I’m Gonna Pop Some Tags

Photo by Kyle Naylor

Feel like popping some tags, but only have $20 in your pocket? Valley is here to help guide you on the hottest fashion trends you can spot at your local thrift store.

Mom Jeans

It seems as if skinny jeans and jeggings are a thing of the past. Whether it’s Forever21 or Ralph Lauren, the baggy, boyfriend or mom style denim trend is available in every brand. But, why spend $50 for a pair of distressed jeans when you can easily find them at a thrift store?

No rips? No problem! You can easily DIY and create your very own pair of ripped mom jeans. All you need is a washable marker, some scissors and tweezers.

Just draw a line on your jeans where you want the holes to go. Then, take your scissors and cut a little slit along the line. Once you have your slit, start gently pulling at the side of the strands with scissors until the hole becomes larger and frayed. Pop them in the dryer for an even crazier frayed affect.

High-Waisted Anything

Low-waist bottoms just do not seem to cut it nowadays. From high-waisted jeans, shorts and skirts, your local thrift store has it all. You can easily buy a pair of high-waisted jeans and cut them to make your own pair of DIY shorts. The opportunities for outfits are endless.

Jean Jackets

With the spring season finally upon us, Valley wants you to know the importance of owning one of these beauties. It is a staple in every wardrobe. They are perfect to throw on in the morning then tie around your waist once it starts to get warmer outside. The thrift store is the perfect place to find these jackets-some even with embroidery or patches. Whether you like them oversized or with a tighter fit, the thrift store has you covered.

Vintage T-shirts

It is no secret that one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. That old, warn out Tommy Hilfiger tee from the ’90s might be what your wardrobe needs. You might even be able to find an old Penn State shirt!


For some reason, the thrift shop is the place to discard old flannels. What makes the flannels at the thrift shop even better is that they are almost always super oversized. Perfect for layering, tying around your waist or just snuggling up in bed.

Shauna Smith, a freshman majoring in nursing, thrives off of thrift store shopping.

“I recently purchased a light yellow, vintage Reebok windbreaker for only $3. I can’t get enough,” says Smith.

Keep an eye out for these closet necessities next time you venture into your local thrift store. Remember, thrift shops also sell lots of cool knick-knacks, books and accessories if vintage clothing isn’t your thing.

Happy thrift shop hunting!