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Swap it Out!

IMG_9863When in doubt, swap it out.

Spring is quickly giving way to summer, and you already know that in addition to it being toe-out season, it also is spring-summer dress season. Spending money for new-to-us dresses is something we’ll avoid if we can and nothing was more true for us this Easter.

I know you’re all like,  “But Thrifty Chicks, Easter was months ago. Why are we talking about what you wore from way back then?”
Well, because we’re rusty at this blogging thing and because any time is a good time to swap it out. Whether it’s Easter or some other occasion where you want to look cute without cost, swapping can be an even thriftier option than actual thrifting.IMG_9883

Swapping can be as easy as asking to “shop” a friend’s closet, or it can be a more
formal meet-up where everyone brings something to an agreed upon location to swap with everyone else. In fact, it’s a great way to clean out your closet and replenish it at the same time.

Instead of buying new dresses for Easter, we swapped. Our friend Tasha gifted  this fitted floral number to Ricks, and Ricks gifted a yellow frock to Reese. New fashion for each of us. Zero cost.

 

 

 

 

 


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GO: Petworth Community Market

20131004_164852While Reese was off being brilliant at Food For Black Thought in Austin earlier this month, I made some time to explore my world. I received a pretty groovy invite to Vintage Fashion Night at the Petworth Community Market and had every intention of going, that is until the day of the event.

After working 8 hours at my temp job, during what felt like the Washington, D.C. heat wave of 2013, I was seriously ready to head home and shower. Seriously, taking the train in any direction that was not headed home was quickly sliding off my radar, but something said I should go.

And I am ever so glad I did. The Petworth Community Market is held every Friday from May 3 to Oct. 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 pm. According to its blog, the market is a non-profit organized by people who live in the Petworth neighborhood as an economic and social stimulus. Not only do vendors at the market take credit and debit cards, they also accept SNAP benefits.

On Vintage Night I was pleasantly surprised to find vendors of all stripes selling everything from fresh from the farm fruits and veggies, to vintage menswear, women’s apparel and even vegan/raw cheesecake. Best of all, there were samples and I was hungry.

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Christopher Williams, curator of Brown & Williams Clothiers

Christopher Williams, curator for Brown & Williams Clothier, really caught my eye because he was so sharply attired. Brown & Williams specializes in fine mens vintage clothing imported from Britain and Christopher was showcasing a fabulous selection of mens jackets and blazers that would be perfect for the man of discerning fashion sense.

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The fabulous custom bow ties designed by Elizabeth St John.

Christopher was rocking a fabulous reversible bow tie designed by Elizabeth St John. Elizabeth specializes in couture bridal wear and incredibly cool custom bow ties too.

In addition to checking out cool fashions I also got to try the sweet treats — vegan, raw cheesecakes to be exact — produced by the ladies of Sweet Raw, who specialize in gluten-free, vegan and uncooked goodies.

Alas, I went home with two bunches of beautiful swiss chard, green tomatoes from Shlagel Farms, and apple cider from Kuhn Orchards. While Vintage Fashion Night was a one night only event, there are still two Fridays left before the regular market shuts down for the season. Plan to go this Friday!

— Ricks


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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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