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Let’s Talk About Thrifting

11 Nov

I’ve shared a lot about thrifting here on my blog and on my Instagram account, but I don’t think I’ve ever talked much about WHY I thrift.

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

I thrift for many reasons. I very much enjoy finding high-end items for a fraction of their cost. I love trying new things without dropping a bunch of money on something that may not be a winner for me.

I consider it a hobby of mine and enjoy the ‘thrill of the hunt’ of scouring the racks to find that one item that rocks my world. It’s my personal time when I’m not taking care of anyone else… just me.

I’ve become quite a snob about quality and would much rather find a piece or two that will last and last, rather than buying yet another $5 t-shirt at a cheapo store that will be trash by the end of the season.

It’s also about decreasing landfill waste for me. To be able to save something that has been discarded and give it a new life is awesome. I love to buy something that has been created, worn, and discarded… instead of going for something new that would take more water, more chemicals, and add to the carbon footprint.

I still shop in regular stores, but over the years I’ve found myself buying new less and less.

And this is why I share my thrift hauls. To show those of you who haven’t tried thrifting yet that you can find some super awesome amazing items at the thrift store.

So, go pop some tags like Macklemore and share your thrift scores too! Tell everyone you paid $7 for that dress (with pockets, of course) and make sure to tag me at @pocketfulofjoules so I can oooh and aaahhh over them.

{Warning: this is the original version — not the clean one — so there are bad words}

Do you thrift? Why or why not?

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October Thrift Haul

28 Oct

I spent the first weekend of October at my friend Lindsey’s house, so we made sure to take some time to visit some new-to-us thrift and consignment shops. I think we visited 3 or 4 shops within two days? And I found some fabulous scores for fall!

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

Bird and bowl canvas, original price $80, paid $16.50

Do I need another canvas for my house…? Probably not. But when I see something I immediately love, I buy it and figure out where it will fit in later! This cute little bird canvas still has the original $80 tag on the back and I paid $16.50. It found a home on one of my kitchen wall pretty much as soon as I got home.

Lucky Brand perforated black booties, $17.50

I love Lucky Brand booties and have a brown pair from a couple years ago that I have worn time and time again. This black perforated pair are super soft with the same low heel I like on my brown pair. Similar boots sell on the Lucky website for around $120, so to score these for less than $20 is pretty fabulous. I’ve already worn these a few times and plan to wear them many more times this fall and winter.

Loft blue slub cardigan, $15

I love a slouchy oversized cardigan and this one has fun floppy sleeves. I pretty much wear this type of cardigan over a t-shirt every weekend, so this will get plenty of wear. I like the nubby fabric and this might even look kind of fun over a long sleeve shirt with the sleeves poking out.

Soft Surroundings gray cardigan, $20

I keep finding Soft Surroundings lately! This super soft open cardigan was priced up at $20, but it is perfect for my daily get-home-and-immediately-change loungewear and/or for a top pajamas layer when I’m chilly. I’ve already worn it a half-dozen times and plan on wearing it out over the winter.

Chicos leopard cardigan, $7

I’ve been on quite an animal print kick lately, which I guess it good since all the style bloggers are saying animal print is “in” right now. I couldn’t resist this Chico’s cardigan for just $7. It is super lightweight and I think I’ll pair it with a solid dress to wear to work. I can also see it topping a graphic tee shirt and jeans for a cute weekend look.

Pottery Barn vase, original price $29, paid $12

Another item from the home section that I just couldn’t resist. Once again the original price was still on this for $29 and I bought it for $12. I already  bought a pretty spring of fake flowers and added it to my dresser.

90 Degrees striped zip-up, $15

I love stripes, so when I saw this zip-up hoodie with stripes AND thumbholes, I had to give it a try. It is a nice thick fabric which will make it a great layer for the colder weekends.

All in all, I had a pretty wonderful thrifting weekend. Basically ever single item I bought this month has already been put into rotation in my closet!

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

30 Sep

September was a super busy month for me, so wasn’t sure if I’d even have a chance to go thrifting at all. As it turns out, I was able to take a half-day at work last Friday to even out my hours from my work trip to Atlantic City… which means, THRIFTING TIME!

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

My Friday morning event was in Towson, so I figured I’d check out a Savers that was only 3 minutes away. I’m really glad I did, because it was HUGE and I found a couple fun items:

Soft Surroundings tank dress, $5.99

I’ve talked about Soft Surroundings before and how much I love the brand for loungewear. I’ve thrifted a couple shirts and a sweatshirt/wrap type thing in the past, but this is my first time finding a dress. I checked their website and similar dresses typically sell for a retail of $80.

My initial thought was that I’d chop it into a long tank top, but it’s actually really soft and comfy (and has POCKETS). You can kinda tell that I threw it on over my jeans and belt in the photo, but it’s not too clingy at all.  So now I’m thinking it might be a nice kinda nightgown type lounging thing for around the house? For $6 it’s worth a try and if I hate it…chop chop!

Lucky Brand top, $6

I love Lucky Brand and often when thrifting you can just *tell* which items are from that brand because they have a certain boho look. This top is super soft cotton and I like the orangy-red design. It fits great and will be cute for a Casual Friday work outfit or just to throw on with jeans over the weekend.

After I finished up at Savers, I still had plenty of time left before I had to get home, so I decided to drive out to my favorite thrift store: 2nd Avenue. I always find some amazing brands at 2nd Avenue (both the Laurel and Columbia locations), but their prices do tend to be a bit higher.

Here’s what I found there:

Eileen Fisher skirt, $6.99

I ALWAYS look for Eileen when I’m thrifting and often find an item or two each time I’m out. On this trip, I actually found two items – this skirt and also a long sleeved t-shirt that was too shrunken for me. I own a couple pairs of Eileen Fisher stretch crepe pants (basically the most wonderful and flattering work trousers in the world), so when my hand brushed over the fabric of this crepe skirt… I immediately recognized it.

The pants I love typically cost $168 and my best estimating has this skirt somewhere from $179 – $198. It’s in fantastic condition (and the stretch crepe basically looks new forever), so I just threw it in the wash and let it hang dry. Such a find!

Striped sweater, $11.99

I don’t know what brand this is because the logo basically looks like a scribble, but I love a good striped cardigan! I have a couple that are almost needing to be retired, so this one will go into my weekend rotation over graphic tee shirts. It looks white in this photo lighting — but in person it is a light tan and medium/dark gray. As I mentioned, this store tends to price some things a little high – this same sweater would probably be $6 at a Goodwill or Savers, but I love it and will get lots of wear out of it, so $12 is fine. (I’m already wearing it to work today!)

Loft dachshund sweater, $17.99

This cute sweater is new and still has the $59.95 tags on it from Loft. It’s a medium and I usually wear a large, but it fits great. It also has three buttons on either side for a looser fit, which I love. I did pay way up for this sweater at $18, but it’s brand-spanking-new and adorable so I’ll let it slide. I like this one with jeans, like in my try-on photo. I also have a pair of berry/burgundy colored pants that will look super cute with this. OH, and I have a pair of slim trousers with polka dots that will also look really cute with this sweater. I’m going to have lots of fun styling this!

As I mentioned last month, I have gotten super picky with my thrifting purchases. My closet is pretty great right now, so I don’t really have a lot of “needs” to be filled. However, I still love the thrill of the hunt! I did see a few name-brand items that I was considering buying to resell, but I left them behind for some other thrifter to enjoy.

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

5 Sep

August was not a great thrifting month for me.. .but not for lack of trying! I actually did make a few thrifting stops during the month, but walked away empty handed time and time again. I’m not sure if it is because I’m getting pickier or if there just wasn’t as much great stuff to pick from.

Actually… I do think it’s because I’m really happy with my current wardrobe so I’m getting super picky about any additions.

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

I ended thrifting two items this month:

Chico’s open cardigan, $9

First up is this pretty moss green open cardigan from Chicos. It still had the original tags on it and had never been worn, so I didn’t mind paying ‘up’ for it at $9 dollars. It’s super lightweight and I already wore it to work once:

Halogen sleeveless top, $5

On my last thrifting trip of the month, I ended up finding this pretty burgundy Halogen sleeveless top. Dressing room pic with Jack judging my outfit… Halogen is a Nordstrom brand and similar tops sell for around $60. This one has some pretty fall colors and sparkly thread running through the design. I’ll wear this one with a sweater and jeans for Casual Friday and probably tucked into a skirt for other workdays.

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

Like what you see? Share me with your friends!