This week’s Nifty Thrifty Lesson:
Shopping with Siblings (And, how to set up your dressing room)
First of all: woooo!
Second of all: today I asked my brother, David, if he’d like to go thrifting with me. I asked mostly as a joke, but to my immense surprise he said yes, so we set off to GW!
Excited to be thrifting on New Year’s Eve!
We walked in and it was hopping.
My brother, the glamour girl
He was clearly on the wrong track…….so I pointed him in the direction of the men’s stuff. He ended up finding his own way, and I found him picking through the shirts. So proud!
Goodwill was hopping! I flipped through the shirts but didn’t find anything. Then I went to the blazers and found three beautiful ones to try on. The dresses were next, and I pulled out a few.
I decided it might be a good idea to show people how I set up my dressing room when I’m thrifting. It’s really important to keep it all organized, especially when you have like 20 or 30 items. I always separate my items by type, so all shirts get hung up together, all dresses, etc.
Skirts / Dresses / Blazers / Bathing suit
After I try them on I then separate them into three piles:
1. Definitely: things that you try on and immediately say “I LOVE THIS”
2. Maybe: things that you keep on a little bit longer, swish back and forth in the mirror, maybe try it on more than once
3. No: things that you either can’t get on, are way too big, you hate, you immediately say YUCK to
The things I put into the maybe pile I sort through again once I’ve tried everything else on. I usually try them on again. It’s important to be selective! And there’s a reason they’re in the maybe pile. If I can think of about 3 outfits I could use them in, then I might buy them.
I didn’t think my brother was going to be able to find anything…but while I was looking at the dresses he came up to me with a grin wearing a beautiful camel colored wool blazer. It fit him like it was made for him! He was stoked. He also found a book called Stupid White Men. Here he is, sitting in a cute plaid chair
So, we were finished! David’s total came to $6…$5 for the blazer and the book was 50% off at just $1. We researched the brand when we got home Amherst and Brock. Looks like they tend to retail for quite a bit! I found some for sale for $75, which David couldn’t believe.
My total came to about $27. I bought a beautiful Calvin Klein dress for $15 and two blazers…one at $7 and one at $5. Pictures of my finds are coming soon! The CK dress I found…the tag was still on it, retailing for $235. Here’s a picture of it:
That’s my thrifting adventure of the day! Hope you had an equally enjoyable day.
Have an AMAZING New Year’s Eve!
I thrifted this dress by Ann Taylor Loft. It was fairly expensive for me…about $12. I decided it was a good investment though, so I got it. It would normally retail for around $80. And I was right! It’s been great. I’ve worn it on many occasions. I actually really like Ann Taylor stuff and I tend to pick it out when I’m shopping. And on this dress I especially like the flutter sleeves! So not constricting. Found anything great recently?
Nifty Thrifty Review
A reader suggested a great idea: review the thrift stores I go to. WILL DO! And here is the first one.
Neighborhood: Highland Park
5006 1/2 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Highland Park is a eclectic neighborhood in Los Angeles. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but it’s lovable. I have lived in the area for almost 4 years and never noticed this small place until this year. Today I found a parking spot right in front and so I went in.
Urchin is a vintage store, but I’m unsure if they are a consignment shop as well. Inside, the store is wonderfully organized with lots of politically charged art on the walls and something that sounded like Middle Eastern zydeco playing.
Outside the store was a $2 sale. You should always look for something like this at a vintage store. Sometimes it’s on a rack, sometimes it’s a box, but you can almost always count on a sale section like this one.
The clothing definitely has a vintage vibe. Most things look like they’re from the 70’s. If vintage stuff is your thing, this is your place. The prices are fairly expensive-shoes are around $17, dresses-$15, shirts-$12. I did find a pair of Chloe pants in the $2 section and several brand name items. I wasn’t planning on getting anything but then I came across this gem on sale from $13 to $9. Obviously $9 is pretty expensive for me so I would consider this a splurge because it’s not at all necessary or versatile or anything. (my camera is broken so excuse the bad quality iphone pics please)
I just couldn’t pass it up. I’m totally enamored with vintage sweatshirts. I used to own at least 20 that I would get from Value Village in Baltimore for $1 or $2 each. I got rid of pretty much all of them when I left for college, but this one is
hopefully starting a new collection.
So! There you have it. My first thrift store review. Urchin is adorable and funky but high on the price side with very vintage clothing. If it fits your clothing niche, it’ll be perfect for you.
I have done a few posts featuring items I’ve found at thrift stores, specifically Goodwill. Recently, quite a few girls have come up to me wearing their own finds and totally excited to show them off. I’m sure you’re all
dying to see more of me sick of my face, so I’m super happy to give you this post featuring three other amazing shoppers. I hope they inspire you to get your thrifting butt in gear! All of their outfits (which just so happen to be dresses) were found at different GWs on the west coast. Enjoy :)
Item: Dress by London Times
Her price: $8
Retail price: approximately $60
Found at: Glendale Goodwill in CA
I think that one of the great parts about this is that you can see how you can really develop your own style. These ladies are all very different from one another and you can see that reflected in the styles they found. I love that you can create a unique look by shopping at GW and other thrift stores. There’s nothing worse than walking around and seeing that you and a million other people have the same dress! That’s highly unlikely to happen when thrifting.
I got this beautiful wrap dress at Goodwill. The dress is by New York and Company, and retails for about $60. I got it for $4.99. Can I get a slow clap going or something??
I love wrap dresses. They’re flattering on any body type, and they’re great because they’re sort of ‘adjustable’ so if you gain a little weight it doesn’t show. I suggest you add some to your wardrobe if you don’t own any already.
One of my favorite topics to read about here on WordPress and on other sites is about people’s finds at Goodwill. I love seeing what they got and how much money they saved. It’s so inspiring! I found a super cool site called Amazing Goodwill that lists stories of finds. They’re all there in one place so I don’t have to surf around anymore! If you like seeing what people found or if you need some ideas of what to look for, this site is for you.
So a while ago I did a bit about the words splurge and invest (feel free to read it here) and today I invested in a dress. Ok, so ‘invest’ is actually relative because how much qualifies as an investment depends on you alone. For me, I really don’t ever spend more than $20 on an article of clothing. Anything above about $12 is an investment for me and I make sure that the purchase is really worth it. Therefore, I most likely would never buy a t-shirt of some sort for more than $10 (realistically probably not more than $5) but a great dress or jeans is worth the money.
SO! I went shopping with two lovely ladies a few days ago at Plato’s Closet. Several of you have mentioned that you find PC to be too young and that it’s difficult to find anything. I would probably agree with you. They tend to cater to the high school age shopper, but if you really search you can find some great clothing. You might only find one thing to even try on (like me on this particular trip), so you have to decide if it’s worth it for you.
Back to the dress…I only found one thing I wanted to try on, which was a beautiful dress from H&M for $16. I tried it on, fell in love, and then had the terrible decision to make…is it worth it? After having a quick fight with myself, I determined that yes, it was worth it and invested in it. The dress is great because I’ll be able to wear it to all kinds of events. In fact, Goodwill NY and NJ recently did a piece about the cost per wear of the clothes you buy. I recommend checking it out. Anyway, anyone else have a maximum amount they don’t like to go over? Let me know below!
This week’s nifty thrifty lesson:
I really don’t have a problem buying most things second hand, and bathing suits are no exception. Here are some tips for buying suits at Goodwill:
1.Find the suits-GW doesn’t carry too many suits usually, so just finding them can be difficult! I would recommend asking an associate to tell you where they are so that you don’t waste time wandering around.
2.Try them on-this is a rule with all clothing…try it on! It’s so important, especially with something like a bathing suit that really needs to fit correctly. An interesting point to keep in mind is that bathing suit material expands when wet, so buying a suit slightly small is actually ok. Also, wear your underwear while you try on the bottoms for sanitary reasons.
3.Check the condition-avoid suits that have pilling on the butt (from sitting on asphalt etc.) or are very bleached out because this indicates it will fall apart soon, make sure the elastic is intact, reject anything with stains, and unfortunately it’s difficult to tailor suits so don’t buy anything with rips or that needs to be altered.
4.Search for brands-just like you should with clothing, check the brands to make sure you’re getting high quality. Of course, the suits are very inexpensive so if you find a cute Old Navy suit and want it then get it. However, you should be aware that it won’t last as long as one by a company that specializes in suits or from a high quality brand that makes suits. Here are some good ones to look for:
- Victoria’s Secret,
- J. Crew,
- Body Glove,
- Ralph Lauren,
5. Wash it-when you buy anything from GW or another thrift store, I recommend washing before wearing (although even I don’t always follow that rule) but swimwear definitely requires a washing. Simply washing it with detergent and hot water is totally fine, although some people like to rinse it with vinegar as well. Just be sure to let the suit air dry because heat from the dryer will ruin it.
I can’t really believe I’m going to do this, but here we go…I found this J. Crew suit at the Goodwill in Eagle Rock, CA. It’s so adorable and fits really well, and I snatched it up so quick. The retail price is probably around $100 for both pieces, but I paid $6. Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.
Got some great stuff this weekend at the GW in South Burlington. I was shopping for the guest post that will be going up this week…and ended up with some things I really like! Check it out:
I’ll let you know when they put the post up (with more pictures). Found anything great recently? Leave a comment! I love seeing other people’s finds.