Top 5 Tips for Thrift Shopping


I personally find that being a good thrift shopper is an art. Usually with the volume of items in vintage or thrift stores, it’s easy to be distracted, feel overwhelmed and simply leave with nothing! While leaving with nothing happens to me often – I’ve created a few tips that help me find some great pieces. In the past, I’ve found amazing hats, purses, and even a pair of vintage Chanel shoes for $25! I know what you’re thinking…yes, they were totally authentic! Most recently, I even found a vintage Loewe bag that I was able to snag for $30. What a find! Without further ado, here are my top 5 tips for thrift shopping that consistently help me find success while thrifting.


1. Don’t go when you’re hungry or impatient- This seems pretty obvious, but thrifting or vintage shopping while hungry or short on time is a recipe for disaster. The process takes time and patience to flip through racks, and you need to take a look at items with a close eye. I know that when I’m hungry or in a rush, I get in a mood that doesn’t allow for the detail necessary to find something good. I recommend going when you’re in the mood to stroll, have an open mind and are up for a fashion adventure!


2. Go on a mission- The flip side to casually browsing is going thrifting on a mission! For instance, over the summer I stopped by vintage stores with the sole intent of finding the perfect vintage denim jacket. Often times, having a particular item in mind can help cut down on distractions and feeling overwhelmed by the wide variety of pieces. This way, you can try on what you’re looking for and keep your eye focused on the prize!


3. Look for staples- If you don’t have anything in particular in mind, but are looking for a good find (whatever that might be) a great tactic is to look for wardrobe staples. I always start thrifting by looking through jackets, because I find they are the first pieces that go when people clean out their wardrobes. Then, I move to shoes and bags, and then sweaters. While I’ve found jackets are the easiest place to start in terms of staples, I also like to look for pieces like little black dresses, and classic pieces that will fit seamlessly to my wardrobe! Doesn’t fit perfectly? No sweat – often times a little tailoring can make an older piece feel brand new and like it was made especially for you!


4. Keep an eye out on luxe fabrics/materials- One of the reasons I love going through sweaters is that it’s really easy to spot cashmere amongst the racks of cotton or wool. I think taking a close eye to items with luxe fabrics is a great way to find more expensive pieces at a discount. I love finding cashmere in good condition, silk jackets, and fine leather goods. Most recently I found my vintage Loewe bag (pictured) buried at the bottom of a suitcase, by simply seeing a flash of good leather amongst synthetic materials!


5. Lastly, think of what it’s worth to you- Thrifting can seem like a great opportunity to grab pieces on a discount. But things can add up! Make sure that you really take a look at the fabric of your piece, and pay close attention to the condition. Sometimes a little wear and tear is worth it because you know it’s not brand-new and you’re getting it at a deal. Other times, it just might not be worth it! I’ve seen pre-owned bags at sky high prices that I could get brand new if I put in a tiny bit more money. In my mind, that’s not worth it! So if you see something vintage or second-hand that’s on the pricier side, make you do your research and consider what the item is really worth to you!


A Daniel Wellington Holiday


Hi Dolls! How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I enjoyed my holiday spending time with family and exploring Atlanta during a couple extra days off. My brother flew in from Ireland and we ate, drank, and of course did some damage shopping. I showed him the sights of the city and he especially loved Ponce City Market, which is an indoor/outdoor shopping area and dining hall. Think Chelsea Market in New York, but with some Southern charm!


One of the stores we loved visiting was the Daniel Wellington boutique. I recently got my first DW watch, and let me say the compliments haven’t stopped rolling in. With it’s classic design and sleek aesthetic, it goes with everything I wear and the rose gold tone is beyond stunning! Besides my watch, I also opted for a matching cuff which I think really sets off this timepiece, adding a little something extra in terms of style.


Another thing I love about my watch (mine is the Classic Petite Melrose) is the size of the face. Forget the pun, but it really is timeless. I have another watch that was near and dear to my heart, but unfortunately it now feels heavy and clunky on my wrist. I think the DW is classically chic and something I can wear year after year.


In addition to my rose gold beauty, Daniel Wellington has such a variety of options that fit every personality and style. And as all of the straps are interchangeable, you can have a different watch for every day of the week. Just what I love!


Well as you can tell, I’m pretty much obsessed with my watch, and it’s made it onto my gift list for Jason this Christmas. It can also be on yours….and with a special discount too! Just for reading, you can get an additional 15% off with the promo code “BrownPaperDoll”. With free shipping and free returns, it makes the perfect holiday gift!


Thank you to Daniel Wellington for sponsoring this post


Holiday Shoe Shopping With DSW




Shoes are my weakness. And that’s the understatement of the century. I firmly believe a good pair of shoes can change your outfit…maybe your life. Hey, it worked for Cinderella!
In all seriousness, I’m addicted to shoes. Heels, sneakers, espadrilles, boots…you name it, I’ve got it! And a good pair (whether it be comfort or style) really can make an outfit and put some extra pep in your step. I know I feel extra special with a new pair of pumps before an interview, all the while feeling extra glam with a new pair of heels before an event or party!
Well this year I was on the hunt for a new statement shoe to get me through the holidays. I wanted something festive but practical at the same time- luxurious, but not something that would break the bank. Well, I looked no further than DSW. With their wide variety of styles, I found these velvet beauties that are perfect to wear with jeans to work, or dress up for a holiday party! Plus, I love that DSW has the newest trends…including velvet! My favorite part? These were less than $70! It’s a holiday miracle!
So I know you dolls have lots going on this season and if you’re in need (or just want!) some new shoes to add to your collection, make sure to check out DSW for the latest selection of footwear. PLUS, this weekend they are having the best Black Friday sale. Make sure to go online or head to the store for details.
Happy shoe hunting babes! Xo

Thank you to DSW for sponsoring this post!