Disclaimer: I partnered with America’s Thrift Stores for this post and received store credit, but all opinions are my own.
I admit, I’m not a big thrifter. I’ve always felt like I get good enough deals through retailers first-hand, so rummaging through racks of used clothing has seemed unnecessary. Still, I’ve seen friends on Instagram show off amazing finds and have always been curious as to what I could come across.
I did go thrifting once last year. I found a J.Crew blazer for $10–a pretty good deal. And I found a Mossimo/Target blazer for $10-not a good deal! It’s a prime example of what can happen when you thrift. You can get sucked in the mentality that I’m at a thrift store so it’s all a good deal!
So I tried to approach everything with an open mind, yet critical eye, when I arrived at America’s Thrift Store.
I jumped right in at the first rack of women’s clothes I saw. Immediately, I noticed a camel, wool blend winter coat (that was hanging in the wrong place). Plus, it’s right on trend for fall! It was my size and still had the original $90 price tag on it! My price: $15.99. It was just too good to be true, so I seriously asked if this had been planted for me–they insisted it had not been! 😉
Moving on. I went through the skirts and was drawn to a white, pleated midi-length. I don’t abide by the “no white after Labor Day” rule, so I fully intend to wear this year-round since it isn’t a “summer fabric.” I’ve actually worn it already! See how I styled it on Instagram here. It had the original (ancient!) $29.99 JC Penney price tag on it. The thrift price was $3.99 but was an additional 50% off. My price: $2.00!
Next stop: vests and ponchos because they are all the rage right now! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I immediately saw a faux fur vest by French Connection. I blogged about dabbling with fur last year and was happy to expand my collection! These could retail upwards of $250. My price: $6.99!!!
In sticking with the animal theme, I also found a Jones New York leopard print quilted vest. I don’t own a quilted frost-free type vest, and I thought the print would be fun to mix patterns with. Snagged it for $2.99!! I continued on to more outerwear and found a lightweight black Express coat that would be super versatile for winters in the south. Price: $11.99. I then moved over to dresses where I tried on several that didn’t fit quite right…except for a gray t-shirt dress from the Gap. At $7.99, I knew it was priced too high. Honestly, I can get a Gap T-shirt dress on clearance from the retailer for $10 sometimes. But I got it anyway because I really liked the way it fit, the versatility and it was in really good condition. I browsed through the tops and pants and found some really cute options! Unfortunately, nothing fit as well as I’d hoped.
Then, I almost forgot about accessories! Almost. I quickly perused through handbags and nothing really caught my eye.
And as far as shoes go, I was not excited about sharing foot sweat with someone, so I just strolled through…Until I saw a cute pair of tan, pointy toe heels that looked to be in near perfect condition! Plus, when I tried them on another shopper complimented them, so I had to get them–duh! They were by Carlos Santana priced at $4.99 with an additional 30% off. My price: $3.49! So that was seven items for under $60! Considering the items included four pieces of outerwear, I’d say thrifting was definitely this bargain shopper’s delight!! I highly recommend trying a few thrift stores if you haven’t already given it a try!
Because I learned so much about thrift shopping, I’ve decided to make this a two-part series. In part two, I’ll share some CRUCIAL tips to consider for the thrifting novice! Trust me, you don’t want to miss it for the pictures alone!
Thanks for reading!!