September 5, 2010

My Summer Haul Cont. & Other Random Thrift Purchases

So my last thrift haul post got such an overwhelming response! Thank you all so much for the feedback, I really enjoyed reading all the comments :) One thing that I did notice was a lot of people asking where I thrift and that is at my good ol’ neighborhood Goodwill, lol. The Goodwill store that I go to is about 15 minutes from my house and it opened at the beginning of summer. I am not quite sure how I survived before it because every time I go into that store I always find at least one thing that I like. So here are just a few more items that I bought during the summer and a couple that I’ve bought recently…

I actually bought this at the vintage store called The Attic towards the beginning of this year, it is one of the most unique looking bags I own & it was only $4.oo!

Both of the above bags were $3.oo

$6.oo

If you couldn’t already tell from my other thrift haul post, I have an obsession with knitted cardigans lol, this one was $4.oo

$7.oo

A close up of the funky pattern on this dress

$7.oo

A close up of the cute neckline 

I was so happy when I found these shoes because I can never find my size at thrift stores but I got lucky this time and they were only $7.oo! (I know what you are thinking...why are the shoes on my bed?! lol)

And of course a pair of fabulous $1.95 vintage earrings to be added to my collection :)


Another thing I noticed people said in the comments in my last thrift haul post was that I was really good at thrifting so for that I say thank you! That is a really high compliment to me :) But I am here to tell ya’ll that anybody can have great success when it comes to thrifting…here are 5 tips that I live buy when I go to vintage/thrift stores:

1.   If I want a baggy sweater/cardigan, I head straight to the men’s sweater section! That is where I find 80% of the sweaters I buy because I absolutely love the fit and the patterns that are on men’s sweaters. The maroon sweater in this post & the mustard yellowish sweater with the appliqu├ęs in my last thrifting post were both found in the women’s section at Goodwill but all the other sweaters I have are from the men’s section!

2.  I check out the purses before I look for anything else & I look at the women’s tops section last. Now, I am not quite sure why I do that but all I know is I can be in a thrift store for hours at times so before I get a massive headache and go cross-eyed from staring at blouses upon blouses I like to check out the purses.

3.   I always have an idea of the type of clothing I want and the looks that I am going for. If you walk into a thrift store or a vintage store with absolutely no idea what you like then you will either be in there forever, buy things you won’t wear, or leave empty handed. I peruse magazines, websites, and other mediums for clothing that I am attracted to before I go to thrifting just so I have an idea of what I like and what I want. This tends to cut down my shopping time (most of the time).

4.   I try not to take the clothes I see at face value, I try to picture how they will look with other pieces in my wardrobe. This method has proven very successful for me especially when I’m dealing with the bigger sections of thrift store such as the female tops section…for anyone who has gone thrifting I think it is safe to say that going through all those blouses in the women’s section can be very annoying, intimidating, & tiring. However, I do try to look at each piece of clothing one at a time and while I look at each top, I try to see if it can fit in my wardrobe. Of course there are some pieces that are so hideous that not even Kate Moss could pull off wearing them; however, some pieces may look bad at first but upon further inspection turn out to be quite nice! So don’t settle with a single glance, take some time and really inspect the articles of clothing you look at.

5.   I believe someone actually said this in their comment they left on my other thrift post; if I have an off day in the clothing department, I always go to the jewelry section! Nine times out of ten I am able to find a pair of killer earrings and it makes up for the frustration I may be feeling if I can’t find anything clothing or shoes.


There isn't a 'right' or 'wrong' way to thrift, this just happens to be my method and it has worked for me thus far! I hope my tips help :)


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46 comments:

  1. Very Cute... I love your thrifting!!

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  2. Love it all! You've done it again lol. I love those 2 dressed and the black bag with the colors all over it. And thank you for the tips, Lord knows I need them and I probably still won't find anything at the thrift store -__-

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  3. The first Dress with the unique pattern looks like a Rachel Roy ! Great Thrifting !

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  4. ohh i love the shoes! lovelovelove

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  5. love ur blog!! following you!! follow me back!

    ASH! Xoxo

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  6. Thank you ladies :) & @Ashley, I got u girl, I'll check out your blog right now!

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  7. this is some good good thrifting. super jealous!!

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  8. These shoes! You're really lucky you fond them in your size! It doesn't happen often in thrift stores... And the cardigan is stunning, too, thank you for the tip, because I'm looking for baggy one right now ;)
    And you seem to like pirses a lot, as you buy 4 of them at once :D

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  9. This post is so good, I love all your finds and those 5 tips are perfect, I like to think I'm pretty good at thrifting and thats pretty much exactly what I do, especially the part about knowing what you want and imagining it as part of an outfit. Great post me dear! xxx

    http://my-favourite-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thank you Blazerwhore!

    @crazy pig, i know! i was so happy that they fit me :) i'm glad you liked the tip!

    @Victoria, thank you so much, I really like your blog!

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  11. I love the first dress! The print, super low neckline, etc. Perfect! Your thrifting is insane... Wherever that Goodwill is, don't stop bc its serving you well! Haha Thanks for stopping by my blog also...

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  12. i love all your vintage thrift finds! i need to find a cool place like that in london, that no one knows about.

    be sure to follow my blog: www.livewithlovex.blogspot.com

    take care. X

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  13. Jealous!! Haha u r now dubbed the thrifting queen! Thanks for the tips- ur abs. right about walking into a store & not having any idea about what ur looking for. I went back in the Goodwill on 25th & 6th & caught myself contemplating whether to buy an ankle-length black cover-up with giraffes on it. I was like... 'Wth am I doing???'

    Anyway, I am lovin ur selections- ur obvi an accessory fiend! Haha & I was always thinking about going into the men's section for their sweaters but never explored- I will def try to now! Maybe now I won't have to steal my bf's clothes ;)

    Keep posting hun! & where do u live in the city? I may need to head over on that side for the REAL thrift&vintage!

    Xoxo, jinna
    GreaseandGlamour.com

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  14. I wish i had money to hit up our thrifts stores here in da DMV but im currently super BROKE..lol

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  15. THANKS FOR STOPPING BY MY BLOG AND LEAVING A COMMENT. I REALLY AM SOOOO GLAD YOU DID, OTHERWISE I'D HAVE LIKELY NEVER FOUND YOUR BLOG, WHICH I'VE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH. I LOVE THAT YOU'RE SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THRIFTING. NON-THRIFTERS WOULD NEVER UNDERSTAND THE THRILL AND UTTER BLISS THAT THRIFTING OFFERS. I BLOGGED ABOUT IT A FEW WEEKS AGO. CHECK OUT MY POST! http://fashiondujourdaily.wordpress.com/2010/08/18/1564/
    YOU'VE GOT A NEW FOLLOWER!

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  16. i've got an obsession with knitted cardigans too! that wine coloured 1 u've got is really pretty :) and i agree with u abt heading straight to the men's section for patterned sweaters! sweaters over at the gurls' section always always disappoints with the variety of patterned choices!



    p.s. my handbag's from Miu Miu :) i absolutely love it, it matches with EVERYTHING! so happy u loved it too...


    http://diaryofbabyandbear.blogspot.com

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  17. hey dee, you've scored some great bags.
    TY, for the thrift shop tips I want to fashion
    together a "look", under $150- so thrifting
    will be the best way.

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  18. Your style is so cute! I love this blog, I'm definitely coming back. :D Thanks for dropping by!

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  19. you got some amazing stuff!!

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  20. awsome dresses girl i stay going to the goodwill or thrift stores!

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  21. Thank you ladies!!! I'm glad ya'll liked the stuff & I'm glad ya'll read the tips! I was thinking to myself when I was writing this "geez girl you are writing too much, nobody is gonna want to read all this" but alas, I was wrong so thank you so much!

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  22. I totally thrift for the thrill of the find! Isn't AMAZING to find such great deals at inexpensive prices??! I'm post in love with the black dress with colorful print. You can wear it this fall with a loose blazer, cardigan, sweater over or under, tights, ankle boots, flats, heels, etc. When spring/summer comes it can be worn with sandals and tons of jewelry.

    LOVEEEEEEE IT ALL!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog!!

    Chandra
    http://www.momomod.com

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  23. I ♥♥♥ it all.

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  24. love the bags and dresses, great post~

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  25. i'm loving the old school d&b. my mom was a fan of them back in the day...

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  26. I love a good Goodwill splurge!!

    These are some really great finds!

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  27. ...and some really good tips!

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  28. Thank you so much guys!!!! I appreciate all the feedback so much :)

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  29. Great blog! I love thrift shopping too!
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  30. You're a great thrift store shopper. I wish I even lived near a thrift store where I could find nice pieces.

    http://goldnraysofsunshine.blogspot.com/

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  31. I love the thrift store but I never know how to put things together.

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  32. paintgurl9/08/2010

    i really like your blog and hope u continue the good good work.

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  33. Thank you ladies!

    and @K. Rock, yeah that's a whole other issue lol. Sometimes some of the pieces you buy from thrift stores can be hard to put together. However, if you go on websites like lookbook.nu or chictopia, there are many individuals whose clothing were purchased at thrift store so their outfits may give you some inspiration!

    @paintgirl, thanks so much :)

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  34. you are such a great thrifter!
    i completely agree with you, to go to the mens section for nice cardigans
    love all your thrifts <3

    http://ssecondskin.blogspot.com

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  35. Thanks for yr comment :)I love yr blog I suscribed :)

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  36. It looks like someone got lucky!!! I love going to vintage stores you always find the cutest stuff.
    follow me!

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  37. OOOOOH!!!!!! My Hoodwill isn't nearly this well priced. Actually, they've lost their damn mind when it comes to pricing.

    You are a woman after my own heart. I love a great thrift haul.

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  38. Thank you ladies :)

    @ASHLEY K., yup, the men's section is the BEST, it's been serving me well :)

    @Linsay, thank you so much & you are welcome!!

    @gabrielle, yup, vintage stores are the best! I'm going to check out your blog right now :)

    @InnyVinny, thank you so much for your comment! And yeah, I'm lucky with the prices at the store I go to bc I've gone to other Goodwills and they are buggin with the pricing some places lol. But thank you again! :)

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  39. This blog is the bomb!

    check mine out bossieboots.blogspot.com ....
    it's new but i'ma try hard to make it work

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  40. Which city do you live/shop in? This store's certainly a gem!

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  41. This was some lovely things! Love the dresses :D

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  42. WOW! I've found another sister-in-thrift! I go for the purses first, too! Great haul. I'll be making one soon...yes to Goodwill (of course). Have you seen this http://www.shopgoodwill.com?

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  43. thank you for all the comments!

    @boss, thank you so much, i will check out your blog right now!

    @Frenchie, I live in a really small town right outside Allentown, PA. The thrift store that I go to is in a town called Bethlehem, PA lol

    @Sheila, thank you! I love them too :)

    @Smell Goods Lady, WOW~ I had never seen that website! It is amazing! But a little more expensive than if I just went to the store myself since there is bidding involved lol. But thank you so much for showing it to me!

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