My photographer, Olivia, and I met up at this adorable little community garden in Northeast Minneapolis to take some pictures. I had driven by numerous times and was super intrigued by the colorful walls and this was the perfect opportunity to stop by and see what it is all about. So fun!
A lot of you have asked me how to build a high quality capsule wardrobe on a tight budget and I love that question!
First, because in order to build a capsule wardrobe that will go the distance, you need to have clothing in it that won’t poop out after one season.
Second, because most of my clothing is purchased second hand and I have discovered some great ways to buy high quality clothing at a great price!
Plus, I love sharing my secrets with you. That’s kind of what I’m here for right?? so without further ado, here are my three secrets for how I have been building my capsules without spending a ton of money:
ThredUp: I ALWAYS browse through ThredUp first when I start shopping for each capsule. They have such a great variety and it makes the whole “thrifting” process so much easier.
Just grab a glass of wine and browse, browse, browse. Thrifting bliss!
I especially love that they have a separate designer section where you can get great quality designer jeans at a steal (the flares that I wore for these photos and that I wore here are from the designer section of ThredUp. I got them for $20!!).
Plus, if you sell clothes through them you can get store credit to repurchase other items from their collection. They are seriously great you guys.
eBay: After I have searched through ThredUp, I always turn to eBay. I know not everyone is a fan, but I have found some GREAT stuff on eBay.
What I usually do is stake out what I want from my favorite stores and then see if I can either find the same exact thing or something super similar on eBay.
Most of the time, you’ll find listings for items that are VERY gently used.
There are also some great vintage finds on eBay! The shoes I’m wearing in this post are a $15 vintage score. You can’t beat that!
Just one tip for shopping eBay: make sure the shop will accept returns… just in case.
Thrift stores: Most people either love thrift stores or they absolutely hate them.
I LOVE them.
I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but I have found some amazing things from thrift stores! Yes it’s a lot of work to sift through everything, but it’s worth it when you find that perfect cashmere sweater for $5 (yes that has happened to me).
The thrill of the hunt right??
My favorite thrift store if you are in the Twin Cities area is this Savers. I always find great things when I shop there.
Creating a high quality capsule wardrobe with a tight budget is definitely doable, but it DOES require more work than being able to walk into your favorite store and buy anything you want.
One thing that is super important if you don’t want to get overwhelmed is to go second hand shopping already knowing what you want to purchase.
But here’s the catch: you have to be willing to walk away if you don’t find what you are looking for. Remember, you are not there to just buy anything that catches your eye. Know what you’re looking for and don’t settle for anything less. It takes patience… which is hard. I know.
It took me almost a month to find these flares because I knew I wanted a darker wash with a high rise. That’s super easy to find in stores, but most of what is being consigned right now are the early 2000’s low rise flares (WHY was that a thing?? So disconcerting to know that one wrong move may reveal your butt crack to the world).
I finally found this pair and at such a great price. It was well worth the wait! It’s just like I always tell my daughter (yes, I know she’s only 11 months old): patience is a virtue!
I hope this post was helpful for those of you who have to shop on a tight budget like I do. Does anyone else have any tips for places to shop when you are on a budget? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,
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Disclaimer: Most of my clothing is thrifted/consigned. When I show you one of these thrifted pieces, I try to find items that are as similar as possible in a variety of price ranges.
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