There are so many treasure to be found in a thrift store. I have found brands from Calvin Klein to St. John. The first thing I think about is if I’m really getting a bargain after I add the cost of the item and the amount I am going to pay for cleaning it. For example, the cashmere sweater I’m wearing in this photo is 100% cashmere and the price was 3.50. When I add the dry cleaning cost of 4.50 my total out of pocket will be 8.00. Brand new this sweater would have cost me anywhere from 60.00 to 130.00 so yes, I knew I was getting a great deal.
Let’s say I find a nice silk sweater, the brand is a mall retail brand and the price is marked at 15.00. Of course silk is dry clean only so I add an additional 4.50, my total is going to be 19.50. I know that I can find a similar brand new sweater at the end of the season for 20 – 25.00. I’m not going to spend 19.50 for a used one.
It is so very important to count the cost of cleaning your thrifted finds. If I find a dry clean only item that costs more thrifted than I know I would pay new on sale, that item is staying right on the rack. Thrifting is about saving money and if you are spending the same amount or more money on a used item than you would purchasing the same item new then your not reaping the benefits of thrifting.
I really try to thrift items I can clean at home, this saves me a lot of money. I often use dish detergent to hand wash delicate fabrics by hand and then hang them to dry. When I have a really good thrift day, my bathroom shower rod is lined with all the great bargains I found. My husband just loves these days…lol. It’s a great practice to clean items as soon as you purchase them. If you are anything like me the longer you let them sit in our closet the more likely you forget about them. This leads to a huge stack of thrifted clothing that you never had a chance to wear.
I save a lot of money on dry cleaning by using coupons from my local paper and weekly mailers. Some dry cleaners even take competitor coupons. Find out the daily discount schedule for your local dry cleaners. For instance, I know that the dry cleaners I use charge 2.00 for business shirts on Tuesdays. Any buttoned down shirts I thrift (that I don’t want to put in the washing machine) go to the cleaners on that specific day.
The trench coat that I’m wearing in this photo cost 10.00 and dry cleaning was 10.00. I spotted it across the room on a rack in the middle of the floor. The vibrant pink flowers immediately grabbed my attention. I wasn’t sure how much it cost but I was pretty sure it was going home with me. It’s a very nice coat with a lining making it perfect for our chilly fall and early spring weather. It was definitely 20.00 well spent.
I’m not sure if I can blame my current obsession with vests on the fact that I’m 46 and starting to experience “private personal summers”. I have found myself reaching for a a vest now that the temps have started to get cooler. I have always been a “cold natured” person. This has changed over the past four or five years. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a nice coat. Vests are just so versatile and can quickly be removed if things (or me) start to heat up!
Last month I was searching for bright new color to add to my growing collection and went straight to the Thred Up website. I found this beautiful emerald green beauty by Talbots at about 70% off the retail price. This particular one is a light quilted (cotton) style so it’s perfect for the weather that we are having now (chilly mornings and mild afternoons).
I have found that thrifting an outwear item like this vest allows me to purchase two or three different colors and styles and pay the price I would spend on one in a retail store. Now, just like all other clothing, shopping off season or at the end of season will always guarantee you a good deal. But there are times when we want to wear a particular trend and don’t want to wait and that’s when thrifting comes in handy. Vest’s are definitely trending this season.
Weather you are looking for a puffer, fur, quilted, down or denim vest Thred Up is a great place to start. You can use the code “THEBROWNCLOSET” to get an additional 50% off a 50.00 purchase.
- Blue and white checkered shirt / Banana Republic Factory Outlet
- Blue and green scarf / Gap
- Dark denim jeggings / Gap Factory Outlet
- Green vest / Thred Up
- Nude booties / Tommy Hilfiger / Burlington Coat Factory
- Gold handbag / J Crew
I have been shopping with ThredUp for about a year now and they never disappoint when it comes to finding the seasons top trends at great prices. Today I’m sharing the top three reasons why I love shopping with ThredUp.
- Customized Thrift Shopping – When you first sign up on the site you are asked for your sizes (in clothing and shoes) and your brand preferences. You only have to enter the information once and from that point on when you log on and search for items only items in your size will show, this is probably one of my favorite features. I mean, how many of you have found the perfect article of clothing only to select the size and it’s sold out? This won’t happen with ThredUp, if I search for a black sweater I know that only black sweaters in my size will be displayed. I also like that on the bottom of my home page there are selections of clothing from my brand preferences or shopping history so I can just select from my favorite brands ( Women’s Brands )and go straight to their page to shop the latest new arrivals, again only in my size ( New Arrivals ). How awesome is that!!!
- The Selection – When I say there is something for every budget, that’s what I mean. I can honestly say that I have gone on the site with a budget of 40.00 and found up to 3 items (one of the items being a pair of shoes). There are coats, shoes, handbags, sweaters, athletic wear, I could go on and on. Weather you love Ann Taylor or Dolce and Gabanna you are sure to find your favorite clothing line represented on the site.
- Return Policy – It’s simple. If you don’t like and item you have 14 days to return it, I am a thrifter, so I know how strict some thrift stores and consignment shops are when it comes to returning items. With thredup, if I don’t like an item or let’s say the large I received fit more like a small, I am not married to the item, I can send it back for a store credit. This works out well for me because I know I will find something to replace the item.
Did I convince you to give it a try? If the answer is yes you can use the discount code “THEBROWNCLOSET” when you check out for an additional 50% off a 50.00 purchase. I have attached a few links below with similar items to the poncho I’m wearing and leather leopard tote. If you have questions please feel free reach out to me.
Remember…#secondhandfirst …..happy shopping ladies!!!!
Handbags and Totes
I don’t always go into a thrift store with a game plan. Sometimes I’m just browsing around to see what I can find and sometimes I have a specific mission. This past Friday my mission was to find red, white and blue clothing to wear for the 4th of July holiday. The awesome thing about thrifting holiday attire is, I often find items I can wear more than once. For example, If I purchase a t-shirt with a flag and the year 2017 on it, I probably wouldn’t wear it more than once, well maybe twice since Labor Day will be here before you know it. But if I take that same 4 – 5 dollars and thrift a solid red t-shirt for let’s say 3 – 4 dollars more than likely I will be wearing that red t-shirt through the remainder of the summer and many more summer’s to come (not to mention layered under a sweater in the colder months).
Side note…I love the American Flag and have nothing at all against t-shirts with our flag on them!!!!
Well, my trip was very successful. I left the store with 1 red midi halter dress, 1 pair of denim capri pants, 2 white tank tops (you can never have enough white tank tops, definitely a wardrobe staple), and a white and red checkered sleeveless button down shirt. My grand total spent was 18.00.
I paired the checkered shirt with one of the white tanks, the denim capri pants and these super cute red and blue wedge sandals that I thrifted back in December. Well of course I needed to add some blue so I added my navy Gap cardigan. Perfect outfit for a backyard bbq (I’m thinking the wedges could definitely be substituted for a pair of comfy Keds).
There is nothing more comfortable than a summer sundress. This red halter dress can definitely be worn all summer long. Of course I paired it with a cropped denim jacket because I love jean jackets and dress’…lol. I added the white tank underneath because it is a low cut dress. My blue statement necklace was the icing on the cake.
So just remember, if you have a limited budget but want a new outfit for the summer holidays, look no further than your local thrift shop!
Happy Thrifting Ladies
Today was a perfect day for my head to toe thrifted look. I woke up to 50 degree weather so I was very happy to not have to wear a coat. Don’t get me wrong, I know all to well how the temperature can change within a matter of hours here. I decided to enjoy the warmer temps while I could. The really great thing about cardigans is that they can be layered with a shirt to add dimension to your look and also to keep you warm. The absolute best thing about this outfit is that it cost thirty nine dollars for everything (including the boots). Definitely an awesome thrift score!
- Cardigan, skirt, black leather boots, and black and pink flowered scarf, all thrifted
- White Long Sleeved T / Gap
- Handbag / Khols