By KENDALL GILFILLAN
This week I had the opportunity to catch up with Nashville newcomer Alexa Anderson and to pick her brain about one of her favorite hobbies (and noticeable talents): thrifting!
Originally from Florida, Alexa is a 25 year old currently pursuing her MBA at Lincoln Memorial University and living and exploring Nashville this summer! Read on to learn more about how she got into thrifting, her best thrifting tips, and to get the inside scoops on Nashville’s newest vintage online pop-up: Lucky Sevens USA!
How did you first get into thrifting?
My grandma always thrifted. Then, when I was in middle school and got invited to my first boy/girl Halloween party, I decided I wanted to dress up as Molly Ringwald from Pretty in Pink. I found the perfect pink dress (a bit different than Molly’s), metallic low-heel shoes and a matching metallic clutch, all under $15!
It was in one Goodwill run that I went on with my mom and it was an amazing experience. No one at the party knew who I was and that really made me question my thrifting abilities for a while. I found myself wanting other people to relate to it and understand.
What do you love most about thrifting?
My dad’s mom raised me on “quality over quantity”. There are certain aspects of thrifting — like timeless staple pieces and quality pieces — that make the thrill of the chase worth it. I love getting pieces that no one else has. It makes me feel unique. At the end of the day, I am my own person and the pieces I have I hope to be a reflection of that. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on an outfit, some of my favorite outfits are under $20.
What inspires you in your style?
I think it depends on my mood and what music I’m listening to most. The late ’70s and ’80s are my favorite periods of music, movies, and fashion– so a lot of inspiration comes from the products of those eras.
Who are your style icons?
Stevie Nicks and Chiara Ferragni are two of my biggest inspirations when it comes to icons. Stevie is and always has been her own person. I respect and admire that. Chiara is also an avid thrifter and she takes a lot of inspiration in her blog from timeless pieces.
What are some of your favorite finds from thrifting?
There are so many. In Florida, I got a red velvet blazer for $5. A genuine velvet blazer typically goes for around $200. While in Nashville this summer, I picked up a 1965 vintage USA bomber jacket and a Christian Dior red blazer.
Where do you go thrifting in Nashville?
I’ve been everywhere. A lot of places in Nashville are known for reselling them for an arm and a leg. Working in retail has taught me the importance of a dollar in investing in clothing. I’ve been to Goodwill’s stand alone boutiques, Salvation Army, you name it I’ve been there. It’s not necessarily about where you go, but when you go. Thrift stores can completely change inventory within the day
Any thrifting tips for those of us who haven’t ever given it a try?
Find a location that you like. And follow your gut. Thrifting has been an amazing experience, you’ll never know what you’ll find if you don’t go. Have an idea of what you’re looking for and just follow that. I look for patterns and like to go with friends. Sometimes they’ll find something you’ll like and vice versa.
Alexa has recently joined up with a Nashville couple to bring the thrill of thrifting directly to you in the form of an online vintage pop-up. Read on to be the among the first to learn about Lucky Sevens USA and how you can get your hands on affordable pieces that gifted thrifters have acquired over the years!
How did you get the idea to become a part of an online pop up?
My good friend Shannon Bray and her boyfriend have started an online thrift store called Lucky Sevens. It will be launching very soon. Shannon likes my style and was thoughtful enough to include me in on the launch of her store. We have a lot of merchandise that will be affordable, which makes it nice for people who like the idea of thrifting but don’t want to go broke.
Tell us a bit more about the pop up!
The site should be launching within the week! I’ll be selling a vintage Christian Dior red blazer along with some timeless pieces that I’ve thrifted. Very excited to be a part of this start up! These are rare finds that you won’t find anywhere else, because they don’t make them anymore!
Follow Alexa on Instagram: @anderlexason
Follow Lucky Sevens USA on Instagram: @luckysevensusa
Check out the Lucky Sevens USA Shop HERE.
We wish you the best of luck on your thrifting adventures!
Kendall Gilfillan is a freelance writer experiencing the world from London to Nashville. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @kmgilfillan.