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


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!



Ashleigh said...

I love that leather skirt! The Catch Fire skirt and the BCBG skirt. She has serious style and I will agree with her male friend that said it's a bit "sexay."

Girl...get a life! said...

Thanks, Ashleigh!

Anonymous said...

I learned a new term today - "white whale". And I have to find a better Unique, the one near me is blah.

Ellen aka Ellie said...

I love giving things to Goodwill or similar. Not that my castoffs are so great, but I always imagine some woman getting excited over something that's just been sitting in my closet. Recently I donated some Limited jeans that had been given to me that some HS girl is going to love.

Great finds "Girl...get a life!" Too fun to get to know more about you.

Unknown said...

V I need those boots!! We could never shop together, we would kill each other size 6 shoes :-)

Daenel T. said...

Such great style! That Catch Fire Skirt is perfect.

Shon said...

Wow, I love these styles. The Catch Fire skirt took my breath away too! Such gorgeous detail and the leather looks so supple. Great find, Venita!!

Thriftanista in the City said...

Really? I'll have to investigate.

Thriftanista in the City said...

I'm the one always exclaiming why did they get rid of this!

Thriftanista in the City said...

That could be problematic. We had a great time last week. Good thing we're different sizes!

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