Thrift Cities: Providence, RI

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Adorn it with a scarf and you’ve got a nice little fall ensemble.

This vaguely vintage number was picked up by 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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

About

About the blog: This is a blog about clothes. Specifically, cheap clothes. Because thrift shopping is not only a way of life but also a state of mind. It’s an admonition to the cyclical nature of fashion, but also a statement about the timelessness of certain ways in which we adorn our own bodies. Thrift can both enunciate the ridiculousness of the human obsession with fashion while also acknowledging the substantial role fashion plays in our psyche and in our interactions with the world around us. And, thrift is fun. The goal of this blog, in the long run, is to catalog thrift shop and other cheap clothes outlet experiences across the United States and (eventually) the world. It’s also a place to enjoy pretty shit. The exact future for this blog and my life is unclear, but as David Bowie said, “I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.”

About me: Marguerite Alley, age 16. Enjoys reading, writing, playing music, sleeping. Wouldn’t mind being a surgeon, a rockstar, a novelist, a nuclear engineer, or a fashion authority. Doesn’t hold out much hope for achieving any of these.

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