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March Thrift Haul

30 Mar

It should surprise absolutely nobody that I didn’t have the opportunity to do any thrifting in March. With the Coronavirus pandemic, out of the last 30 days, I have spent 19 of them at home. However, when I visited my friend Lindsey last month, we did find some fantastic scores at a couple consignment shops and I hadn’t had a chance to blog about them…so let’s take a gander at my secondhand finds!

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

Marrakech Moto Jacket, $24

I’ve been low-key looking for a soft moto jacket and this one is absolute perfection. It’s like a cross between a jacket and a sweatshirt with super soft and comfortable material. For $24 it was a no-brainer. Once we got in the car, I did a quick google of the brand since I wasn’t familiar with Marrakech and it’s sold at Anthropologie. Of course.

Actually, it’s STILL being sold at Anthropologie for $150 and it came out in August 2019. Why someone bought it and almost immediately sent it off to the consignment shop is puzzling to me, but I’m happy they did. The one I bought is a large, and the fit is perfect. In fact, it was so perfect I threw off the topper I was wearing that day and immediately started wearing my new moto jacket!

Plaid Fleece Coat, $20

This coat was pretty much an impulse buy. I didn’t really NEED another coat, but this fleece version with the tie belt was awfully cute and only $20, so I added it to my pile. When I shared my dressing room pictures on Instagram, this was also the most popular look with people telling me to BUY IT NOW. I wore this to work a few times before I started working-from-home and it kept me nice and toasty on the metro. The pockets are nice and deep too.

Eileen Fisher sweater, $20

I’ve talked before about how I can’t resist a great Eileen Fisher sweater, and this one is so soft and a versatile neutral color. It’s an open cardigan with no buttons or pockets and it looks great over a blouse for work, or a t-shirt on the weekend. It had a thrifty smell when I bought it, so I threw it in the washing machine on cold and layed it flat to dry. For some reason, this distributed the color so that there were dark streaks down each arm! So, I tried again – one more run through the washing machine on cold and this time I hung it on a hanger to dry… and thankfully the color went back to normal.

Kate Spade sparkly cardigan, $20

You all know I love an embellished sweater, so when I saw this pretty Kate Spade version, I pounced on it! I’ve noticed that Kate Spade clothing tends to be cut small, so even though this is an XL it doesn’t feel very big at all.

On the Kate Spade website, similar cardigans sell for $200 – $300 (which is INSANE), so $20 for this one felt like quite the steal. I’ve already worn this to work and once I get back to dressing up I will wear it again and again!

LaMarque Leather Moto Jacket, $37.50

Okay, this jacket was the most amazing find of the whole trip! I felt it on a random rack shoved in next to a ton of crappy stuff and immediately pulled it out to take a closer look. The dark blue leather is some of the softest leather I’ve ever touched, but I had never heard of the brand. The consignment tag had it marked at $200, then marked down to $150, scratched through for $75.50 and finally with a tag for $37.50.

So, I let my fingers do some googling and…

Source: NeimanMarcus.com

HOLY GUACAMOLE!

This is the LaMarque Donna Classic Leather Biker Jacket and it is still selling in stores for $595! Now, did I NEED a lightweight leather moto jacket? Nope. But was I going to put it back and walk out of there… also, NOPE! When I took it up to the register, the lady told me that she’s so happy that someone bought the jacket, because the owner had purchased it for $595 and decided she didn’t want it.

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE AND CAN I BE THEIR FRIEND?!

Anyways, her loss is my gain. I love, love, love the jacket and have worn it a bunch of times since I brought it home. I didn’t know that my closet had a leather moto jacket sized hole, but apparently it did.

So there you go, I purchased THREE coats and TWO sweaters for a total of $121.50 and I’m not even a little bit sorry about it! Do you have a favorite from this month’s scores?

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February Thrift Haul

24 Feb

After January feeling like it was like 75 days long, February has certainly flown by. I had the opportunity to thrift two times this month and found some fun items, so let’s check them out!

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

Cable & Gauge sparkle sweater, $6.99

While running errands one day, I stopped by a thrift store that I’ve found many fun items at previously. Although I took a bunch of stuff into the dressing room, only this beaded sweater came home with me. I love Cable & Gauge sweaters and probably have thrifted over a half-dozen with two of them having beading. This one is a perfect shade of gray with a bit of sparkle around the neck and on the buttons. I’ve already worn this one twice and it’s a great addition to my wardrobe.

Last week I had a very rough day, so I decided to do a thrift stop on my way home from work. I hit up a Goodwill near me where I typically don’t have a lot of luck… and I found a few fun things!

NYDJ black straight leg jeans, $6.99

The picture for some reason is making these jeans look kind of faded or green, but they are actually super dark black with no distressing at all. I’ve tried NYDJ before at Nordstrom/Nordstrom Rack, so when I saw this black pair in my size I figured I’d go through the hassle of fully disrobing so I could try them on. They have a good amount of stretch in them and they are in perfect condition, so I bought them as a back up to my current pair of black jeans. On the NYDJ website, the jeans range from $119 – $139, but I’ve found them at Nordstrom Rack for $45 – 50. Any which way, $7 is a steal!

Betabrand Elixir dress, $8.99

UGH, I wish this dress were my size… but it’s a small. It’s a perfect condition Betabrand dress that sells on their website for $108. It’s wrinkle-resistant material and HAS POCKETS! So yeah, it’s basically the most perfect work dress. I texted a photo to my sisters, but unfortunately none of them are interested. I listed it in my Poshmark closet, so if you’re interested send me an offer!

Blue Q socks, $4.99

I love Blue Q brand and these exact socks are still selling on their website for $12.99. They were still in the original packaging at the thrift store and I knew my husband would love them… so I splurged.

Old Navy skirt, $5.99 on sale for $3

I typically don’t thrift Old Navy because I’ve found their clothes don’t really hold up over the years. I make the occasional exception though, for items like this skirt. It’s a soft and breezy lightweight cotton and the pattern is super bright. The drawstring waistband is comfy and I can see me wearing this with a tank top or graphic tee over the summer. All green tags were 50% off, so I got this beauty for just $3!

Rachel Hollis sweatshirt, $6.99 on sale for $3.50

I’m a sucker for a super soft sweatshirt with thumb-holes. I googled this one and found that it was sold on QVC in December 2019 for $56. I’m guessing someone got it for Christmas and donated it? It’s obviously never been worn at all. And for a sale price of $3.50, I’ll add it to my comfy clothes drawer.

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

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January Thrift Haul

27 Jan

My thrifting this month was all about the wonders of manifesting exactly what I needed and having it show up and wait for me at the thrift stores. It was almost eerie. Let’s take a look!

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

Blondo knee-high boots, $12.99

YOU GUYS. I’ve been needing a pair of replacement black knee-high boots. I’ve been keeping my eyes out for them and finally ordered a couple pairs to try from Nordstrom (got to love the free shipping and free returns). Before my order even arrived, I saw this pair at the thrift store and WHAT THE HECK, they are EXACTLY what I needed in my exact boot size.

I googled them afterwards and they are the Blondo Zana boots that retail for $252.00. They needed a little shining around the toes, which I took care of in about 2 minutes with some boot polish. Now they are back in perfect condition and ready for me to wear them all winter long!

Kohls brand sweater vest, $9.99

This was another item on my thrift list… an oversized swoopy sweater vest thing. I got a cool sparkly shirt in my last Trunk Club and I need something to layer over it. I found this one thrifting and it still had the original tags on it for $52.00. SCORE!

On my second thrift stop of the month, I had Jack with me. We were at the Sonic next to the thrift store and I thought we’d stop in to do a quick check for snow pants and snow boots for him. MANIFESTING AGAIN!

Kids snow boots, $5

There were two pairs of boots in Jack’s size and these were his favorites. They are Dream Pairs KSNOW Insulated Waterproof Snow boots and are currently selling on their website for $35. These are in basically unworn condition and will be perfect for our upcoming snow tubing trip!

Kids snow pants, $5

Annnnnnd… we also found snow pants for Jack! These are a medium, which means they have room for him to grow and they are in great condition. They are still selling on Amazon for $25, but we saved $20 by thrifting them!

I could not have had a luckier thrifting month and I’m super thrilled with all four of my thrifted items!

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

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6 Month Thrifting Update: Favorites

2 Jan

When it comes to my thrifting fun, I still make mistakes. I’ve started compiling these 6-month look-back posts because I think it’s a great exercise for me to see what I really ended up loving vs what gets sent back into the world for someone else to enjoy.

So, I went through all my thrifting posts from July – December and picked out my favorites from each month:

{Pssst, you can find all my thrifting posts here: Thrifting Fun}

Thrifted in July: Anthropologie Beaded Necklace, $6

Technically I snapped this necklace up at a consignment shop for half-off, but I shared it in my July Thrift Haul. This was totally a spur-of-the-moment purchase that I didn’t really need… but I’ve probably worn it over a dozen times in the last 6 months. It goes with so many outfits and adds a fun pop of color to everything. This one is certainly a thrifting winner for me!

Thrifted in August: Chicos open cardigan, $9

I thrifted this moss green open cardigan from Chicos in August and it still had the original tags on it! It’s super lightweight and I love the color, so this has been worn to work quite a few times this fall.

Thrifted in September: Eileen Fisher skirt, $6.99

This was a tough month to choose from, because I had some awesome scores! I’m picking this simple Eileen Fisher stretch crepe skirt because it’s classic and will last forever. It also retails between $179 – 198 and I thrifted it in perfect condition for $7! I’ve worn it to work a few times and will continue to wear it again and again.

Thrifted in October: Lucky Brand Perforated Booties, $17.50

I’m actually wearing these booties while I’m typing this post and have worn them probably a dozen times since buying them for less than $20. They are in perfect condition and typically sell on the Lucky website for around $120, so let this serve as your reminder to ALWAYS check the shoe section at thrift and consignment stores!

Thrifted in November: Striped sweater, $5.89

This cardigan is another thrifted gem that has been in heavy rotation since I bought it. The green is the perfect shade of moss (a smidge darker than the first one I shared above) and the stripes are super cute too. I’ve worn this to work over a silky blouse and on weekends with a graphic t-shirt. Bring on all the thrifted cardigans!

Thrifted in December: Black Velvet dress, $6.70

A velvet dress was on my thrift ‘wish list’ this fall, so I was thrilled to find this one for less than the cost of my typical Starbucks order. I wore it to work once so far with sparkly flats (click here for my snazzy look). I also plan to pair it with tights and knee-high boots for the rest of the winter.

Have you had any super thrifting winners over the past few months?

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