December Thrift Haul

December was a pretty light month for thrifting because I spent all my shopping time buying gifts for the upcoming holiday. I did have two opportunities to go thrifting though and picked up a few items. I actually went thrifting a third time and found a few things, but the line I was standing in gave me road rage so I put my things back without purchasing them and left the store so I didn’t start ramming my cart into people. I’m going to chalk that move up to the good of ALL people. Merry Christmas!

Moving on… let’s see what I thrifted in December…

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

Talbots Blazer, size 10, $4.99 on sale for $2.50

I lightened up this picture a ton so you can see a bit of the textured detail in this blazer. To be honest, I didn’t really need another black blazer… but it was impossible to resist for $2.50. It’s a nice, heavier fabric that will work out well for winter. It is a super classic design from Talbots and similar styles on their website are $179. When I picked it up off the thrift rack, it was covered in dust and looked like someone had thrown it on the floor of the changing room. I actually stopped at the dry cleaner on my way home and dropped it off for a good clean. Ironically, it cost more to dry clean then to purchase!

Lucky Brand blouse, size XL, $5.99

This is my favorite thrift purchase of the month! I LOVE this blouse and I’ve already worn it a few times. Lucky Brand tops are my spirit animal and this one is so soft and pretty and just the right amount of blousy. So far, I’ve worn it with jeans and boots, but I’m also planning to pair it with my burgundy corduroys for a little more of a dressed-up look.

Dolce Vita metallic leather gladiator sandals, $10

When I was in NYC, I did a little thrifting and these sandals are the only things that came home with me. The metallic leather is so pretty and they fit perfect, so I’ll be putting these away until next summer. A similar style by the same brand sells for $90, but I frequently find Dolce Vita sandals at Nordstrom Rack for $30 – $60ish.

That’s it, just three items this month for a total of $18.50.

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

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November Thrift Haul

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

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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