Providence, in the last thirty years or so, has improved in myriad ways and accordingly the thrift scene has improved also. This is likely because it’s pretty thoroughly a college town and if there’s one thing I imagine college students are into it’s cheap stuff. I have relatives in this lovely city and so whenever we visit we’ve made a habit of making the pilgrimage to the chain thrift store Savers, which is the size of a suburban Wal-Mart and far less evil. The thrift is high quality too, which I assume is because there are enough rich people in and around the city who need some place to get rid of their cast-offs. Savers also often has 50% off sales that send the masses swarming in to buy unhealthy amounts of clothes and shoes. It’s basically heaven.
Some notable pieces that I’ve encountered there (comments welcome!):
Usually, I’m not one to endorse sparkles but I’m undeniably captivated by the neckline of this dress.
Add a coat (Forever 21, $40) and you’ve got a pretty nice outfit to go out in for winter.
My mom bought these shoes at Savers on a solo trip a while back. They were too big, so she passed them on to me. It’s been about a year since then and I’ve worn them literally everywhere. They’ve survived two music festivals and a trek through Reykjavík. I fear for the day when they finally fall apart completely.
This shirt has stuck with me through the years because though it’s mostly your conventional crop top, the lace on the bottom has always kept me interested. Paired with high-rise leggings (Forever 21, $6), it’s served me well in casual circumstances.
You may say that this is simply a Gap t-shirt, and you may be right, but there’s nothing wrong with simplicity. It’s flattering, it’s versatile, and it’s easy.
Adorn it with a scarf and you’ve got a nice little fall ensemble.
This vaguely vintage number was picked up by my aunt at Savers, then passed to me when she decided it didn’t suit her. The skirt is silky and light and champagne color is tasteful with a little edge to it.
My favorite part, however, is the back, which has the same lovely “v” shape as the front.
Then of course we have some delicate $2 earrings.
These have got a spring feeling to them and could be paired with a floral skirt of some sort.
The verdict, of course, is that Providence thrift is killer. It’s been a while since I’ve done a real shopping binge in that area but this just reminds me I need to return for another orgy of cheapness. I highly recommend it.
(cover photo from http://community-wealth.org/content/providence-rhode-island)