The Dinner Party
Amy King, 34, registered nurse, Largo
We assigned Amy the task of dressing up for a Thanksgiving dinner party. She came away with:
Black dress: No label, $5.87
Black satin pumps: Clery, Webb & Touraine, $10.36
What she beelines to first: "Dresses are the best value in the store because it's basically a whole outfit for $5."
How she got into thrifting: "My family has always been into it. We would go and find antique household goods at thrift stores for great prices. It just kind of moved over into clothes because I love to shop."
The First Date
Kayla Vanstone, 23, CVS employee, Clearwater
Kayla got first date-ready with $20 and dream of being sexy but comfortable.
Dress: Wet Seal, $5.87
Shoes: Chadwicks, $10.36
Necklace and bracelet: Laliberi Scarf Adornment, $1.49 each
One of the surprising parts of thrifting: "The stuff people leave behind in the pockets. I found money one time and another time I found a condom wrapper. At least that was in a men's leather jacket."
Her thrifting methods: "It would take me a long time, maybe half a day, because there is a lot to look through. I want to make sure I've got what I want so I really have to get in there and dig."
Katarina McCormack, 24, Paul Mitchell student and salon assistant, Tampa
Kat's heading to Saturday's Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert at the USF Sun Dome in her look, ready to be seen.
Jumpsuit: Barboglio Cristine Jan, $5.87
Blazer: Linea by Louis Dell'Olio, $6.97
Her style dictums: "Loud. I love pieces that are loud and unique and just bright. For my birthday I found a gold-sequined Beyonce cocktail dress for $5 at Goodwill."
Why thrifting is here to stay: "Honestly, I think some of the best-dressed people in Tampa are thrifters. We're at the place that it's nothing to be ashamed of and people even post their thrift-shop outfits on Instagram."
Katie Lamont, 17, senior at East Lake High School, Palm Harbor
Not everyday is a party. Katie shows off office chic for less with her $20 budget.
Blazer: Jones Wear Petite, $5.87
Top: Kristen, $4.27
Skirt: Worthington, $4.77
How she got into thrifting: "I started in the seventh grade, easing into it through resale shops like Plato's Closet, just to get into the idea that the clothes I'm wearing aren't brand new."
Why giving is as much fun as receiving: "I donate almost as much as I shop because when you're in the stores you kind of see the good that it can do."