Thursday, 21 July 2011

A Vintage Gift: Thrift


One of the many appeals of moving to Cape Town was the fact that I’d be able to find vintage and second-hand stores filled with inexpensive, unique fashion finds that no one else had.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Since moving here though, I’ve found many, many vintage and second hand clothing stores, the only thing missing? “Inexpensive.” 

Don’t get me wrong, the stores are genuine and so are their products, but I don’t have the bank balance that would allow me to pay that kind of money for pre-owned clothes.  Before you get too disheartened and assume you have to be as old as the vintage clothing before you can afford any of them, take a moment to have a look at Thrift. Warning: you’re going to love them.

Corduroy high waist pants (size 28) R120

 Thrift is a Cape Town based vintage clothing label who source, style and sell vintage garments and leather goods.  According to Gabrielle Kannemeyer, Thrift’s owner, the label is all about “Instilling energy and life back into lost and unwanted beautiful things. It’s a nostalgic and sentimental brand loved and worn by the treasure hunters, the dreamers.  We’re about clothing a new generation of old souls who are conscious about constant influx, about excess and overindulgence. “

Alice wearing grey Levi shorts (size 28) R120
Peach wearing rope-tied high waist shorts (size 28 - 30) R120
Polka dot button up shirt R80
Morgan wearing blue Levi shorts (size 30) R120& itsy bitsy crop top R40


Thrift believes that its consumers want beautiful things, not necessarily new things.  Their goal is to help people understand that “Beauty lies wrapped in history, providing inanimate things with a life of their own with the help of some love and imagination.”

Morgan wearing fox fur jacket Price yet to be negotiated (bid)
Alice wearing brown leather fringe waist coat (size large)R250
Peach Wearing faux fur jacket yet to be negotiated (bid)


Not only are their pieces absolutely gorgeous with crop tops, vintage jackets, sunglasses and high-waisted trousers but their prices are student-friendly! 

Mischka wearing crop turquoise knit R120
Morgan wearing weird blue jersey R120
Peach wearing triangle arrowy knit R100


If you’d like to get your hands on some of Thrift’s items, you can find them at the You & Me & Everyone We Know Market during the summer months.  They also sell via appointment and various pop up markets around Cape Town.  They don’t have premises from which to sell their garments from just yet, but keep an eye on their blog or add them on facebook for regular updates and prices.

Happy vintage shopping!


1 comment:

  1. Gabrielle Kannemeyer is THE vintage gangsterrrr <3

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