why shop vintage/thrift? because you can stumble on amazing finds and avoid the retail guilt. i found this christian dior jeune homme coat for $20 and a j. crew coat for $30. they're both perfectly masculin feminin and a great alternative to buying something from apc or la garconne moderne - but without the high price tag. the blouse i'm wearing today? i found it while i was thrifting with caylee (if you seek style) in aurora, illinois for $4. that's why i love thrift shopping so much - although you have to sift through some of the weird 90s strappy camis and turtlenecks and ugly christmas sweaters, you can find classic pieces that are made with high quality fabrics that you just can't find in stores these days.

some upcoming events in minneapolis where you can get your thrift on:
1. mighty swell - created by bloggers/vintage lovers meghan mcandrews and rae danneman, this pop up boutique is packed with goodies from vintage vendors. it'll be open the next 4 saturdays, starting this saturday (november 26) through december 17 from 9 am to 5 pm. if you can make it to one, put december 10 on your calendar: the gals will be handing out handmade recipe books full of their favorite holiday recipes, as well as other door prizes and giveaways from vintage vendors and local businesses. mighty swell is located at 3109 east 42nd street in south minneapolis.

2. junk love - if you can't wait for mighty swell's pop up on saturday, head to st. paul. open from 12-9, junk love features 7 special vendors, including a newly formed trio called "band of thrifters" which will debut their pop-up store in spring 2012. junk love is located at 2258 university avenue in st. paul.