Before I became re-enamored with thrifting a while back, I would have fallen firmly in the second camp. Marni? Labels? Designers? Fashion week? I was completely, and perhaps blissfully, unaware of the entire world. But somehow through thrifting, and researching my finds, and then trying to figure out what to do with them I jumped camp. When I first set out to learn about labels I read Marni was the choice of intellectual women. Kendall Farr wrote in one of the first (and best) style books I read that Marni makes clothes women love and men don’t get. What could be better than that? (This was even before the Man Repeller.)
So I consulted Google my guru. I saw fun prints, I saw interesting shapes, I saw that extra something that great design adds. I also saw very high price tags. The pieces started in the hundreds of dollars. Not what you expect to find at a charity shop where the standard price is about $3. But then suddenly it happened (well maybe after 2 years): Marni! Squee! (Do people still squee? This was a few years ago.)
The charity shop that I frequent works on the dump and sort model. As in they dump the newest collections on a big table, and we, the ladies who thrift (and an occasional gentleman), attack. There is plenty of give and a lot more take. Then eventually some nice volunteers hang up the remains of the day and tidy things up. Ms. Marni was not culled by the first or second round of thrifters but found humbly hanging on a rack. I grabbed it and tried to remain calm as I handed over my 10 NIS. (It was probably about $2.50 then actually.) My heart started beating faster and for at least 48 hours I enjoyed thrifter’s high.
Only one thing. I carefully researched this dress (resort 2009 if I recall correctly). It’s in my size; it’s in my colors. I stared at it, I thought about it and yes, I even dressed in it. Well my husband hates it and so do about 80% of my market sample (friends and family). Note to self – possible post: all things designer are not necessarily wearable.
Marni dress, Stefan Green black tee, Vintage Celine pink shoe, Marsell sandal all second hand or thrifted