I haven’t been thrifting in so long it’s disgraceful. I think the last time I went was in December during Christmas! I have this week off so I decided to go to my favorite Boston Goodwill on Huntington Ave.
I have to preface this post with the fact that I consider myself to be really really good at finding the items I find online (wish I could put that on my resume). It takes some searching but I can almost always find the exact item to know how much it retailed for. I could barely find anything from this haul online, so almost every price is from a similar item.
I went to the Outlet first and didn’t find much, but I did pick up a brand new Banana Republic sweater with the tags still attached. I got it for $1.75 and it probably retails for $70.
As well as a super random LSAT test that I decided to buy just for kicks. The Boyfriend actually started doing it until he realized there wasn’t an answer key with it.
Then I went to the actual store where I met a very nice lady named Natasha and we chatted in Russian for a bit. Here are the things I found:
Michael Kors Tunic, my price $4.99, retail price (probably) $80-$100
Banana Republic Top, my price $4.99, retail price $60
Maeve (Anthropologie) Gathered Together dress, my price $6.99, retail price $118
This dress is actually a size 0, which I am not. If you would like to exchange something for it I would be totally open to that!
J Crew Favorite Fit Boot Cut Cords, my price $5.99, retail price $90
These are going to become skinnys in my next DIY tutorial!
J Crew Top, my price $4.99, retail price $50
Isn’t that tie so adorable and unique?
Cynthia Rowley Linen Dress, my price $6.99, retail price $100
Diane von Furstenberg Courtney Top, my price $4.99, retail price $198
It has a slight rip in the back. Guess what, IDGAF it’s DVF.
J Crew Linen Top, my price $4.99, retail price $80
Rock and Republic Blazer, my price $6.99, retail price $80
Mossimo Top, my price $4.99, retail price $20 (for bumming around)
My total price: $58.75
Total retail price: $946
Percent savings: 93.7%
It feels so good to be thrifting again!!!!!
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Here’s the guest post I did. Enjoy!
DIY Teacup Candles
Candles are a beautiful gift for the holidays, especially when homemade. This DIY instruction will show you how to make very pretty (and very cheap!) teacup candles from materials found at thrift stores.
You will need:
- Two pots and water (two make a double boiler)
- Wooden skewers/pens/chopsticks
Step 1. Gather your materials
I went to a Goodwill store in Boston where I found all of my materials. This particular store had a whole section devoted to donated candles, so I gathered up many different ones. I would definitely recommend picking up any tapered ones or ones with long wicks that you could use for your project. This way you don’t have to make your own wicks, which can be quite a process. I spent $4 on all of my candles.
Any old teacups will work. I picked out different styles of teacups but if you found a whole set you could have all matching candles. None of mine came with saucers, but keep the saucer in mind as it could be a cute addition to the candle! I bought 10 teacups for about $6.
NOTE: You have to melt the wax, so one of your pots will have wax directly in it. If you don’t want this, consider picking up a cheap pot at the thrift store to use instead.
Step 2. Melt the wax
I pulled the wicks out of my long tapered candles to use for the teacup candles. You can also pull them out after the wax has melted, but then you would have to let them dry. Set up your double boiler by putting about 2 inches of water in one pot and nesting a slightly smaller pot inside. You can search online for a better description if you need it, but you’re essentially setting up the pots like you would to melt chocolate. My wax melted within 10 minutes.
Step 3. Set up your teacups
While the wax is melting, set up your teacups with their wicks. Lay a pen or a skewer across the top of your teacup. Then take the wicks you pulled out of the tapered candles and measure so that the wick just touches the bottom of the teacup. I would do a rough cut of the wick at that point, and then I would wrap it around the pen to make a candy cane shape and hold it in place. You could also use tape or ‘trap’ it in between two taped together chopsticks…it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s centered!
Step 4. Pour in the wax
When the wax is melted, pour it slowly into your teacups. I would definitely suggest putting down some sort of old towel under the pot in case some wax spills. Fill it up leaving a little space before the edge of the teacup. Also keep the height of your wick in mind…you don’t want it to be too short and drown in the wax! Also, feel free to adjust the wick at this point before the wax hardens.
Step 5. Let the wax harden/trim wicks
I made my candles at night and the next morning they were beautiful and hard! This also explains the difference in lighting in my pictures. One thing to keep in mind is that for some reason that I don’t understand, you will almost inevitably end up with a slight depression in the middle of your candle. They don’t bother me, but if you want the surface of your wax to be smooth you should pour more melted wax in and let it harden again. At this point you should also trim the wick. There’s not a real science to it, just don’t trim them way too short or leave them way too long.
Step 6. Enjoy!
You just made beautiful, easy, and cheap, homemade gifts at $1 a piece! Spread the holiday love and share them with your friends and family!
Nifty Thrifty Lesson on Wish Lists
I bet every thrifter has one of these, whether in her head or written down. It’s essentially a list of things that you hope to stumble upon someday for a GREAT price. Of course you could probably go out and simply buy all of these things retail, but it’s the hunt of the perfect item at the perfect price that is so exhilarating! I adore that feeling when you see something that’s on your wish list, walk calmly (or not) over to it, and have that THIS IS IT! moment.
Here are my key elements of a wish list:
- Instead of a shopping list, which can leave you frustrated when you don’t find everything on it in one go, a wish list stays with you as you check things off over the years.
- Let your wish list be as specific as you want.
- Expect and accept that your wish list may take your entire life to complete.
- DO NOT SETTLE. Be as picky as you possibly want.
- Usually I keep clothing off of my wish list and instead go in with the attitude to try on whatever catches my eye.
I keep my wish list in my head and have actually never written it down, but I’ll share it with you, and it would be fun for others to share their wish lists in the comments!
My Thrifting Wish List
peeling yellow or turquoise antique hutch
vintage brass birdcage
vintage chemistry supplies
vintage anatomy poster (especially in different language)
old wire baskets
vintage turquoise typewriter
lobster trap table
vintage dress form (although…I left it in LA as it didn’t fit in the van…)
vintage Russian books
glass flower frog
What’s on your thrifting wish list?
When I found out we were moving to Boston one of the first things I did was look into thrift stores in the area. Some of them are actual thrift stores, some are more vintage shops and probably will be more expensive. Here is my list:
Goodwill/Goodwill Outlet on Harrison √
Boomerangs in Central Square / Jamaica Plain
Boomerangs Special Edition √
Urban Renewals in Brighton (I’m especially looking forward to this one)
Goodwill on Comm Ave
Goodwill in Jamaica Plain (suggested to me specifically)
Bobby from Boston (men’s stuff but I want to see it)
I’ve visited a few of them since moving here. So far I’m in love with the Goodwill Outlet. You just can’t beat the ‘every article of clothing is $1.75’ rule. The Goodwill Store on Harrison is also great, large, and very clean. Boomerangs Special Edition is way out of my price range but has some absolutely gorgeous pieces from top designers like D&G, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, etc.
Sooo any others I should be visiting? Unfortunately they have to be easily accessible by public transportation. I’m still getting used to not having a car.
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No, I didn’t spend that much…I spent $91 on what would have cost that much! I recently got a job (yayy) at a local very tasty Zagat rated restaurant called Masa as a hostess/maitre d’ (that sounds nicer…) and I have to look nice so I went shopping for some clothes at Goodwill in Boston. It’s HUGE and recently redone so it’s gorgeous and really well stocked and organized. I have a cold and look gross so all my finds are displayed on hangers today.
Jones New York Dress – similar
Retail Price – $139
Goodwill Price – $7
H&M Dress (I don’t usually buy H&M/F21 etc. thrifted because they’re fairly cheap quality but these were new with tags)
Retail Price – $35
Goodwill Price – $7
Retail Price – $35
Goodwill Price – $7
Maeve Spring-Ready Dress (Anthropologie brand)
Retail Price – $98 (according to here)
Goodwill Price – $7
Max and Cleo Dress
Retail Price – $108 (according to here along with a much better picture)
Goodwill Price – $9
Banana Republic Dress – the lighting is so bad…it’s actually a beautiful navy color
Retail Price – $140 (similar here)
Goodwill Price – $7
Banana Republic Top – 100% silk, cannot find it online
Retail Price – $70 (similar-ish here)
Goodwill Price – $4
The North Face Denali Jacket – for James
Retail Price – $180 (similar-ish here)
Goodwill Price – $25
Calvin Klein Baylor shoes in Pewter Snakeskin
Retail Price – $88 (here)
Goodwill Price – $8
Jessica Simpson boots
Retail Price – $159 (similar here)
Goodwill Price – $7
The Boyfriend and I have made it all the way to Vermont (YAY!) and we DID get to go thrifting. We stayed in Ann Arbor for a night and the next day we went to two really cool thrift stores. The first one was called ReUse Center and it had EVERYTHING for sooo cheap.
At first James wandered around like he usually does, but then I showed him where the books were and he sat down and went through them for a long time. He’s really into classics and found soo many books to add to his growing collection.
The store is massive and incredibly cheap. It has everything you could ever think of, and the prices are simple…
If you go to a re-use type store, prices can seem tricky to find. You have to look on walls and on cabinets sometimes:
We ended up with these treasures for $7. James got his classics, and I got some Russian books as well as some books on sign language. Can you tell we love languages?
but we didn’t have much space in the van, so we came away with books again. These were so cheap also, only 50 cents a piece.
All in all it was really fun and we got some great deals!
I haven’t done one of these in a very long time! Here is an under $50 outfit
Top: J.Crew from Goodwill for $2.99, retails for $100
Shorts: Club Monaco from Crossroads Trading Co. for $9, retail for $80
Shoes: Marc Fisher from Crossroads Trading Co. for $18 (splurge…), retail for $70
Bag: Nordstroms from Goodwill for $10, (vintage), retails for $45
Bracelet: Goodwill for $2.99, (vintage), possibly retails for $10
Earrings: on sale at Sway for $5
Belt: Merona from Goodwill for $1.99, retails for $20
Outfit retail cost: $330
My cost: $50
I went out to Echo Park today after The Boyfriend’s wonderful mother informed me of some sidewalk sales happening at vintage shops. We went to two, Flounce Vintage and Tavin Boutique, that are right next door to each other. Flounce had $1, $5, and $10 boxes outside, but most of it was ripped or stained vintage shirts or gross polyester things. Tavin had some racks outside with really cool stuff!
Along with Jeffrey Campbells and some other really cool shoes for super cheap. None of them were in my size, which is probably a good thing, but it was so cool to see so many designer shoes in a BUCKET on the side of the road.
We looked through the racks and I found this Diesel trench on sale for $10
This Diane von Furstenberg shirt for $10
And these Current/Elliot pants for $10. They were a size 0, otherwise I would have bought them for myself for sure! They retail for probably $150 or so
Yesterday I went to Goodwill in Eagle Rock and found a lot of great labels…Laundry by Shelli Segal, BCBGMaxAzria, ella moss, Velvet, Michael Kors…it was a good day too. I also found these two fabulous dresses, one by Cache with the $319 tag still on, and the other a wedding dress by Tadashi.
Have a good thrifting weekend so far? let me know!