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December Thrift Haul

19 Dec

Technically, I thrifted these items in November… but I had already published my November Thrift Haul, so I scooted them over to December. And THEN I didn’t even have the opportunity to thrift at all this month. So yeah, I’m totally suffering from thrift withdrawal!

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

Let’s take a look at my kinda December thrift haul:

Loft dress, $14.99 green tag on sale for 50% off, $7.99

This one still had a nub of the original Loft tag on it, so I’m guessing that’s why my favorite thrift store marked it up at $15! It’s oversized and the fabric is nice and soft, but it is pretty darn shapeless. I know it’s a summer dress, but I’m imagining it with tights, boots and a long cardigan. Maybe a scarf too?

Ellen Tracy tie-cardigan, $5.99 purple tag on sale for 33% off, $4

This lightweight cotton cardigan has pockets and a fun tie that you can either tie in the front or cinch it into a bow in the back. I love the color! It’s in perfect condition, so I think this will be a wonderful topper for work with pants and then when it starts looking a bit worn I’ll transition it into loungewear!

Okay, in preparation for this next score I have to show you some of the dresses that I’ve been drooling over on my Instagram feed:

VELVET. SO MUCH PRETTY VELVET. So when I saw this next item, I snatched it up and crossed my fingers that it would fit:

Velvet wrap dress, $9.99 purple tag on sale for 33% off, $6.70

I mean, it was like someone plucked exactly what I’ve been wanting out of my mind and then marked it down to $6.70! The brand is nothing fancy, but the ¾” sleeves, super soft velvet and twirly skirt is perfect for me to wear this winter. Here is a close-up of the super soft and plush velvet:

I’m thinking I’ll pair it with sparkly flats now and then and then in January maybe throw on a pair of tights and booties!

I’d love to hear your thrifting stories! Did you find a diamond in the rough (literally or figuratively)?

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Clothing Purge Report: October, November, December

17 Dec

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.

I’ve been pretty lazy with my clothing sales lately and mostly have been listing things on Poshmark or just sticking them in the bag to donate. For the first time, I decided to add some of Jack’s clothes to my Poshmark closet and was pleasantly surprised to sell some of them. Apparently bundling the same size works well for kid’s clothes!

If you’re not familiar with Poshmark, you can either search for an item — for example, “boys sweatpants size 7”, or you can click on someone’s closet and buy one or more items from them (there are typically discounts offered for buying more than one item).

Here’s what my closet looks like right now:

Here’s what I sold over the last three months:

  • Kid’s Converse shoes, $14
  • Limited Edition Rainbow Rothy’s sneakers, $160
  • Glass Ladder Clutch from Spring 2019 Causebox, $30
  • Anthropologie FoxieDox dress, $35
  • Anthropologie lace sheath dress, $41
  • Prada sweater, $46
  • Bundle of 3 boy’s Under Armour pants, $50
  • Boys Nike pants, $9
  • Kid’s Lion Halloween Costume, $16
  • Boden skirt, $30
  • Silver glitter hi-top Vans sneakers, $40
  • Cupcakes & Cashmere cardigan, $30
  • Keds x Rifle Paper Co sneakers, $55
  • Boys Under Armour, pants, $10
  • Boy’s shirt and tie set, $7
  • Rothy’s persimmon points, $92

I sold a total of 16 items for a total of $665 before Poshmark fees (20%).

As you can see, my sales ranged from as low as $7, all the way up to $160. When it comes down to it, I’m not making much for a sale of a $7 kid’s shirt or $10 pants… but those are great clothes on their way to a new home AND that is money that wasn’t in my pocket before! So even those little sales add up… so don’t hold off on listing the cheaper stuff.

Some of my items were thrifted, worn by me, and then set free back into the world. A couple of the dresses were bought and worn, but then when I changed jobs I decided they are a bit too casual for my new place. That kid’s Halloween costume has been sitting untouched in a closet for a few years. And now my house is a bit neater and I’ve added money into my bank account. Win-WIN!

I just added a bunch of fall/winter items to my Poshmark closet, so I’m hoping to have some more sales with the new year. Whatever doesn’t sell after a few months will probably be donated just to get it all out of my house.

If you’ve been thinking about trying Poshmark, you can use my special invite code to open an account and get $5 off your first order. Just use: POCKETFULOFJOUL And here is a direct link to my closet: Feel free to make an offer on something if you love it!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. If you choose to use my special Poshmark code to sign up for an account, you will get $5 off your first order and I will also get $5 off a future order.

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My Style: Fall & Winter Favorites

16 Dec

I stopped sharing my monthly style posts back in September and then not long after I stopped sharing a daily outfit post on my Instagram account. After years of snapping a daily work outfit photo, it actually felt kind of weird to just… stop. But, I found myself getting kind of hung up on likes and lack-of-likes so I decided to take a break. Now, I share outfits when I feel like it and most of the time I do a quick photo in the elevator on the way up to my office.

I actually kind of like the elevator selfies… and it is certainly a funny challenge for me to get them in if someone else is riding up to a floor near mine!

I took a look through my photos from the last few months and came up with a few favorites:

I think it’s pretty easy to define my style at this point: lots of patterns, autumn colors and some sparkle. I call it my eccentric old lady look and I’m pretty happy with it. I’m not huge into pattern-mixing unless it involves a topper – like a coat or scarf. Then all bets are off!

Do you have a favorite fall/winter look? What is your opinion on mixing prints – love it or hate it?

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My Christmas Wish List

2 Dec

Each year I have a terrible time coming up with a Christmas wish list. The problem is, if I want something… I stalk it until it’s on sale and then I just buy it for myself! So, when Christmas rolls around, I don’t know what to ask for. However, around this time each year my mom asks for my Christmas Wish list… so I had to think up something.

I’ll put together my list of things I’ve bought over the last year and loved for you soon (maybe next week?), but for now, this is my exact list I gave my mom. Maybe it will help some of you figure out what you might want!

Gray Stripe Tablecloth, $17.99 (find it here) and Chevron Place mats, $4.99 each (find them here).


We use a tablecloth on our kitchen table because it’s pretty beat up and I can’t commit to spending a bunch of money on a new table. I have a couple I rotate between, but could really use a new one to add to the mix. I picked out this tablecloth and place mats from Target because they are neutral, but still pretty fun.

CleverMade EcoBasket Reusable Grocery Tote Bags, 3 pack, $29.99 (find them here)


We shop at Aldi, which means that we have to bring our reusable grocery bags with us each time. I have a few from a previous school fundraiser that I’m currently using, but I don’t love them. I did a ton of research on Amazon and found this 3-pack of collapsible bags on Amazon and they seem like exactly what I’ve been looking for.

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Camp Moccasins, $79 (find them here)

Source: L.L.

I pretty much ask for these same slippers every 2-3 years because I wear them from September to May. I love the L.L. Bean version because they are super fuzzy and warm inside and have an actual sole in case you need to run outside to take the trash out. They also go on sale around the holidays, so don’t pay full price!

Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla coffee, $6 (find it here)


I know it’s not very fancy, but it’s awfully useful. Both Travis and I make a pot of Dunkin Donuts vanilla coffee every single morning and I just can’t start my day without it. I feel like I’m buying it ALL THE TIME, so I figured I’d stick it on my Christmas list!

Hard Cider Tasting Pack

We loooove hard ciders, so a mixed tasting pack of a bunch of different ciders to try would be pretty great! Most of the liquor stores by us allow you to mix your own 6 pack, so I’m hoping for a cornucopia of cidery goodness.

There was nothing super crazy big or cool on my list, just a bunch of useful odds and ends. I actually love receiving items that I can immediately put to use… so this list is just a little bit of perfect for me.

Bonus Husband Round: As I said, I’m terrible to shop for — which includes my husband trying to buy me gifts. Last year I told him to take Jack to Homegoods/TJ Maxx and spend $50 on random stuff I’d like and it worked out wonderfully. This year, I’m planning to do the same thing… but I also realized my favorite pajama pants were starting to get a hole.

As it turns out, Soma is having an online sale right now so I ordered myself a few new things and will be sticking them under the tree from my husband. It’s a win-win for everyone!


Here’s what I ordered: Embliss Knit Lace Trip Sleep Top, Cool Nights Lace Flutter Sleeve Top, Lace Trim Sleep Pants, and Cool Nights Pajama pants. Sizing tips: I’ve found that the pants tend to stretch over time, so even though I typically have a large butt I get a medium in Soma pajama pants. I stick with larges for tops though!

What do you have on your list this year?

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