Thrifty Threads

Welcome to Thrifty Threads, AKA Most Stylish Compact-y outfit, where readers model their favorite secondhand clothes.

A compact-y outfit is used or recycled, from Goodwill, a consignment shop, a thrift store, ebay, Craigslist, a yard sale, a clothing swap, or anywhere else you find used clothing.

Thrifty Threads is supposed to run on Thursdays, and I apologize that it’s been Friday on more than one occasion recently. I will try to get back to a regular Thursday schedule next week.

Today’s model is Diana, back for the second time on Thrifty Threads. Remember the amazing photos of her $300 never-worn Craigslist wedding gown? Just gorgeous. Check it out here if you missed it. This time Diana’s back with a casual outfit she bought at a thrift store in northern California. The Columbia brand jeans were just $4 and the cool jacket was what Diana describes as “a pricey $6.50.” She says she doesn’t usually like to pay that much, but the color and the cool buttons sold her on this find. I agree that it was worth the price, I love the look and it’s exactly the kind of outfit I wear all winter long. The white t-shirt she uses for layering was just a dollar. Diana says secondhand shopping rocks. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Thanks Diana for another great photo! You’re such a marvelous example of good taste and style, and the bargains that can be found in thrift stores. Readers, it’s your turn! Put on your favorite secondhand duds, snap a photo, and send it to me at Don’t be shy, we all love to see your fabulous finds. And I think more and more of us are jumping on the used clothing bandwagon, for a variety of reasons. In addition to saving money, I think it’s easier to find more original pieces and put together your own unique look than it is when shopping retail.

Readers, are you doing more secondhand shopping lately? Please leave us your best tips for finding the good stuff, plus compliments for Diana in the Comments section. And click here to check out previous installments of Thrifty Threads.


  1. says

    I love that jacket. Great find/steal for $6.50. Secondhand clothes are the best. I have a suit that I always get compliments on which I got at a garage sale for $1. Love it.

  2. Hilda says

    Diana, I love your outfit. I hope to find a deal like that. I checked out your wedding dress and you look beautiful. The dress is so pretty, You did a good job.

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