Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Secondhand Treasures: New to You


Thrifting is one of those pursuits I don’t do often—with so little time to shop when I do get a chance to I’d much rather hit up high-end stores like Bergdorf’s, Cartier, or Hermès, to look at beautiful things, dream a little, and, most importantly, not spend a dime. I go to those stores like I’d go to a museum, ask anyone who’s gone with me! As for thrifting, I worry that I’d spend too much money at it, money that would otherwise go in my Fashion Fund for planned purchases, which is the only way I like to buy anything these days, even simple things like T-shirts, jeans, and cardigans.

Here is one of the very few secondhand pieces I have, a 1950s jet, mother-of-pearl, and diamanté necklace that I bought from an antique jewelry dealer in northern England last year via eBay. I absolutely adore this necklace and it gets regular rotation in my wardrobe in the fall and winter months. I paid more than a couple of bucks for it though, so does that count as thrifting?


Maybe I will be tempted to rethink my shopping habits when I see what people share for “How I Wear My: Secondhand Treasure” in September. Consider this your friendly reminder that Adrienne and I would love for you to join us! Please send either of us a picture of yourself in your secondhand treasure by September 4 at 8PM PST.

22 comments:

Adrienne said...

I am going to try my best to convert you to a thrift shopper....so glad we are doing a second-hand post in September. There are so many great things about buying gently used things. It's great for the environment, our wallets and it gives us a chance to own something unique.

Love that necklace. I can see why it's on your rotation throughout the year.

xo, A

... said...

That is wonderful. I'm a sucker for rectangular stones.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Oh that necklace is so fabulous!
I think I'll go out thrifting today as you have inspired me.

Angele Style said...

Your necklace is perfect for your sophisticated look. I have to be in the mood to go to a thrift store and or resale/consignment stores. They can be dangerous for me because I have to be strict with myself not to purchase an item just because it is a "good deal". I like to shop the more trendy looks to experiment with what is new. I used to love vintage stores but came a time when the "something old" made me look matronly and that looks well on some but not for me. My lifestyle is far too casual for that.

Veshoevius said...

I've bought a couple of ebay gems from UK traders too - this is a lovely necklace! I'm unclear about the thrifting definition too - buying second hand or vintage is not necessary cheap whereas I get the impression thrifting means getting it for next to nothing! I'd love to do that challenge in September!

Terri said...

It's a gorgeous necklace and it could perhaps count as thrifting, but I'm more inclined to think of it as vintage.

I. have. the right. date. on. my. calendar. You do realize that would be Labor Day?

A Well Styled Life said...

Does antique and vintage jewelry count?

Low Couture said...

The piece is a classic - well worth it.

x Peter

Ms. M said...

I just started thrifting again. But I think I've gotten better at shopping during the past few years, so now I'm able to shop with some restraint at the thrift shops.

gracefully50.com said...

Gorgeous necklace, Jill! It's really pretty on you!
I'm afraid I don't thrift...don't even know where to go really. No shops around here that I know of. I do envy others who seem to find GREAT pieces at a such a good price.

jill815 said...

Hi Adrienne! I know if we lived close by I would give up all this high-end shopping (or most of it anyway) and go thrifting with you. It would be so fun. I can't wait to see what people wear for this post. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Jane, yeah, right? Rectangular stones? I guess I like them more than I ever thought about because every time I see them I go crazy for them. I really like Art Deco designs for the same reason. Completely unrelated side note--how are you in the sewing motivation department? The one sleeve I put together for the Chanel jacket muslin is not knocking me out and I shudder to think what the rest of it will look like when I am done. I will post about it for sure, and maybe you can give me some words of sewing wisdom! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Hostess! First, I hope your mother is doing better. Second, I think of you when I put black and white together, you wear it so well it inspires me to try the same! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Angele Style, I so hear you re spending too much at a thrift store because it's a good deal. I know this would be me! So I would have to have a dollar limit or maybe be on the hunt for something in a particular shade and then stick to that discipline. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Veshoevius, you bring up an excellent point, one I hadn't thought of--what are the definitions? Because you are correct, secondhand/vintage is not always cheap depending on what you are buying (I think I paid about 50 American dollars for the necklace after you figure in the currency trade, plus shipment from UK to US), and yeah, thrifting sounds like it should be limited to a very small dollar amount. And please do join us for this post! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Terri, I think you are right, I bought a vintage necklace, it doesn't really count as thrifting. And thank you for pointing out the date. I updated the post to have photos due Sept. 4 and the post will go up Sept. 5. Please join us, my dear! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Well-Styled Life, I am in agreement with the majority, antique/vintage jewelry counts in the secondhand department, but not in the thrifting category! Will you join us for the Secondhand Treasure post? XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Peter, thanks for stopping by! I agree with you, the necklace is a classic and because of it I'm afraid I could get very hooked on antique/vintage jewelry in a fast fashion! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Ms. M, yes, restraint would be required of me at the thrift shop or I would just keep piling stuff up at the cash register! It must take practice, which I badly need. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Jeannie! I've been envious to hear of others picking up great designers pieces at such good prices, which makes me think I need to start hitting up some thrift shops. I'm sure there are plenty in Manhattan and Brooklyn but I wonder if they are priced too high? Always a concern in NYC! I hope you will join us for this post. I will probably be showing things given to me instead of anything I've purchased. Secondhand by way of a present from a relative! XO, Jill

grunge-queen said...

What a lovely necklace, Jill, I can see why you bought it. Now that I'm living in France, where thrift/ charity shops don't exist (and the two vintage shops here are for tourists, pretty much, and are pricey, wah!) I'm doing a fair bit of browsing and shopping on Etsy - mainly for vintage bling and handbags. But it's not as fun nor as tactile as trolling the thrift shops - if you love the thrill of the hunt and don't mind dust bunnies and that odd thrift shop smell, give it a whirl - there's always a designer or well-made vintage piece hiding in the rough!! :) /Kelly

happyface313 said...

Beautiful necklace, Jill! I have just seen a Burberry today in a second hand store, but was indecicive, because of the price tag. Who knows, perhaps I will be able to show my new coat on the 4th?! Have a good weekendd :-)