November Thrift Haul

26 Nov

November was a wonderful thrift haul month! I was able to stop by my *favorite* thrift store, as well as go on a girl date to a new one. I scooped up a bunch of great finds… so let’s check out this month’s haul!

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

Lauren Conrad sequin cardigan, $9.99

I’ve been low-key looking for some sort of sequined or beaded cardigan or jacket. I’ve seen them styled with jeans and a t-shirt and I love the way it looks. However, I can’t really see me rocking this look anytime other than the holidays, so I didn’t want to spend much on trying this trend.

This one is by Lauren Conrad (a brand sold at Kohls) and it looks like it had a retail cost of $60. Of course, you basically NEVER pay full price at Kohls for anything, so take that with a grain of salt. I did a quick search, and there are a few of these for sale on Poshmark in the $20 range if you are smitten. This one was marked at $9.99 at my local thrift store and appears to be brand-spanking-new, so I had to have it. I think it will be great for a little sparkle this holiday season!

Dana Buchman dress, $14.99

I admit, this dress doesn’t look very exciting on the hanger. I picked it up because I liked the lightweight jersey fabric and the muted color palette of black, brown and cream. I wore it to work earlier this month with a black blazer and my persimmon Rothy’s:

 

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I love it styled this way and can also see it paired with a black cardigan, black tights and booties for when it gets a little colder.

Soft Surroundings cardigan, $6.99

I follow a few thrifters/resellers on Instagram and I’ve heard them say that Soft Surroundings is a great purchase to flip. Other than that, I totally was not familiar with the brand. I saw this lightweight open cardigan hanging on the end of an aisle and recognized the name, so I figured I’d give it a try. The fabric is super soft (kind of like the Soma pajama pants I love) and it was only $7. I later did some quick googling and found it on the Soft Surroundings website with an original price of $69.95 (currently on sale for $50). I’ve added this one to my pajama drawer and I’ve been wearing it on lazy days/nights around the house.

Cable & Gauge cardigan, $5.99

I’ve talked about my love of Cable & Gauge cardigans many times! I’ve bought them at Nordstrom Rack before and whenever I see on in good condition I thrift it. They are just a great lightweight cotton cardigan that never seems to pill or stretch out. I love the pretty hue of this one and for just $6 it was a no-brainer to add to my collection.

Vanessa Virginia Tidal maxi dress, $7

I have an eye for Anthropologie. I spotted this pattern as I was walking up to a rack of dresses, wrestled it out and wasn’t even a little surprised that it was a brand sold at Anthro. It’s my gift. {I wish I had a really cool gift, like flight or winning the lottery, but this one is cool too}. I originally offered it to my friend who was thirfting with me, but it was too big for her – oh darn – so I had to keep it for myself.

This one is the Tidal maxi dress and it was sold at Anthropologie in 2014 for $148. Like my other Anthropologie maxi dresses, this one is made out of a super soft jersey and has pockets! I can see styling this alone with sandals for a beachy look, or with a cardigan and booties for something more work appropriate. It would also look super cute with a jean jacket. I found the exact same dress being sold on Poshmark from $42 – $78, so for just a $7 investment I can wear it a few times and sell it for a profit when I get bored of it.

M.M. LaFleur Rachel dress, $7

This was my ‘holy crap’ thrift moment of the day. I’ve never seen M.M. LaFleur in the thrifting wild before, so I was pretty excited to see this piece. M.M. LaFleur is known for their ‘bento boxes’ which is their approach to a professional work wardrobe. Similar to Stitch Fix or Trunk Club, their stylist will put together a box of items for you to try on at home. I’ve been drooling over their boxes for a while but can’t do it, because they are just too expensive for me.

Their prices range from $100 for a work top to $325 for a dress and they carry sizes 0P – 22W. I’ve seen used M.M. LaFleur dresses on Poshmark in the $130 – 215 range, but without ever seeing them in person I wouldn’t want to commit to buying one secondhand.

I’m pretty sure this dress is the ‘Rachel’ dress. It looks like either the malbec or the boysenberry color (you can see it here on their website). The original price was $240 and I thrifted mine for $7. The fabric is very thick and stretchy and there are little snaps inside to hold your bra straps in place.

Let’s talk about sizing. This dress has a tag saying it is a size 16. And THIS is my theory on why it is at the thrift store… it is NOT CLOSE to a 16! I’m typically a 10/12 and it fits like a glove. Like, it couldn’t possibly fit any better… sure I have to throw on some shapewear to smooth down my tummy, but it’s AMAZING. I think someone must have bought this and it didn’t fit like the size they expected, so they donated it. Or maybe they shrank it? Why wouldn’t they return or exchange it? Who knows… probably the same reason I’ve found DVF dresses with the tags still on them while thrifting.

Any which way, their loss is my gain because this is the perfect work dress.

 

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I wore it to work already and styled it with a beaded sweater and leopard print flats. I can also see trying it with a skinny belt and blazer. I did throw on some shapewear (the undies that go up to your bra and smooth your tummy a bit) and that helped keep things contained enough that I felt comfortable.

Boden blazer with floral silk lining, $6

Okay, I totally bought this just because I was immediately in LOVE with the floral lining. I mean, HOW adorable is that?! This blazer is exactly my Boden size (US10) and is a pretty basic and comfortable little black blazer. You can keep the cuffs down for a solid black, or turn them up to show the pink lining!

Loft romper, $10

I’m not a romper girl. I actually kind of hate rompers because I think they look like a grown ass woman is wearing a child’s outfit. BUT. I love this one. Oops.

 

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This was on the dresses rack (and marked with a dresses tag, making it $10) and it was a Loft size large with a tie top and drawstring waist. I decided to try it on a whim and was totally surprised that I love it. Of course, I tried it on again when I got home and didn’t love it quite as much… This one is going into the closet for me to try again when it warms up next summer.

Rachel Roy dress, $10

 

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I ran out to Costco on Saturday to prepare for our late Thanksgiving dinner and decided to make a quick stop at a nearby thrift store. I’m so glad I did, because they were having a Thanksgiving sale where all clothing and accessories were 50% off! I tried on a few items, but this Rachel Roy dress was a winner. It still had the store tags for $99 on it and looked super cool thrown over my jeans! I can see wearing this one with a flowy cardigan, black tights and boots. However, I kind of like it over my jeans and boots too…

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2 Responses to “November Thrift Haul”

  1. Nancy Rowlinson November 26, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

    I think I am making a trip to the thrift store!

    • Joules November 26, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

      Do it!! Just be sure to pack a bit of patience.

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