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November Thrift Haul

28 Nov

November was a fantastic thrifting month for me and I had surprisingly great luck finding some awesome brands. I ended up thrifting three different times throughout the month at three different stores — 2nd Avenue, Savers and Goodwill.

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

Let’s check out my thrifting scores!

Lilly Pulitzer “Treena” Hotty Pink Sailors Valentine Maxi Dress, medium, $16.99

This is the second time I found a Lilly Pulitzer dress at my favorite thrift store, so I must have some extra preppy luck going on! When I first saw this maxi dress was a size medium, I figured it wouldn’t fit…but I stuck it in my cart anyways because I just couldn’t leave brand-new Lilly on the racks. I decided to try it on anyways and was surprised that it actually fit and looks awfully cute:

I did a little internet research and found that this maxi dress was sold in 2012 for either $128 or $148. It doesn’t seem to have ever been worn and even still has the branded hanging loops inside the dress. Super weird that this person bought this gorgeous dress in 2012, let it sit in their closet for 5 years and then just donated it. I feel like I say this every month though… so these people are certainly out there! I’m going to pack this dress away for next summer, but I can see me wearing it with a solid colored sweater and maybe even a belt to make the top a little more blousy and then cinched at the waist.

Vera Wang Lavender “Leni” Bow Sandals, size 8, $26.99

These sandals were in the ‘fancy’ section of my thrift store, so I expected them to be priced a little higher. Sure, $27 is super high for thrifted shoes… but these have never been worn (no wear on the bottom) and they were originally sold at Nordstrom in 2012 for $158. Maybe my friend who donated the 2012 dress also bought these at the same time? I like these sandals a lot because they have an ankle strap (with a zipper in the back) and a super short wedge heel. These will be great with both pants and dresses for work and I wish I had found them a month ago. As it is, they will be packed away for next spring. I actually kind of love doing my closet switch-over and finding these gems that I totally forgot about!

Chico’s Striped Ombre Open Cardigan, size 1, $12.00

I went to dinner with a girlfriend and I could literally see a Goodwill across the parking lot when I left to get in my car, so I had to make a quick stop. I typically don’t stop at the Goodwill in Columbia because the prices are ridiculous and as I went through the store it reminded me once again that they mark things way too high. They do have a ‘boutique’ area, which was almost laughable because it was filled with Old Navy, Target brands and Loft items. Not that there is anything wrong with those brands… but they are not boutique and should have boutique prices!

I found this pretty linen and rayon Chico’s sweater on the regular racks, but totally got burned because it had the boutique pricing written on the inside tag. Oh and Chico’s sizing is super weird. They are sized from 000 to 4, which covers all normal sizes of 0 to 18. So, in Chico-land a 1 is actually an 8 or a medium. I checked thier website and it looks like similar styles go for $100. I really like the fit and color scheme on this cardigan and have really been wearing the crap out of all my striped sweaters lately, so I figured I’d add this to my collection. It’s a bit longer than my other sweaters, so it will be nice paired with some of my slimmer work pants for extra butt coverage.

Eileen Fisher Wool Open Cardigan, XL, $4

I have such a weakness for the Eileen Fisher brand because the items are so incredibly made (many in the US) and they use sustainable practices and materials. This beautiful wool sweater was marked at $8, but it was 50% off on clothes day at the local Savers. An almost identical sweater is on the Eileen Fisher website for $278, so I’m pretty happy with my $4 purchase. I usually shy away from wool because it makes me too hot, but this sweater is super thin and has an open front… so hopefully it will be the perfect layer for winter weather. I especially love this pretty berry color!

Eileen Fisher Silk and Cotton Blend Jacket, XL, $4

I lightened this picture up so you can see the details in it. I’m not really sure whether to call this a sweater or a knit jacket… it’s 80% silk and 20% cotton, so it feels like a sweater. But it has a zipper, zipped pockets and kind of is in the shape of a bomber jacket. Either way, it was $8 on sale for $4 and I really liked it over my t-shirt. I tried to find similar items to compare this to, and the closest I can find is a casual moto jacket on the Eileen Fisher website for $378. I was pretty unsure about how much wear I’d get out of this, but for the price I figured it was worth a try. I plan on wearing this over a casual t-shirt with jeans and a lightweight scarf.

Button Front Skirt, L, $2.75

This pretty cotton skirt is a lightweight cotton and midi length. I get a lot of wear out of my lightweight skirts for both work and weekends, and this one fit well… so I figured for less than $3 I’d add it to my collection. It still had the price tag ($40) and extra buttons attached, so this was another one of those buy and donate pieces.

Estimated Store Price Total: $1,042
November Thrifting Total: $66.75

I added up the estimated store prices based on my google-research for each item and it came to $1,042! OVER A THOUSAND DOLLARS! I saved over 93% on those prices by spending some time at the thrift store. If you haven’t gone thrifting lately, try it!

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

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October Thrift Haul

26 Oct

I almost thought I wasn’t going to have one of these thrifting posts for this month because life was super busy and I didn’t have an opportunity to visit my favorite thrift store. But then I realized that there were two Savers locations around my Monday lunch plans and I suddenly found the time to stop in! It helps that I had taken the day off as a personal day…

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

I’ve never been to a Savers before, so I was excited to stop by two of them. On Monday they were also having a special Customer Appreciation sale with an added percentage off, so that’s pretty great! On my first Savers stop, I spotted a bunch of good brands, including a Vince sweater for just $3.99 (they usually run $350 – 450 new).

I also saw those Joules brand rain boots, which I immediately grabbed and ran to try on. They are super similar to this pair on the Joules website. I WANTED to love them – I mean they have my nickname AND polka dots on them – but they fit really weird. There was some kind of bagging situation happening around the ankles and I had to leave them for someone else to enjoy. It hurt a little though…

At this stop I did end up buying one item:

Loft Striped Open Cardigan, medium, $11.99 marked down to $8.99

It doesn’t seem like this sweater was even worn, because there are no signs of pilling at all. I love the camel/grey stripes and that the weave at the bottom is a little more textured:

At the store, I put this on with my t-shirt and jeans and I like how it kind of dresses up an easy weekend outfit. {I actually wore this sweater today and I’m in love with it! You can see it here}

After I had lunch with a girlfriend, I hit up a second Savers on my way home. I had even more luck at the second location and brought home two more items:

Athleta Heat Zone Half Zip, large, $9.99 marked down to $7.49

I did a little digging and this is the Athleta Heat Zone Half Zip that was originally sold last winter for $108. Once again, it doesn’t seem like this was worn at all before it was donated. Perhaps it was a Christmas gift that someone didn’t like? While I typically prefer full-zip hoodies, this will be great for outdoor activities and running for the fall/early winter. I love that it has thumb-holes and also a side pocket with a headphones hole so I can zip my phone away. I’m going to be doing the Across the Bay 10k in a couple weeks and this will probably be perfect for that race.

Talbots Linen/Silk Sweater, 3XP, $7.99 marked down to $5.99

Here’s yet another example of why you should totally ignore size tags. Just in today’s post I have a medium, a large and a 3XP… I love a nice, oversized sweater and this one is a super pretty heathered blue/gray weave. I like the rolled ¾ sleeves and the v-neck, so why should it matter what size it says on the tag? It’s actually the perfect oversized fit to do a cute little half-tuck into jeans, so I’m calling it a total win!

This would have been the end of my October thrifting post, but I stopped at a Goodwill on my way home from this morning’s doctor’s appointment…

Talbots Pima Cotton & Cashmere Sweater, 3X, $8

I usually stay away from cashmere sweaters because they make me too hot, but this one is a super soft mix of 85% pima cotton and 15% cashmere. It is super lightweight and very, very soft… so I know I will throw it on a bunch this fall/winter/spring for both work and weekends. Once again, this has no signs of wear AND it’s a 3x again. To be honest, this sweater would have looked totally fine in a medium, large, XL, or bigger… it just depends on how swooshy you like the fit. And if you don’t believe me, here it is on me in a quick dressing room picture:

It’s nice and oversized and comfy, but with a little half-tuck you’d have no idea it’s actually 4 or more sizes “too big” on me. So yeah, ignore sizes when thrifting!

October Thrifting Total: $30.50

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

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September Thrift Haul

21 Sep

I love doing these monthly thrift haul posts, because you never know what treasures you will find! I was super picky about my September thrifting choices and ended up with a few items that I know I will wear time and time again.

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

Joan Vass cardigan, $5

I wasn’t familiar with the brand Joan Vass, but when I ran my hand across the sweater rack I noticed how well made this sweater felt. It looks like Joan Vass is a brand known for their knit sweaters and is typically sold at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and the Joan Vass Online Boutique. I wasn’t able to find this exact open front cardigan, but a very similar one has a price of $195. It’s just a simple, well-made black cardigan… so I’ll be throwing it on with tons of outfit all year-round!

Toms Slip On shoes, $7

I wear Toms slip-on shoes most of the year (except for Winter where I’m all boots, all the time), and I love them. This pair was in perfect, unworn condition for $7, so I just couldn’t leave them behind. Typical price for canvas Toms is $55 on the Toms website or at Nordstrom, or for $40 at Nordstrom Rack when you can find them. I’ve already worn them a few time and they are just as comfortable as any of my full-priced pairs… maybe more so, because BARGAIN!

Ana Striped Sweater, $7

The Ana brand isn’t anything fancy (the company is owned by JC Penny), but this oversized striped sweater is exactly what I like to live in on weekends. It’s just so comfy and drapes well, so I was happy to add it to my closet for $7.

Oliphant Mandarin Collar blouse, $8

Sometimes I just don’t understand people. I saw this shirt hanging with a ton of super ugly prints and immediately snapped it up and crossed my fingers that it would fit me. I didn’t recognize the brand, but I know quality when I see it. After I brought it home, I did some google sleuthing and found that it is a hand block-printed fabric designed and made by a small brand in Connecticut. They even have this exact $89 blouse on their current Lookbook (the third photo).

So, tell me who this person is that bought this gorgeous shirt for $89 and then immediately turned around and donated it?! I’d like to thank them…because it’s mine now! If you’d like to see how Oliphant Design hand block-prints their fabric, here is a cool video from their Instagram page.

Here is a close-up of the fabulous print on my shirt:

It is certainly a little busy, but I wore it yesterday with a couple buttons open at the collar, the sleeves rolled up and a black wrap skirt (you can see it here). I think it tones the pattern down just a bit and looks nice and professional for a workday.

September Thrifting Total: $27

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

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August Thrift Haul

21 Aug

In case you haven’t noticed, I love thrifting. It’s a game for me and I love the thrill of the hunt to search though a pile of over-worn crap to find the diamond in the rough. I don’t really need anything in particular; I just like to get some stress relief by browsing through and finding gems. With that in mind, August was a bountiful month for thrifting!

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

Thrifted to Flip:
Matt and Nat Japanese Paper Hobo in purple – $5.00

When I spotted this Matt and Nat handbag in a sea of purses, I recognized it. I have NO IDEA why I remembered the brand (I think it might have been from a work trip to Savannah), but dollar signs flashed in my eyes. Matt and Nat is known for their ‘vegan leather’ handbags and this one is the Japanese Paper Hobo in purple with a retail value of $250. It’s in perfect condition inside and out… I mean it doesn’t even look like it’s been used once! My plan was to scoop it up and then list it on eBay. A similar bag in brown just sold for $25 + $5 shipping and other Matt and Nat purses have sold on eBay between $40 – 100. A part of me kind of wants to keep it because it’s super cute and I love the zipper detail around the flap, but I’m going to be strong and list it ASAP. Unless one of you wants to buy it, then leave me a comment and I’ll give you a deal.

A Thrifting  Oops:
Land’s End Swim Suit Cover Up/Button Up Tunic/Dress – $4.99

I’m pretty sure what I have is exactly this, but in a different pattern. It originally sold at Land’s End for $59. I think I got a little too excited that this shirt actually fit (button up shirts typically don’t fit me because I’m busty) and looked kinda cute tucked into a skirt. When I got it home and tried it on again… It wasn’t as cute. Let’s just chalk this one up to a $5 mistake. This one will also be hitting the eBay listings.

Mine, All Mine:
Talbots Linen sweater – $10.99

I’m not actually a big sweater person, but really liked the color and lightness of this one. For thrifted, $11 is actually pretty expensive and I kind of wish I had been able to pick this up on half-off day. Still though, it is in perfect condition and still had the Talbots tags on it (it’s this one for $79)… so I can’t really complain. I’m not sure if this will be more of a wear-to-work sweater or a weekend topper with jeans, so I guess we will see in a couple months when the weather cools down.

NYDJ Je T’Aime Knit Top – $7.99

I actually consider this a lightweight sweater, but on the Nordstrom website (from May 2015) it’s considered a knit top and the NYDJ website (for $78) calls it a sweatshirt. Any which way, I like it. The black writing has a little bit of sparkle to it and the sleeves are ¾ length, which are great for me since I’m always hot. The style is a little too casual for work – even with a skirt – so I can see me wearing this sweater/shirt/sweatshirt/thing  a lot on the weekends from Fall to Spring. For a casual weekend outfit, I paired it with a pair of greyish black skinny jeans and booties.

Huarache sandals – $7.99

I’m pretty sure that these Huarache sandals are from the 80’s or 90’s, but they have obviously never been worn because the soles are untouched. They actually look almost identical to a pair I recently saw at the J.Crew Factory Outlet (original price $89.50, on sale for $59.99), so I’m pretty happy I decided to grab them. I already wore them a couple times on weekends and last week I paired them with a linen A-line skirt, blouse and sweater for a work-appropriate preppy-ish look.

Cable & Gauge Cardigan – $5.99

I have another Cable & Gauge cardigan from Nordstrom Rack in black that I wear quite often, so when I saw this identical sweater in grey for $6 I figured I should snap it up. Typically I find this brand at Rack for around $20. I like this brand’s sweaters because unlike other brands they very rarely pill up and keep their shape through dozens of washings. I’ve already worn this sweater to work three times this month and think I will definitely be getting my money’s worth out of it.

Michael Stars ¾ Sleeve Crew Neck Tee, $4.99
Jersey animal print skirt, $4.89

Normally the whole ‘one size fits all’ thing doesn’t work for me, or my boobs, but when I saw this simple Michael Star’s black sweater/tee on the rack I just had to give it a try. It fit perfectly and the fabric has a little bit of that sheen that Michael Stars is known for. This same shirt is currently being sold on the Michael Stars website for $58. The skirt is just a little no-name jersey skirt, but I really liked the darker abstract animal print fabric. I can see me wearing this now while it’s hot, or adding tights and a long sleeved shirt for winter. At just $5, it was worth picking up. As an added bonus, they look nice together and the outfit was less than $10!

Lilly Pulitzer Oh Buoy Wrap Dress, $5

Did you know that last Thursday was National Thrift Day? Well, I decided to pop by one of my favorite thrift stores and found out that they were celebrating with 50% off ALL items (except those with yellow tags). This Lilly Pulitzer dress was marked at just $9.99, so I snagged it for just $5. FIVE DOLLARS! I did some googling and it seems like it might be from the summer 2012 collection. You can see a close up of the “Oh Buoy” fabric here in my Instagram post. The dress is in pretty good shape, but there is definitely a little wear showing on the fabric. It’s not quite pilling yet, but has that whitish cast of a fabric that has been washed a few times. It fits great though and was FIVE DOLLARS so I figure I can get a few wears out of it. I might even try using my fabric shaver on it to see if it improves the look at all.

Rag & Bone Tee, $4
Aerosoles Dolled Up Heels in Animal Print, $4

I usually don’t bother checking the t-shirt section, but as I was pawing through a few on my way down an aisle I saw the tag and came to a complete stop. Rag & Bone is one of those pricey brands that I can’t/won’t afford, but the shirt was a medium and I’m typically a large. The tee was a pretty heathered gray and supersoft, so I gave it a try and it fit. It was a yellow tag, so I had to pay the ‘full price’ of $4… but considering that they sell this shirt, called The Vee, on their website for $85… well, I’ll be okay with that! I already wore it over the weekend and didn’t want to take it off.

I have to confess, I do have quite the weakness for animal print shoes. I’ve tried animal print heels a few times over the years, but each time they were so uncomfortable I couldn’t wear them. I had a pair from Target that were *almost* comfortable, until I wore them out of the house and had to walk into a restaurant. It was like they were trying to KILL my feet. Anyways, when I saw these with their high heels I figured that they would be like all the others and cause pain. However, they are by Aerosoles, which is a brand known for comfort… so I tried them on. And wore them around the store for like an hour. I can totally see why the “Dolled Up” pumps have 4.4 out of 5 stars on the Aerosoles website, they are actually comfortable (original price $79, on sale for $40). They were half off for just $4, so I figured I’d give them a try!

Liz Claiborne Geometric Faux Wrap dress, $12.99

Okay, this one wasn’t a super-steal, but the dress fit so well that I couldn’t leave it behind.I forgot that yellow tags were full-price and when they told me at the checkout that it wasn’t on sale I set it down for a minute and then picked it right back up. This is just one of those classic work dresses that never wrinkles and looks great with a blazer, so I decided to bite the bullet and I spent a whole $13 on it. I wore it over the weekend to a work event with a blazer and strappy wedges (you can see here).

August Thrifting Breakdown:

To Resell on eBay or Poshmark:
Purse cost $8, expected to sell for $30-40
Land’s End cover-up cost $5, expected to sell for $15-20
(If you want either of these, let me know and I’ll give you a discount)

To Keep for Myself: $69
The most expensive item was the $13 geometric faux wrap dress, but I spent less than $7 an item for 10 items. Not too shabby, especially since I’m planning to list the resell items on eBay this week!

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

 

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