10 Questions for a Thriftanista - Venita | Thriftanista in the City

10.25.2013

10 Questions for a Thriftanista - Venita


It's that time again! This month's Thriftanista is my long time friend (seriously high school) Venita of the blog, Girl...get a life! She's a thrifter, an eBay queen, a writer, a news junkie, football fan, gorgeous shoe collector, and she cooks! Whew. She should probably add interior designer to her list because she has a beautiful home filled with art and vintage finds too.

Thriftanista Venita shares her thrift storyTHRIFT vintage Frye boots - Tracy Reese jacket - Wabags green leather purse

She normally doesn't do style post on her blog so this is a special treat. Let's get started!

Name Venita
Location Chicago, IL


1. Favorite places to shop? 

Crossroads Trading. Unique. Salvation Army.

2. What are some of your favorite finds? 

A brown leather ‘Catch a Fire’ Skirt. A black leather Cynthia Steffe cropped jacket. A green leather afro lady bag by Wabags, Coach calf hair animal print oxfords, a green leather jacket with a ruffled front, and a floral leather Tuleh skirt – I gasped when I saw it.

3. How would you describe your style? 

I had trouble describing my style, so I asked a few friends. The responses included “modern with vintage accessories”, “Sexay!” (from a guy, obviously), and “special” (from an ex). I don’t think any of those descriptions fit and I still can’t describe it!

thrift style with Cynthia Steffe black leather jacket and Akira silk dressTHRIFT: Anthropologie leather metallic jacket - Trina Turk silk leopard dress

4. 10 minutes to shop what aisle to you run to? 

The dress aisle. I am always on the hunt for a patterned silk jersey or a light-weight wool dress. I own over 50 dresses, not because I’m uber feminine, but because I’m lazy and they’re super easy.

5. How much of your closet is thrifted? 

Between 30% and 40%.

6. Why do you thrift? 

I like to shop. Shopping retail all the time can break a girl. Plus, it’s environmentally friendly…every little bit helps!

thrifted catch a fire leather panel skirt
THRIFT Catch a Fire leather panel skirt

7. Do you have a thrifting budget?

It really depends on the store. If I’m at a higher end thrift-store, I’ll set a $50 budget. If I’m at Goodwill or Salvation Army, I’ll try to spend between $15 and $20. But, really, I am not that disciplined and, depending on what I find, I’ll throw the budget out the window.

8. What's your thrifting "white whale"? (Rare find or unfound) 

Vintage sterling silver or brass modernist jewelry. I can never find any at the thrift stores and pieces go for so much on ebay.

9. Do you have any thrift tips you'd like to share? 

Have time to kill. I find the best stuff when I have time to dig. I quickie thrift store run doesn’t work for me.

Rethink a piece. I found an awesome velvet leopard coat that is currently being reworked into a fitted trench. Because you spend so little on thrifted items, you can afford to have them tailored/reworked.

10. Where can we see more of your amazing finds?

I’ve share some of my jewelry finds on my blog, www.girlgetalife. I hope to include more style posts…but taking these pics is hard!

thrifted leather skirt
THRIFT gold leather BCBG skirt

If you'd like to be featured in this monthly series, email me at info@thriftanistainthecity.com.

Have a great weekend!

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