Made in USA in regular retail

In my previous post, I showed you how you can shop Made in USA with second hand style, but you can also shop Made in USA in retail stores with mixed merchandise! It doesn’t just have to be bought online or through thrift stores! I went window shopping recently, and was pleasantly surprised to find so many things that fit the bill (more than I could take pictures of). So look for more features like this here; hopefully soon and ongoing.

The first store I stopped at was Steven Alan – they carry a lot of the S.A. brand obviously, which a lot of (but not all) is made in the USA, but also some other brands worthy of noting!

This pretty floral top has a nice silky feel to it, from the Steven Alan mainline
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Another Steven Alan mainline, the perfect long blouse for work or days off
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I’ve been on the hunt for a good peacoat, and this one by Fidelity sure caught my eye
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A short bus ride later, I found myself at Anthropologie browsing their racks. Surprise, not everything there is made in China! They do carry some USA manufactured items, you just have to look.

This interesting Nanette Lepore top would look great layered
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This Corey Lynn Calter watercolor/polka dot dress is so beautiful.
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Now I have this Dolan dress on my mind for workdays!
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I wish some American brands would start bringing back some of their production to balance out the other stuff – Levi’s tries to do this, but wouldn’t it be great if a brand likethe Gap had a section in its store with some Made in the USA merchandise too?

Thrift Made in USA

Thrifting operations have changed gears somewhat – I feel very content with this direction my wardrobe has gone in and since I have shifted towards more made in USA items; I thought I would continue this Thrifting made in the USA bit I did a while back to show you that it can be done even on a dime. I approached it in two¬†different ways (and next, I’ll show you how you can shop made in USA in other stores too) – first at an actual thrift store (in this case Goodwill), and second at a re-sale store (at Crossroads trading). I surprisingly had similar results at both stores! The price points being a little different of course.

We’ll start with Goodwill! The only downside is that yes, you’ll have to sort through lots of things. Thrift stores have now become graveyards for cheap mall clothes, so it takes more time to find the hidden gems. But do not lose hope, gems are there to be found, even if you have to dig deeper.

A trendy black blazer by Aqua
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Or how about a vintage (had a made in USA label inside) midi skirt with oversized pockets?
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Surprise, this Betsey Johnson dress was made in the USA!
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A beautiful black party dress by Milly
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Summery and silky dress by Rory Beca
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Or how about a simple cotton dress by LNA?
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And now, moving onto Crossroads – stores like this will be less digging through, and consequently, prices will be much higher.

This well constructed coat was $50 and by St. John, you’d pay that much or more for a coat that was already falling apart the day you bought it new
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My new go-to denim brand, J Brand
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A bright dress by Cynthia Vincent
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Or how about this funky Marc Jacobs mainline skirt that yes, was also made in the USA
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My suggestions to you, is to always try something on before you buy and to resist the temptation to buy things that do not fit you (that goes without saying for any type of shopping!)

I didn’t buy any of these things, although the temptation was high – and I encourage you to ask yourself when shopping if you really NEED those things!

Made in the USA thrifting

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed my previous post and I loved hearing what you guys had to say about the topic! It will continue to be an ongoing discussion here! So I thought it would be a perfect chance to show you that yes, you can thrift Made in the USA too!

A few disclaimers first – I did not buy any of these things. I don’t need to buy anything right now (except a sister of the bride dress as you’ve seen), this was a journey to show you (and myself) that you can in fact thrift things that are Made in the USA. That being stated, I kind of want to point out that thrift store trends and how people shop now, it may be harder to thrift Made in the USA items because it’s easier for people to donate things that aren’t made in the USA and cheap. But also because if you’re buying something that’s of better quality, it’s harder to give it up to a charity store. So it may be harder, but not impossible!

The first store I visited was Wasteland – they specialize in gently used resale items (similar to Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads, Plato’s Closet, Beacon’s closet, etc). Wasteland seems to stand out because it carries more vintage and more high end designers than most of the other stores (their prices are a little higher too sometimes). These are just a few of the things I found there.

A cute little vintage wrap dress
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A sexy Black Halo dress (pretty cool that it’s still in stores!)
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A summery Ella Moss dress
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A cute little Theory dress ***not all Theory brand is made in the USA, this was.
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And as a bonus, I saw these two pieces coming together and was tempted to buy. A very pretty silky Steven Alan top (it’s still in stores, but in other colors) and this awesome vintage knit skirt that was actually made in Japan, totally giving Sonia Rykiel vibes!
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My next stop was an actual Goodwill thrift store! If it was hard at Wasteland, it was just that much harder at Goodwill for contemporary clothing because of the overwhelming supply of cheap trendy clothing, but you’ll also have some great pieces that are vintage!

A funky geometric printed vintage Bill Blass dress (I think if you could tie the bow around the waist, it would look better once on!)
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A punchy Ella Moss dress
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And a party or poolside ready Tbags dress
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Think about where your clothes come from, ask yourself do you need it in your closet. Be a conscious shopper – you can be conscious and fashionable at the same time, they’re not mutually exclusive! I hope you liked this little thrifting escapade, and hope to do more in the future that focus on the same topic!