We met up this past weekend & hit a couple of stores. She was gracious enough to show me the ropes & give me tips & tricks as we went along. I think I may have had beginners luck, because I came away with way more than I expected!
What I Got:
- JCrew Apple Shorts - These were a last second find at our second store & I immediately fell in love with these Delicious Apples! They are currently sold out online but had an original price tag of $54.50 new from JCrew. This pair looks brand new & hardly worn to me & I paid about $4.00 for them! Perfectly handy for an upcoming trip to Arizona!!
- Old Navy Distressed Denim Shorts - Because you can never have too many perfectly distressed denim for the summer - especially for $3.50!
- Copper Tub - I was quickly taken by this petite copper tub when I first saw it. I don't know what I'll do with it, but right now I'm thinking it would make a great flower container for the porch this year. Wouldn't it also be cute by a front door as an umbrella holder? Anyway, for a few dollars it came home with me!
- Striped Scarf - Like I told Mandy, I need another scarf like I need a hole in the head, but I love the color combination of the pastels in this light-weight scarf. Cute as a headband maybe? Again, at $2.50, I went for it.
- JCrew Popover Tunic - Anything white in a thrift store immediately makes you nervous, but this preppy striped popover tunic had not a mark/stain/signs of wear on it anywhere! I did pay nearly $10 for this top, which to a pro-thrifter may seem too high. But as Mandy said, the value is in the condition, the brand, & how much you like it. The sun was out this weekend so thoughts of Spring were in the air & I instantly knew how I'd style this tunic, so it became mine!
- Pink Enzo Angiolini "Liberty" Flats - These were the first item I picked up in the store. I have a major hot pink obsession right now & how can you not love patent hot pink?! Especially when they are you're size, in mint condition, & a mere $6.48!! LOVE these! There was scuffing on the bottom of the sole, so I know they'd been worn however, if it weren't for that, you wouldn't know these had been worn at all. Until I wore them there wasn't any creasing or scuffs on the patent at all. Great find!
So that's a wrap on what I purchased! A few tips I learned from Mandy along the way:
- Wear leggings & a tank top when you are shopping at thrift stores. Not all stores have dressing rooms, but if you are in leggings & a tank, you can easily try on items over your clothes. VERY helpful!
- As you walk into the store they post what color tags are on discount (if any) for that day. Mandy knew we should go on a Saturday for these 2 stores because certain tag colors are 50% off.
- If an item intrigues you - grab it! Then, at the end of your browsing review each item in your cart- you can always put it back! If you hesitate to grab it in the first place - it will be gone when you go back to look for it!
- Don't limit your "grabs" to just your typical size. Grab the item even it its a size or two from your regular size because you never know if an item has been altered or shrunken. Grab it & try it on! The shoes are the perfect example of this - they are actually a half size larger than I normally wear, but they are also a narrow, so they fit great!
The outfit: I knew straight away that the pink flats & striped top would make a great coupling & this is how I wore them.
Top - JCrew, thrifted // White Denim - LOFT // Shoes - Ezno Angiolini, thrifted // Sunnies - Michael Kors // Lips - MAC's Miley Cyrus Viva Glam
Thanks for hanging with me through such a long post! I enjoyed my first thrifting experience & especially enjoyed connecting with Mandy again! I certainly wouldn't call myself "thrift savvy" based off this one excursion, but I think thrifting can be a fun experience if you go into it with a relaxed attitude about what you may (or may not) find & just enjoy "the hunt". It was also a great way to shop & have girl time without breaking the bank!
To you other "thrifters" out there, what are your best tips for us novices? Or what has been your *best* find?