A Guide To Thrifting

For me, thrift shopping is the best retail therapy out there. There’s nothing like finding something great and cute for an even better price. I created this guide in hopes of helping you find some awesome things the next time you hit up your local GoodWill, Salvation Army, Red/White/Blue Thrift, and so on.

When it comes to thrifting I feel like 50% of it is luck, 25% is motivation, and the other 25% is skill.

Luck: You don’t know what to expect. You can’t look up their inventory or what’s for sale online. It’s always a gamble.

Motivation: However, with the right attitude, your chances of finding good things are in your favor.

Skill: How you approach the store and manage your time as well as energy changes the game.


First, put on some comfortable/old/easy clothes. Thrift stores are filled with clothes that have been in there for a long time and are probably older than you are. GoodWill’s aren’t always well-kept and they can be very dirty. You’re also going to be trying on a lot of clothes. I recommend a dress and some sandals. Bring hand sanitizer and some water.

When arriving at the store, grab a cart and pick a section to start. Most GoodWill’s have the following sections: Juniors, Kids, Women’s, Jeans, Men’s, Designer, Home, and Shoes.

If you don’t want to dive into clothes right away, start off in the Shoes or Home department because that’s where you’ll find all sorts of things like purses, belts, mugs, fancy china, and cute unique decorations for your home/dorm/room.

When looking for clothes, I usually just pick a spot/aisle and start going through every article of clothing on the rack. In department stores, you know what you’re going to see if you look through the rack because there’s usually a model in front of it and multiple sizes of the same item. That’s not the case at GoodWill– You may love a shirt, but it might not fit.

When something finally catches your eye, look for the following things:

Stains, holes, tears, and wear. On a shirt, check the armpits, collar, and belly area. For pants, look out for any stains near the thighs & check how worn it looks in the crotch area. Make sure the ends of the sleeves are clean on a jacket. Check if the zipper on a dress works and isn’t broken off. Count all the buttons on the shirt and see that it has all of them. For shoes, don’t be intimidated but also try to bring some socks so you can try on the shoes on comfortably and in a more sanitary way.

If it’s something that’s way out of your style but still interests you, put it in the cart anyway. The goal isn’t to just find what you’re looking for and get out. You want to find something unexpected that you end up loving because it’s so different.

Depending on how much time I have, I’ll (literally) go through every relevant aisle at Goodwill and throw anything I like into my cart. By the time I’m ready to try on clothes, my cart will be full. Out of the 30 items I have, I’ll probably leave with 2-5 things I genuinely like. It’s a struggle sometimes but it’s a great feeling knowing that I’m paying no more than $20 for a new outfit.

If you haven’t found anything, do not fret. They put out new clothes on a weekly basis and you can go back and forth between the different thrift stores in your area because they’ll always be changing things up.

BONUS: Most thrift stores offer student discounts so don’t forget to take your I.D. Goodwill offers a 15% discount on Wednesdays for students and a senior citizen discount on Tuesdays. They also have a “color of the week” promotion where any article of clothing with the tag that matches the color of the week is 50% off.

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Next up: A thrifting haul. In my next post, I’m going to share all the amazing outfits I’ve created that were 99% thrifted. Do you have any thrifting hacks? Let me know 🙂

The Ampersand

It’s been a while since I’ve played with fonts or created something on InDesign & I miss it. Lately, I’ve grown an appreciation for ampersands, better known as the “and” sign & the #7 on your keyboard.

I feel like the most important part of a graphic, visually, is the font. The font adds character and poise. Here are some cool ampersands in different fonts.

“An ‘and’ is simply an ‘and’ but an ampersand is much more grand.” -Shel Silverstein

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Tallahassee Farmers’ Market

As I settle into college, I am working on creating a new routine. Something that will help make Tallahassee feel a little more like home..

A few Saturdays ago, a couple of friends & I decided to take the bus to go to the mall. Along the way, we saw that there was a Farmers’ Market happening only a few stops away from campus. The following Saturday we attempted to go but we got there a bit late with not much going on. This past Saturday, however, we woke up early and made our way to the Tallahassee Farmers’ Market on Park Ave. It was filled with a variety of foods, arts and crafts, and music.

Rosy, Esmeralda, and I had a fun time and enjoyed the atmosphere. We hope to make visiting the Farmers’ Market every Saturday some sort of tradition. Here are some pictures of the market!


Rosy, a dear friend of mine, has an awesome blog filled with interesting pictures and recommendations from all the different places she’s traveled. Check it out & give it a follow if you like it! She has amazing photography & interesting tips: RosyEnRoute.wordpress.com

#ThrowBack: Hillary Clinton Rally

In honor of Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman presidential nominee, here is a throwback post to when Elizabeth, Stephanie, & I went to the Hillary Clinton rally at FIU.

It was a hot day, lines were long, & we had to wait a while before seeing HRC & her new V.P. pick, Tim Kaine, but it was worth it.

This was my first rally & it was a pretty cool experience to see everyone unite in support for Hillary. They gave us stickers, posters, and American flags to wave and show off once Hillary and Tim took the stage.

Here are some pictures of me & my friends at the rally!

Here’s what happened May & June:

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something… But I have good reasons (with photographic evidence) as to why!

May

Capstone: My school is an academy based school and within my academy and strand (Journalism) we have capstone. It’s a project where we have to create a product or service that debuts all the skills we’ve learned in journalism. I partnered up with Stephanie to create a wonderful company called FloresCo. We combined our interest in graphic design, social media, and (of course) journalism to create a company that helps non-profit organizations and small businesses with their marketing needs. In creating FloresCo we were actually able to apply it to a real business… CrossFit Miami Lakes! Long story short: we exchanged our social media services for a membership with them. It was pretty cool!

Yearbook: The yearbooks arrived shortly before prom & they looked GREAT! Vivian & I were really happy with the feedback we received (especially cause we sold out! Hair flip.)

PROM! Prom was  a w e s o m e !  I had the perfect date & we both looked flawless. We danced all night long and there was good food too. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves 😉

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June

Graduation dinner: Elizabeth hosted a little potluck graduation dinner & it was so nice. We actually did a gift exchange & I ended up getting Elizabeth. I got her a few stylish school supplies. Ana gifted me this eyeshadow palette from Tarte. It’s gorgeous and my holy-grail.


Graduation: Graduation was a bit of a blur. I was very very very late & I felt like a hot mess. At least I graduated! The best part was that I got to spend it with my cousin, Michelle, and my parents. After the ceremony, we went to Cheesecake Factory. It was our first time going and the food was gooooood. We also had a cute graduation after-party.


Orientation: The day after graduation, I headed to Tallahassee with my mom for my college orientation! I got to sleep in a dorm and had a roommate. I also made some new friends. It got me really excited for what’s to come in the fall!

SUMMER: Since my cousin was in town visiting from California, we made a list of all the places we wanted to go. From PAMM to the beach to the mall and to even seeing a psychic, we did it all and it was fun. Once she left, I had to enjoy summer how any teenager would enjoy it: In bed all day watching Netflix. No shame there. I have done a few other things and I am definitely planning on doing a lot more but I’ll save it for future blog posts.

Thanks for checking out my blog post. It’s really nice to get all my memories out in writing and share them. It’s been a busy summer & I can’t wait to share it :}

Birthday @ The Beach

For my eighteenth birthday, I decided to go to the beach with close friends to celebrate. It was a really fun time & I wouldn’t have asked to spend my 18th birthday any other way!