I love love love thrift shopping. Here in Korea, there’s an underground vintage/thrift market in Jongno 5-ga (종로 5가) that my friend takes me to. It’s packed with all kinds of second-hand and vintage clothes that come ridiculously cheap, and you can even haggle for the price if you’re still not satisfied.
Last time I went, I managed to grab five different items for 50,000 won ($45/£30). Today, I brought the same amount but only ended up buying two items, which were 8,000 won ($8/£4) each, but I managed to snag them for a combined price of 15,000 won. My friend bought a patterned jumper for 10,000 won ($10/£6) , and our other two friends (we call them the twins… for reasons I hope are obvious) each bought coats for 25,000 won ($22/£15). After shopping, we went to a small café and did a mini photoshoot with our new clothes on out in the -5 degrees celsius weather.
∙ annie ∙
black coat with a cute inner lining patterned with circles ∙ originally 30,000, haggled for 25,000 won
∙ emily ∙
reversible coat, sandy side shown in the first two pictures, burgundy side shown in the bottom two pictures ∙ 25,000 won
∙ vienna ∙
So I bought two tops, for a combined 15,000 won.
The first is this paisley-patterned top with v-neck line, bell sleeves and fringing at the hem. I’ve never bought an item like this before, but have always admired people who could pull it off. I found this among the racks and because I managed to get a good deal, I thought why not! I’ll buy it and if it doesn’t suit me I can give it to Emily (she wanted it too, haha). In the photo above, I had no choice but to pair it with the jeans I was already wearing, but I think in the future I’ll wear this with a pair of shorts and brown boots. Emily said it was perfect to wear at a music festival and I 100% agree.
The second item of clothing was this very colourful patterned blouse! My wardrobe is 95% black, and the remaining 5% is all colourful statement pieces such as this one. What I love about this blouse is that I can style it in many ways. As shown in the pictures above, I can wear it tucked in, or open, over a vest. I can also throw a black jumper over the top and let the colourful collar poke through!
∙ vienna ∙