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3 Tips To Make Your Next Thrift Store Experience Easier

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Loving vintage and being plus size is a double edge sword. So many super cool options but so few items are fond in the plus size range. Consignment and resale shops are dependent upon what they find at estate sales and donations so finding your size can be a challenge. I can honestly say that it’s always worth a stroll through a resale shop, I don’t find a size 16 as often as I would like but what I do find is worth the trip.What better way to find one of a kind accessories to express your individual style and elevate the look of your wardrobe basics.

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I finally got the chance to check out the selection at Mannequin a vintage boutique located in Cincinnati, Ohio in Over the Rhine. I have been intrigued by Mannequin’s perfectly styled window display. My expectations were exceeded when I found immaculately made suits and creative separates. I was so happy to find a wide range of classic designer pieces and fun quirky vintage accessories. I was also delighted by their men’s section that included clothing, shoes, hats,  and suiting accessories.

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Here are my 3 tips on how to make your next thrifting trip less stressful.

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Have An Open Mind

Thrifting does not have the same instant gratification as walking into a big box store where every item has been merchandised. Thrifting for vintage is like a treasure hunt so you can’t expect an abundance of any size. Keep your mind open and be on the lookout for quality pieces made of high-end fabrics. The more you open your mind to the possibilities the less likely you are to be frustrated.

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Creativity is Key

Did you find a smoking vintage blazer but you hate the buttons? You can replace the buttons what you can’t replace is craftsmanship. If an item is well made but has a small imperfection chances are it can be fixed. Did you find a great Louis Vuitton handbag but the zipper is broken? Most leather and shoe repairs will also replace the zipper in a leather handbag and the cost of the repair will still be considerably less than a new designer bag

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Size Ain’t Nothing but a Number

If an item of clothing looks like it may fit, give it a try. I have looked at the size of an item on more than one occasion and according to the size it shouldn’t  have fit but the clothes told a different story. Can’t find anything your size, earrings always fit. I have found some of my favorite scarfs and evening handbags at thrift stores.

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I found so many cool finds at Mannequin and I even found, gasp, a dress in my size! I can’t wait to share it here on the blog. You can find out more about Mannequin Boutique at http://www.mannequinboutique.org/  You can also follow them on Instagram @mannequinboutiqueOTR and on Facebook at Mannequin Boutique.

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Style Sunday | #NoShapewearZone

 

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My family recently requested my presence and I thought what do you mean we’re together all the time. They quickly rebutted by letting me know it’s not often they see my face without the blue glow from the light of my laptop. The 100-degree temperatures this summer have put a stop to two things makeup and shapewear before 7pm. It’s too hot and ain’t nobody got time for that! When Gwynnie Bee sent me this Melissa McCartney two toned chambray dress I knew it met all of the qualifications for the #NoShapeWear Zone.

If a dress fits well and it made out of fabric that doesn’t cling to my skin I just entered the no shapewear zone. I am all about being confident but I know what I do and do not feel comfortable wearing and if a dress is going to hang on to every curve I would prefer to wear shapewear. That is my personal preference if other women still feel confident without it, good for them. The plus size community is moving away from clothes that would be traditionally considered “flattering”. In a traditional sense, this dress isn’t “flattering on me, it doesn’t highlight my waist nor is it designed to make me appear smaller.It’s all about how you prefer to look and I prefer not where shapewear between the hours of 11 am and 6pm until late September.

 

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I can’t tell you how much of a lifesaver Gwynnie Bee garment rental is to my life. I’m never in a panic about what I’m going to wear because I get something new from them almost every week. After I wear what they sent I sent it back in my prepaid shipping label and Gwynnie Bee sends me my next box. (I’m buying this dress!) Everything they have sent me has been high quality and it all has FIT!! You can try Gwynnie Bee today for a FREE 30 trial by going here http://goo.gl/4Rin84 . Try it today and tag me on social media and let me know how you like Gwynnie Bee.

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