How the Glam Thrifter was born
I've been thrifting since college, but it wasn't really until a couple years ago that I started getting my younger sister into thrifting as a means of teaching her to save money. The actual title itself came from her one day when we brought a bunch of things back from the thrift store and she said to to me, "How do you keep doing this...this stuff is so glamourous. You're like some kind of glam thrifter!" And it stuck.
Glam thrifting defined
Glam thrifting is a way of re-purposing things others have no use for and finding ways to make them fit into your own personal wardrobe. It can be glamorous in your own way.
I say glam thrifiting was born out of necessity because I was in college when I started thrifting, and college students are broke! I didn't have much money and I remember going into a thrift store for the first time and not really finding anything but a bracelet. I didn't really have the patience, but finding something prompted me to give it another try some other time. It was necessary from a financial standpoint for me, but it actually proved to be one of the best financial decisions that I've made personally because I've managed to save so much money by thrifting.
My store, Hidden Glam, was a way of taking my shopping philosophy and breathing new life into it. A lot of people would ask if I could take them thrifting or if I would go thrifting for them, and Hidden Glam allows me to do that. Everything in the front of the store is new, comes in multiple sizes, and very affordable. The back end of the store is where I've done the thrifting for you. I've gone to different thrift stores and found unique and funky pieces--even things that just happen to be name brand.
|Gown glam thrifted at $7|
My shop, Hidden Glam, was not what I expected it to be. When I thought about starting a business I was working full-time as a news reporter. I wanted to do something on the side, and my original dream was to have an online shoe business because I was afraid of having the overhead of a store. But my husband said you know how you women are with shoes. You want to try them on, you want to walk around in them, are you prepared for the fact that you might have a bunch of returns? So he was instrumental in encouraging me to make a go at getting a storefront.
|Reporting from Impact Thrift Stores|
"If I go into a thrift store, I'm going to find at least one thing."
I don't make anything that I would sell in the store. I actually do want to get into making jewelry though. I just love different statement pieces!
It's usually thrift stores I shop, but I love consignment shops, estate stores, and outdoor flea markets too. I have an eye and a tendency, I think, to pick up things others wouldn't. If I go into a thrift store, I'm going to find at least one thing.
That fab frugal find
That would have to be a black, vintage, one shoulder sequined dress with a slit up the side. That was a really good find. I just keep finding these really beautiful dresses that are intricately designed. That's the thing that really surprised me most. You can find a maxi dress here and there, but you can also find really beautiful dresses. I even seen my actual wedding dress--not my dress personally--but the dress I was married in at a thrift store about a month or so after I was married. I never thought about going to a thrift store for a wedding gown. I was still in the mindset of it's my wedding and I want everything to be as new as it could be and affordable. I spent $500 on my wedding gown and found it in the thrift store for $39.
Making connections and partnering smart!
I have an awesome team of people who are always letting people they know know about me, so it's one of those things where somebody told somebody that told somebody else, and we get an email saying they would love to partner with me. My biggest goal was partnering with The Salvation Army and a local thrift organization called Impact Thrift Stores in Montgomery county. The real reason I want to partner is because I love what thrift organizations do at their very core; that they're taking the money they make from sales to give back to the people that need it the most. We're talking about feeding families and helping to create jobs. It's a way to do what I like, but also a way to draw awareness to these organizations and encourage people to give back. We also have a partnership program at my store where if you bring in donations for me to take to these organizations, you'll get a percentage off your purchase price when you shop at Hidden Glam. So, for me, it's about partnering with these organizations for the benefit of the people they serve.
A fabulous purse should have money in it.
Sheila's Top 3 Tips for Bringing Out The Glam Thrifter in You!
Start at your favorite store
If you're new to thrifting, you don't always have to start at a thrift store. Start at your favorite store, but only shop when you know there will be a good sale.
Shop the off seasons
If you prefer things new, start buying winter stuff that's been marked down in the summer, even if it's going to be 100 degrees outside. You're still getting the things that you like, but you're getting them for a lower price.
It takes a lot of giving something a try even if it's something you might like. Maybe you're not going to wear that floral print button shirt with a pair of khakis. You're going to tie it up with a camisole underneath and wear it with some skinny jeans and heels.
Learn more about Sheila here, and follow along with Sheila on her thrifting adventures through her fan page.
Shop Hidden Glam
103 E. Butler Avenue
Ambler, PA 19002
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