What: Wedding gown
Where: Aubergine Vintage Emporium & Cafe, Sebastopol, CA
How Much: “It was marked $28, but there were a few stains on it so I got it for $25. A friend altered the neckline for me as a wedding gift, and the stains came out at the dry cleaner.”
When I Use It: “I used it last month — along with a headpiece a friend made and a pair of vintage heels given to me by the costume shop director at the theater where I work — when I got married! But it’s such a great cut; I may just dye it and wear it again.”
Shopping Tips: “My first rule of thrifting is: If you’re not sure about something, leave it for someone else. Second, know what you’re looking for; if you know the colors you’re after and the fabrics you like, you can eyeball a rack in a minute’s time without riffling through every hanger. And third, don’t be afraid to ask if the cashier will knock a few bucks off if you’re going to have to do repairs!”
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