Category Archives: shop/thrift/craft

Arc trip 5/19

I went shopping on 5/19 with my friend Kate at a local Arc Thrift Sore. Not only did we go on Saturday, when 4/6 tag colors are on sale, but a family member works there so we got 30% off the items whose tag colors were not on sale that day. Below are most of the itms I purchased and there exact sale price or an “-ish” price. The “-ish”s are because I keep puling tags of items that don’t need to be tailored and to do need to be washed when I get home because I get super excited to wear my new stuff¬† – I am working on this.

I want to point out an interesting aspect: accessories. For one, as I’m pursuing shoes, Kate mentions she never spends time in accessories here. I told her she’s missing out on a trove, and I was right. Usually I find a good belt or scarf or something, this trip I found a brand new pair of tights, four pairs of shoes, three belts for me and one belt that Kate fell in absolute love with, a purse I had to have, and and two ties for my boyfriend. She found a pair of boots and said she’s definitely going to spend more time in accessories from now on.

I have never had good luck in shoes at thrift stores – they are always so worn and finding the right size an be difficult. This time I got super lucky with this first pair pictured being in such great condition that they held half the pair at the front locked up so no one steals them!
See my scores below and, please, share some of your finds in the comments or feel free to ask for tips!Calvin Klein / like new / $10.50

Speed Limit 98 / used, good / $3.50

Charles David / like new / $4

Alfani / used, good / $3.50

Express Design Studio / like new / $7.50

Linda Allard Evan Tracey / like new / $5

Banana Republic / used, good / $5.60

Banana Republic / like new / $5-ish

Quinn / used, good / $5-ish

Willie Smith / used, good / $5-ish

June & Hudson / used, good / $5-ish

Express / used, good / $5-ish

Lov Culture / used, good / $5-ish

Faded Glory / used, good / $5-ish

no tag, no brand / used, worn / $5-ish

belts, unknown brands / used, good / $1-$3 ea

Alfa / NWT / $13.30

Not pictured:
Red tie with small yellow elephants – $2-ish
Light teal tie with white diamond-outline design – $3-ish
Maroon tights, NWT – $2-ish
Safari themed socks – $3-ish
Red water-resistant coat – $5-ish
Pink hat with flower detailing – $3-ish

Total shopping trip, tax included, $116
Deals found, easily 3x that value purchased today.


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Different Shops, Different Scores

I went thrift and consignment shopping the week before my birthday and got some great, new finds. I was so happy with my latest hauls, that I decided to share. Granted, this took time (especially the Arc listing and searching through Thredup’s huge online store) but I’m super excited about the consignment shop I found, I didn’t even know it existed ’til I took an aimless stroll on a small shopping street. Just goes to show, not only the aimless wander!

Arc Thrift Store
-Two pairs of Anne Taylor shorts, originally $40 ea (one pair, NWT)
-Three cami’s, one from Anne Taylor
-Four tops, the far right one is Jennifer Lopez brand

Total: $53


Thredup – Forever 21 cardigan / $8

Thredup – Froever 21 shorts / $4.78

Thredup – Staring at Stars pleather shorts (NWT) – $6.40

Local Consignment Shop – I think it was Banana Republic (but I forgot to look before I threw the tag out after this pic) silver blazer / $10

Local Consignment Shop – pink and yellow jeweled bracelet / $20

A couple of shops, around $100, and I got an enormous haul. I got super lucky with the shorts at the Arc, it’s really hard for me to find shorts that fit my waist and are long enough to avoid thigh-chafing. Most of the purpose for the Arc run was because I’ve grown out of my summer clothes, especially shorts, since my injury/weight gain, and never really restocked once I went through winter/fall.

I’m giving up on “I’ll get back down in a month, I can wait ’til then for a cute wardrobe. I’m sick of not feeling pretty because I’m wearing my bumming, slouchy, baggy, clothes and the road to running again has been a lot harder than I thought, and so is the weight loss. I will be thrifting for my current size, and when I slim down, maybe I’ll get lucky and the consignment shop will give me some store credit for what I’ve shrunk out of.

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Thrift Shop Queen

So, I got a new job (read more) and I needed to update my wardrobe. I needed some more professional clothes and clothes that fit me better (I still have pants from my freshman year of college when I didn’t know how to buy work-clothes that fit….)

I, being the budget friendly shopper that I am, am a hardcore thrifter. I have a mostly hand-me-down, thrift bought, pre-owned wardrobe and I am proud. I needed new clothes and set aside a few hours. Here’s the thing about thrifting: it is not a store. You don’t know what season the clothes are from or how things will “run” on you since size expectations change brand to brand and, in my opinion, season to season. I have a strategy; it’s not pretty but it works:

-Pants first: I go through the smallest two sizes I may fit in, even the one that has to run pretty big to fit, grab all the pairs I’m remotely interested in and hit the dressing room. I do the sit-test. If when I sit my bum, crotch, or stomach feel a strain, they’re a no.
-Dresses: What style do I need, grab my two sizes, hit the dressing room
-Shirts: I fit in small and medium, this trip I needed short or three-quarter sleeve shirts so I only hit those racks, then off to the dressing room.
-Back to pants: next two sizes up, repeat first step including sit test
-Last: blazers

After I decide that an item fits, I double check for stains or holes and determine if they can be fixed.

I know, you think “well yeah, you do that and how much do you walk away with”. I will tell you that if you are looking for a single specific item, you might not get it. A type of clothing – ie work pants- you’ll find a few. If, however, you are in my situation and need a whole new work wardrobe, with a little luck and a good three hours of intent shopping, you could be as fresh as this…

Please ignore the disaster that is my bed and my poor picture quality; focus on the spoils of war here: my new wardrobe for $122 including all of the following:

*Pictured Above* two lightweight, chic, work appropriate, versatile jackets

*Pictured Above, Left To Right* Anne Taylor navy sleeveless dress with large silver buttons for work, Ensign cream-white sweater dress sleeveless for work or play, H&M dress for play, purple lace scarf, pink and gold sheer scarf

*Pictured Above, Top to Bottom* Lucky Brand navy and white cotton three-quarter sleeved shirt, Lucky Brand navy and beige cotton short sleeved shirt, Mossimo black and beige sheer short sleeved shirt, Unknown purple-brown cotton and lace short sleeved shirt, H&M light blue two layer solid and sheer short sleeve shirt, Rock Couture gray and purple cotton short sleeved shirt, Unknown gray and purple and white silky material three quarter sleeved shirt.

*Pictured above* Black skirt-suit (easily my best find, $7 total for jacket and skirt)

*Pictured above* Gap pink pants, Banana Republic brown/gray pants, Banana Republic gray/light blue pants, Maurices brown pants

*not pictured* light-weight Unknown purple wool-like jacket and a pair of Unknown purple sunglasses

With four new pairs of pants and seven new shirts, I could make it through workweek without repeating an outfit, on top of which I have two jackets and one definitive work dress. I could easily make it a month with just this shopping trip.

 

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