Fall Dressing on a budget | Kensington Market

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Hey friends! I went to Kensington market the other day to get some stuff for the week and went for a stroll in the area.  It was a good way to get some fresh air and explore the different shops and stores.

The place is a melting pot of different cultures.  There’s Mexican, Jamaican, Thai, Italian, and so much more.  It has everything from non-organic to organic produce, health food stores, restaurants, local cafes, vintage thrift shops, military surplus shops, weed shops, a fish market that sells sustainable fish, a butcher shop that has grass fed and organic meats, and artisanal shops.  There is an incredible variety of goods sold in this market.  That’s why I love going to Kensington market- you never know what you’ll find.
Speaking of which, I picked up this grey coat with a classic design from a store that sells vintage and pre-loved items.  They have a great selection of leather and faux fur jackets, cashmere sweaters, jeans, vintage dresses, sunglasses, and outerwear.
I picked up this Banana Republic coat for less than half the in-store price. If you are patient and have a good eye, you can find inexpensive items without giving up the quality and workmanship .  It’s made of 100% wool and cashmere – it’s a perfect coat to have for the fall.
I love thrift shopping.  It’s a sustainable way to shop, economical, chic, and fun.  Sometimes I walk into a store with a mental image of what I want and more often than not, I come out of the store with something similar.  It’s visualization and manifestation at it’s finest.

MY TIPS FOR THRIFT SHOPPING:

  • Look for items that have a classic design, something that doesn’t go out of style.  Classic pieces that can be worn from season to season  is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. A nice pair of pants, classic coat, or a leather jacket.
  • Look for items with good quality material like leather, wool, cashmere, and silk.  Good material can withstand the test of time depending on how you care for it.
  • If you don’t have time to look through everything on the rack, look for pieces that catch your attention.  Look out for prints that you like or the material of the fabric.
  • Check the item’s condition before buying. Check for any stains, loose hems, missing buttons or broken zippers.  If it’s something that you can repair, is it worth it?  Sometimes the clothing can be too good to pass up and will be worth the extra bucks for repair.
  • Before going to the store, have an idea of what you want so you don’t get distracted.
  • Buy items that you know you will wear, and can pair nicely with what you already have.


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