Style Diaries: Thrifting in New York

April 23, 2019

I arrived in New York City for spring break with a few items on my to-do list: thrifting, thrifting, and more thrifting. For this week’s column, I’m showing off the steals I got for brag-worthy deals.


I only ended up going to two thrift stores: a small Goodwill in Lenox Hill and the Buffalo Exchange in Manhattan.


At the Goodwill, I snagged a purple velvet blazer by a brand called Dalmata for $14.99. While I don’t care much about wearing specific brands, they can be an indication of quality and value, and one of the most fun parts of thrifting is checking the initial retail value of a name-brand find. I couldn’t find the specific blazer online, so I’m not sure what it was originally worth, but the most important things are that it fits me perfectly and I feel great in it.


My experience at the Buffalo Exchange was wildly successful. I picked up seven things for a total of $189.50 (I forgot to bring a tote bag—if you go to a Buffalo Exchange, they’ll charge you a few dollars for a bag, so definitely bring one of your own). Buffalo Exchange tends to carry more name-brand and even more recent clothing, making it easier to know how much of a deal I’m scoring. Here are the pieces, their original prices, and how much I paid for them.


Navy Blue Wool Blend Polo Shirt by Theory

 Original price: $125 | I paid: $24 | Source: x



Brown Wool Straight-Leg Trousers by COS

Original price $125 | I paid $25 | Source: x



Rugby Polo by J. Crew - brand new with tags on

Original price: $64.99 | I paid: $18 | Source: x



Cropped Straight Leg Raw Hem Jeans by Cello - brand new with tags on


Couldn’t find the exact pair online; this similar style goes for $40.50 | I paid $24.50 | Source: x



Blue Wool Blazer by AYR

 Original price: $195 | I paid $27 | Source: x




Striped Button Up by Marc Jacobs

 Original price: $198 | I paid: $35 | Source: x



Black Relaxed Crepe Trench Coat by Ann Taylor

 Original price: $100 | I paid: $34 | Source: x


Next week, I’m sharing the thrifting strategies I’ve implemented for sweet, sweet success. Stay tuned!


Julia DiFiori is a twenty-year-old from Los Angeles. She studies Cinema Studies and Creative Writing at Oberlin College. In five years, expect to find Julia writing for a TV show or fashion magazine while also fronting an innovative indie rock band. Julia steps up for intersectional feminism and the importance of art in the human experience. Her favorite podcast is WTF with Marc Maron.


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