I got a gold chain

A literal "Oh my God" flew right out of my mouth when I saw this Chanel belt in the window of a vintage store in Columbus, Ohio last Thanksgiving.  Instead of wearing it as a belt, I like to thug it out as a gold chain instead.  As if that's not enough, this fabulous leather skirt was thrifted, too.  Boom.

I get a lot of questions pertaining to where and how I find my vintage goodies, so I thought I would share my two secrets about the "Where" aspect of thrifting/vintage shopping :

1. Do your research - thrift in' ain't easy, y'all.  It's hard work and you need to take the time to scope out several places before you move on to secret number two.  I have been to every Goodwill and Salvation Army from here to the Mississippi so I know what type of goods are placed in each, what their price points are, and even when they get shipments and stock the store.  Psycho? Yes.  Do I find the good shit, though? Yes.  I have a store that I always find great clothing in, one for furniture, and another for household goods.  For consignment stores, I subscribe to the same model.  

2.  If you are looking for vintage goods, thrift or consign in older neighborhoods - this is a big one for me.  I am never looking for newer items, so if a thrift store is full of some teenagers F21 castaways from 2007, I'm out the door.  I want granny's old dresses, papaw's old belts, and the beautiful furniture they used to sit on whilst having afternoon cocktails Mad Men style.

Hope this helps in the treasure hunt!!

Sweater: F21
Skirt: thrifted, no brand
Bag: Chanel
Belt (worn as necklace): vintage Chanel
Heels: Christian Louboutin
Glasses: Rayban
Bracelets: Hermes, J.Crew

Have a great start to your week!



  1. What an amazing find! I need to thrift more often!

  2. I have to ask, how much did you find the belt for?! It looks great as a necklace. I often feel "ripped off" by the prices for vintage finds. Do you have rules about how much you will spend on a thrifted item?

    1. I found the belt for $140 and I'm not sure the lady knew exactly what she had. I was able to find it online (ebay) and do some research through the person selling similar vintage Chanel items. Similarly, my rule of thumb on price is not to buy anything that I couldn't sell for the same price either on ebay or elsewhere. If I am in a store and something catches my eye, especially an item I'm not super familiar with, I will google it on my phone, look it up on ebay, etc. to see what I can find. A label can tell you a lot, as well.

  3. Great outfit combo - that Chanel belt/necklace is gorge, what a find!

  4. You go girl! Another awesome find! I love shopping vintage and thrift stores! Thanks for sharing your favorite place with me. I'm definitely going to check out that Goodwill. I just got two animal print belt from a Salvation Army near my house. You have inspired me! :)