This is my only post for the week, since American Thanksgiving is this Thursday and I’m taking time to enjoy family and FOOD. Check back next week for fun posts on closet cleanouts and sanitizing (or not?) your thrift store finds. And Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!
Thank you to everyone who took the Thriftshop Chic reader survey! I thought I’d summarize the results so y’all know what to expect in terms of forthcoming content and adjustments around here.
There were 32 responses, which is not nearly as many readers as this blog has, so if you didn’t take the survey but want to offer a contrary (or affirming) opinion in the comments, please do so! The more data the merrier.
Here we go!
60% of y’all prefer to have posts appear full length on the homepage so you can simply scroll to read the whole shebang. The downside is that you have to click through to comment, so please continue to do so. I love your comments!
Kinds of posts you like to read on Thriftshop Chic: Outfit posts, thrift finds, thrifting tips, and edited closet/capsule wardrobe all came in about equal for posts you love most. All of these are also posts you’d like to see more of. Duly noted – expect to keep see more of these! Styling posts, Friday ReBlogs, and ethics are pretty close ties for second in favorite kinds of posts. Expect to keep seeing these kinds of posts. I’ll still throw in occasional travel wardrobe, DIY, and beauty/personal care posts, but the focus will be on the above.
Turns out half of you are happy with Thriftshop Chic the way it is. Cool! Glad to hear it. For the other half of you, I could improve your Thriftshop Chic experience with:
- more photos: in the last few weeks I’ve worked to include more photos, and if I can figure out a selfie photo set up you’ll see even more.
- more embedded content (instead of linking to other posts): I can imagine it’s annoying to have to click over to some other page to see what I’m talking about. I’ll keep linking to an entire post when I’m referencing the written content/the concept featured in the linked post. But if I’m just referencing an image (“Hey, remember that skirt I found last year?”), I’ll embed the image into the post you’re already reading.
- posting more often: I’m so glad you’d like more content! I try hard to keep a T/Th/F posting schedule because I know I can handle it. I do love an occasional outfit post thrown in for fun on Mondays, so I’ll also do those as my schedule permits.
Posts you’d like to see me write – please add more in the comments or “second” if you’d like me to tackle one of the below:
- Practical considerations when making an outfit (too hot, too cold, it’s raining, I have to dig in the dirt): I plan to tackle this via more “how I styled it” posts where I walk you through why I chose different elements of my outfit. But I have to say, our weather here in the ATL is pretty mild compared to some of you. So if you want to write a guest post about dressing for months of rain or snow or heat, or “I have to help my relative move and then go on a date night,” or what have you, hit me up!
- Thrifting for kids – I wrote about creating a capsule wardrobe for my toddler here, and will soon do another round of stuff I’ve recently thrifted for my toddler.
- Thrifting with plus-sized friends/”more fatty fat fashion” – check out my Instagram for plus-sized thrift finds for the latter. For the former, if our schedules will ever line up, I’ve got feelers out to some friends who are all over it. I’ll also plan to do a post specifically on thrifting for bigger bods. LET’S DO THIS!
- Why can’t I ever find pants OR long sleeves that are actually long enough? Search for the Talls and Longs, my friend! They do exist in Thrift Land – and if you do a little internet research on which brands regularly make these (I think Banana Republic does for example), you’ll be ahead of the game. Or you can just wear your sleeves short and call it “bracelet length” or your pants short and call it “on trend ankle pants.” I’m kind of kidding, but kind of not.
- Sanitizing/cleaning your thrift store purchases – look for my approach to cleaning thrift store finds next week.
- Capsule, casual wardrobe ideas for older ladies/senior thrift style/”older women” – Since I am in my early 30s, I am not an expert on style for older women – but I do know thrifting, and I think a lot of what I see in thrift stores translates well to a variety of ages. So I’ll tackle this topic as a conversation that I hope you all will chime in on. I’ll also point you to some resources written by women who can claim the expert label. Should be fun! Look for this in the next two months. In the meantime check out the age-related section of this post.
- Linings, fabric blends, artificial fabrics – I’ll do some research and noodle around on this one – look for a post in the next month or so.
- Which areas of your wardrobe are easiest and hardest to supply exclusively from the thrift store? Great question! Pants, tops, jackets, dresses are easiest. Shoes are hardest – I have a narrow foot and need arch support (this is why you’ll see me wearing retail shoes in some of my Instagram posts). Unless a secondhand store has a “new” section with overstock from a retail store, I don’t bother with socks or underwear since they’re either not sold or in cruddy condition; same with bras. I want to look into ethically made socks and may do so with underwear as well once my current stock runs low. Any suggestions?
- My evolving style as a preacher AND fashion lover. Ooooh, interesting! Per the asker’s full question, we’ll tackle how to dress for your vocation, modesty, and personal freedom through clothing. Look for this one between now and the end of January.
Thank y’all SO much for helping me learn more about my readership and sending in so many great post ideas. Again, please chime in below with your own 2 (or 20) cents about any of the above.