Style for less: This Fall’s thrift finds

By: Anna D’Acierno

It’s that time of year again; the time in between the warmth and the cold. The time when you are excited to pick out your outfit in the morning. Maybe you’re tired of wearing shorts because your tan lines faded almost two months ago, or maybe you are itching to pull out that sweater you found in dad’s closet last winter. After all, it’s one of a kind. Whatever it is, I think we can all agree that it’s time to kick the summer clothes to the curb once and for all. Indian Summers can only last so long, am I right?
If you’re not relating to the thoughts stated above, it’s likely that you’re in need of some new fall fashion finds. It’s no secret that purchasing these “finds” leads to breaking the bank, but It doesn’t have to be that way. In most communities, there is a place where you don’t have to stand in line at the register trying to decide between the perfect pair of dark washed jeans and lunch for the next week. This place is the local Thrift Store.
At the Goodwill, Salvation Army, or another local resale shop, a closer look can unveil treasures that even Urban Outfitters couldn’t produce. The closest second-hand shops to Chatham are Shadyside Goodwill or Avalon Exchange in Squirrel Hill. Both locations provide a space that compiles things for a variety of different personalities.
If you’re hoping to score a vintage pair of sneakers or boots, Avalon Exchange is likely the place for you. While Goodwill does in fact have shoes for sale, the resale team at Avalon typically ensures that your new reused item is still in good shape. They also tend to have some of the trendier, name-brand, items. For example, Adidas Stan Smith sneakers or even Frye boots are often found on the shelves of Avalon for half the original price.
Aside from fashion forward kicks, Avalon has tons to offer in the accessories department. “I really wouldn’t mind coming across a unique but classic scarf for the upcoming months. I left most of my winter stuff at home and I really want something new for the season anyway,” Chatham student Hallie Dufour said. Hallie isn’t the only one starting to plan ahead for Pittsburgh’s harsh winter. Most students head to the thrift store to find their winter staples. “Typically, when we are sorting through drop offs, we try to pull pieces like quality sweaters and jackets. They get picked over quickly” Avalon Exchange employee, Brendan said. In other words, don’t wait around, head to the nearest thrift shop before the good finds are all found!