Clothing Purge Report: January, February, March

It’s Clothing Purge Report time again. Rather than just showing you what I purchase, I also like to show you what items leave my house and how I sell or donate them.

First a quick reminder… here’s my criteria for where I sell:

  • Poshmark/eBay: items that are in perfect condition.
  • My Instagram page: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition. I’ll typically post a collage of what I’ve listed elsewhere.
  • Facebook Sale Groups: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition in specific brands, such as Anthropologie, Boden, and Stitch Fix.
  • Donate to Thrift Stores: items in good condition or showing wear.

This update is going to be awfully short… because I’ve sold ONE item in the last three months and earned $25 on Poshmark.

That’s it.

And not for lack of trying. I tried sharing each item in my Poshmark closet every day to see if that helped and got bupkis.

Last weekend, I decided to do a little Poshmark closet cleaning and deleted a bunch of items that had been listed for ages. I added them to my thrift store donation bags and will drop everything off when the pandemic passes. I also photographed a few new items and added them to my closet.

But that’s about it.

Have you all had any luck selling anything?

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March Thrift Haul

It should surprise absolutely nobody that I didn’t have the opportunity to do any thrifting in March. With the Coronavirus pandemic, out of the last 30 days, I have spent 19 of them at home. However, when I visited my friend Lindsey last month, we did find some fantastic scores at a couple consignment shops and I hadn’t had a chance to blog about them…so let’s take a gander at my secondhand finds!

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

Marrakech Moto Jacket, $24

I’ve been low-key looking for a soft moto jacket and this one is absolute perfection. It’s like a cross between a jacket and a sweatshirt with super soft and comfortable material. For $24 it was a no-brainer. Once we got in the car, I did a quick google of the brand since I wasn’t familiar with Marrakech and it’s sold at Anthropologie. Of course.

Actually, it’s STILL being sold at Anthropologie for $150 and it came out in August 2019. Why someone bought it and almost immediately sent it off to the consignment shop is puzzling to me, but I’m happy they did. The one I bought is a large, and the fit is perfect. In fact, it was so perfect I threw off the topper I was wearing that day and immediately started wearing my new moto jacket!

Plaid Fleece Coat, $20

This coat was pretty much an impulse buy. I didn’t really NEED another coat, but this fleece version with the tie belt was awfully cute and only $20, so I added it to my pile. When I shared my dressing room pictures on Instagram, this was also the most popular look with people telling me to BUY IT NOW. I wore this to work a few times before I started working-from-home and it kept me nice and toasty on the metro. The pockets are nice and deep too.

Eileen Fisher sweater, $20

I’ve talked before about how I can’t resist a great Eileen Fisher sweater, and this one is so soft and a versatile neutral color. It’s an open cardigan with no buttons or pockets and it looks great over a blouse for work, or a t-shirt on the weekend. It had a thrifty smell when I bought it, so I threw it in the washing machine on cold and layed it flat to dry. For some reason, this distributed the color so that there were dark streaks down each arm! So, I tried again – one more run through the washing machine on cold and this time I hung it on a hanger to dry… and thankfully the color went back to normal.

Kate Spade sparkly cardigan, $20

You all know I love an embellished sweater, so when I saw this pretty Kate Spade version, I pounced on it! I’ve noticed that Kate Spade clothing tends to be cut small, so even though this is an XL it doesn’t feel very big at all.

On the Kate Spade website, similar cardigans sell for $200 – $300 (which is INSANE), so $20 for this one felt like quite the steal. I’ve already worn this to work and once I get back to dressing up I will wear it again and again!

LaMarque Leather Moto Jacket, $37.50

Okay, this jacket was the most amazing find of the whole trip! I felt it on a random rack shoved in next to a ton of crappy stuff and immediately pulled it out to take a closer look. The dark blue leather is some of the softest leather I’ve ever touched, but I had never heard of the brand. The consignment tag had it marked at $200, then marked down to $150, scratched through for $75.50 and finally with a tag for $37.50.

So, I let my fingers do some googling and…

Source: NeimanMarcus.com

HOLY GUACAMOLE!

This is the LaMarque Donna Classic Leather Biker Jacket and it is still selling in stores for $595! Now, did I NEED a lightweight leather moto jacket? Nope. But was I going to put it back and walk out of there… also, NOPE! When I took it up to the register, the lady told me that she’s so happy that someone bought the jacket, because the owner had purchased it for $595 and decided she didn’t want it.

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE AND CAN I BE THEIR FRIEND?!

Anyways, her loss is my gain. I love, love, love the jacket and have worn it a bunch of times since I brought it home. I didn’t know that my closet had a leather moto jacket sized hole, but apparently it did.

So there you go, I purchased THREE coats and TWO sweaters for a total of $121.50 and I’m not even a little bit sorry about it! Do you have a favorite from this month’s scores?

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Trunk Club Review: The ‘Off the Mark’ Trunk

I often share my Trunk Club boxes with you and have found some of my favorite clothing items from the service over the years. However, sometimes… well, they suck.

Like this time.

My stylist reached out to see if I had any Spring Break plans. And I DO! We are planning to go to Universal Studios in Florida at the end of April.

She asked me, “What do you typically wear during your vacations?” and “what are you looking to wear at Universal?”

On the right track!

So I sent her 4 photos of my typical summertime outfits:

I said, “Normally I wear shorts and graphic tees, a tee with a knee-length casual skirt and sundresses. Here are my typical looks. Nothing too short! Also, please go up a size in shorts because I like a little thigh room!”

All seems well, right?

I received a preview of my Trunk and there were a couple items that I immediately declined. On one pair of shorts I marked “Too short for me!” and declined them. On a pair of jeans I noted, “I don’t need any more jeans” and declined them.

All still seems well, right?

After I sent back the preview, my stylist added more items to the Trunk and sent it out to me.

Source: TrunkClub.com

First off, she sent jeans. When I specifically said I don’t want any jeans. Sigh. I literally didn’t even take these out of the packaging and threw them back in the Trunk.

Source: TrunkClub.com

THEN, the shorts. Both pairs of shorts were way too short for me, which I had told her. More power to you ladies who like to wear shortie shorts. But I couldn’t even pull them off (or be comfortable in them) 10 years ago! The Madewell version were full-on bootie shorts and the Sanctuary shorts were short AND super tight.

Source: TrunkClub.com

FINALLY, the skirts. A suede mini skirt and a ball gown skirt.

What in the actual flip?! This is the point where I was starting to get a little annoyed. Please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong, but would ANYONE wear a suede mini skirt to a theme park on a family trip??? OR A BALL GOWN SKIRT? A $130 BALL GOWN SKIRT from Boden.

It’s going to be April in Florida, which is typically in the mid-80’s. Also, there are water rides, so a suede skirt and a ball gown skirt are frankly ridiculous to wear.

Source: TrunkClub.com

Lastly, a dress. Dresses are good! I like dresses! When I think theme park, I think an easy sundress that I can throw on with some sandals (and shorts underneath for rides). BUT. This one was a $120 Boden stiff cotton button-up shirtdress. Not appropriate for a theme park vacation at all! I would be wrinkled mess within 1 ride, not to mention it’s white… and there are water rides. SIGH.

The only other items in the box were a hohumm t-shirt, a see-through eyelet blouse, and a white silky tank top.

To say this Trunk missed its mark would be an understatement. I immediately packed everything back up in the box and declined the entire Trunk. At this point, I’m not even sure it’s worth having the stylist send me another one. I mean, it’s pretty clear that her theme park experiences are much more exciting(?) than mine!

So there you go… a sucky Trunk Club box. If I end up getting another one I’ll keep you posted!

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