Most days I wonder how much of my time is spent on things like making music, reading and writing, and--gasp--thrifting. It suits me rather well not to know how much of my free-time is spent on certain things because I have a feeling if you were to write a chart/graph of where I spend my time (outside of work) most thrift stores and antique shops would be at a solid 75%. There's nothing wrong with that, of course. I love a good deal.
As of lately, I've been scoping out more thrift shops in a well off portion of my city and that's my big tip for anyone looking to score some serious steals when it comes to both new and secondhand goods. You see, the bigger the income of that area the more likely you are to find gems of all kinds. Books, shoes, clothing. Add in the fact that some big-time stores like Target donate unsold, new products and you've got the formula for an awesome spot. I fancy myself quite knowledgeable about thrifting and what makes a location good but perhaps that is just me tooting my own horn. Regardless, I've found a stellar selection from two specific locations over the span of four months and I'm here to share my finds with you.
The best part? All of this was under $100. I hit up some sale days (some by pure luck) and seemed to have accumulated a lot these first few months of 2017. Another tip for newbies: scope out a pattern in sale dates. A lot of shops, towards the end of seasons, do bag-sales (one location I go to offers this in between winter and spring; typically $5 for a bag full of stuff from the racks, your choice) and every couple of Saturdays stores like Goodwill do 50% off goods. Other things to remember at Goodwill: sign up for their rewards program to receive coupons, at the start of the week they mark down certain items that have a specific tag colour by 75%, or they will have a cart of items at the front of the store for a percentage off, and around here sometimes they do 2-3 books for $1.
Pay attention to the details and sales; I promise you, there's a reward to it. You wouldn't believe how much I've walked away from--new and used--for under $20 at a time. I purchased a ton of sweaters at a bag sale for myself, family and friends for around $15. Three bags worth of stuff. A lot of it name brand, a lot of it brand spanking new. You just never know what you might find and sometimes you have to dig, but it's definitely rewarding.
Anyways! Onto the goodies. The moment you've been waiting for.
Please remember that I am not a photographer and these images were taken with my iPhone 6s. You should also know that this post will very well be edited in the coming days with shots of the clothes on but until then, consider this a bit of a sneak preview of details and the like.
This is one of my favourite finds because Daisy Fuentes sweaters are just super comfortable and the right kind of baggy. As someone who is petite, it's hard to find sweaters that are that balance of baggy and fitted. You don't want to drown in the fabric--and this sweater is the perfect combination of both and I am positively in love with it. There's a little wear on the shoulders/the bag near the tag but that is because it seems someone ripped out the plastic straps that are meant to keep the sweater from drooping on hangers--it's not visible while I'm wearing it! I love, love, love the pattern and that the sleeves are cuffed. I am unsure how much this actually cost me, as it was part of a bag sale and I hauled quite a bit that day.
I love Forever-21 and their sweaters. I especially love the cheapness but that's besides the point. This dark gray sweater is the perfect fit for me and is super thick, it keeps me warm and toasty during the windy and cold Chicago weather. This little guy cost me roughly $2.50 and the coolest part was that it still had its tags on it. As a member at Goodwill, there was a sale back in early March (I believe) at my location and for a few days in a row I got 50% off every item I purchased. It was wild. I'm still swooning.
This dress, guys. This. Dress. Lauren Conrad is my girl, you know? I wanted this dress when it was first available but for the life of me, I couldn't hunt it down in my size! Any location I went to I was only able to find it in XS or XL. The funny story is that is I wasn't even looking for this dress while thrifting and I hadn't even planned on going to a thrift shop that day. But, I did, and after roaming the dress rack I saw this beautiful baby for $6 and started dancing. I am obsessed with the style, the colour, the fabric and the details. How cute is that back and the bow?
I was apparently in a stripped sweater mood these last few months and when I saw this navy stripped J. Crew top, I knew I had to have it. There's nothing special about it at its core but it's so soft and I'm so glad I found it because it's just really well made. Another item from the bag sale. Marry me, bag sale days.
e--it is in perfect condition, the fabric is so so so soft and overall the perfect rainy day top. I've got a feeling I will be snuggling up in this top on my laziest of days. Obsessed! This was $2.50 and well, do I need to say it?
Well, that wraps it up. I hope you enjoyed my babbling. At the rate I'm going with great finds, I should really consider opening up a Poshmark boutique or something (without overcharging, obviously) because I do find a lot of great stuff that aren't my size or style.
What's your greatest find while thrifting?