How did you become a thrifter? Before I moved here from Michigan, I would come down to visit, LaCheryl, and she would take me to some thrift stores. At first, I said, ‘No way I’m going to buy anything out of here.’ So she would bring me things that she found herself, and I began to like what she found. They were nice and some things were practically new. So I was turned on and that was about 10 years ago.
Where do you like to shop? I like America’s Thrift Store in Alabaster, Alabama. LaCheryl has also taken me to a couple of consignment stores like Collage Designer Consignment in Vestavia Hills, and she took me to Silver Lining Consignment Boutique in Hoover.
What kinds of second hand items have you purchased? I’ve bought brooches, earrings, jogging suits, coats and tops. I have a nice watch that I bought from a thrift store.
How did that happen? I started seeing the vintage style coats. LaCheryl gave me some vintage coats, and I said, ‘these are wonderful.’
You’re a really sharp dresser. Describe your style. I’m not a gaudy dresser, but I do dress with my accessories and my high heel shoes.
Some older women shy away from trendy clothes. You don’t. Why? I’ve always liked to dress nice because when I was growing up, there were seven of us. My mother kept us all nice and clean, and I’ve always had a desire to look good. I told myself that when I finished college, I was going to have a closet full of clothes. But I’m not conceited with it because God has been good, but I was determined to look nice. I don’t like to look matronly.
What’s your advice to older women on how to maintain an up-to- date wardrobe?
“You don’t have to pay big bucks for nice, comfortable, fashionable, good-looking clothes, and you don’t have to look matronly. You can be tasteful without wearing things that are really short. I don’t go that route. You can be tasteful in your dress, and yet, you don’t have to pay a lot of money. I would also tell them to keep their eyes open for vintage clothing because they’re very nice.
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