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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: June 13, 2013

My absolute favorite place to go thrifting is…

Truth be told, before I moved to Maine four years ago, I was a very infrequent thrifter. Living in NYC doesn’t expose you to great thrifting opportunities in the truest sense. Sure they had Salvation Army’s throughout the burroughs, but most of them still had steep price tags. Instead, I relied on a lot of “fast fashion” with pieces like H&M and Target to rotate with the trends. Moving to Maine changed all that.

hello, gorgeous!

I’ve been so inspired by the way people dress here, their Yankee ingenuity, their thriftiness. It really helped me to look outside the fashion box and find pieces that spoke to me personally, not that I read about in a fashion magazine. I’m sure many of my friends will argue, “But you always have walked to the beat of your own fashion drum!” and they’ll list things like my beloved faux fur vest in college or the fact that I wore skinny jeans in middle school when everyone else had Jncos. But thrifting in Maine has really helped me curate a closet full of pieces that I truly love.

Alright, enough schmaltz! Back to the business at hand: Goodwill in SoPo. My absolute favorite thing about this particular Goodwill is the dress section. I have never, ever left here empty-handed. It’s a huge selection of 70’s vintage, bad/good 80’s frocks and I’ve even found lots of new, designer pieces like a white French Connection dress and a DVF slip!

I also find this selection of shoes to be the best around, but again, this can change from visit to visit. But isn’t that what the thrill of the hunt is all about? Alas, I did not bring those purple Bruno Magli’s home, they were a bit too big. I bet they’re still there for anyone that’s a size 9..!

This Goodwill location is also well-stocked with brand new items too, like Straw Fedoras for the summer at just $6 a pop. After spending hours in the women’s section, I’ll usually also hit up the men’s small racks in case there’s a good button-up or vintage t-shirt waiting for a lady like myself to snag from the men. Of all the Goodwill’s in Maine, this one also happens to  be my boyfriend’s favorite since the selection is so strong for men.

On this particular visit, I took an armload of pieces to try on. I’ve found as many as 30 things to try on at this place, but today I stayed at a modest 10. And now for the three stages of dressing room selfies. Drumroll please…

The OMG-I-LOVE-THIS selfie

The It-Was-Cuter-On-The-Hanger selfie

The What-Was-I-Thinking-When-I-Put-This-Into-My-Cart selfie

Seriously guys. Sorry I forced you to see me try on Snooki’s hand-me-downs. It won’t happen again.

On this particular day, I left with 2 dresses, 2 tops and 2 skirts and I shelled out a mere $25. Not only is Goodwill a great place to find bargains, it’s a darn good organization whose money does a lot for the greater New England area. And don’t forget that all the proceeds from SwapMaine go to Goodwill (and so will the leftover clothing).

Have you shopped here before? Is there an even BETTER thrifting mecca that I’ve yet to cover on FFF? Please share!




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