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National Thrift Store Day Meets Miami

Courtesy of MiamiTwice.com

Sifting through rack after rack, crawling on your knees through bins of vinyl, and weening out magic from piles of old Dungarees — thrifting isn’t for the feint of heart. The magical appeal of scouring the city for the perfect vintage finds isn’t glamorous, but exhilarating. It’s about finding that one unique item that will be an ongoing conversation piece, an exclamation point to your everyday look. Each piece has a tale from the past that you’re amplifying. National Thrift Store Day is a celebration of vintage and an appreciation of the past; it’s a day for style storytellers.

Miami is thankfully speckled with a variety of thrift store gems. Here are my top vintage picks for your next visit:

Red White & Blue Thrift StoreRed White and Blue Thrift Store, Hialeah, FL Store Front

Location: Hialeah, Florida

Website: www.redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com/Hialeah.html

Red White and Blue was my first experience in the thrifting world. Inputting the address into my GPS and venturing out for the foreign land of Hialeah, I was initially surprised by the gigantic crowd that gathered on a Saturday. According to others, if you look hard enough you can find hidden gems from Jimmy Choo, Chanel, and Prada. During my visit I scored a 1920s tapestry bag and some outstanding dresses. Make sure to bring cash; Red White & Blue won’t accept credit cards, but an ATM machine is on site.

Miami Twice

Location: Miami, Florida

Website: www.miamitwice.com

For more than 28 years, Miami Twice has been a port key to the past for Miami dwellers. Delivering a diorama of designer vintage, Miami Twice is a habitat for the likes of Emilio Pucci, Halston, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Dior, Miriam Haskell, Schiaparelli, Eisenberg and more.

C. Madeleine

Location: North Miami, Florida

Website: www.cmadeleines.com/

The crème de la crop and Holy Land of vintage in Miami, C. Madeleine is a dream for vintage collectors and fashion admirers. Separated by era, the curated wonderland features the best in vintage and boasts of the most notable designers, including Emilio Pucci, Chanel, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Christian Louboutin, Cartier and Louis Vuitton. Sophisticated utility clothing of the 40s, the floral phenomenon of the 70s, and even the anti-fashion of the 90s are delicately displayed to a captivating audience. There’s enough Chanel at C. Madeleine’s to create an entire boutique, which can indicate the sky-high prices. Less of a haul and more for looks, you’ll be astounded by the quality make of every item.

Happy thrifting!

xo Jillian

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  • Love the list! I didn’t even know it was National Thrift Shop Day—but glad I’ll know where to shop when in Miami! xx

    —Rebecca
    http://www.wanderdust.co

    • Thanks, Rebecca! Aww yes… when you’re in Miami you now have my definitive guide of the best shops around. If that day ever comes, I’d totally go thrifting with you! 🙂

  • Really awesome! I find I lack the patience with vintage shopping. It’s super important to look through everything to find those hidden jems but man does it take work!

    • So true! It’s always hit or miss with me. Sometimes I have REALLY good days… other times not so much. 🙂 I’ve realized it takes digging through piles and sifting through the racks. Usually when I go (it’s been awhile for me), I’ll make a day of it. Something I do love to do is repurpose the items I find and take a DIY approach. Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion! I really appreciate it and love your blog. It’s taken off so nicely!

  • Ashley Basak

    You have such a great eye for fashion! I need to be taught the art of thrift shopping (…and the virtue of patience). Maybe then I can save some money and find awesome steals at the same time. Loved the article! I need to take a vacation to Miami if I ever find myself in Florida. 🙂

    • Ashley, you are the SWEETEST ever. If you’re ever in Miami I would LOVE to take you shopping. Lol 🙂