Thrift Shop Haul

How can you afford a wardrobe that’s ready for rehearsals and red carpets, for drama school, days on set, day jobs, and everything in between?


By being really, really creative. Also a bit of shopping, Poshmark, eBay, and a quick trip to my favorite thrift shops.

Recently, I flew back to New York to visit my family. They live in a small town about an hour north of New York City. While known for it’s natural beauty, New York’s Hudson Valley isn’t exactly the fashion capital of anything. When checking out our local thrift shops, I’m always surprised when I uncover anything of note.

I shouldn’t be; previous finds include a belted, pale-pink vintage dress that I wore while shooting with Anousha Hutton


…and a navy, chiffon, flower-print top that I wore to a wrap party at the Chateau Marmont.


This time around, I stopped in after brunch with my mother, not expecting much, when a bit of red caught my eye.

|| THRIFT SHOPPING TIP: browse by color – if you look through absolutely everything, thrift shopping will exhaust you. Allow things to catch your eye. I adore red, and blues look okay on me, so I start by scanning the racks for those colors, and going from there.

I free my find from the rack to discover a high-necked, keyhole-backed, stretch-eyelet oxblood skater dress in what appeared to be my size. 100% must-purchase.

THREADDETECTIVES - Style - Elizabeth - oxblood skater dress

As I was disentangling the red dress from the rack, something else caught my eye. A hint of gold glimmered from the back of the rack. I dug in, and found a gold sequin dress that I didn’t see at first glance. Um, yes. Must have this.


Are there any must-shop thrift shops in your neck of the woods? Have you found anything cool there lately? Share it in the comments section below.

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