Hi everyone, I am Maria from Little Tree Vintage and I am so happy to be sharing some of my thrifting tips with you guys today. If you have any other tips, feel free to leave a comment so I can read what you guys think!
1. Be Patient
You’re going to walk in and chances are there will be a MILLION things to look through. You have to have the patience to look through the racks, and truly take your time, or else you might miss something. If you have the time, space out a few hours and you can really get some quality thrifting in.
Get your style ready, Goodwill fans: it’s time for Part 2 of our interview with GoodwillNyNj Style Icon Maria Sideris!
In our last chat, this gorgeous-making vintage-loving gal shared on everyday inspiration, her favorite Goodwill, and just what she beelines to once she walks in those doors. onhow to tackle your local secondhand shop. This time round, the Little Tree Vintage author shares her favorite Goodwill Gem and a very astute realization about the all-too-common thrifting mistake a person can make. Read on to see what she found… and what she’s learned not to do when she visits her local Goodwill:
What are the biggest mistakes people make when heading to their local Goodwill?
I think people expect to find the “perfect vintage items”, they want items to be their size, in perfect condition and be worth a lot of money. Unfortunately that’s not how things work. You have to keep in mind that vintage can be hard to find, and finding it in your size is even harder. A lot of items need alterations, and a lot of items need work.
Maria Sideris is the style siren behind the fantastic fashion blog Little Tree Vintage. A Garden State resident with an Empire State job, Maria’s all over the GoodwillNyNj empire – and after spending some time with her this past week, we can tell you, this woman is fashion thrift royalty. Know what else Maria is? Our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon!
We hope you enjoy reading Maria’s musings on the NYNJ thrift scene, fashion blogging and style sighting as much as we had hearing them. Enjoy!
How did you first get interested in thrifting? Were you raised to reimagine fashion as a youngin’ or did this passion come later in life?
Growing up I was always surrounded by my Mother’s beautiful vintage pieces. For as long as I can remember I always loved items and clothing that was pre loved. I found a lot of things in my Grandma’s house that I would use to dress up in, and I would use different vintage pieces to make jewelry at a very young age. I started thrifting in college because I wanted to save money, and loved the unique style I got from it. I didn’t want to wear the things everyone else had, and I was always trying to follow trends, but in my own way.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I would say my style is very indie inspired. I love anything flowy, anything that looks bohemian or from the 70’s. I really adore looking comfortable, but putting a spin on it and making it chic. I would say that my style is inspired by everything that goes on around me, vintage included..I love vintage inspired items and vintage items alike…