Too Thrifty Chicks: Discover unique finds, expand your wardrobe with help from the thrift store
by Markeshia Ricks
Special to The Star
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I was strutting through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in a pair of Salvation Army black cowboy boots and purple tights to catch a connecting flight, when a woman said rather loudly, “Miss Thing is wearing a tie.” Since I was the only woman around I could see with a necktie in place of a necklace, she was right. Miss Thing — that’d be me — was, in fact, wearing a men’s necktie.

Such is your fashion life when you’re a thrift store maven with a personal style based on mood, season and wallet, rather than the latest trends out of Milan, New York and L.A.

I’m one-half of a blogging duo known as the Too Thrifty Chicks, and the one thing my partner-in-thrift and I know for sure is that we don’t have personal style in the traditional sense. One day it’s classic and traditional, the next it might be boho chic-meets-biker chick.

My fashion life blows with the wind, but I’ve been able to nail down a few style constants that are probably going to be here for always.

Mad for plaid

I didn’t go to Catholic school, or any school that required a uniform, for that matter. But I think I’ve loved plaid since I was a kid. It makes me happy, and it’s a ready-made way to have fun with pattern and color. Plaid makes everything better, and you can find a plethora of it in thrift stores because of its propensity for going in and out of style. I personally wear it all year round, regardless of what the fashion gods say.

Bold, funky, ethnic-looking accessories

I like to travel and when I’m not traveling, I like to look like I’ve shopped somewhere cool and other-worldly. When it comes to my jewelry, the chunkier and funkier the better. I live for baubles in bright pops of color that look like wearable art.

If you don’t see what you want in a thrift store, consider buying a few different things you can deconstruct and turn into something new.


I love a good timepiece. Old school, new school, real deal, knock off — I love them all. And because many people would rather buy a new watch than a new battery, thrift stores are a good place to hunt for a cool timepiece.

Feminine blouses

A soft, billowing blouse made out of light material with bows, pleats, ruffles and beautiful buttons that moves with me is the essence of femininity for me right now. These tops give a feminine touch to even the toughest look. Dress them up with pencil skirts or down with jeans, and save a bundle when you purchase these one-of-kind shirts from eras gone by from your local thrift shop.

Bold bright colors and neon

I don’t much follow trends, but I so fell in love with the neon trend last year, and I’m so going to rock it long after it’s gone. Thrift stores are the land where wacky, brightly hued blazers and jackets go to die. Revive them and your wardrobe by picking up a color that really makes a statement.

Long skirts

I don’t know if I’m channeling “Little House on the Prairie” or what, but I really like long skirts that are just shy of maxi. Whether they’ve got a funky bird pattern or they’re just solid black or white, they make a great addition to a well-rounded wardrobe.


Whenever I want an outfit to look more pulled together, I grab my fitted denim jacket or a great tailored blazer. Jackets just make everything look better.

A spectacle in spectacles

I know wearing glasses is all the rage with the kids today, but some of us are truly blind and actually need them to see. I’ve worn glasses since I was in fourth grade, but I’m so glad that today’s options look nothing like what I rocked back in the day.

Chuck Taylor All Stars

I only have one pair, but the want list inside my head is probably filled with every color conceivable. I wear these dressed down with jeans or dressed up with my favorite plaid skirt, a blazer and cummerbund to church. My love affair with these kicks are that serious.

When it comes to fab thrift store finds, I am also here for sequins, hats, skulls and crossbones, studs, a popped collar, pencil skirts, ultra feminine dresses, cummerbunds, sweater vests, neckties and crossbody bags…WHEW!

Keep it thrifty.

Markeshia Ricks is a former Knight Fellow and statehouse correspondent for The Star, and now works at the Air Force Times in Washington, D.C. You can read more about her thrifting adventures at

Prom fashion hits the runway

The Quality Shoppe in Jacksonville and Monet Salon & Day Spa in Anniston are hosting the 2013 Prom Fashion Show today at 3 p.m. at the Monet Salon.

The event will feature local models walking the runway in the latest looks in prom fashion. About 30 formal gowns of various styles, all available for purchase at the Quality Shoppe, will be showcased along with the top trends in hair and makeup courtesy of Monet’s stylists.

Monet owner Kim Pritchett said this is the second year she and Quality Shoppe owner Rena Comisac have collaborated on this event.

“We just decided to work together as a team,” she said, to show girls in the area what the two businesses have to offer as prom season approaches.

Pritchett said about 60 people came out for last year’s fashion show, and today’s show is expected to draw a crowd as well.

Door prizes provided by both Monet and Quality Shoppe will be awarded. There is no charge for admission. The show will be held at Monet Salon & Day Spa located at 328 E. Blue Mountain Road in Anniston.

— From staff reports
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