Thrift Fair(s) Haul

Hello everyone!

 

I love thrifting because it’sย an opportunity to get new additions to your wardrobe at an affordable price. I often find very nice items that become staples in my Gothic wardrobe.

Unfortunately in South Africa there aren’t many thrift stores and the ones we do have don’t have a large variety of clothing. This weekend I was so excited that there were TWO thrift fairs happening, organised by different people. I went with my friend from Clarens, who is visiting Pretoria for a while!

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I got some really awesome things from both of them, so here are the things I got! Sorry for the poor quality photos. It’s very dark in my apartment and raining outside, so this is the best I could do.

 

The Harvest Thrift Fair at +27 Cafe – Saturday 23rd July

This thrift fair had free entry and was made up of different thrifty sellers selling their goods. I only bought items from two sellers – Backyard Vintage and Wear It Again. Here’s what I got!

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Black top with ruffles and sheer sleeves. From Wear It Again.

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Black velvet crop jacket. From Wear It Again.

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Green sheer top with ruffles, buttons and bows! From Backyard Vintage.

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Long-sleeved velvet top. From Backyard Vintage.

And my favourite find for the day…

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El Dante’s platform boots! They have to be glued in a few places and will be dyed and painted black. From Backyard Vintage.

 

The Thrift Fair at Fort Schanskop, Voortrekker Monument – Sunday 24th July

This one did not feature different sellers. Instead, they had all the items together in a hall on railings, tables and other displays. I found that theย prices here were much more reasonable in general. Here’s what I got!

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Black lace top with ruffle and button detail.

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Zip up top. This kind of reminds me of a military look and it is going to be customised with zippers and spikes.

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Black cowboy boots! I have no idea what I’m going to wear these with yet but I think they will look cool.

I also got this dress that I will be using for a shoot! As you can see, I have startedย removing the golden flower pattern so that the dress is more to my liking (I’m not a fan of gold). I haven’t decided exactly what I am going to shoot with this yet, but it will be something awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I’m also currently selling some of my clothes here, if you are interested!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

J

xx

Gothic influences in commercial fashion

Back in the day, goths wereย looked down on and “normal” people were very unaccepting of their fashion choices. Today, Gothic influences are creeping into commercial fashion almost everywhere. From Alexander McQueen to Saint Laurent to Diesel. Leather and lace have even become leading winter trends which cannot be missed. I love that nowadays you can find a few Gothic garments in any store, even the “cheap” retailers stock some Gothic items. Every Fashion Week I find a few designers whose collections I absolutely adore because of the obvious Gothic influences. I am passionate about bringing Gothic influenceย into commercial fashion because I believe the two can work together; they don’t need to be opposing ideas as they were in the past.

Here are some of my favourite Gothic inspiredย looks from AW 14/15:

Vivienne Westwood Red Label – Romantic Goth

Saint Laurent A/W 14 – Wednesday Addams

Chic Freak – PVC dress & stockings

Alice + Olivia – Romantic

Diesel – Lots of leather

And here are my favourites from last year (AW 13/14):

Valentino – Wednesday Addams

H&M – Cut-out lace skirt

Dolce & Gabbana – Lace

Saint Laurent – Belt buckle dress

Katie Gallagher – Distressed hooded dress

There were many more but these were the ones that stood out for me the most. I hope to see the Gothic and dark romantic influence grow to create more beautiful garments like these.

 

J

xx