Alden Wicker

Alden Wicker is an editorial assistant at LearnVest.com and lives in Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. She also produces the blog Clean Hippie.

Grist dared me to make a change

Secondhand style: Wash and wear weekend

Here's something I didn't expect to miss about shopping for new clothes: air conditioning. And cleanliness. Oh, and dressing rooms.

Grist dared me to make a change

Secondhand style: Duds for downward dog

It turns out my boring dress was perfect for the heat. And I even found thrifty clothes for yoga class. Now to shop for a weekend of drinking -- I mean, hiking.

Grist dared me to make a change

Secondhand style: Wake me up, I'm wearing a nightgown

I tried to punch up this thrift store dress with braided hair, huge earrings, and bright red lipstick, but it still bores me to sleep. The reaction in my office: crickets chirping.

Grist dared me to make a change

Secondhand style: I melted a shirt. Seriously.

I was feeling really positive about my latest thrift-store outfit. That was before I accidentally melted the blouse with my iron.

Grist dared me to make a change

Secondhand style: Do used undies cross the line?

My first thrift store ensemble is a huge hit, and prompts a lively chat about used underwear. Plus, I still need sneakers.

Grist dared me to make a change

Secondhand style: No hoochie dresses, please

Grist dared me to wear nothing but thrift store clothes for a week. Dresses? No problem. Shoes -- well, that's another story.

Grist dared me to make a change

Secondhand style: Wearing clothes dropped off in garbage bags

Accepting Grist's dare, I vow to wear only secondhand clothes for a week. Goodbye, Bloomingdale's. Hello, Salvation Army.