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November 10, 2011 at 12:48 PMComments: 6 Faves: 0

My Latest Finds

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

The time has come to share my latest thrift store purchases. I will have to say these are two of the best finds I’ve had…and all from one store, which is pretty amazing. Before I show you the pictures and break down the cost, I would like to share two tips with you because I learned them this past weekend.

Tip 1

Don’t be afraid to walk into the dressing room with 10 or more pieces of clothing. I am a person who does not like to look like I’m hoarding all the clothes at thrift stores. But, after this weekend I realized I shouldn’t worry about that. Especially once I saw many people trying on 10 or more. Sometimes it takes going trying on many, many clothes before you find the right ones for you. If you think it looks cute, take it from the rack and try it on.

Tip 2

If you are planning on grabbing a lot of clothing, make sure to grab a cart on your way in. I regret not getting one every time. On my way in, I will pass the carts and think “Oh I won’t need one of those.” Then, after I pile the 10th clothing item into my arms, I realize I should have grabbed one.

Now onto the purchases!

The first outfit I pieced together included dressy brown pants, purple heels, and a pink short-sleeved sweater.

Breaking it Down

Brown Dress Pants
Brand: Mossimo, from Target
Cost: $5.

Purple Heels
Brand: I believe they were from Target as well
Cost: $6

Pink Sweater
Brand: Ann Taylor
Cost: $3.29

This brings the outfit to be a total cost of…drum roll please…$14.29. A great price for pants, a sweater and shoes to match. I wore this to work and got lots of compliments and of course I couldn’t stop myself from blurting out “Goodwill.” Not even a “I got these at ______ (fill in the blank).” I was overly excited to say the least.

Now onto the second outfit. I am saving this one to wear on Friday. Or possibly on Sunday, we’ll see. This outfit included a mustard, yellow skirt; dark, grey shirt and a brown belt.

Breaking it Down

Yellow Skirt
Brand: Unknown
Cost: $4

Gray Shirt
Brand: Banana Republic
Cost: $3.29

Belt
Brand: Unknown
Cost: 99 cents

This brings the outfit to a total cost of: $8.28.

What was fun about this outfit is there was some sewing involved. The skirt was such a great color and something I’ve never worn before. But when I tried it on…it was not very form-fitting and it laid a bit low on the hips. My mom and I hemmed the skirt on the sides so it would be more fitted. We also hemmed it on the top, so it would lay above my waist. This way when the outfit is worn, it looks more like a dress. I learned a lot about hemming that day. It also made me want to save up for a sewing machine so I can make alterations to clothes I may find in the future.

I look forward to seeing if I can top this thrifting excursion in the future. It was a lot of fun piecing together each part to the outfits from different places in the store.

Share your experience! Have you had any best finds of your own while thrift store shopping?

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6 Comments

  • Love this post - and that second outfit. Wow! Nicely done!

    I'm a big fan of thrifting and buying vintage. I'm on Etsy.com more often than I care to admit! Some of my favorite finds are from thrift/vintage stores. Today I'm wearing a 1960's dress my mom got for me at a vintage shop, a cropped gray sweater from Salvation Army (99 cents!), a gorgeous belt my boyfriend got for me from the Salvation Army (50 cents, and from the little boy section, no less) and brand new tights I bought at Goodwill. And actually, I got my favorite dress ever at an estate sale for 6 dollars. Never underestimate the power of thrifting!

    Thanks for sharing this post. Is this going to be a regular feature? :)

  • I LOVE THESE BLOGS! I hope you continue to share your guidance on "Thrift" Shopping and I LOVE the pics and the breakdowns, GREAT OUTFITS! Thanks so much for doing that! I would LOVE to see the pieces on you, I think that gives a person a better idea of how something so inexpensive can look so chic! Also a quick idea, I would encourage shoppers to try on things even if on the hanger they aren't sure, you truly don't know unless you try it on. Color, shape, size can all vary once you put it on you and can see how it works with your body and skin and hair tone! I say that because I LOVE the mustard skirt and I would have probably walked right pass that one! Thanks Bri, keep up this BLOG! LOVE IT!, I am posting on my Facebook page! LOVE IT THAT MUCH!

  • Thanks Laura and Victoria!

    Laura, 99 cents for a cropped sweater is such an amazing price! and way to rock that belt from the little boy section. It's amazing what you can find at thrift stores and make it work for a stylish outfit.

    Victoria, I agree with you. Even trying on clothes that you aren't sure about is a great thing to do. It may just look perfect once you try it on! I am glad you like my blog so much, thanks for sharing it on your facebook page. :)

    And to both of you, I think I am just going to have to continue these blogs :) It's been fun writing about something I love to do!

    I actually have some time after work today and have to stay around the area until my next commitment around 7. So I may have to stop by the nearest thrift store... :)

  • Very, very cute, Bri!

  • Love the blog Bri it was fun seeing all the goodies laid out!

  • Bri - when are we going to see the next great bargain?

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