The other day I randomly decided to swing by the salvation army on my way home from work. As soon as I walked in I saw that blue and yellow necklace and knew I had to have it. I’ve always been a fan of accessories that are big, obnoxious and out of the ordinary. Bonus points if it makes other people embarrassed to go out in public with me. [True story: I used to wear spongebob PJ pants and a tank top out to the bar. Oh college…]
Since skirts and dresses were 2 for 1 (deal of the week), I spent a little extra time in those sections. I think I done good. And I’m pretty sure those 2 BEDO skirts are brand spanking new. I am by no means a brand whore but I do have an appreciation for higher quality so I always check the labels and tags to see who made it and what it is made of. I will buy Zara and brands of that quality range (nothing special but not terrible) but I won’t buy Forever 21, even in a thrift store. Why would I want to fill my closet with mass produced, low quality items? Don’t get me started on a rant here… It bothers me that people settle for bad quality items made in Chinese sweatshops because they don’t want to spend the extra $$, yet they put their nose in the air and make gross faces when you talk about second-hand clothing. (There’s this thing called a washing machine people! … or the freezer)
You CAN be cheap and have good quality pieces. It’s called Other People’s Garbage! I’m only partly kidding here. Just because someone grew out of a piece of clothing (literally or not) doesn’t mean it’s bad. We’re all different, that’s what makes us special. This feels like a ‘The more you know‘ moment.
In conclusion… It was a successful random Tuesday thrift store visit.
I hadn’t been to a thrift store in weeks but got my butt out of the apartment on Friday to see if there was anything worth picking up at the Salvation Army’s 50% off sale on books, electronics, furniture and kids clothing (things I don’t usually shop for). Though what I took home were mostly full priced items, they were reasonably priced. After picking through people’s unwanted crap in a really hot building, I decided to stop at a cute cafe I passed for an ice coffee to bring my body temperature back to normal. Then went for a spontaneous (much needed) haircut with my usual girl, who is always happy to give me a funky asymmetrical cut. It was a really fun ME day, I can’t wait to be retired. Oh and rich.
A good haul last weekend from the church sale. I even have a few things going into the shop next week (shoes and purse). And I have been practically living in that cotton housecoat for the past week. It’s the perfect thing to wear around the apartment when its gross and hot out.
Who wants to come over and test out my new glasses? I’ll supply the glass, you supply the liquor.
MINK PINK Polka dot shirt – Warehouse sale
Silk red scarf as belt – thrifted
blue Zara jeans – thrifted
Vintage Coach bag – flea market
Vintage Vuarnet sunglasses – thrifted
Toms – old (holes give them more character)
When Paige made a comment on my last outfit post about this post TWO YEARS AGO! It made me miss the train tracks. So I dragged my mom out there (it’s really just a 2 min walk away haha) again this weekend to take some outfit pictures. So Paige, this post is for you!! Hard to believe I’ve been posting outfits for over 2 years (I forgot my blog’s 2nd ‘birthday’ back in February). The blog has changed a lot in 2 1/2 years but I am glad to still have a place to talk about thrift store finds, what I wear and update you all on the shop. Thank you to everyone who pops by every week.
P.S. this top is amazing, I swear I can wear it with anything.
Last Friday the salvation army had a 99¢ sale on selected items. I braved the crowds to see if anything overpriced would now be worth checking out. Despite the extremely humid morning and the crowded store, I did a quick walk-through and ended up spending a whopping 4$ in change on the above items. Had I bought these at their regular SA price, it would have been about 21$ (which I realize now isn’t a lot to normal people). I especially love these high waist terrycloth Zara shorts with original price tag (30$). Sometimes you just get lucky.
Last weekend when I visited my parents, my mom and I did our usual Saturday morning ritual of crankily crawling out of bed, having some tea then breakfast then trekking up the hill to the church. OK I am the only cranky one in the morning and my mom is up hours before I force my body to wake up with an alarm at 9am. This time I knew I wanted to snatch up those macrame plant hangers I would always consider but never buy. I have so many plants in my small apartment and this is a great (cheap) way to get them out of the way.