Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Shopping: Visiting Thrift Stores And My Own Fabulous Find At One Of Them

Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! :) Sunday Shopping is back this week and this time it's all about Thrift Store Shopping.


My first visit to a Thrift Store was during my teenage years back in the '80s. My friends and I would go in search of Vintage dresses and men's suit jackets (for the original *borrowed from the boys* look), among other things. I continued to visit regularly in my 20's and late 30's up until my second son was born, when it became increasingly more difficult to make it there by myself and next to impossible to go with the boys in tow. I also started to become frustrated with the prices they began to charge...sometimes close to or more than new items I could find on sale at retail stores. Definitely no longer very *thrifty* to shop there at all, so for the past several years I haven't made an effort to go, other than to drop off donations.

So fast forward to yesterday: I actually did venture out for a little Thrift Store shopping. You see, I'm in search of a Pinafore Apron (all of my aprons go around my neck, which can sometimes give me a headache) and haven't had any luck finding one at any stores, online, or any that I like on Ebay, so I thought maybe one of the local thrift stores might have one. Well, I visited four of the local shops on my quest for the apron, but unfortunately one was not to be found. Thankfully the day wasn't a total bust though, and here's why... the last store had what they called a *Boutique* room. Now, I absolutely cannot pass up looking at any store, room, or area that has the name boutique on it, so of course I went in to have a look. Unfortunately though, it was filled mainly with overpriced gaudy garments...so sad. All is not lost though, since I often have good luck finding gems in the midst of a mess, I decided to go through the racks. Guess what I found? A Nanette Lepore Jacket with the matching skirt! Guess how much I paid for the set??? $12...that's it! Needless to say, I was extremely thrilled! Both pieces fit me well enough that I can wear them now, but I may see about having them tailored just a bit for a better fit, and even with that cost it will still be an exceptional bargain. Here is my find:


There are some shadows in the picture making it look a bit dark or stained in some areas, but it actually isn't at all IRL. In fact, the condition of both pieces are excellent, almost like new.


I just love this ribbon and bow detail...such a lovely added feminine touch. :)


It is also at the waistband and bottom hem of the skirt...very pretty, IMO. :) Both pieces are light weight and can easily be worn now. I see myself wearing them as separates more than I will as a suit, but it is still nice to have the option to do so if I choose. All in all, I am very pleased with my find and count yesterday's venture into Thrift Store shopping a success.

Do you go Thrift Store shopping? If so, how often? What has been your best find? Please do share! :)

Have a lovely day! 

xoxo,

35 comments:

  1. What a fabulous find!!

    I don't usually go to thrift stores but I do go to vintage clothing stores whenever I have the chance.

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  2. Wow. That IS amazing. :) Yay for you. It will look incredible on...

    I have exactly one awesome find from a thrift store...an authentic hawaiian shirt for my son that I bought for $1. They usually cost over $40, so I was thrilled!

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  3. What a beautiful set! Classic. Enjoy~

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  4. Wow, super jealous of your find! I go thrifting a lot. Some of my best finds include J Brand, 7 for All Mankind, and True Religion jeans (all for under $4 at Salvation Army!). I also once found a beautiful brand new Tahari military blazer for $1!
    Today I'm going to my favorite designer resale shop to pick up a pair of Tory Burch jeans I found for only $40!

    Happy Sunday!
    Lauren
    mildmediumhot.blogspot.com

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  5. That is an incredible find. I love the color of the suit itself and the contrast lining, the ribbon detail at the waist and hem, the little bows, it is so darling!
    You will be gorgeous in it. You could wear it to church or out for a special lunch, I just love it!
    I haven't visited thrift stores lately either, mostly because the nice things have become so expensive in recent years as you mentioned.

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  6. That was such a great find! I don't shop at thrift stores too much, only because it's hard for me to haul around my three kids and look for stuff at the same time :) I think my best find was a pair of black Penelope Mary Janes from J Crew for $15!

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  7. That's a spectacular find! Really lovely and so classic, you will have it for years.

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  8. What a great deal. I love the bows. I haven't been thrifting in so long I can't remember what my best deal was. One dress I remember was probably a 60s shift w/a beautiful print. It was sleeveless and fitted, but hung just enough away from the body. I wish I'd saved it. I think I paid $1 for it. *lol*

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  9. Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comments everyone! I took another look at the pictures I posted and wanted to comment that the color is actually more intense IRL...more like a muted jade or mint. It actually reminds me a lot of the J.Crew Surf Tweed Charter Skirt. :)

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  10. Louise: Thanks! I would actually prefer to visit a vintage clothing store, but they are further away making it more difficult for me to make a trip with my boys. The Thrift stores near me leave a whole lot to be desired, so finding this suit makes it even more surprising and exciting. :)

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  11. dinagideon: Thank you! :) Oh, don't you just love scoring great deals there on kids clothes? The Hawaiian shirt sounds adorable...how fun to have an authentic one, too. :)

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  12. What an amazing find, congrats! I love going to vintage shops. I love the throwback treasures, it's so cool to find something unique and make it fresh.

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  13. Thank you Lauren! :) Wow! You have managed to find some amazing deals, and inspired me to try and visit the local Plato's Closet here. I'd love to find a pair of TB jeans for $40...congratulations on such a great deal! :)

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  14. Thank you DaniBP! I am really looking forward to wearing it. I have a couple different ways of styling the pieces in mind, too. Now I just need some spare time to try them out. :)

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  15. Momoberry: Thank you! I am in the same boat as you...my 4 boys would never last more than 5 minutes in the store, so I don't even try taking them.

    Finding the Penelope Mary Janes for $15 is fantastic! :)

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  16. Gigi: Thanks! :) Ahh, the good ole' days, when you could actually find a dress for a $1 at the thrift store...

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  17. You had the best thrift shopping success ever. That suit was easily $600-700 full price. It looks to be in perfect condition!

    I used to thrift regularly and find amazing things. I think my best find is a vintage Fendi clutch bag for $2. I haven't been in ages though. I just don't have time to do it.m

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  18. Desert Flower: Thank you! This is absolutely my best thrift store find to date. :) I always check the handbags hoping to discover a treasure like your Fendi bag but haven't had any luck so far. $2 is really an amazing deal!

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  19. sunday shopping is great and visit there is a fabulous...

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  20. I go in spurts. Right now I go quite a bit since there's a Goodwill right on the way home from my two day a week job. My best finds recently were a Lilly Pulitzer skort and new J Crew s/s cashmere sweater. On Thursday I found a ton of LP capris and even a vintage LP skirt, but not my size and not great styles. Best find ever was a brand new pair of Tory Burch driving mocs for $4.99. Not my size, but sold on eBay for $150.00.

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  21. What a wonderful find! I do thrift and because I'm hard to fit I have more luck with accessories than clothes. But the same is true for F21 or H&M. All involve trying on lots of things to find one or two gems. With the poor quality of clothing lately I'm trying to thrift more just to find better quality items.

    Just a few weeks ago I hit the charity thrift by my office. I never had any luck there but this time I found several items, including a much needed LBD - Tallbots, in my odd size (10p), lightweight wool, $6.

    So the takeaway is if you're going to thrift you need to stop by often and be open minded!

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  22. I used to stop by thirft store on a daily basis when I lived in the U.K. I passed 4 of them twice a day to and from school. I found so many great pieces at old school prices. I had such a blast for 2 solid years doing this! They are called charity shops in the UK and one I went to only took the best of the best in clothing and ironed each piece and the placed looked like the clothing was new and not second hand.

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  23. What???? AMAZING!! Very cute and very classy outfit. Don't you love when things like that happen to our wallets? You will look gorgeous in it!

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  24. That is a fabulous thrift find! I love the color, detailing, price and the fact that it is in one of my favorite fabrics, tweed.

    I go to the thrift store every now and then and feel like some of the pricing is totally off, especially when it comes to regular mall stores items, i.e. Gap.

    My best thrift scored to date is also a Nanette Lepore item. I was having no luck finding anything and spotted the tag. I said to myself I was getting it even if it wasn't my size (luckily it was). So, I got a Nanette Lepore sweater blazer for $3!!! I love it!!!

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  25. eThat is absolutely one most fabulous find!! I need to get my butt to thrift stores more often.


    <3 Marina
    Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

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  26. Anon @3:59pm: It sounds like you've found some really great deals! It's also nice to have a shop on your way home from work so you can check regularly. Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  27. Generation Kvetch: THANK YOU, and CONGRATULATIONS on your LBD...what a fantastic deal! I agree with you about going frequently and keeping an open mind when thrifting, plus it doesn't hurt to look through each item on the racks. That's how I found my NL treasure. :)

    Thank you so much for stopping by! It's great to know that you're ok!

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  28. Anon@5:04pm: I stopped in to some Charity shops when I was in the UK back in the late 90's and loved them! You are so fortunate to have been able to visit regularly for 2 years! I wish the shops here would take as much care with the clothing as the ones you frequented did. Do you ever go thrifting now?

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  29. Thank you The Outfit of the day! Yes, I absolutely LOVE finding a deal like this...it makes me VERY happy! :)

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  30. fshnonmymind: Thank you! :) The pricing really IS off on most of the items. It seems that so many of the shops have gotten *wise* to the labels or popular brands and then inflate their prices on them. Not nice at all, IMO.

    Congrats on your NL sweater blazer...what a fabulous find! :)

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  31. Thank you Marina! I'm going to try to visit more often now, too. :)

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