Caitlin Trantham prefers finding thrifted clothes and turning them into something completely modern and beautiful.
There are plenty of reasons to go thrift shopping. For starters, you can save a ton of money by purchasing someone's perfectly good hand-me-downs rather than buying something spanking new for dozens of more dollars. For those who are conscious about the waste they generate and just want to be nicer to planet earth (the only one we've got), thrift shopping is a way to make sure you don't contribute to the environmental and social ills of fast fashion. Finally, you can sing Macklemore's hit song Thrift Shop while walking down the aisles and feel like an absolute G. Nonetheless, you might not find exactly what you're looking for. Or worse yet, you could find a piece that you adore - but it's in the wrong size.
Instead of letting the last aspect of thrift shopping get her down, military spouse and mom-of-three Caitlin Trantham decided to use it as an opportunity. Whenever she goes thrift shopping, she finds clothing that has "good bones" and completely transforms them into something that's modern and suits her style. She's turned a wedding dress into a gorgeous evening gown and frumpy t-shirts into cute dresses. She said in an interview, "Not only does it obviously save money, but being able to reuse and up-cycle things is great for our environment. Beyond that, I love the thrill of the hunt! I have found some really amazing pieces along the way."
When Caitlin goes thrift shopping, she doesn't spend a penny over $10. It's amazing what she can make with a little bit of creativity and seamstressing. Here are 15 of her best creations.