Too Thrifty Chicks: Four reasons why spring is the season to save
by Ashante Reese
Special to The Star
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There are only two seasons in the Deep South: hot and hotter. So when the Too Thrifty Chicks moved to the D.C. area, one thing was certain — we needed to revamp our wardrobes quickly and cheaply.

While we grew up in families that were fond of consignment shops and flea markets, it wasn’t until coming to D.C. that either of us really took the time to learn about thrift shopping. With little money and a need to adjust to a place that has four seasons, the thrift store became our best friend.

As we get ready for spring, the winter sweaters are packed away replaced by light jackets, blazers, shorts and sandals. We’re fond of color and have had good luck with colorful finds in our local Goodwill and other thrift stores.

Here are four of our favorite thrifty springtime finds.

Pink and pumps

One of the best things about spring is you can wear one of those beautiful, lightweight blazers in your closet without having to cover it with a coat. Warmer temperatures means all you need is a simple T-shirt or tank underneath, cute jeans, flirty pumps and you’re good to go from a casual day at the office to a fun evening at happy hour. Both the blazer and the pumps were thrifted for less than $15.


This spring is all about the romper. Take this colorful number and pair it with bright shoes and you’re ready for Sunday brunch. Find the perfect romper but it’s a little too big in the waist area? Add your favorite belt to give it just the right amount of cinch. At less than $10 for the romper and belt combined, this outfit is comfortable, cute and Too Thrifty approved.

Safari ready

Shorts and tank tops can get you through the spring, but why not spice it up a bit? Pairing a long-sleeve, button-down top with shorts can give you some variety and an opportunity to dress up your favorite pair of shorts with a cute sandal and pops of color. We’ll let you in on a little secret: if you’re having trouble finding button-down shirts that fit you well, shop the boys and men’s sections of the thrift stores. For less than $7, this adds pattern and contrast to the basic yellow tank and navyshorts.

Color + Animal Print

Animal prints seem to never go out of style ... and as long as they’re less than three bucks like this top, we’re all over them!

This sleeveless top is paired with a $6 orange jacket to give it more of a spring-y feel. If you’re heading somewhere that requires you to be a little more dressy, you can ditch the jacket and trade the flats for a strappy pair of heels.

Either way, you’ll look like a million bucks on a budget.

Shopping at thrift stores take time and patience, but that is how we’ve managed to create wardrobes that accommodate all seasons and occasions.

As you’re doing your spring cleaning, pack up the clothes you’d like to give away, and when you drop them off at your local thrift store, consider going in and perusing the racks for splashes of color.

Who knows? You just might find a piece that turns heads at happy hours and brunches throughout the spring.
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