This past parents’ weekend was packed to the brim with activities including band concerts, choir concerts, Fashion without Fabric, A Drive-in Theater recreation, and the Stout’s presentation of Cabaret. With finals right around the corner, my schedule only allowed for attendance at Cabaret on Thursday (which was AMAZING) and the drive-in recreation on Friday. The drive-in was held in the Rassbach Heritage Museum and will be going on again this coming Friday at 7PM and again on May 4th. Here is a full list of events. The official name of the drive-in is “Good Times, Bad Movies”, and it was really fun to laugh at the awful acting and tacky special effects.
A much-needed study break was enforced upon me Saturday morning, and a few friends took me spring thrift shopping! While digging through Goodwill and other clothing thrift stores has become much more socially acceptable (and even trendy) in recent fashion culture, I still feel that there is a reluctance in some. Perhaps this is a fear of the unknown or lack of experience, but for those of us with a little bit of training (thanks, mom!), thrifting is a great way find excellent clothes without spending a fortune.
For those of you that are not sold on thrifting but would like to try it out, Menomonie is an excellent place to start! The fashion vibe of our town is fairly quirky and thrifting is key to get that look. Here are some pro tips:
1.) Unless you are a seasoned thrifter, DO NOT venture out on your own! A second opinion is always key to keeping you from buying that pink fur coat you’ll never ever wear, or those mauve platform heels that no one can pull off.
2.) Do some research before hand. Make your own fashion pinboard on pinterest for some ideas, or browse your favorite magazine for styling tips. Here are a few spring fashion shopping lists: Style.com, Refinery 29, here’s a short and simple one, or Fashionising. Or you could also check out some street fashion from around the world. If you have no time for this, browse the mall and hit up some of your favorite shops before you thrift. Check out what styles they are offering that you like and make note.
3.) Know what you’re looking for. When you first start thrifting, have an idea what you are in need of. Know what things you are okay with buying second hand and want things gross you out. Example: my favorite things to thrift for are dresses, skirts, accessories, and sweaters. I shy away from pants and things like swimsuits or underwear. We went to the Goodwill in Hudson, which has a lot of merchandise from Target (so its more like a sale than buying second hand).
4.) Basics are always a good idea. Things you will wear over and over again regardless of what is trendy. This includes stripes, dark bottoms (pants/skirts), plain button-downs, and simple sweaters.
5.) Don’t forget to have fun! You are shopping. Not curing cancer. If you do not find anything you like, be optimistic and move on.
6.) Explore Different Towns. Hit up large centers like Savers or Goodwill in different locations, as well as small thrift stores in little communities. You never know what you’ll find. We went to Serendipity in Baldwin after going to Goodwill in Hudson.
7.) Fuel Up. Don’t forget to stop for a coffee or some snacks to recharge and talk over what you’ve found or would like to find.
A great place to start thrifting is right here in Menomonie. Don’t have a car? No problem. Cherry Pickers recently opened and has a great selection of trendy cheap second-hand clothes from other college students. Its super close to campus–right on Broadway across the street from the Acoustic Cafe. Also, Goodwill by Walmart is a bike ride away.
If you’re looking to get out of Menom for a bit, there two thrifting trips I generally take. East: head to Eau Claire for a few hours to hit up the Goodwill and the Savers there. Do some pre-thrift research at the mall while you’re at it. West: the pictures from above are from the Goodwill in Hudson which always has great selection. On your way back to Menomonie stop in Baldwin and check out the Serendipity thrift store. I have equipped you well–go and try it out!