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{Nifty-Thrifty} CC’s Guide to Thrift Store Shopping In Manhattan

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Thrift-Store-Collage{Suede Fringe Clutch, Bandana Scarf, Vintage Pillbox Hat, Ribbed Cardigan, Vintage Mink Trimmed Coat, Anne Klein Sandals }

I’m definitely a lady who enjoys the finer things in life… However, that doesn’t mean I like to break the bank.  Au contraire!  In fact, most of my best finds have been procured from one of three places: the clearance rack, eBay, or the thrift store.  Over the years, I’ve gotten a few emails from inquiring minds who’d like to know my favorite shopping destinations in NYC.  And since thrift stores are ALWAYS at the top of my lists of recommendations, I thought I’d share the wealth with the rest of you readers should you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods.

I find thrift store shopping in Manhattan to be somewhat of a sport, so I’ll usually spend an entire afternoon pounding the pavement and bouncing around to half a dozen shops or more all in one go. Below are my two favorite thrift store shopping routes to follow when I feel the urge NOT to splurge!

ROUTE 1: Chelsea & East Village


View Closet Confections Thrifting Map (Chelsea/East Village) in a larger map

ROUTE 2: UPPER EAST SIDE


View Closet Confections Vintage/Thrift Store Route (Upper East Side) in a larger map

And if you’re up for venturing off the beaten paths I’ve shared above, here are a few more spots I recommend:

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Runnin’ Through the 6 {Toronto Travel Diary}

Everyday Outfits, My Style, Travel

toronto-ontario-3{Old Navy Chambray Dress, Polo Nautical Stripe Sweater, Coach Crossbody Bag, K-Swiss Sneakers}

After our stint in Niagara Falls, Eric and I were off to explore Toronto. I’ve been to Toronto a number of times, but I always find something new to experience while I’m there. While there weren’t any official Drake sightings during our stay, we still managed to have a great time. You can’t tell by the gorgeous blue skies in these photos, but there was a torrential downpour the morning we arrived in the city. Undeterred, we ducked into Ripley’s Aquarium for a couple of hours to wait out the rain. This turned out to be the best decision ever as there was so much to see. I had to be reluctantly torn away from the jellyfish and shark tanks because I seriously could have sat and stared all day.

Once the rain clouds cleared away and the sun poked out, we skipped over to the waterfront for a scenic cruise through the Toronto Islands (but not before grabbing a beaver tail for the ride!). Luckily for us, the weather was picture-perfect for the rest of our stay. We were famished by the time our boat docked early in the evening, so a quick Yelp search led us over to Flock for a casual, yet DELICIOUS, fried chicken dinner with all of the fixings. It was the perfect cap to a relaxing day before hitting the road again to venture further east.

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Falling for Niagara {Denim Shortalls + Striped Top}

Everyday Outfits, My Style

niagara-falls-2 {Shortalls, Striped Top, Forever 21 Boater Hat (similar), Espadrille Sneakers}

Rcently, Eric and I took a few days off to visit one of my favorite places in the world… Niagara Falls! It’s no secret that I’m a city-slicker at heart, but the sheer force and natural beauty of the falls leaves me in awe every single time. If you’ve never been, a trip should definitely be at the top of your bucket list. You can view the falls from both the American and Canadian sides, but I definitely recommend staying overnight on the Canadian side as there are tons more attractions and restaurants to keep you entertained (plus the American dollar goes a loooong way over there right now).

It’s rare for me to wear shorts, but I just couldn’t resist this adorable (and super comfy!) pair of shortalls. This turned out to be the perfect outfit for our excursion (you get totally soaked from the knees down when you cruise the falls, so bring a change of flip-flops!), and I can’t wait to wear them for a whole slew of summer adventures. I’d been searching for a pair of espadrille sneakers, so I was pretty stoked when I found these cuties online. They kept my tootsies happy through tons of walking during our trip.

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