Who am I? I’m Julie, a graphic designer (see here) from Hamilton, Ontario. When I’m not hunched over my iMac, I’m lurking around Hamilton’s thrift shops, and building a life out of lived-in clothes, art, furniture, and everything in between. I’m one thrifty lady, and I’d like to regale you with tales of my thrifty style. I started this blog because I found myself bragging about my thrift store finds little too much in real life, so now I brag about them on the internet to spare the people I actually know. I’m a gem.
What do I write about? Well, I think it’s fairly obvious that I write about thrifting. This blog really found it’s footing once I made the decision to stop buying clothing at the mall. Forever. I declared the initial year-long mall-free pledge here, encouraged others to do the same here, gave a progress report here, and made the break-up permanent here.
Malls are gross, expensive and souless; while thrift stores are cheap, exciting, and full of stories. Sometimes, those stories lead me to entries on 90′s nostalgia, pop art, Mod Cloth or Dairy Queen. Other times, they are reflections on being the tallest girl in the class, or dinner dates with reality tv stars. Basically, this blog is a mixed bag of humour, pop culture and personal observations, with one thrifty thread stringing all of it together. Therein lies the abbreviated summary of what I’m doing here. If you’re still curious about the why, read on!
Why do I write it?: Why bother, you ask? What’s a graphic designer doing blabbing about thrifting? I’m a girl with many other interests, and thrifting happens to be the one thing that ties them all together. I like fashion. I like design. I like movies, TV, and cats. When I blog about thrifting, I can blog about all those things at once. So, I suppose you could call this a style blog, but it’s really just a chance for me to dust off my rusty English B.A., and write about things that make me happy (Note: that B.A. does not mean I make less typos than your average photo fashion blogger. In fact, I may very well make more). If I happen to awaken a passion second-hand styling in my readers while I write, then that’s the silver lining on the vintage blazer.
If I haven’t sold you on the thrifting life already, I’ll add that it’s also It’s Eco-friendly, social-conscious, and so.much.fun.
Oh, and one more thing: I promise I’m not one of those bloggers who gets all holier-than-thou about thrift shopping, but actually buys from super-fancy consignment shops and vintage “boutiques”. I’m a Sally-Anne girl through-and-through. I like my shirts under $10 and my dresses under $20!
Won’t you thrift along with me?