06 July 2009

A Girl, A Thrift Store & Twenty Bucks, Pt. II

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For my second $20 shopping experiment I decided to try to find a fancy outfit. Fancy being my word for something I would wear out on a Saturday date with the boyfriend or... well, that's about the fanciest thing I do. The first section as I walk in the door contains the shoes and purses so that's where I started. Right away I spotted a pair of maroon peep toes... in my size! I knew I'd have to build the whole outfit around the shoes. I turned to the purse section and was a little disappointed with the selection. There's usually a pretty clutch or embroidered bag in the bunch, but not this time. I finally settled on a simple black handbag with a gold toned clasp.

Now that I had my accessories, I moved on to the clothes (I'm sort of working backwards here, aren't I?). After scouring through the dress section with nary an option in sight, I headed to the dreaded black skirt aisle. Whenever I really feel up to going through this section, I always come out with something great. I just rarely feel up to it. Making my way down the row, I came up with one, two, three (!) cute black skirts to choose from. In the end I chose a black velvet number. Now for something on top. Once again I was left empty handed after going through the entire section of blouses. I was getting worried that I wouldn't be able to complete the outfit! Then I thought to go through the slips and ended up finding a pretty silk and lace top that would work perfectly. I reviewed my selections and was happy with everything I'd picked but thought the outfit would be tied together nicely with a pair of sheer tights. Luckily I found a pair in the shade I was looking for - stone grey.
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The Goods:
  • 40s era black velvet paneled skirt: $4.99 (half off)
  • 90s era black silk and lace top: $2.99 (half off)
  • 70s era grey tights: $.99
  • maroon suede Hush Puppies peep toe shoes: $4.99 (half off)
  • 50's black handbag: $4.99 (half off)

Since I was shopping on "half off day" the total for this trip came to a whopping $9.95! A lot of thrift store have "family days" or sale days and it's worth it to find out when yours has one. Just be prepared to fight the crowd and deal with screaming children and long lines.

The final result:

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61 comments:

Piglet said...

Lovely. The skirt is an amazing find!

AlicePleasance said...

A splendid outfit, a real bargain! So painful to look at, though...for the same old reason of not having thrift stores here!

Rebecca said...

Awesome post! I love it when you do this. :) I've never gone into a thrift store intentionally looking for a full outfit, but you're making me want to!!

Jennifer Ramos said...

I miss going to decent thrift stores like they had in NYC when i lived there....now i'm in Las vegas...and not much luck here.

Jen Ramos
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Eyeliah SS said...

I'm not usually one for black, but with those touches of color it realy brightens it up, such a great date look!

Lisa said...

So awesome! I hope you keep doing these shopping experiments

reilly said...

Awesome skirt!

theTrendyDwarf said...

Now that's incredible! Many people are just so fussy about buying from a thrift store because it doesn't have a fancy name like Gucci or Prada but, what they don't realize is that what matters is how you wear your clothes...not what brand they're from. Anyway, what I love about this outfit are the purple shoes because they're so unexpected! The blouse is also refreshing!
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Lexie said...

this is a gorgeous look! i'd like to go to PA just to hit up this thrift store!

CaitieCatherwood1314 said...

Very chic! I especially love the blouse and the shoes! <3

~ Caitie

Meggy_FFW said...

The outfit is lovely! But what I really wanted to say was that I think the amount of work you put into your posts is always wonderful -- and it definitely shows in this post, what with the nice borders and the extra touch of scanning in the receipt. Not many bloggers would think of doing that.

Having said that, I fully agree that the peeptoes are divine. Why do I never find shoes that nice in my local thrifts?

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katiecrackernuts said...

Well done. You've got an eye for it, that's for sure. I find people can't see how to put the pieces together they find in thrift stores. You show them and it's like a little light's come on - and then they're an op shopping convert.

LandGirlontheHomeFront said...

great finds! I love how your shoes bring out the colour of your "ink"!

hannah said...

what a great post! you really got some good finds. that skirt is especially wonderful. i rarely try to get a full outfit from one trip to the charity shop, but now i am inspired!

dearilou said...

Such great finds!

platformshoesandwintercoat said...

love this series of posts.

corrie said...

Yet again...blown away and completely JEALOUS of your finds! You look gorgeous.

anja louise said...

Black skirt aisle is the worst! It requires so much more attention than the rest of them. You did an amazing job, again! The final outfit is perfect and your hair looks so great too.

Rachel C. said...

those shoes add the perfect pop of color to your outfit. love it!

jayne said...

love the shoes, they add a nice contrast

alli said...

oh what a sweet little outfit!! i love how the blacks are different, it makes the velvet look all the more luxurious. and the grey tights are perfect!

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Tink in My Closet said...

Great finds. You put this outfit together excellently. You look gorgeous!!

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Rose said...

wowzers, you deffinatley know how to get a bargin :)
You dress so lovely too!

Rose

St├ęphanie said...

You're looking so fab !

holly blues said...

waheey! You look stunning! That outfit is perfect! xx

Sara said...

Lovely! I'm really impressed, only 10 bucks for that awesome outfit. Cool!

Kashaya said...

Lovely outfit to a really great price. So fun to read!=)

On the Brightside said...

What a cute outfit, and for such little money!

good job :)

Isabel said...

WOW - this outfit is awesome! And you really lucked out on the price - not even half of what you were willing to pay! You're a true inspiration to a thrifty woman like me.

Suzanne said...

beautiful look!

DalenaVintage said...

love the outfit and love the idea for your blog...hope to see more of a girl, a thrift store and 20 bucks!

Sally Jane said...

Thank you so much for all of your comments! I really appreciate it.

I hope to do more of these posts in the future. :)

indigorchid said...

I am always astonished at how you know when the different clothes and accessories are from. If you take suggestions for blog posts, I'd love to see one on the subject of dating vintage/thriftstore finds!

Losteardrop said...

Why, why do I live in France ?!

Marcia B. said...

girl..u killed it...awesome job!

svenskaussie said...

Brilliant finds, you look amazing, once again an utterly inspiring post.

Lily said...

Absolutely excellent! I'm glad you're showcasing how wonderful one can look for such a small amount of cash.

Anonymous said...

ah! this is great! we used to do this in high school...i should start up again.

theblogbloglog said...

Great post and outfit, of course. But, dude, I had to comment because your hairdo looks fantastic!!

Tahda said...

very well done! not sure I could have done it. The shoes are always a bit of a problem at the thrift stores I frequent. those ones are adorable.

A Life Fulfilled: Atlanta said...

I LOVE this post. What a marvelous idea to do a thrift store challenge. My thriftin' brother and I ought to challenge ourselves to this sometime.

p.s. I'm pretty sure you'd look amazing in anything in the store!

Meaghan Kelly said...

you're too good! you're just too good!

laurakitty said...

Someday I just might have to come visit you as that is such an amazing deal- the fact that you got such an great outfit for so little blows my mind!

Kelley Anne said...

That is just lovely. I wish that I could find shoes like that in the thrift stores that I frequent! Great post series.

Chelsea Bryan Knights said...

These are amazing vintage finds! I'm always looking for unique vintage pieces. I often blog about them, too!

-Chelsea Knights
http://chelseabryanknights.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

This is so beautiful! Good thrifting!

Marie Lemondrop said...

That's inspiring, I know I can get a day outfit together thrifting, but you look good enough to go to a great evening event! Congrats- hope it gets you a nice night out!

glam.spoon said...

I'm totally inspired by your organized post! a challenge is even better than going to a thrift store with no agenda.

Ashlee said...

this is such a great idea.
yay for 50% off days!
the end result looks fantastic.
those shoes...

K8 said...

What great finds for a thrift shop voyage. I'm really temped to go and start shopping through thrift stores myself.

sheHEARTSvintage said...

and THIS is why thriftin' can be so addicting, never know what you can find, pair up and how much! Love this!!

Sinjin said...

So pretty but I have a question:

aren't those pantyhose?

Jimena said...

I love it!
u got such a great outfit for almost 10 dollars (like 30 peruvian sol) ...amazing
xoxo

Bridgette said...

Phenom idea! Love this post! Great finds.

Your such an inspiration! =)

TheLuxuriousVagabond said...

All of these wonderful items for $10?! I still can't believe your luck.

Bench fan said...

Loving that style

Genna G said...

AMAZING

Kat said...

very good shopper!

Kim said...

You're lovely! I'm just a swedish 19 year old girl feeling very insecure about everything about myself but whenever I read your blog I feel a sense of joy. I don't know what it is but for me it's calming having your blog there to lift me up when I'm sad (which I'm often..) so THANK YOU :)

Lune Vintage said...

Killer! If I'm in a good mood - it seems like there are endless possibilities in a thrift store. If I'm grouchy - I totally avoid the black skirt section - heck - the whole skirt section!

Love your blog!

mary said...

Totally inspiring. I love the outfit.