with such confidence.

Carolyn is an expert thrifter and had some great tips on how to make the most out of this time of year. With three colleges in Burlington (including my Alma mater Champlain College) and two other colleges only minutes from the heart of downtown this time of year is always hectic. Most apartments in Burlington go from June 1 to May 31st, making these next few weeks prime time for thrifting, consigning, upcycling and yard saleing.

If you’re in the Burlington area here are some of the best places to score some sweet swag on the cheap in the next few weeks!

May 18-19, The Clothes Exchange: With all proceeds benefiting a local charity this is one swap you wont want to miss. Last year the Clothes Exchange raised $70,000 for the King Street Youth center! Want to beat the crowd and get first dibs? Buy your tickets for the shop first event here (I’ll be there!)

May 25, Spring Move Out Project (SMOP): Carolyn has had some amazing finds at this event in the past and this year they’ve expanded! From 11am to 3pm on May 25th Loomis St. and Bradley St. in Burlington will become one large free yard sale. It’s free to drop stuff off and to take stuff away. Bring items to drop off, come to shop or do both. Just don’t miss it!

Sat & Sun (April – Mid October) Charlotte Flea Market: Only 10 miles south of Burlington this outdoor flea market boosts upwards of 40 dealers with everything from new and vintage clothing to antiques it’s the perfect way to spend a sunny weekend morning.

Goodwill (Williston & South Burlington): I’ve already dropped off two huge garbage bags full of clothes and the donations are coming in faster than ever as everyone tries to slim down their closets before moving. Shop often as they are always procesing clothes and their stock changes daily.

ReSource VT: Formerly Recycle North this amazing organization is entering its busiest time of the year. Looking to decorate your apartment on the cheap? They’ve got everything; shabby chic dishes, curios and vintage furniture all on the cheap! Make sure you bring your game face if you plan on going in the next few weeks, it’s going to be packed with people and with new donations!

Consignment more your thing? These places all accept consignment and offer a whole lot more…

Battery Street Jeans: Looking for vintage Levi’s, funky accessories, and gently used gems? BSJ has em in spades. Just make sure you call first as their hours tend to… fluctuate…

Dirt Chic: This newer consignment shop always has great bags and hats, and don’t miss their epic sale rack out front it’s always freshly stocked with great deals.

Downtown Threads: If you follow Wore Out then you know that Downtown Threads is my first stop when I’m looking for anything. They’ve got amazing vintage, the hottest sunglasses, friendliest staff… don’t get me started. Just go and see for yourself!

For the most up to date tag, yard, porch, and garage sale listings head on over to craigslist or hop on your neighborhood’s front porch forum.

Are you planning on hitting up any of the event listed above? What are your thrifting tips? Did I miss something? What would you add to the list?


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4 responses to “Friday Finery & Frivolities; BTV Thrifty Fashionista Update

  1. I have a serious addiction to rompers in the summer – love the idea of wearing it open with a tee under! Cute!
    -Teresa

  2. Loving that romper, it’s utilitarian chic, would look cool paired with some broken-in boots too!

  3. I love stopping by to visit! And I love spur of ze moment photo shoots!

    I can tell ya’ll exactly where my outfit came from:

    Romper: Battery Street Jeans
    Vintage Hat: Shalom Shuk: http://www.facebook.com/ShalomShuk
    Necklace: chain, flea market. gun pendant, Goodwill
    Strip top: Goodwill
    Adidas: Gifted
    Heart Sunglasses: Downtown Threads

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