Friday, March 16, 2012

First Time Thrifting: Scholarshop

rainbow of dresses view from the racks bubble skirt like a kingfisher mint blouse and yellow pencil skirt
Location: Scholarshop in Clayton, 8211 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63117 (314-725-3456)

I've already lied to you in the title as I now recall that I've been thrifting a number of times in high school, but never with the intention of actually buying clothes and mostly just to look for cheap trash to tinker with at Goodwill or something for swordfighting. I remember getting a cute mini Hello Kitty backpack somewhere for $3 and that red knit beanie for 75 cents. Avalon Exchange barely counts as thrifting, since the Loop location is liable to jacked-up prices from tourism and college students. So this is my first intentional act of thrifting for fashion's sake. And boy was it long and memorable.

As most of you might remember your first time walking into a thrift store: like a Forever 21 filled with strange smelling, unique things gathered in about just as organized a fashion (my mind's already screaming with claustrophobia). Overwhelming. Well, the best way to view it is treasure hunting, as "one (wo)man's trash is another (wo)man's treasure." After a harrowing hour or so, I had it narrowed down to about 8 items for the fitting rooms.

The cool thing about Scholarshop is that all the profits go to fund scholarships for St. Louis kids. If there's anything I want to give back to this city that's housed me during these four years of college, it's a firm education future for the children. I don't just say this in a sappy first world problems sort of way ... there's a lot learned from doing community service for their families, the ones that can't even scrape together enough to pay for electricity and hot water, let alone dream of sending their six kids to college. So, you bring together shoppers with unquenchable thirsts for new thrift finds at affordable prices and voila, it's a start for helping.

What was I hunting for? Mint. Pastels. Clearly in the mind for spring, and mostly mint. I grabbed anything that looked pale-ish green or blue haha as you can see from the nice array hanging behind me in the fitting room. Clearly distracted by the beautiful dresses and gowns and heavily beaded numbers. Thrift stores are a great way to dive into a trend without spending much money at all - this mint blouse and I are MFEO and it was only $7!

Here's the quick breakdown of the Scholarshop experience: the customer service left me alone for the most part, which was nice since I snapped so many pictures (thanks!). The clothes were all in great shape and man were there a lot of racks. The hours aren't that long so they close promptly at 5 PM on Fridays, which is when I went with two of my friends, Alice and Jessi (thanks Alice for taking the photos of me!). The fitting rooms were spacious and the lines are pretty long sometimes towards closing time. Children's and men's sections didn't yield much to me upon first glance. And luckily quite the pick of small-sized pieces if you look hard :)

Would I come back? Definitely!
high time for tea time stunning olive gown olivia pink ballgown and black egypt
hot pink lace and tulle
Amazing dark brown leather bomber jacket for $15 but sleeves are too short to be practical
brown leather bomber jacket brown leather bomber jacket beads and bedazzle b&w leopard sequin spots sequin leopard and canary yellow pastel watercolor wisteria
Check out this $15 dupe for the Marc Jacobs/H&M foldover plastic clutch last fall/winter
marc jacobs foldover clutch dupe beaded brassiere
Left: casino royale sweater Alice later picked up; Right: sticker shock for the green ballgown: $195!? It was size 10 though and cleverly binder clipped in the back
it's in the cards and sticker shock blossoms and glitz iridescent teal and polka dot trousers iridescent teal and burnt orange pink houndstooth and orange smoothie olive bling puff the magic (green dragon) dress shoes. omg
The haul: simply can't resist this spring-set deal, $7 mint blouse that fits PERFECTLY and $18 designer yellow pencil skirt (38?) but runs small. Can't wait to style and shoot this outfit!
2-piece haul
Readers - what's your favourite place to go thrifting?
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ahoymichelle March 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM   said...

Ahh! I love your blouse! What a great pick up! :)

KRISTY March 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM   said...

I was hoping that you ended up buying that bright yellow pencil skirt. AND YOU DID! Yippie! :)

M March 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM   said...

OKAY WOW. looks amazing there!! gorgeous :)
wish i could go there too!

lisacng March 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM   said...

The store looks spacious and well-organized. I love that it's for a good cause too! The mint blouse and yellow skirt look great. I actually thought the skirt needed to be taken in!!!

Unknown March 16, 2012 at 10:51 PM   said...

I love the blouse and the skirt! Perfect colors for spring :D

I've always wanted to go thrift shopping, but I don't think there are any near where I live. I hate shopping at F21 because it can be so overwhelming, so I would definitely be overwhelmed thrifting as well. You definitely need to set aside a few hours if you want to look at everything ><

Alice Gu March 17, 2012 at 12:21 AM   said...

the mint blouse and yellow skirt was such a great find on your part! I remember how one lady asked me where you found that skirt...and obviously i couldn't give her a good answer since you were zooming in and out of the racks like a pro :P a pro hunter that is!

Alice Gu March 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM   said...

I forgot to mention that I like how scholarshop is pretty well organized by color, designer vs non-designer, style, and similarities. I'm glad the store puts in a lot of thought into making the shopping experience easier and more fun for the shoppers. we'll have to check out the giant goodwill (not the dinky one on olive) on forest park parkway since this thrifting experience seemed like a positive one for you and me!

Angie | March 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM   said...

thanks for the input, alice! i almost forgot about all these great qualities that are evident in the photographs. and YES to going to goodwill sometime :)

Unknown March 17, 2012 at 4:23 AM   said...

Wow, that store is amazing! I can't believe those deals, it's just unreal. Love the mint blouse and leather brown jacket, too bad it's sleeves are short :D


Phoebe Limanta March 17, 2012 at 6:17 AM   said...

You are so lucky that you have great thrift shops over there! I've been wanting to go thrifting for the longest time but can never find anything anywhere!! :(

beneath the glass March 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM   said...

yay! i'm glad you're getting into thrifting! about 85% of my closet is thrifted; i just love me some deals! your pictures look great! oh, and to answer your earlier question on my "Spot On" post- I used a gradient filter but also the sun was really pretty that day too! :)

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