Thrifty Fashionista

Being a conservative thrifter is one of my goals right now.  That’s basically my pretty sounding language for trying to not be a hoarder.  Thrifting = good! Hoarding = not good.  I watch those hoarding shows and those people just do the thrift store thing all wrong.  Don’t be like them.

So it’s not that I absolutely need more clothes, but when you can get a cute skirt for $2…not a hoarder. Not a hoarder.

I’d like to think of myself as a thrifty fashionista.  That is, I look at current trends and try to replicate them with what I can find in a thrift store.  It’s kind of insane how styles come back to life after a few years.  After we’ve given “clothing item X” away, the fashion magazines come out with celebrities wearing “clothing item X” that costs lots.  I know I’ll soon be on the hunt for some high-wasted jeans I can make into shorts, since those are popping up everywhere!

Anyways, I know, and the fashion gods seem to agree, that long, flowing skirts – the maxi skirt – are perfect for this summer!  Whether they are solid or printed, you can dress them up with a nice top and fancy jewelry for a special evening, or throw on a tank top and some flats for a casual day.

I’ve seen maxi skirts selling for a lot of dollars (as in like $80 – that’s just way to much money for this post-grad) at stores like Zara.  Click on the link to see a picture of said skirt that I can find a (and you can too!) practically identical version of at a thrift store.  I’d show you a picture, but I don’t know how all that copyright stuff goes/it’s easier to link it/I’m a little lazy today.

Or long floral skirts at American Apparel for $45.  Is it just me, or have I seen this skirt in many thrift stores before?  And maybe this is my personal opinion, but this skirt ain’t that cute/I’d maybe pay $2 for it.  Definitely not $45.  That is positivo.

What do you think of the long maxi skirt summer trend?  I love it because a) it’s comfy and cool and b) you don’t have to worry about shaving your legs every single freaking day during the summer.  Double score.

Recently, I got this awesome borderline vintage beige with black floral accents maxi skirt from the Salvation Army Thrift store in Richmond, Virginia for around $3.75.  It was originally $7.49, but the tag color noted it was 50 percent off that day!  Score.

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Beige Skirt with Black Floral Accents $3.75, Banana Republic Shirt $1.98, Purple Gem Necklace – borrowed from Mom’s costume jewelry
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Floral on the skirt, floral on the walls…

I also found a super cute red printed high wasted skirt.  It’s got a bunch of horizontal line patterns of a variety of colors.  Kind of tribal looking, which I know is in style right now. And %100 cotton.  Love me some natural fabrics.  The waste-line was really tiny, which is hard to find at second-hand stores.  The best part, it was $2.49, also 50 percent off!  So I got this skirt for $1.25.

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Red Vintage Print High-wasted Skirt $1.25, Banana Republic Shirt $1.98, Gold Waist Belt – borrowed, but also thrifted, Vintage Purple Gem Necklace – borrowed

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I should also mention that I found the top, which is a fitted, stretchy top with gold glittery specs (it’s hard to see in the picture) at a Goodwill store in Arlington, Virginia.  It was Banana Republic and this particular store had all their short sleeve non-print shirts at $1.98.

I also got this cute blue top, which is Gap, I believe, for $2.25 at Diversity Thrift in Richmond.  The orange sweater, that I wear a lot, wasn’t from a thrift store, but it was from a J.Crew warehouse sale, so that’s kind of being thrifty!

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Blue Tie Top $2.25, Orange J.Crew Sweater – gift, but purchased at J.Crew warehouse sale

What neat summer fashion trends have you discovered thrifting?  Is there anything I should be on the lookout for that’s coming back in style?  I would love to know 🙂

Happy Thrifting!

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Twenty-Five Dollars

I’ve (only) got twenty dollars in my pocket.

No, really, I do.  That’s it.

It’s been a while since I’ve been thrifting, and just as long since I’ve done a related post.  So, first off, I want to thank my fellow thrifty bloggers that follow me for my second-hand content for their patience.  It’s been difficult to find time to thrift with most of my time spent staring at a computer screen at my desk job that I enjoy so, so much (sarcasm? can you hear it?), and sitting in traffic for hours on my daily commute picking my nose and watching other people pick their noses.  Okay, I don’t really pick my nose, but you get what I mean.

I’m also poor and trying not to depend on my parents for support.  Not like, living on the streets poor, but not able to spend $40 on anything besides food, gas, rent and bills right now.  Living in DC is expensive and it sucks every dollar out of me.  And why do they charge more for things up here?  Because they can.  That’s why.

And as much as I love thrifting, I need to limit the amount of material items I accumulate right now.  I’m thinking about going abroad to teach English at some point in the near future.  I haven’t talked about it on my blog because it’s still something I’m researching and nothing is set in stone.  However, a move like that means cutting back on purchasing things I might not necessarily need at this point in my life.

Anyways, I did have a thrifting adventure a few weeks ago with my mom at Diversity Thrift in Richmond, Virginia.  And well, she was the one with the twenty dollars in her pocket, or, in our case, the AmEx card.  I was mostly looking for clothes, because that’s actually something I can use.

And what did I get?

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Blue Cropped Blouse $2.25 (with white shorts I already had)
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NYC & Co. Orange Tunic $3

I also got a great dress jacket for work for $3 – not pictured because it’s at the dry cleaner, and a Gap light blue tank that ties in the front for $2.25.  I’ll update with pictures of these items when I can.

And then came the “Holiday Room”.  Somewhere a sign was posted with “Fill an entire basket for $3”.  Trouble?  Possibly.  Did we need more stuff?  No.  Yes.  The answer is always yes.

The most exciting part of this room is that the Diversity Thrift staff had just thrown boxes into the 8×8 ft. room without ever going through them.  So it was essentially a treasure hunt.  And for a thrifter, when you’re digging through a box and come across a smaller department store box circa 1960, you get excited.  Unfortunately, that box turned out to be bows.  But another box was filled with really neat glass Christmas ornaments.

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They came in this Harry & David box marked “pretty/interesting”
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The red and blue cracked glass are my favorite! The ones with dots are hand blown, And a UVA ornament? (Boooo) – pretty sure these all cost more than $3 at one point…

We also found some awesome 50 cent heavy duty wrapping paper.  I found this lovely pier one roll with images of SE Asia on it, which I’d love to put in a frame and make into wall art.  Ideas, ideas!

Mom also got some neat things that day, however, I can’t remember what they were.  Mom, what did you get?  I know you read this!  🙂  Thrifting has turned out to be a really fun mother-daughter thing for us!  And also, who doesn’t like getting a bargain?

I think our total bill came to $25.  We had two large paper grocery bags full of neat things.  I mean seriously, how much can you really do with $25 nowadays?

Afterwards, we went to Kitchen 64 for drinks and some yummy nachos!  Yay for mother-daughter thrifting days!

What neat items have you thrifted lately?  Do you usually go for clothes or housewares?  Does your mom (or dad) share a thrifting passion too?  Oh, and what fun things can you do for $25?

Happy Thrifting!

Update: Also for that $25, my mom got 4 name-brand dress shirts for my dad, as well as some other holiday decorations!