Made in the USA thrifting

This is the feature where I show you all that it’s quite easy to shop Made in the USA second hand!

It is also my challenge to you all out there reading this, to diversify where your clothing comes from. One of the biggest complaints about shopping Made in the USA is that it’s TOO EXPENSIVE! I’ve been taking pictures of some of my thrifting trips, and how I find a variety of Made in the USA items and an incredibly low price! Some items are vintage, from a time when almost all American brands were made in the US. But many of the items are new brands, and sometimes even brand new but still second hand. To me, there is little shame when I thrift, I frequently still buy new! Here is just a small peek.

A simple cut dress with a funky print, by Amanda Uprichard
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Quirky striped vintage dress with equally quirky name (Cuddle Teen?!)
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A beautiful blue knit St. John vintage dress
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A lush velvet top by local brand, Cut Loose
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Layered cotton and chiffon top by Dolan
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And the most beautiful silk skirt by Jason Wu (you best believe this skirt came home with me!)
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Made in the USA thrifting

This is the feature where I show you all that it’s quite easy to shop Made in the USA second hand!

Every time I’ve worn a dress to work the last month, everyone’s jaw drops when I tell them it’s a thrifted dress. I find it so crazy I can’t convert more people to my side – even when you show people they are contributing to recycling and saving money by thrifting. So these posts are my attempts to show you that you can always find items of great quality, in this case Made in the USA, while thrifting. Buying Made in the USA is not something exclusive to being very expensive and to brand new merchandise.

I’m hoping to continue posting and sharing more of these thrift store visits!

A vintage Assorti dress, this particular one was sold at SF local legend store I. Magnin. These dresses tend to be a mixture of patterns and colors, and just very funky!
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Or something simple like this black Aqua dress
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I see clothing from Collective Concepts at thrift stores all the time, did I never pay attention to see that some of it’s USA made too?! This firework/starry print is pretty cute!
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Or HEY! I found a dress I personally own (see HERE) by Clu 🙂
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Made in the USA thrifting

It’s been quite some time, but I thought I should bring back this feature where I show you all that it’s quite easy to shop Made in the USA second hand!

Why do I even do this? A few reasons – to show again and again, that you can shop items of quality while thrifting, sometimes (typically) of better quality than some brand new brands. Also, because Made in the USA has a stigma of being *expensive* Here I can find it inexpensively second-hand. But you have to remember, when you buy better quality and new, you pay more upfront for something that will/should last you significantly longer – which is why you should all be doing research about brands and quality (do your research, it saves money.)

Looking for Made in USA brands allows me to better inspect the quality of clothing I find while thrifting, acquaints me with more brands manufacturing in the US, but also allows me to find vintage pieces (90’s are sort of considered vintage now too) from a time well known brands still made in the US instead of overseas (like this Ann Taylor dress I thrifted).

Whenever I visit my parents, I go shopping at the local Veteran’s thrift store with my mom like the good ole days. I like coming here with her because they always have great dresses, and hey, the prices can’t be beat.

Wouldn’t this floral Nicole Miller dress be perfect for a wedding or big party?
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This Trina Turk dress is ready for the summer sun
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This little black cotton dress by my tshirt go-to brand, Three Dots, seems perfect for casual days.
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This marled wool vintage coat would look great with some black slacks.
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Then I came back home and went on a stroll to my local Goodwill – here are some things I found there.

I’ve actually been finding quite a bit of Trina Turk clothing second hand. I love the colors on this dress.
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Reformation is a new brand to me, but they apparently make all their clothing out of recycled materials in the USA! It’s super cool, this dress was too sexy and too tiny for me.
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Don’t look at the wrinkles! Look past the wrinkles! Oh the damn wrinkles! These yellow wool pants by Yigal Azrouel were actually the only thing I added to my wardrobe (you’ll see them soon in a post) Now I know what to wear when I want to be colorful at work! And yes, I ironed them 😉
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If I can do it, so can you!

Let’s go shopping: more made in USA

I’m hoping to make this Made in USA  ‘shop along with me’ a new frequent feature, I’ve created a tag for it to follow those types of posts here. The goal being that you can shop Made in USA all over, be it new, used, or recycled.

I’m going to combine several days of window shopping here, over a range of shops. In hopes to show you that shopping made in USA can be achieved at many different price points and tastes.

Crossroads – trendy resale store, good for basics.

American Apparel skirt
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Splendid shirt dress
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Rag & Bone jacket
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Buffalo Exchange – equally trendy resell chain, I feel like they carry some hard to find items once in a while (I’ve struck gold here).

Corey Lynn Calter dress
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Pink hued JBrand jeans
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Printed Tucker blouse
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Wasteland – my go to place for items that are currently in store but at a fraction of the price. Very gently used.

Steven Alan shirt dress
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Helmut Lang moto jacket
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3×1 waxed denim jacket
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Goodwill – goodwill hunting will bring you down. I almost gave up this time cause I wasn’t finding anything. You’ll always have to dig.

White House Black Market dress (yes, made in USA!!)
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C&C top
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David Meister evening dress
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as a bonus, this vintage petticoat slip
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Nordstrom Rack – a little more traditional retail.

Trina Turk dress
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Sundry tee
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Nanette Lepore skirt
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