If you have read any of my posts, you probably know that I am an avid
thrifter. Thrifting is my crack cocaine.
But I didn't always have this mindset. As a child growing up in
Dallas, Texas, my mom volunteered at The Plaid Door, our church's
consignment store. I remember that she would often come home
glowing with excitement about a purchase that she had made for
herself. I didn't get it. I didn't get it at all. I would think, "Ewwwww,
yuck. Someone else wore that!" She learned quickly not
to buy me anything from there.
My disdain continued throughout most of my adult life. When I was
modeling regularly for Neiman-Marcus, one of my fellow models
would shop at a high end consignment store. But she was old
(42 to me was ancient back then!) and I would roll my eyes inside
as I rushed off to pay retail for everything. OK, retail minus 30% off
at N-M. I would often add up in my head how much an outfit
cost and feel exultant at the heady sums.
Fast forward to 3 years ago. My then 19 year old daughter called me to tell
me that she had bought a pair of Hudson jeans for $5 at Goodwill.
I was stunned.
My daughter shops at Goodwill? "Where did I go wrong?" I wailed.
Lauren told me in no uncertain terms that I should get over myself
and go check out a Goodwill.
The rest, as they say, is history. It is so much fun! I have such an
amazing collection of clothing, literally from all over the world, and
I get more compliments on my outfits now than I ever have before.
I've also bought things for a few dollars and sold them at consignment
stores and on eBay for a lot more. Sweet!
People regularly tell me that "they never find anything." How is that
even possible? I find so much that I struggle to edit.
So, here are some of my recent finds. Perhaps I will make this a weekly
feature, much like Lindsey of Thrift and Shout. (I love her blog name!)
Prive cashmere sweater $4.94
H&M floral kimono jacket $4.94
Lora crimson leather skirt $4.94
Sparrow teal drape front jacket $4.94
(My mannequin looks like she wants to shake your hand.)
Madison leopard turtleneck $4.94
(So much for shaking hands!)
Allegory faux Persian lamb jacket $5.95
Lucky Brand olive vest with orange daisy lining $2.92
Burnt orange cross-body bag $4.94
Vintage Positano Pelle tobacco suede skirt $4.94
American Eagle navy wool duffle coat with hood $8.98
(Sorry about the blur. Guess I was so excited that it made my hands shake!)
Bailey 44 layered sweater $4.94
It's easy to layer when its done for you. This is all one piece.
As demure as the front appears, the back is sexy! And it features a part
of my body that has not yet succumbed to gravity. (I'll probably
still wear a tank underneath.)
Harold's leopard print skirt $4.94
White House Black Market black & white drape front jacket $4.94
Mossimo houndstooth slip-on flat $4.94
See the red barb on the shoe? Goodwill of North Georgia uses
different colored plastic barbs to identify when an item was donated.
All items that were received this week have red barbs or tags.
Crochet vest $2.92
Boho belt $2.92
This will be so pretty (and cool) in the summer!
I'll probably wear something on the bottom though....
Tie Rack London royal blue scarf $1.91
And last, but certainly not least!
Brand new Wild Pair leather boots $13.41
The best part of thrifting is that you never know what you will find.
This is what it would look like if Joni from Walking Colors and I ever get to go thrifting
together. We'll be buried under an avalanche of great stuff and
you'll just see the tops of our heads sticking out of the top of the pile!
Happy thrifting! Let me know what you find!