+ Dana Nguyen
+ Fashion graduate
+ Drexel University '16
+ Bay Area | California
+ Thrift shop enthusiast

Growing up in a family of Vietnamese immigrants, we didn't have a lot of money, so back-to-school shopping meant thrift shopping. My mom was a savvy thrift shopper and almost everything in our home was second-hand. She would always shop smart, but stylish. Our dish ware, our home decor, and even our furniture was thrifted. I didn't own many brand new things, but I enjoyed the process of digging through piles and racks of junk with the thought of finding something unique. Garage sales, flea markets and Goodwill were all of the places my mom would take me. Till this day, roughly 80% of my closet consists of thrifted and hand-me-down items.

Although my mom is no longer with me, I wear her ring every single day. She thrifted a silver and gold wired ring for 25 cents at our favorite flea market. It's so cheap and simple, but for me, it's one of the most valuable things she ever gave me. This ring symbolizes the love we share for thrift shopping, and wearing it brings a little piece of her, with me, everywhere I go. 

Born to Thrift is a fashion blog dedicated to the thrift shopping journey that my mom began. Follow me as I continue our journey.