Hi! My name is Meghan and I'm from the blog Cirque du Frock. Bella asked me over to talk to some awesome second hand shoppers and style icons on why they shop second hand, and I think that's just the best thing!
Second hand shopping has always been, to my mom's chagrin, a huge part of my life. I love rooting through flea markets and thrift shops for clothes and making them into my own treasures. I love the hunt! And I have to say, I love standing out in a crowd.
It started when I was in my freshman year of high school – I wanted to dress like all the cool punk kids, but I couldn't afford bondage pants from Hot Topic or Dr Martens, so I would go to the local thrift shop and I would buy vintage dresses and black army boots and leather jackets to patch, paint and stud until I had my own unique look. It's been love ever since!
As I grew up, and I had grown-up bills like rent and electricity, I started getting more and more frustrated with retailers for charging so much for such shoddy craftsmanship, so I continued to sew, using thrifted clothes and fabric as my raw materials. It is very satisfying to be able to say that I've had a hand in making at least 90% of my wardrobe. It's also the best thing in the world to me to spend a whole day sewing with my headphones on and a cup of coffee waiting for me. Being a crafter, I also appreciate the handmade things in life and I love vintage and indie designers because they seem so fearless in their styling.
I am so so happy to be writing for Bella. Her blog has been a huge inspiration to me- sometimes it's not the easiest thing in the world to stand out, and you hear a lot of things from older people like, 'maybe it's time to settle down' or 'we'd like you better if you didn't dress weird', and I LOVE that the ladies I've met through Bella's blog would NEVER tell anyone that. I'm constantly inspired by the content on this blog and now to be contributing!
That's all for me, I think. I'm really bad at talking about myself. Until next time!
Meghan Edge is a professional blogger and marketing coordinator who blogs about her lifestyle, DIY projects and thrifty finds at Cirque du Frock. She is also currently working on a series of paranormal romance books.