Nifty Thrifty

1 Nov

For some reason, when we returned from our Labor Day trip to North Carolina, I had the wild hair to go to the thrift store and found some great deals. I kept forgetting to take pictures until last night. Here for your viewing pleasure:

2 pairs of pants, 2 skirts, a dress plus a couple of Christmas decorations = $40.

I wore this to my cousin’s wedding at the beginning of October with a black sequined sleeveless shirt, a 3/4 sleeve sweater that matched the blue/purple color, black tights and black boots.

This I wore to my sister-in-law’s baby shower with brown leggings, brown boots and a brown belt.

These pants are from J. Crew and are my best find of all. They fit me well, they’re comfy and they’re very fall-y.

I also really like these jeans from Banana Republic. They’re wide leg so very roomy and comfy. The only drawback is that they’re a size bigger than I would normally buy so I have to wash them often or else they’re a little too big.

I didn’t take an individual pic of the gray skirt but it’s from Old Navy and hits right above the knee. Nice and modest for work (and who am I kidding, I feel exposed with anything shorter that I wear without tights… I’m getting so old and stuffy!) The dress and other skirt were no-name brands.

Unfortunately, I don’t really have any trick or tips to finding good deals. Except maybe find a thrift or discount store that consistently has good stuff? That’s been my secret. Also, be prepared to comb the racks. Patience is golden.

And my latest find…

Skinny jeans. (worn with a top I also found at the thrift store)

I wore them to work today with my calf-high brown boots – on the outside! First time I’ve ever been able to do that. I don’t feel quite as poser-ish as I had initially thought I would. But I do feel slightly poser-ish. I think, for me, it’s because I would never have bought skinny jeans, except that they practically allow me to tuck my jeans into my boots. Not that I have anything against them – clearly. I’m just not a person who really wears trends unless I really like them. I do like these jeans though – they’re like 18% spandex so they’re very comfy. And good to have for holiday season. 🙂

Do you shop at thrift stores? What’s the best thing you’ve found?

2 Responses to “Nifty Thrifty”

  1. Lisa November 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    I never thought I would like or wear skinny jeans until I bought a pair. Now they are my favorite with tall boots. Though my “tall” boots only come to just below my knee. We don’t have many thrift stores nearby, but I do spend time patiently combing the racks at the outlets when I need something. I honestly don’t shop much now because the cows aren’t too picky about what I wear. 😉

  2. Brenda Visser November 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    I LOVE thrift stores! I have found oodles of good things for my family, often with the original new tags still on them, which is great ’cause I get to see the original price! The most amazing thing I saw was this summer was a beautiful short-ish skirt of a soft wool. It was made in France and was $329.00 originally going for $3.00… too bad it didn’t fit anyone! My daughter found a super nice, maybe never worn winter dress coat last year… that’s why thrift store shopping can be addictive- you never know what you’ll find!

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