All-American Thrift: How to Mix 8 Goodwill Finds for 8 Distinct 4th of July Looks

June 28th, 2010

4th of july fashion

Is it just me, or is the 4th of July the most underrated opportunity to dress-up?

With Halloween a little less than 4 months away, it’s only fitting that we get our creative clothing juices flowing and gear up for the nation’s favorite day of the year: it’s own birthday!

In honor of our country’s 234th big one [it's OK, USA, you're not 240 YET!], I gave myself a challenge: to search & seize a variety of ready-to-wear and easy DIY options for this Sunday’s holiday.

What did I find? Some truly awesome stuff — all for under $50! That’s right — at my local Goodwill on 121st & 3rd Avenue [yes, I just gave away the address ... go forth!], I discovered 8 truly awesome pieces that could be mixed/matched or cut/shredded/tied to 4th of July style bliss.

Take a queue from me — thrifting is a whole lot more fun when you have a goal in mind. Plus: You can’t beat inspiration! Scroll on below to see how I put together 8 All-American outfits that look [almost] as good as the grand finale of a fireworks display.

p.s. Can’t figure out how to DIY what I did below? No problem! Check back tomorrow for my DIY guide to your 4th of July … with step-by-step instructions!

American Thrift #1: Funky-Chic

H&M silver babydoll dress + Native-American silk scarf + New York tote bag

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American Thrift #2: Bohemian-Casual

Native-American silk scarf + Gap DIY cut-off & distressed jeans

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American Thrift #3: Hipster Cool

DIY American flag pants/bandeau top + white crop top + Gap DIY cut-off & distressed jeans

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American Thrift #4 & #5: Hipster Cool Vol. II-III

American Eagle bathing suit top + white crop top + DIY American flag pants/head scarf or fabric belt +  Gap DIY cut-off & distressed jeans

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American Thrift #6: Boardwalk Babe

DIY American flag pants/bandeau top + Gap DIY cut-off & distressed jeans

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American Thrift #7: Patriotic Picnic Pretty

Blue jean zip-up dress + white crop-top + New York tote bag

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American Thrift #8: Blue-Jean Pride

Blue jean zip-up dress + DIY American flag pants/corset fabric belt

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Thrift Store Shopping Like A Pro

Part 1: Thrift Store Shopping – Research
Part 2: Thrift Store Shopping – Preparation
Part 3: Thrift Store Shopping – Strategy
Part 4: Thrift Store Shopping – Inspection
Part 5: Thrift Store Shopping – Sharing

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3 Comments

  1. Darla says:

    If it is possible to crush it at wearing stuff…you totally do that.

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  2. carla says:

    OMG! i want that blue jean zip up dress! how freaking adorbale! LOVE all the finds Sammy.
    -Carla

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  3. Tammy says:

    I want that denim dress!!! Fits you beautifully.

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