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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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October Thrift Haul

29 Oct

October was a super busy month, so I only had time to make one thrifting stop and one consignment stop. I did get a little lucky though and picked up four clothing items. Let’s check out this month’s mini haul!

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

Thrift Scores:

Desigual Linen Top, $10

This linen/cotton mix top with a chiffon back was new with tags at the thrift store. I liked the linen feel to the top and the pretty embroidery that was reminiscent of Lucky Brand and Johnny Was. Paying $10 was quite high for thrift prices, but I really liked it and can see myself wearing it with skinny jeans and boots this fall. If it was a mistake, it was only a $10 mistake and I can live with that.

Consignment Scores:

I first visited the Chic to Chic consignment store last month, so I decided to do a quick stop to see if they had added anything new. Much of the selection was the same as my previous visit, but I did find a couple winners.

Nightcap by Carisa top, $19.98

This top was on clearance for $19.98 and I actually tried it on last month when I was in the store. At the time, the bust was a little tight… so I put it back. This time, it fit great (I guess I’ve been working out a bit more) and I love the bohemian fit and the pretty lace/crochet bits. I wasn’t familiar with the brand at all, so I googled it and found their website. Similar tops go for $200 -$300, which is quite a surprise. I think I’ll probably wear this in the fall over a fitted black tank top and jeans. I can also see wearing this as a swimsuit cover up with a pair of jean shorts on my upcoming cruise!

Vigoss Moto Jacket Sweatshirt, $24.95

This is probably my favorite score of the month. Once again, I’m not familiar with the brand (but it appears that it is sold at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack), but this looks like a moto jacket + a hoodie sweatshirt + a teddy bear had a baby. A warm and soft baby. I love the fit of the moto jacket combined with the softness of cotton sweatshirt material. But what I REALLY love is the plush lining inside the body of the jacket and the hood. It is soooo warm and comfy. I could totally throw this on when I’m a little chilly in my house and not be embarrassed at all to leave it on for errands. This will get tons of wear!

Eileen Fisher Silk Georgette Crepe Round Neck Boxy Top, $39.95

This silk top still has the Nordstrom tags attached with the original price of $248, so for $40 I had to at least try it on. It’s actually this exact top, sold out on the Nordstrom Rack website.

This blouse is an XL and I typically wear a medium or large in Eileen Fisher, so it is a bit oversized on me. It’s so soft and flows so nicely, so I’m hoping that I can pair it with some skinny trousers and a cardi. Or maybe jeans and a bright pair of Rothy’s for a nicer casual look? I’m kind of having second thoughts about this one… hoping it isn’t a mistake, but only time will tell.

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August Thrift Haul

27 Aug

I’m super excited to share my August thrift finds because almost every single one came from a ‘crappy thrift store that never has anything good’. According to me. So, this month’s haul just goes to show you that with a little bit of luck, you can find AWESOME items at the thrift store. Even the ‘crappy’ ones!

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

3 Tupperware storage bins, $1.99 each

First up are these handy storage bins. I actually picked them up and put them back three times or so before kicking myself and buying them. For $2 per bin, it was worth the risk of not having an exact job for them. Of course, within a day two of them are already in use around my house… so once again a lesson to myself to just BUY storage stuff when I see it rather than needing it and having to go buy it full priced at Target!

Goverre Portable stemless wine glass, $2.99

How cool is this grown up sippy cup for wine?! This was new in-the-box when I saw it at the thrift store for $3 and I figured it was perfect for those on-the-couch-wine-sipping days! I looked up the brand and apparently this item was on Shark Tank, so that’s pretty cool. I will say that this wine glass is HUGE, so I have to be careful about not filling it too high and then wondering why the world is starting to spin!

Andrew Marc leather purse, $29.99

At the thrift store, paying $30 for a purse is super expensive! However, I did a ton of research and apparently these bags go for $450 – $650 (I actually posted all about my stalking here) The bag is gorgeous and so well made… as soon as the weather starts to cool down for Fall, I’ll be switching over!

Maeve embroidered dress, $8

On the way to a doctor’s appointment, I noticed a little hole-in-the-wall consignment/thrift shop. I had about 20 minutes, so I stopped in and did a quick lookie loo through the ladies’ section. They had a few dresses that made it into the dressing room, but this one is the only one that made me want to rip the tag off and wear it immediately.

It’s one of my favorite Anthropologie brands, Maeve, and the cotton is so soft and flowy. I also really like the netting and embroidery accents at the top and hem of the dress. There is a slight tear on the v-neckline, but it looks like an easy fix with a needle and some thread.

Ann Taylor eyelet strapless dress, $3.50

After that doctor’s appointment, I had another 30 minutes before my next appointment so I made a stop into the crappy Goodwill that never has anything good. Within about 15 minutes I came across this dress and threw it into my cart to try on. I need someone to zip me up, but other than that the fit is fantastic and the dress is in perfect condition.

Source: AnnTaylor.com

I looked it up on the Ann Taylor website and it was sold 3 years ago for $179. The checkout lady must have liked me or the Goodwill must have been having a sale, because she gave it to me for half off the regular dress price! I’m already excited to wear this to my brother’s wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner in a couple weeks with some strappy sandals.

White House Black Market sweater, $5.99

I wasn’t even looking in the sweater section, but this sparkly sweater called my name when I raced past towards the dressing rooms. The buttons are pretty metal snaps and in person the gold thread is super sparkly. Apparently similar sweaters go for $79 on the White House Black Market website, but I got this one for $6 thrifted!

Calvin Klein faux wrap dress, $3.99

After my last appointment of the day, I stopped by one last thrift store… another one where I hardly ever find anything I like. And once again, I found a few winners! Even better, the nice checkout man decided to ring my dresses up a ‘sleeveless tops’ so they only cost me $4 each!

First, this dress. It had the tag cut out, so I had no idea what size or what brand it was when I tried it on. It fit great though, so I bought it. There was one interior tag with a RN number on it, which lead me to believe it was by Calvin Klein… seems about right. Love the fall colors of this dress and I can see me wearing it a ton to work throughout the year!

Leota sweetheart neckline dress, $3.99

My purple Leota dress just made my Summer Favorites post last week! When I saw this Leota dress, I originally thought it would be too big, because it is marked as an extra-large. I thought I could maybe tailor it myself if needed, but when I tried it on it fit exactly the same as my large one.

I love the ¾ sleeves and pretty green and black pattern on this dress. It also has a sweetheart neckline that is super pretty. This dress sold for $148 on the Leota website, so I’m pretty happy to have gotten it for $4! This is another one that will get lots of wear, both with bare legs and with black fleece-lined tights in the winter.

Organizer, $6.99

I initially picked up this organizer thinking my husband could use it in his garage. But then, I got kind of attached to it. I’ve been cleaning out my sewing/embroidery area in my office and this organizer will be great for all my needles, thread, etc. I might even get super nerdy and use my label maker to label each drawer… blog post forthcoming!

TYLHO Gingham dress, $3.99

I looooove this dress and even though it is a medium, I tried to shove myself into it. However, it was (of course) too small on me. TYLHO is an Anthropologie brand though and the dress retailed for $168, so I figured I’d buy it and resell it for a profit. I paid $4 for the dress and sold it within 24 hours for $43. I made $39 profit on this dress, which paid for the rest of the entire day’s thrifting (I spent a total of $36 on the 5 dresses, the sweater and the organizer).

I actually figured I wouldn’t have much of a thrift haul post for you all because I didn’t have time to run out to the “good” thrift stores. But this really goes to show that there is great stuff to be found everywhere!

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July Thrift Haul

26 Jul

I know, I know. There wasn’t supposed to BE a July Thrift Haul because I was doing No Buy July again. Last year I made it 20 days, and this year I went 25 days… so at least that’s an improvement!

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

I had my every-three-months blood draw appointment for my cholesterol yesterday morning, and it has become a bit of a tradition to fast in the morning, do my blood draw, stop by Einstein Bagels for a coffee and a breakfast sandwich, then drop in at the Goodwill on my way back home.

I absolutely HATE needles and have a big clump of anxiety about the blood draw, so it’s kind of like medicinal thrifting.

Anywho.

I bought one thing: this adorable Lucky Brand dress.

I have quite a weakness for Lucky Brand in my casual wardrobe. They occasionally have some pretty fantastic sales on their website (not now though… and all their dresses are so gorgeous). I’ve also been able to scoop up a few Lucky items at TJ Maxx and Marshells over the years. Typically in the store, similar dresses go for $80 – 100-ish. At Marshalls, I might be able to score something similar for $40 – 50. I got this one at the thrift store for… $7!

This dress is made out of cotton and the bodice has three fabric colored buttons. I really like the elastic scrunchie waistband and – of course – the pockets! It is perfect for casual summer weekends at home, dinner at the beach, or even to throw on over a swimsuit. No regrets here!

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