October Thrift Haul

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

One of the things that I love about thrifting, is that I often find fancy brands that I previously knew nothing about. There’s just something in the feel of the material, or the design of the item that forces me to grab my phone and start googling… and often I’m SHOCKED at what people are donating to thrift stores.

And that brings us to one of the items I thrifted in October… a Beryll cashmere poncho.

I was going through the sweaters rack, as I typically do because I love an oversized v-neck sweater, or a fancy embellished cardigan. As I was swishing through each hanger… I saw something black balled up and thrown on the top of the rack. So, I rescued it and was planning to hang it back on for some good thrift karma.

But then… when I felt it, I investigated the tag and found one I’d never seen before: Beryll. It felt super soft, so I figured I’d do a quick little google search.

And I found the exact item that I was holding in my hands.

Source: Beryll.com

That’s right. This crumpled up item that I found in my local thrift store was a 100% cashmere Beryll poncho. And if that’s not insane enough, it is STILL available on their website. For $550.

But here’s the kicker. Mine had a yellow thrift tag on it for $4.99… AND IT WAS HALF OFF YELLOW TAGS DAY!

This is the part where I almost started hyperventilating. Because I bought this $550 poncho for $2.50. That is literally less than I spend on my typical Starbucks order!

I’m thinking that this will be the perfect ‘wearable blanket’ for this winter when the weather gets chilly. I can throw it on while working from home (or working at the office, because it’s awfully nice) to keep me perfectly warm. Would I have paid $550 for it? Um… heck no. But at $2.50 I will feel extra fancy as I type away at my laptop.

I do realize I should just go ahead and end the blog post here, because there is no topping that score. However, I did also purchase two items from the home goods section of the thrift store on that same visit.

Woven basket, $5.99

I really liked this woven basket and it was in perfect condition with no broken pieces or splinters. It also has dividers inside, so it’s great for wine bottles or other stuff that you may want to display in it.

For now, I’ve added it to my front porch and filled it with some gourds. In the spring, I’m imagining adding a couple glass vases filled with wildflowers.

Autumn Harvest Vintage Pyrex, $3.99

I always breeze through the home goods section when I’m out and about, on the lookout for vintage Pyrex. This cute little bowl is the Autumn Harvest pattern, which was made from 1979 – 1986. It is in perfect condition with no chips or scratches in the paint or lid and at $3.99 it was an absolute steal. Here it is added into my china cabinet with my other Pyrex goodies:

So while I only had one opportunity to stop at a thrift store early in the month and I only picked up three items… I’m pretty darn happy with my October Thrift scores!

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A Little Clothing Reminder

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I feel like now is a perfect time for this reminder. A reminder for me. A reminder for my husband. And a reminder for you.

As you are starting to pull out the cooler weather clothes for the first time this year… think about what you are putting on. Or more specifically, think about what you put on, feel yucky wearing, and then take off and throw into a ball in the corner. Or in my husband’s case, straight into the laundry basket… only to be re-washed and put BACK in his drawer for him to have another hissy fit about when he puts it on again.

Here is your important reminder:

If something doesn’t fit. If it makes you feel uncomfortable or messy or disheveled, or frankly it just insults you by putting too much of a focus on your muffin-top. GET RID OF IT.

Joules

You DESERVE to have a closet that only contains clothes that makes you feel good about yourself.

Instead of putting that insulting item back into your closet, instead gift it to a friend, list it in your Poshmark closet, or add it to your donation pile.

That’s it.

It’s easy, right?

Oh and here is your bonus tip for the day. Buy THIS. Right now. I have had mine for over 8 years and it has saved the life of SO MANY of my sweaters, including thrifted ones that I shaved and they now look brand new. You can read a blog post I wrote about it from 2015 here.

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My Absolute Favorite Joggers

Outdoor yoga with a ‘goddess crown’ on my head… as you do. Also, that’s a mask in my hand (taken off for the photo).

Having lived in athleisure clothing for the past SEVEN(!?) months, I feel like I’m forever looking for the perfect mix of comfortable, but not totally schlumpy. You know, comfy but still a little cute? I’m not a huge legging person (except when I’m exercising), but I even broke down a started wearing leggings… which I don’t totally love because there is a bit too much compression happening.

What I needed was the PERFECT pair of joggers.

I had a few that got close. I have a pair from Soma that I picked on sale like a year ago. They were super thin and soft… but made my butt look really weird. It’s like a mix of flat and dumpy with a permanent wedgie.

I had another pair that I picked up from TJ Maxx and they fit great everywhere, except the waist. Around the waistband they had a super THICK and TIGHT elastic. Nobody wants muffin-top in their joggers! I actually went in and cut the elastic out of the pants, which helped a lot. Now I just use the drawstring to keep them up. It’s an improvement… but not perfect.

But then, I stumbled upon a pair of absolutely adorable joggers from Athleta: the Salutation Joggers:

They come in sizes XXS to XL and in lengths for regular, tall and petite. They also come in plus sizes 1x, 2x, and 3x. The joggers are available in a camo pattern, black, navy, olive and brown. LOTS of choices (but the camo is my favorite)!

I stuck with my typical size large regular and they fit perfectly. They are incredibly soft and stretchy, but they are thick enough and loose enough that they are so much more comfortable than leggings. They have pockets that you can actually put a phone in and cuffs at the ankle. The best part is that they have a super stretchy and comfortable waistband. You can pull it up over your tummy like maternity pants, keep them below your belly button, or even fold them for that folded yoga pant-type of look.

I like them so much, I’ve actually worn them in public and didn’t feel weird at all. They are super flattering and frankly, they make my butt look great too. Because that’s kind of an important thing about joggers!

I love these pants so much that I started hunting for a second pair. If I HAD to, I would have bought another pair at full price (they are THAT good), but finding a new-with-tags dark blue pair on Poshmark for $60 pretty much made my day.

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