I Buy Rave Outfits From the Goodwill

I Buy Rave Outfits From the Goodwill

Macklemore was right – thrift shops are f*ing awesome.

A lot of my nicest rave outfits came from the Goodwill, and no not because I can’t afford retail rave gear, but simply because why would I pay full price for something I can get cheaper?

One day I was casually shopping at the local hippie/rave gear store, and I saw a halter top I thought I would really like to add to my collection – until I saw the price tag – $40 for a piece of cloth hardly big enough to cover my boobs.

Needless to say, I decided not to part with my hard earned dollars for a glorified bra, despite how cute it was, and I walked out of the shop disappointingly empty handed.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably looking to get the most for your money while still having quality apparel, and in this scene that seems like an almost impossible task, but if you enjoy hunting for a good deal I have good news for you.

The local Goodwills have provided some of my hottest rave wear – after all, one man’s trash is another mans treasure, right?

Raving in my $2.99 crop top purchased from a local Goodwill.

Now you may be thinking that clothes purchased from thrift shops are dirty, tattered, or just straight up unwearable, and in some instances you may be right, but over all many items are in excellent condition and sometimes completely brand new.

For the most part charity shops will not display clothing that is below fair condition, the worst that you will likely see is a few buttons missing, a stain, or some slight discoloration – all of which may not render an article of completely clothing unusable either. Luckily in the rave scene the “hippie all-natural” look is in and chances are no one will notice you’re missing a button, and worst case scenario you can use parts of other clothing to make your own.

Not to mention, picking things up at the thrift store keeps the items random and exclusive; everyone is going to have the same gear from the local rave shops, but at the thrift store you never really know what you’re going to find, where it came from, or when it was made, keeping the selection unique.

I’m not saying you’re going to go to a thrift shop and find full outfits complete with accessories, but with some extra perseverance you will find some pretty dope shirts, pants, crop and halter tops, bras, leggings, sundresses, belts, scarfs, and other general off-the-wall items and clothes to start or enhance your EDM gear collection.

Obviously some items will be harder to acquire than others. I can honestly say I have never seen a pair of leg fluffies, or any of those furry hats anywhere other than a rave clothing retailer – but regardless, I’m sure there has been some to end up at a thrift shop somewhere at some point. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find what you’re looking for at your first store, and remember to take your time while searching – also try to keep an open mind because you may come across some things you didn’t know your wardrobe was lacking. I always recommend trying on clothes before purchasing just to avoid future disappointment, but then again, you won’t hurt too bad if you waste only a few dollars.

Last time I was at the Goodwill I found an adorable crop top that had “good good good vibes” written on it for $2.99 (pictured above), a Victoria’s Secret halter top for $2, and a pair of nylon booty shorts for $2 – none of which had anything wrong with them, nor was I specifically looking to find. Just a good deal at the right time, and now when I want to wear them, I will have them.

I’m not necessarily saying to completely cut out rave retailers, I’m just saying to try other options as well. What you might find may surprise you – and undoubtedly save you money.

Remember to follow your favorite redhead, model, and EDM princess – and tell me about your Goodwill finds through any of my social media platforms!




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