Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Shabby chic thrifting in Hialeah

Today I discovered gold in Hialeah. Yes, Hialeah, Florida. The tackiest city ever--a neighborhood in Miami I've claimed in the past I would never be caught dead in.

One night about a month ago my friend Stef and I went out and I fell in love with the black maxi skirt she was wearing. "$2.99 at Flamingo Plaza!" She told me when I asked where she got it.

I had no idea what Flamingo Plaza was or where it was located, but I didn't care as long as she would take me there and help me find an equally amazing skirt for $2.99.

I'm the worst thrift shopper of all time; I don't even have patience for Marshalls, but I'm so glad I went to the Flamingo Plaza finally. There's a store in the plaza called the Red, White and Blue Thrift Store and it's the size of a mini amusement park.

I've kinda-sorta thrifted at the Goodwill in Savannah and I've perused flea markets in New York, but what I found in Hialeah today (beside the less than pleasant stench) left me pleasantly surprised.

I got two brass candelabras, a crazy pair of sheer floral palazzo pants, a black beaded top with shoulder pads, a long-sleeved black silk top to throw over a mini-skirt and bralette, a patterned top to tuck into high-waisted shorts and a gold belt for $30.
Stef found a killer sequined jacket for $20; she would've paid no less than $150 for it anywhere else. I do have to admit we're kind of on sparkle overload, but we couldn't help it--everything that glittered was out of control! 

I'm going to have to put a little extra time and care into prepping these pieces for wear (hand washing, Febreezing, steaming, dry cleaning), but for the price I paid it's totally worth it.
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