Swift Thrifting…

Howdy! I am still astonished at how I got this gorgeous,crispy faux fur vest at a secondhand market. It’s a great fit for this dull weather, and a must have I have been hunting for ages now.

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As opposed to the belief that you need loads of cash to look good, I believe that quality,value and uniqueness over cost can’t be compromised. My outfit today is a great example. My white cropped top and faux fur vest only cost me ksh.250 each. My baggy,ripped jeans are from a previous sale at Mr.Price and cost me ksh.500 and lastly my ngomas are only ksh.300 from Bata. Yes! Unbelievable!

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With that in mind, I wanted to share my top thrifting tips that I use to purchase great items:

Ball on a budget:

Personally, impulse shopping is my biggest problem, hence it tops my list. Everything looks so nice and pretty and I sometimes end up overspending and regretting much later. I now opt to go shopping with an exact amount within my limit and have exactly what I want in mind. The joy of delayed gratification trumps the sadness that comes with being overstretched.

Dress down:

It’s no secret that the biggest judgments are based on first impressions and perceptions. This applies greatly in thrift shopping. The more expensive you look the more pricey the bill gets. I suggest jeans or sweat pants and a plain T-shirt. Simple, comfortable and you can try on outfits way easier. On that note, be careful about what comes into direct contact with your skin. A while back I heard a horrific story about how a friend of mine got a nasty yeast infection on his foot after trying on sneakers with no socks on. Yikes!

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Check and double check:

I always make sure each item I buy is in great shape, from the buttons,zippers, color to the finishing. There is nothing more disappointing than getting home after a quick,cheap, late evening buy only to find tears, missing buttons, broken zippers or worst of all irremovable stains. It can put a damper on the excitement of buying something new.

Do a little research on the second hand store or market:

I find it a little frustrating going to a market that’s new to me. I end up spending way too much time trying to find my way and going through piles and piles of clothes. I prefer going with a friend or two, who are familiar with the place to make my trip more fun, rewarding and less exhausting. Personally, I love knowing what items are best at each store, so that I spend the shortest time especially during last minute shopping.

I hope my tips come in handy for your next thrifting trip.

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Syrup Photography

Cropped top and faux fur vest – Adams(toi) market

Ripped jeans – Mr.price

Shoes – Bata

Stay Saucy 🙂

 

10 Comments
  • Linda
    Posted at 13:36h, 15 July Reply

    Wow!I really love this look..You look gorgeous!
    Lucky one!Looks like I should be visiting Toi quite often

    http://www.lindasworldofstyle.com

    • Tiffany Kendi
      Posted at 15:08h, 17 July Reply

      Thank you Linda… Toi is the best! You should definitely visit

  • Glory
    Posted at 16:20h, 15 July Reply

    Saucy mamiii!!!

  • Eli
    Posted at 07:08h, 18 July Reply

    Looking amazing and the faux fur vest is astoundingly superb!!

    • Tiffany Kendi
      Posted at 10:08h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you..
      It’s currently my favourite addition to my closet

  • Esther
    Posted at 08:42h, 22 July Reply

    Wow, this outfit is so cute. I love the simplicity of it!
    http://Www.eesome.co.ke

  • Katie
    Posted at 18:30h, 23 July Reply

    Hotness….baby gal!

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