Thrift Tripping Chicago | Thriftanista in the City


Thrift Tripping Chicago

I have been missing my hometown so much. I miss my family. I miss the food. I definitely miss thrift shopping. So, before summer ended I definitely wanted to get to Chicago to do some travel thrifting. I visited some of my old favorites and ventured out to new locations.

My plan was to only thrift the very unique and not bring home a bunch of finds I could probably thrift here in Atlanta. I got caught up in the moment a few times and did buy some great priced basics. I ended up spending a total of $115 but the retail value went over $500. I didn't snap everything but here are some of my favorites from the entire thrift haul.

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My favorite Village Discount Outlet on Clark Street was my first stop. It's cramped and a little scuzzy. It's my kind of thrift treasure hunt! I ended up having to leave a lot of great pieces behind.

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I fell in love with this brand new Nordstrom beauty.  It's a very delicate floral lace and mesh with a cute button up back. I think it will be gorgeous dressed up with skirt and casual with jeans. It was behind the counter and $10. I gave a little yikes to that price but in the end, I decided it was worth it for the quality and condition. Plus, the original $78 price tag was still on it.

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I also fell for this vintage jacket. It's a very soft silk and I thought that was a pretty nice fabric for the bold totally 80s style. It's broken in and has a few little spots. I thought about passing on it but the print and the color combo wouldn't let me leave it behind.

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I'm no stranger to Goodwill but when I lived in Chicago, I was closer to the suburban one so I always went there. I had only been to the South Loop location a hand full of times. I was definitely missing out. The prices were a bit higher than Village Discount but I caught some sale pieces and was very pleased to bring home a Rebecca Taylor (retail $159) and a Milly dress (retail $370) for a fraction of the original cost.

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Randolph Street Market is a monthly weekend summer event in Chicago and I was fortunate enough to be there market weekend! There are stalls and stalls of vintage dealers and indie designers. I combed inside and outside vendors and made it out with only one purchase. Sticker shock prevented me from getting ridiculous.

The colorful stripe one shoulder vintage dress was not a bargain. It charmed me with the one long dramatic cape sleeve.

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My last day of shopping took me to ORT Resale in Evanston. I would go here regularly when I called Evanston home. I lucked up and visited the store on a half off day which made the prices much more reasonable. Thrift store prices are rising, no?

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A wrap dress is classic and I like the bright orange and white print. My other find here was a tunic top with ruffles and mesh. Those little details got me. I definitely would not have paid $7 for it.

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What have you thrifted lately?

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