Introducing: Styled by Second Hand

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Logo by Jen Does Design 

I don’t believe that all good things come to an end. I think all good things evolve and change, and whether they remain good things is up to the universe.  If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, the cat is now out of the bag: I’ve been changing and evolving, and so with me comes this blog.

Second Hand Challenge began as just that, a challenge. Could I really shop solely second hand for an entire year? Somehow, with just a few minor cheats along the way, I did it. And I learned a ton along the way. Of those lessons: second hand shopping was not just a challenge for me, it had become a way of life.

I love the thrill of finding treasure on the cheap so much more than shopping in a department store or the fast fashion haunts I once loved.  Second hand challenged no more- my wardrobe, my home and my life are Styled by Second Hand.

On October 1, Styled by Second Hand will be here to share ideas about incorporating second hand elements into your world, and glimpses of how I use them in mine. I’ll share my favorite outfits, DIY home projects, the people and things of the past that inspire me, and hopefully, a new perspective on recycling.

I sincerely hope you continue to read and connect with me; please join me on this new second hand adventure. Until then, look for behind the scenes, inspiration and pretty stuff on the following: InstagramTwitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and bookmark this. See you on October 1!       

“Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.” – Carolina Hererra

A Year in Review

A year ago, I set out on an arduous journey. A self-proclaimed shopaholic with a penchant for stuff, I knew I had to do something about my spending and consumption habits. So I did what every other self-loathing person does on New Year’s Day: I vowed to make a change.

Not unlike the majority, I have never been one to remain committed to a New Year’s resolution, and a big part of me doubted I could stick to my second hand challenge. Though I don’t have a massive savings account to show for my year of second handing, I managed to stick to the entire year and learned a great deal in the process. Continue reading

Merry Ugly Christmas!

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Christmas Flannel, complete with HO HO HO stitching & embroidered Santas
A steal at $2 at Buffalo Exchange (Fullerton) 

Even if you aren’t an avid second hander like myself, you’ve probably been to a thrift store once or twice to pick up the most cherished second hand item of all: the ugly sweater. So cliche and always out of style, these holiday staples make parties livelier, drunker and a whole hell of a lot more festive. Continue reading

Introducing: Caitlin McCarrick


All photos courtesy of Caitlin McCarrick

A wise doctor once said, “we are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” This exact situation is reality for my brother; four years ago he met a total weirdo and fell in love with her. My family, in turn, got an awesomely weird addition and we have him to thank. Continue reading

Second Hand Challenge on BrightSpot Social!

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Exciting news this Monday, friends! Second Hand Challenge is now a contributor on Bright Spot Social, a blog and news site about sustainability and clean energy.

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My first post is live today- please check it out! If you’re here at SHC because you read the post of BSS, a very warm welcome and please feel free to share comments, questions and recommendations.

Keep calm and second hand on!

– Shayna

Best song ever: Thrift Shop

I was working on another post when my dear friend Talia posted this on Second Hand Challenge’s Facebook page. The comment read “Watch this right now!!!!!!!!,” so I did as I was told and was not disappointed. I decided you all needed this on a Monday, so let’s watch this and then thank Talia by reading her blog, Educaskin.

This is f***ing awesome:

Current contemplation: Rocking the layered pixie

Photography by Sal Taylor Kydd

Friends and fans of SHC, I need your help. At the risk of being made fun of more than Miley Cyrus, I am contemplating going shorter.  Inspired by a few fabulous leading ladies with killer fashion sense, stately class and stunning good looks, I just might have to try and join their ranks. Depending on what you think, of course. Continue reading