Contributed by: Sheri, Confessions of a Refashionista and Salvation Army Creative Expert
I’m Sheri, the quirky world travelling creator behind Confessions of a Refashionista. I am absolutely thrilled to join the ranks of the Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Experts and hope to help inspire others to step away from unethically produced fast fashion and decor and embrace the wonderful world of refashioning and unique thrifted style!
Shopping second hand, reusing and thrifting are the easiest ways to begin creating an ethically sustainable wardrobe and there are loads of tips online for those wanting to find out how to score a stylish thrift store outfit at a bargain price but what about thrifting specifically to refashion and upcycle?
As I only use sustainable, pre-loved items in my projects I’ve become quite savvy at discovering potential in second hand gear. Take a peek at my Refashionista Thrifting Tips and release your inner DIY diva during your next trip to the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
1. Size is never an issue when thrifting to refashion. Scan the racks for fabrics that speak to you, if you love the material of a garment but the style/fit doesn’t suit you it can easily be transformed into something that does.
2. Check absolutely every section. I’ve discovered fabulous prints in the kid’s area that can be chopped out to create groovy appliques or patches and menswear is marvelous for muted tones and classic fabrics.
3. The textile department is chock full of awesome material. Amazing projects can be created out of those wonderfully patterned and embroidered table cloths, bedsheets, curtains, doilies and handkerchiefs!
4. Have a sift through the piles of quirky costume jewellery. Those tacky bits of bijou can easily be upcycled into fantastic one of a kind accessories.
5. If the shoes fit get them! Finding comfortable footwear is always a challenge so if you’re fortunate enough to discover the perfect fit, a not-your-style look is easy to fix.
For loads of funky refashioning and upcycling DIYs take a peek at my tutorial index and always remember to keep up your passion for refashion!
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