This is Why We Thrift.

{ PHOTO – Don’t mind me neck pillow. }

THIS IS WHY …

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WE THRIFT.

Morgan Delapa - owner of Treasure Trove Vintage.

Morgan Delapa – owner of Treasure Trove Vintage.

{ RECAP: This week I went thrift shopping with Morgan DeLapa, owner of Treasure Trove Vintage, and her mama, Honey, photographer + owner of DeLapa Photography. They showed me the ropes + shared < most > of their trade secrets. (I still don’t know how Morgan finds her incredible vintage pieces, and that’s exactly why she has a boutique!) While I won’t “thrift + tell” the secrets they did divulge, this post shares 2 thrifty sources + 3 reasons to thrift on your own. The loot I cashed-in on??? Less than $35. Take a look! }

thrift-ventory

  • 2 sweatshirts
  • 1 chunky sweater coat
  • 1 sunflower cropped tank
  • 1 suede, satin, embellished vest
  • 1 romper (Forever21)
  • 1 skirt, tags-still-on (Zara)
  • 2 pairs of flats (1 brand name, 1 designer couture)
Cropped Sweatshirt.

Cropped Sweatshirt.

get your thrift on: this is why we thrift

  1. On Trend. I’m more a classics girl, myself. But when I find super trendy items for less than $5, I am about that single-season-wear. I want it. The on trend pieces from this thrifty trip??
    • cropped sweatshirt – wear it daily
    • suede + satin embellished vest – cannot wait to debut
    • sunflower cropped tank – welcome back ’90’s
    • romper – my 1st romp with ‘er
  2. Designer on a Dime. I don’t buy designer. I actually don’t care … and I can’t afford. But, when it’s designer for less than $50, let alone less than $5–well, that’s just smarts. And, it’s bragging rights:
    • $3, Zara beaded skirt, tags still on – $140 originally
    • $2.50, Joan & David couture, handmade in Italy leather loafers – $350+ estimated 
  3. Sustainability. Thrift shopping sustains 3 main stakes. When you thrift shop you:

I think we also thrift for the sheer excitement of finding exactly what we want for about 90% less than we normally pay. Some people thrift for the thrill + others, for the romance. Regardless, as you set fourth on your new thrift, take every single cue you can get from these 2 Rochester bloggers.

Handmade Joan & David Loafers. ... And my thighs.

Handmade Joan & David Loafers. … And my thighs.

 thrifty sources

Simply SarahFollow her on Instagram, Like her on Facebook, + Check out the website. Shit-you-not: once your jealousy over her insanely satiable finds subsides, you’ll remember to feel happy. Because this woman tells you what is up in the world of fashion thrifts + home finds.

The Treasure Trove. Okay! Rouse is up. You, too, can figure out < most > of Morgan’s secrets without accompanying her on a thrifting trip. Follow the blog, Double tap both Instagrams (personal and store), + Like Treasure Trove Vintage on Facebook, to … I hate to admit it … thwart my chances of buying up her entire boutique.

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And tell me, please … Why do you thrift??

#forthehellofit

#thrift

#shoplocal

XO.

Sweet Poison Cupcake: It’s JPop + It’s Dangerously Sweet.

{Tempest with handmade lollipops (non edible) and more #kawaii pieces in the foreground.}

SWEET POISON CUPCAKE

VILLAGE GATE

274 N. GOODMAN ST D109

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WHO: Tempest Paige, teen entrepreneur & Cosplay babe.

WHAT: JPop boutique! (That’s Japanese Pop. #kawaii)

WHERE: In the Village Gate!

WHEN: My tip (especially for bomb places like these, which often means smaller staff) … check Facebook for hours & updates! {Closed Monday for Labor Day!}

WHY: There absolutely is something for everyone. Handmade trinkets are one-of-a-kind and unique. … Ah, there’s a hand-crafted rhinestone carousel horse. And Tempest is a force that you have to meet.

“No comment that anyone could’ve made to me—especially a stranger at the mall—would ever stop me from doing what I love and dressing how I want.”

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You’re in love too, right? Tempest does her own make-up & even dyes her own hair!! She mixes her own dyes using brands like Manic Panic. Basically – if you need a hair or make-up tip, drop by and talk with Tempest. She’s better than most pros. (I mean, look.)

Nineteen-year-old Tempest Paige puts the bad-assery into business owner and sells J-POP (Japanese pop) fashion and handcrafted Lolita jewelry and trinkets—think sweet with a cherry-on-top–at her boutique, Sweet Poison Cupcake Designs, in The Village Gate.

A typical Rochesterian who graduated from Spencerport and attends MCC, Tempest is not. Enchanting eyes, candy tresses, and a style that includes Cosplay and Sweet Lolita: Tempest channels every doll you wish you could have played with. “It’s not Halloween anymore!” gawkers taunted.

In the 7th grade, Tempest dressed as black-bob Britney Spears alla “Womanizer” for a school dance and at Otakon 2012, transformed into Jessica Rabbit. “Bullying never really bothered me,” Tempest admits.

“My mom raised me to be strong. Not to care about those who don’t care about me.”

Shaun, Tempest’s mom, an airbrush artist and painter, is credited for hand-gluing 100s of rhinestones onto the SPC carousel horse. She also helped Tempest begin SPC in 2009. … Tempest was in 8th grade!

After various Conventions, including RIT’s Tora-Con in 2009, SPC officially opened in April 2014. When a Village Gate storefront hit the market, a twist of fate baked Tempest her cake. The, “I don’t know middle ground,” attitude means she eats it, too.

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Note – Wall of awesomeness behind the bejeweled carousel horse. Into ’90’s backpacks? From my assessment, Tempest & Sweet Poison Cupcake had them first!

 

Signature cupcake rings; a rainbow of sunglasses; kawaii pieces from Japan; Rockabilly fashions from Kreepsville 666; ‘90’s backpacks; club bling featuring pizza slices alongside lockets: at Sweet Poison Cupcake, there really is something for everyone.

And a sprinkle of inspiration, saucy, smart, empowered, and sweet.

#kawaii

#shoplocal

XO.