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

June 28th, 2010
4th of july fashion

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.

  2. carla says:

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

  3. Tammy says:

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

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