I ended up stopping by three different thrift stores during the month of February. First up, a local Goodwill that is very hit or miss, but typically has great prices. Second, my favorite thrift spot (2nd Avenue) in a not-so-great area of town, and third the pricey thrift store (2nd Avenue) right in the middle of Columbia.
I ended up with six great items, but I wanted to remind you that I literally went through each entire store in order to find the *good* stuff. Well, good stuff for me… there were plenty more great items in sizes, styles or fits that didn’t work out for me.
Anyways, if you are thinking about trying out thrifting… don’t get discouraged when you see a bunch of crappy stuff. It takes time and patience to find things that you’ll end up loving!
Let’s look at what I found this month:
Chaps jersey dress, size large, $8.99
I really like the dark purple Aubergine color of this dress and I picked up because I don’t have many solid dresses in my collection. It is currently sitting on my sewing table because I think I’m going to chop the length to knee-length and add a tie-belt with the extra fabric. While it is very pretty in its current design, hemming it shorter will make it more work appropriate for me. I can see me wearing this to work with a pretty embellished sweater and patterned flats.
RBX activewear top, size XL, $5.99
I love a good workout/laze around the house top. This one is oversized with a high-low hem and has thumb holes! I thought this would be good as a topper on the way to the gym, or for those chilly work-from-home days with leggings. I’ve already worn it twice and I’m sure I will get my money’s worth for the $6 I paid!
Silver Glitter Vans Sk8-Hi sneakers, size 7.5, $6.99
Yeah, they pretty much HAD me at glitter and high tops… the $7 price tag was just the cherry on top. I love fun shoes and these silver glitter Vans are perfect for me. Depending on the brand/style, I wear anywhere from an 8 to a 9… so I was bummed when I saw that these were a 7.5 I tried them on though and even with my warmer socks on they didn’t feel too tight. I figured I’d give them a try and googled some tips on how to stretch sneakers. Only the left one was a bit tight in the toe-box area, so I tried the ‘put four socks on your foot and shove it in there’ method.
I also aimed the hair dryer at it a few times throughout the day. Last, I stuck a shoe stretcher in there and left it over the weekend. The stretched just enough and are now perfect. These look so cute with leggings and a comfy top for a casual day.
UGG Emalie Waterproof Leather Wedge Bootie, size 8, $24.99
OH my gosh you guys, this is basically the score of the day! I went over to the more expensive thrift store and found these mint condition UGG wedges thrown in with a bunch of cheap plastic boots. I did a bunch of googling and this style was sold at Nordstrom in 2015 for $180 and a very similar pair is still being sold. This particular thrift store usually prices known brands high, so I wasn’t surprised about the mark-up. These are my size, comfortable and in perfect condition… so I was quite happy to get them for $25. I wore them to my sister’s bridal shower over the weekend for about 9 hours and they were actually pretty darn comfy!
Talbots cape $17.99
I was looking in the cardigans section for a striped sweater to replace one of my favorites that is starting to look kinda sad. I saw this striped cape and it is a brand-new with $89.50 tags still on it from Talbots. I wear my Causebox cape all the time and this will be a perfect spring option. You can see a dressing room pic of this cape and the next dress here (click the little arrow).
Loft dress, size large, $14.99
I love the colors in the pattern of this pretty Loft dress. It’s got elbow-length sleeves and a knee-length skirt, which is exactly what I like in a dress for work. I threw it in the wash immediately (washed in cold and then hung dry) so I could wear it to my sister’s bridal shower over the weekend (see it here).
Did you have any luck thrifting this month? Share your scores!