June Thrift Haul

I have an ongoing thrifting list of things I’m looking for saved in my phone notes, so if I ever find some thrifting time I can take a few minutes to check for things I want. However, when it comes to thifting, you really just have to trust the process. Oftentimes I’ll find NOTHING on my list, but other treasures that I now can’t live without.

Which brings us to this month’s thrift haul. Nothing on my list, but quite spectacular nonetheless!

Garfield Virgo Mug, $2

Did I need a smaller sized coffee mug? Nope. But this Garfield mug was calling this Virgo’s name. And this picky worry-wart feels seen. And a bit called out.

Garfield McDonald’s Mugs, $2 each for 4

This was a total bummer because I picked up these mugs knowing Jack would love them. He loves the Garfield show and also has a couple of the comic books. However, when I got them home I googled them and found that they test high for lead. So sad! Instead of using them as drinking glasses, Jack has claimed them to display in his room.

Hudson River Inlay, $3

I thought this fun lighthouse picture was so cute and when I turned it over, I was thrilled to find out that the picture was made by inlaying different kinds of wood to make the different colors. So, so cool. I couldn’t pass up this fun piece of handmade art for just $3, so now I just have to decide where it will end up in my house.

Original art, $3

Another handmade piece for just $3! This little unsigned original painting called to me and someone even custom framed it too. I love the brush strokes on the canvas. And while I’m sad that someone threw this in the donate pile, I’m happy to add it to my collection.

And here is where it ended up (check the bottom boot shelf):

Longaberger basket, $8

I remember back in the late 80’s/early 90’s that my mom collected Longaberger baskets and now when I see one at the thrift the nostalgia takes over and I have to buy it. This little basket with leather handles is signed on the bottom by the maker and in perfect, unused condition. It even has spotless blue cloth lining and a plastic cup so you can use it as a planter. I kill all plants, so I’ll probably use it for something non-living.

Handmade vase, $1

ONE DOLLAR? For this adorable hand painted vase? Are you CRAZY? Mine.

Metal and Wood Sculpture, $6

I love this sculpture. It’s the circles and the tree-like bottom and the metal and the mounting. Just everything about it is pleasing to my eyes. There are no markings anywhere on this, so I’m not sure if it was made by an artist or sold at Homegoods.

Either way, I knew exactly where it was going to go in my living room:

Flower picture, $6

I used a banana for scale so you can see how big this picture is. I love the way it’s mounted in the frame with a bit of space around the picture before the mat. The flowers are beautiful and the colors are vibrant, what’s not to love? I’m thinking this one will end up in our new bathroom or toilet closet.

Tie Dye skirt, $7

I love the swish of this skirt, but I’m not sure how long it’s going to stay in my wardrobe. The waist is quite stretched out and even with the drawstring it tends to get looser as you wear it. It’s quite cute though and looked adorable with a t-shirt when I was at the beach last week. I may be able to make it work by adding a belt, but this kind of skirt is more of a throw-on-in-the-summer skirt and adding a belt feels a little higher maintenance that I like for hot days.

Who What Wear x Target Birdcage Midi Skirt, $9

Another blue skirt found on the same day. This fun polka dot midi skirt still had the tags on it from Target’s Who What Wear collection. I thought it was super cute to add to my work outfits and can’t wait to style it for work soon!

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May Thrift Haul

My thrifting hasn’t been super exciting lately – partially due to lack of time to visit thrift stores and partially due to my brain focusing on our bathroom/closet project. I can barely even get into my closet, so I’m not too excited to buy new items to shove in there until I can see what I already own again.

We did have a family thrifting trip where the three of us visited a thrift store to look for treasures. Travis found a couple small exercise things to keep in his truck, Jack found some STEM toys and another starter set of Snap Circuits, and I found two cardigans.

That’s it. Two cardigans.

They’re good ones though!

Halogen Cardigan, $4

You’ve got to love the thrift store – there were two similarly colored cardigans on the rack together. One was super worn from Loft and marked at $12. The other one was new with tags from Nordstrom for $7.99 and violet tags were half off that day. Oh, and the Nordstrom tag was for $69. I’m not complaining though, because I got quite the deal and added this to my cardigan collection for just $4.

I wore it to work yesterday:

Pearl buttoned cardigan, $4

This black short puffed sleeve cardigan with little pearl buttons was so cute and vintage looking, that I had to give it a try. I googled the brand and I think it’s one sold at TJ Maxx and Marshalls, so it probably wasn’t super pricey when it was new. I don’t have many short sleeve cardigan options, so this one fills an empty spot in my closet.

You can see it in action here:

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Recent Poshmark Sales & Scores

My husband I were recently talking about shopping and I said that if I had to pick the top three stores where I get my clothing at this point, it would be: the thrift store, Nordstrom Rack or Anthropologie. But then when I started thinking about it, I replaced Anthro with Poshmark. The first place I look is ALWAYS Poshmark and I’ve given lots of secondhand items a new life in my closet. Of course, I’ve also sold my own items too… just to keep the balance.

Throughout the year, I add items to my Poshmark closet as I do little cleanouts here and there. If I no longer love an item, it gets ruthlessly purged (either to my Poshmark closet or to a donation bag). Also, as Jack outgrows clothing and shoes if the items are still in good condition I go ahead and post them too.

Sold on Poshmark:

Here is what has sold from my closet since the start of 2022:

  • Marni dress, $65
  • Eileen Fisher sweater, $20
  • Kid’s Super Mario sweatshirt, $9
  • Loft dress, $15
  • Frank & Eileen blouse, $30
  • Eileen Fisher zip tunic, $22
  • Levi’s pull-on skinny jeans, $14
  • Swedish Hasbeen clogs, $60
  • Kid’s tie dye Rothy’s, $18
  • Rothy’s spotted loafers, $100
  • Leota dress, $22
  • Eileen Fisher boatneck sweater, $19
  • J.Crew shirt, $15
  • Frye sneakers, $34

My total of sales was $443 before Poshmark fees (20%).

The tie dye Rothy’s and Super Mario sweatshirt were outgrown from Jack’s closet. The clogs and sneakers both ended up being super uncomfortable for me, so I sold them. As for the rest, it was loved, worn and then sent back into the world.

Purchased on Poshmark:

Of course, I have also purchased items on Poshmark. I actually just leave my sold balance in my account and use it for my purchases… so it’s kind of like ‘free money’.

  • Vintage Embroidered Denim Jacket, $60
  • Zara rainbow stripe skirt, $20
  • Cloth & Stone tie top, $28
  • 2 Kantha Vintage scarves, $25 (used here)
  • Eileen Fisher sweater, $35
  • Anthropologie Polka dot midi skirt, $76
  • Anthropologie beaded tulle skirt, $90
  • Alexis x Target shirtdress in black and white, $60
  • Alexis x Target shirtdress in blue, $40
  • Anthropologie embroidered cardigan, $15

My total for 2022 so far: $449

Without fees, I’d pretty much be breaking even. As it is, I love giving secondhand items a new home. I especially love finding beautiful items at a small percentage of their original price. For example, the Anthropologie beaded tulle skirt that I picked up for $90 was new with the tags on it for $330. The Eileen Fisher sweater I bought for $35 still had the tags on it for $168.

Also, in looking at my Poshmark purchases on the photo grid — it would make a really cute capsule collection!

Here are some of my Poshmark scores in action over the last few months:

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: https://poshmark.com/closet/pocketfulofjoul. Feel free to make an offer on something if you love it!

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