First-rate looks, second-hand price

Thrifting my way through Greenville


This is a first-person column by GVLtoday editorial intern, Hannah Hunt about shopping high-fashion looks from Greenville thrift stores. Photos by Christopher Phillips. 


As temperatures are cooling down here in the Upstate, it’s time to pull out your sweaters and tights because fall fashion is finally here! With Greenville’s Fashion on the Town right around the corner, October is an exciting month for all you fashionistas.

In anticipation for the excitement, I visited local thrift stores on the hunt to find on-trend pieces inspired by autumn runway looks.

Why I love thrifting? It’s a win-win combination of supporting local charities, making environmentally-conscious purchasing decisions and saving money. Our local second hand shops are filled with fashionable fall necessities.

Here’s the evidence:

Crushing it in velvet

DSC04022DSC04038Necklace: $12 The Nearly New Shop
Dress: $10 The Nearly New Shop
Top: $1 SOS Thrift Store
Crew Skirt: $4 SOS Thrift Store

Velvet is your quick solution this fall for feeling fancy for under $10 dollars.
Runway Inspiration: Valentino Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear, Elie Saab Fall 2016 Couture

Think pink (Beyonce’s doing it!)


Trench coat: $9
Shirt: $4
Anne Taylor LOFT Skirt: $4

Keep up the Wednesday tradition, because pale pink has made its way into the fall fashion color palette. Queen B herself recently posted on Instagram in full pale pink garb.

Runway inspiration: Chanel Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear, Alexander McQueen Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Melted metal

DSC04078Top: $4 SOS Thrift Store
Gap Skirt: $4 SOS Thrift Store

Shiny, flowing metallics were hot on the runway for this fall, and pair nicely with a contrast of texture, such as a plaid wool skirt.

Runway inspiration: Erdem Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear, J. Mendel Fall 2016 Couture

Clad in plaid

DSC04201Coat: $9 SOS Thrift Store

Not many things about 2016 have made sense. But thankfully, we can still rely on fall and plaid as a cozy constant in our lives!

Runway inspiration: Prada Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear, Balenciaga Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

The X factor

DSC04160Sweater: $4 Brown Roof Thrift and Coffee

Crisscrossed patterns were a motif in Fall 2016 runways and this sweater surely got the memo.

Runway inspiration: Alexis Mabille Fall 2016 Couture, Alexander Wang Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Revival of the uniform

DSC04126Dress: $5.50 Brown Roof Thrift and Coffee

Runway inspiration: Alice + Olivia Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear, 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

The runway was a throwback to grade-school days with jumpers layered over button-ups and turtlenecks. This dress has everything a jumper needs for this fall — pockets, florals, and this season’s color palette.

Thrifting can be an overwhelming experience, however, if done right, it can be surprisingly simple. With an endless amount of budget-friendly options, having a plan is the path to your thrifting success.

If you’re anything like me, much of your closet consists of similar pieces within your personal aesthetic. In my case, my wardrobe seems like that of a cartoon character ever loyal to her cream blouses, distressed jeans, and brown ankle boots. To spice up your closet (speaking in fall terms here), a simple tip that I learned while shopping for this article is to get inspired.

Flip through some magazines or scroll through your favorite fashion blog and make a list of pieces, fabrics, or patterns you like. By going into the thrifting process with an inspired objective, you’ll find yourself picking out clothes you wouldn’t otherwise pay attention to. In writing this article, I was able to shop with a new pair of eyes. The unexpected benefit was finding outfits that were anomalous, yet fitting perfectly within my personal style.

Here’s where you can get your thrift on: 

The Nearly New Shop
Address: 118 Greenacre Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM

SOS Thrift Store
110 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29607
Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM

Brown Roof Thrift and Coffee
1400 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 8 PM



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