Street Style: Tales From the Thrift

By Kestrel Jenkins

Christina Jelski of Tales from the Thrift

Originally from the Midwest, Christina moved to New York City in 2010 to pursue a career in magazine publishing. She quickly realized that supporting her shopping habits would be challenging on an entry-level salary, especially in a city as expensive as New York.

"Luckily, I discovered the treasure troves that are New York City's thrift stores, and I've been obsessed with the hunt ever since!" 

Fast forward to 2013, and after honing her shopping skills and learning more about the environmentally- and ethically-questionable fast-fashion industry, Christina decided to launch her blog :: Tales from the Thrift :: to encourage others to thrift, swap and shop secondhand.

"Nowadays, thrifting is no longer a financial necessity, but something I choose to do–not only is it eco-friendly, but I enjoy the challenge of finding hidden gems and vintage treasures. And that's not to say I don't supplement my wardrobe with the occasional retail item now and then, but I'd estimate that today at least 75% of my closet is sourced from thrift and consignment stores or swaps."

Fringe Top & Lace Skirt (both purchased for $1 from Buffalo Exchange's annual Earth Day $1 Sale; all sale proceeds benefited the Humane Society's Fund For Animals)
Nude Heels (thrifted for $5 from Cauz for Pawz, an NYC-based thrift store that donates to animal rescue groups)
Sunglasses (a free hand-me-down from a friend)


Kestrel JenkinsAbout The Author

Kestrel is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.


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