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Spotted: Go Go’s Retread Threads

A converted school bus with super cool vintage and second hand goodness, you say? Yes, please. And Thank You!

A converted school bus with super cool vintage and second hand goodness, you say? Yes, please. And Thank You!

Reese and I have a thing for converted school buses. We are drawn to them and the cool things that some people manage to do to transform them into something other than what they were. One of our earliest posts — nearly a year ago — was about the pop-up that the eyewear do-gooders at Warby Parker put on for its Class Trip. Warby Parker has brought the Class Trip back to D.C. through Dec. 22, so don’t miss it.

Me and Stacy "Go Go" Chambers, owner of Go Go's Retread Threads, a mobile boutique based in Baltimore.

Me and Stacy “Go Go” Chambers, owner of Go Go’s Retread Threads, a mobile boutique based in Baltimore.

On a recent trip to Reese’s place of employ, we saw the most wonderful thing parked on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus — a mobile fashion boutique called Go Go’s Retread Threads. Not only were we drawn to all the amazing vintage clothes and accessories staged outside the bus, but also to the rad art that covers it too. According to owner Stacy “Go Go” Chambers, her converted school bus is Baltimore’s first fashion boutique on wheels.

Because her business is on the move, her overhead is low and her prices are pretty reasonable. Specializing in vintage and gently used clothes, Go Go’s has it all. Stacy hunts for her amazing finds at thrift stores and estate sales. I was immediately salivating over all of the vintage accessories. Reese was pretty partial to a snazzy nearly floor length sweater situation that promised equal amounts of comfort and pizzaz.

Reese trying to resist the bounty of Go Go's Retread Threads.

Reese trying to resist the bounty of Go Go’s Retread Threads.

Stacy doesn’t get down to the D.C. metro area much, but if you’re in the Baltimore

metro area you can catch her and  her carefully curated menagerie of upcycled and eco-chic apparel, footwear and accessories at festivals, farmers markets and in various neighborhoods.

To keep up with Stacy check out her blog, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Laters,

Ricks


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Mellow Yellow: A Little Touch of Sunshine

When one of my favorite people in the world let me know that her boo “Liked it and put a ring on it,” I wanted to turn cartwheels. When she told me soon after that she and said boo had no plans to wait and were getting married in Las Vegas in July, I almost fainted. Not because of the quick turnaround, but…Las Vegas…in JULY?! There was no doubt that I was going to be at the ceremony, but Jesus be a fence, a bottle of water, a kiddie pool and a sprinkler.

If you’ve never been to Las Vegas in the summer, you don’t know about the triple digit heat that cools down to 99 degrees when the sun goes down. The only thing that is remotely equivalent is if you stood in front of your oven, turned it up as high as it could go and then opened the door. It is that HOT! How were we going to keep from dying of heat stroke? Could we be sweaty and cute? But more importantly, what in the name of all that is holy was I going to wear?

Operation Do Better was already being thrown a curveball by the unexpected trip and I knew that buying a dress to wear for the ceremony was out of the question. Enter Reese and her giveaway pile of clothes. My roomie extraordinaire just happened to be chucking this adorable yellow dress that she liked, but didn’t really love. She suggested that I give it a try before I broke down and bought something new. Lo and behold it looked great. All I needed to do was take it in around the bust area.

Check out these snaps of me rocking the frock and me and the newly made missus, Tia C. Harris-Kinard!

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Me and Mrs. Tia C. Harris-Kinard. This was taken before the actual deed was done, but isn’t she lovely? 🙂

I always thought orange and red were my favorite colors, but I think yellow is my ministry. This sunny shade pops off my skin and just makes me feel really beautiful. The light, airiness of the dress was perfect for letting me get a little ventilation without looking under dressed for the occasion.

Speaking of yellow — I bought a little something at the 1st Annual FABULOUS Second-Hand/Vintage Clothing Pop-Up Shop that we blogged about in June. I never got a chance to show you all the fabulous find I snagged from Patrice “Patty B” Boone of The Prissy Tomboy and BTwenty3.

Well here she is in all her glory. I wore this vintage jumpsuit in NYC during Blogging While Brown for an advance screening of Fruitvale Station, a must see movie about the death of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer on New Year’s Day 2009. It is a powerful movie and it is in theaters now. I recommend that you check it out. Me and the roomie plan to go see it again this weekend.

As for the jumpsuit, my goal is to add some straps to the top part since I’m not particularly blessed with enough bust to keep it up, but I look forward to rocking this look many times this summer! Enjoy the view! — R&R

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Just FABBulous: ALDO A-List Event Recap

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The Too Thrifty Chicks got it in gear on a rainy Sunday afternoon to hang out with the wonderful fashion and beauty bloggers of the FABB Girls Club.  ALDO Accessories at the Fashion Centre, Pentagon City, kept their doors open long after closing time to give ladies a chance to meet, greet, play dress up, win amazing accessories, and most of all, SHOP.

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We’re regular readers of blogger and FABB Girls Club member Brea Ellis who blogs about her adventures in fashion over at What I Wore: Tip to Toe. We saw her promotion of the event bounce into the inbox and knew it would be a nice way to spend a Sunday evening and we weren’t disappointed. What’s not to love when handbags were 30 percent off and accessories were buy three, get 20 percent off? Yes, please. Thank you. Thirst quenching beverages and snacks also were on deck, which was a nice touch for those of us who can shop until our blood sugar is low. Can we get an amen? Amen.

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The Too Thrifty Chicks and the super sweet blogger/fashionista Brea Ellis!

In addition to getting our shop on, we also got to meet FABB Girls Club creator Lauren Scott, who is putting down the hauteness over at Haute off the Press. Special shout out to her for taking this lovely picture of  the two of us, since we’re rarely in pictures together!

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ALDO Accessories is one of Ricks’ favorite places for fun, affordable and funky accessories that give a thrifted ensemble just the right amount of wow factor for any occasion. We both left with some goodies for the Too Thrifty Chicks accessory stash, and you’ll be seeing those pieces served up in a thrifty post coming to you soon.  Check out some more of these candids from the event.

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Around Town: 1st Annual FABULOUS Second-Hand/Vintage Clothing Pop Up Shop

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The Too Thrifty Chicks spent a beautiful Saturday at the 1st Annual FABULOUS Second-Hand/Vintage Clothing Pop-Up Shop put on by Fia’s Fabulous Finds.

Fia’s offers upscale, quality, brand name ladies’ clothing and accessories in new and nearly-new condition at prices significantly below department store levels.  The pop-up shop brought together more than 40 vintage and second-hand vendors and jewelers, including our friend Tasha at the Thrifted Closet, under one roof at The District Architecture Center.

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Tasha wedged into the crowded space, but ever cheerful.

We arrived about 15 minutes early and we’re pretty glad we did. The line to get in was quickly growing down the block. The first 50 people in the door also got a bag full of goodies that included special discounts. The District Architecture Center is a beautiful space, but by the time you add vendors, customers a DJ table and bartenders, it was more than a little crowded to say the least. No bueno for chicas like us who really aren’t good with crowds and tight spaces.

From what we could tell many of the vendors had a lovely selection of  clothes, shoes and accessories, but even if we’d been dressed appropriately to try things on, there really wasn’t any space to do that. At one point I was visiting a vendor near the DJ table and was really afraid that I was going to re-live that scene from House Party where Darryl “Chill” Williams keeps bumping the table and changing the song.

Reese refrained from buying anything, but I zeroed in on two vendors that gave me my entire life for the day. I was captivated by the coolest looking sunnies at the table of a vendor known as MissyKlectic, a dynamic duo of designers who support “brave fashion visionaries”. We dig that.

In addition to the cool shades, they had the cutest button earrings and bracelets. I ultimately opted for the sunglasses, which were $15 and  I LOVE them.

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Me and the most fabulous sunnies EVER. I took off the shades I was wearing because I wanted to wear these immediately.

Now the word “vintage” has always been a red flag for the Thrifty Chicks that means “expensive”. In fact, when we see it, we usually head in the opposite direction. We’re not big into labels, so we don’t really care who made it. If you’re going to charge anywhere near $50 for it, we probably won’t buy it.  And we didn’t, which is cool because we’re sure someone out there did. Pricing is an art and a science. That’s all I’ll say about that.IMG_5495

The next vendor I hit up was Patrice “Patty B” Boone of  The Prissy Tomboy and BTwenty3. Not only did she have amazing clothes, but she’s also a pretty great graphic designer. When I saw an acid wash, denim vest, which I have been hunting for some time, and a really cool vintage  jumpsuit, I knew I had to have both if the price was right. The jumpsuit was $27 and the vest was $9. The price was so right. Yes, please. You all will have to wait to see the clothes in a fashion post that we’ll do in the coming weeks.

All and all, we had a great and exhausting time at the 1st Annual FABULOUS Second-Hand/Vintage Clothing Pop Up Shop. The District Architecture Center is a lovely space, but likely better suited for a more intimate event.  We hope next year’s event will be in a much larger space.

Until next time.

— R&R

 

The many faces of Reese, post Pop Up shop madness!

The many faces of Reese, post Pop Up shop madness!


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Man of the Moment: William “Beaver” Brooks

One Sunday, we’re greeting folks at church, and William aka Beaver comes up to us and says, “I’ve been meaning to tell y’all, I love y’all’s style….and then we say (almost in unison), “We love yours too! We want you on our blog!”IMG_5044

That was a few months ago, and we finally got around to doing a photoshoot with Beaver and learning more about his style. He has a passion for thrifting and finding unique pieces. He’s a bigger guy and says that guys like him are often left out of the picture in this new thrifting trend. When he’s not singing in the church choir, or working his full-time gig, Beaver dedicates his time to helping other men develop their own unique style profiles. According to him, he’s dedicated to “keeping the big guy fly!”

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…Oh, did we mention he’s an entrepreneur too? His business, Bebow Fashions, focuses on designing handmade bowties and lapel pins. They are sooo dope and can be made to order. He believes in providing good quality because he doesn’t sell anything he wouldn’t wear himself, so he is often sporting his products whenever we see him. We’re waiting on our own custom designs (::hint hint Beave::).

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If you like Beaver’s style, check him out on Instagram: the_awesome_life_of_a_beaver and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BebowFashions.

BTW, what’s a Too Thrifty photoshoot without a little silliness? Check out some of the outtakes below. Between Reese’s silly jokes (Knock knock. Who’s there? Interrupting cow…interrupting cow wh…MOOOOO!) and Ricks’ ability to strike any pose on cue, we had a grand ol’ time. — R&R

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Ricks Style: Miss thing is wearing a tie

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Travel chic.

So the title of this post is random, which probably is a word that best describes my style. The title also is exactly what some lady said really loudly as I was strutting through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to catch a connecting flight. o_O

Reese and I maintain that we don’t have personal styles in the traditional sense, but I’ve been able to nail down a few fashion constants that I’m probably going to be here for always.

Mad for plaid: Excuse my pajama bottoms, but get into this plaid! I didn’t go to Catholic school, or any school for that matter that required any kind of uniform, but I think I’ve loved plaid since I was a kid. It makes me happy. Nuff said.

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Preppy, tartan goodness.

Bold, funky, ethnic-looking accessories: I like to travel and when I’m not traveling, I like to look like I’ve shopped somewhere cool and other-worldly.

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The bigger, the bolder, the better.

Watches: I love a good timepiece. Old school, new school, real deal, knock off. I love them all.

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Big, small, I love them all.

Feminine blouses: I love soft, billowing blouses made out of light materials with bows, pleats, ruffles and beautiful buttons that move with me. They give a feminine touch to even the toughest look.

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I like being girly sometimes.

Bold bright colors and neon: I don’t much follow trends, but I so fell in love with the neon trend last year and I’m so going to rock it long after its gone. *kanyeshrug*

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Rainbow bright.

Long skirts: I don’t know if I’m channeling Little House on the Prairie or what, but I really like long skirts that are just shy of maxi.

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Look ma, no knees.

Jackets/Blazers: Whenever I want an outfit to look more pulled together I grab my fitted denim jacket or a great tailored blazer. Jackets just make everything look better.

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Fitted jacket = Instant sophistication.

A spectacle in spectacles: I know wearing glasses is all the rage with the kids today, but some of us are truly blind and actually need them to see. I’ve worn glasses since I was in fourth grade, but I’m so glad that today’s options look nothing like what I rocked back in the day.

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If you’re gonna have four eyes, they might as well be awesome.

Chuck Taylor All Stars: I only have one pair, but my wants list inside my head is probably filled with every color conceivable. I wear these dressed down with jeans, or dressed up with my favorite plaid skirt, a blazer and a cummerbund to church. My love affair with these kicks are that serious.

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Me and Mr. Taylor have a thing going on.

Just so this post won’t be stupid longer than it already is I’ll just tell you that I am also here for sequins, hats, skulls and crossbones, studs, a popped collar, pencil skirts, ultra feminine dress, cummerbunds, sweater vests, neckties and crossbody bags…WHEW!

Keep it thrifty,

— Ricks


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A Thrifty Engagement: Precious and Antoine

Two months ago today, Antoine gave Precious a gift that she’s been waiting for: an opportunity to marry her best friend. Antoine proposed to Precious at his surprise birthday party in October. She thought she was pulling a fast one on him, but at the end of the night she was all smiles and tears when she realized the night would be far more special than she had thought.

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Pic taken the night of their engagement. Precious is wearing a thrifted dress that cost $3.95. Hubby-in-training obviously knows his woman, because he selected this beautiful vintage ring for his bride-to-be. Way to go Antoine!

Instead of spending tons of money on new clothes for their engagement photo session, Precious brought her love for thrifting and her personal style to her engagement photos taken by Krystal Kofie Hohrn Photography. She’s wearing dresses from Goodwill in both photos, with each dress costing $5.95. She’s even influencing the hubby-in-training. The striped button down he’s wearing is a thrifted purchase too!

Precious is all smiles in her fabulous goodwill find and Antoine has a classic, clean look in his thrifted button down.

Precious is all smiles in her fabulous Goodwill find and Antoine has a classic, clean look in his thrifted button down.

Precious took some time to tell us about thrifting and her style:

1) What inspired you to start thrifting?

I love the thrill of finding something precious or beautiful among what others have cast aside. I also love to shop yet found that I spent to much money doing so, thus this was a great alternative.

2) How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my style as classic, vinatage, and eclectic/urban. I know thats alot (lol) but it depends on the occasion.  I like to take a vintage ode to the past and pair it with a classic piece, and then spice up the outfit with an urban/chic touch. (btw, Precious was named “class trender setter” in her senior superlatives in high school. Get it girl!)

3) What influences/inspires your style?

I watch a lot of fashion tv, per my fiancé, (lol) but no really I love color and funtionality. I am inspired by things that photograph well and accentuated my figure the best.

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Precious shows a little leg and sass as Antoine spits his best game. Oooow!

When you take engagement photos, love is the best and most noticeable accessory (and it’s clear that there’s a lot of love adorning this couple). Pairing that with the perfect outfit can give you the confidence needed for a successful photo shoot. Think twice about spending a ton of money on a new outfit and consider recycling something for the occasion. It worked for Precious and Antoine. It could work for you too!

Happy 12-12-12, everybody. Enjoy the novelty of the day!

Until next time,

R&R