Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Giveaway!

I've been making some fun items with this pretty, summery fabric...and I have a charm pack to give away to one of you! Leave me a comment about how you are staying cool this summer and you'll be entered to win. :) I liked how this mug rug turned out so well that I decided to keep it for myself instead of selling it.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Thrifting Part 2: Where to Shop, Cost, and Patience

Here's my daughter "modeling" a garage sale Carter's t-shirt that is one of her favorites...or it was until she got popsicle on it last Friday. ;)

It's been longer than a week, but I've been thinking this post over since I wrote the first installment of this thrifting series. For part 2, I want to cover where I shop, how much I typically spend on items, and being patient while thrifting.

My main source of thrift store shopping is Goodwill. We do have some smaller resale and consignment shops around here that are pretty good, but the consignment stores are quite a bit more expensive than Goodwill. We used to have a Salvation Army thrift store, but I believe that closed a few years ago. I have gotten the bulk of my thrifted wardrobe items from 3 different Goodwill stores within 20 minutes of my home. I definitely have a "favorite" Goodwill that is about 10 minutes from my house - it is smaller, but they get really nice items and it is a manageable store for me to browse with my daughter with me.

Our Goodwill stores are organized by gender and type of clothing. I know I have heard of people say that their Goodwill stores are organized by color as well, but I have not found that to be the case at ours. I typically look at shirts, tanks, dresses, pants, jeans, and depending on the season, sweaters, jackets, and shorts/capris. There is usually a much larger selection of tops than pants. Prices range from $2.29 for tanks to $5.29 for dresses. Sometimes the stores have sales or coupons, which I will talk about in a later post.

I am usually willing to spend $4.50 for pants, some tops, jeans, and jackets, as well as $5.50 or so for dresses. When I think about how many times I have been able to find pants I like in a retail store for $4.50 or a dress for $5.50, that usually convinces me to spend that amount at Goodwill. Also, I like brand name clothes (Ann Taylor Loft, Gap, Banana Republic, etc.) and these prices seem pretty reasonable to me for these brands. For tops, I have to really like something and feel that it is well made for the price of $4.50. I don't normally purchase t-shirts at Goodwill because I usually can find them on the clearance racks new for $2-5 in Target or Kohl's.

Garage sales are another option for this time of year. Last weekend, I picked up a Limited ruffle blouse and an Ann Taylor Loft top for $0.50 each. Prices at garage sales can be really awesome if you have the time to look.

I will tell you that when I started out thrifting, I would either buy things I didn't love because the price seemed right or got really discouraged if I didn't find something every time. In fact, I am planning a shopping and thrifting break for the next week or two because I have been getting really discouraged that I haven't been finding what I am looking for. Honestly, I don't really "need" anything, so my husband wisely counseled me to take a little break.

Thrifting does take patience. Some weeks there appears to be nothing I want, and other times I find a beautiful dress or a pair of jeans that are just what I am looking for.

Where are your favorite places to thrift? What are the prices like in your area? How much are you willing to pay for thrifted items? Also, does your store sell thrifted Target stock? Or another store? I'd love to hear, so leave me a comment!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thrifting: How I Got Started

My daughter took this photo...and made me pose with the flowers.

Grey cropped capris: Old Navy (Thrifted)
Tie neck blouse: Jonathan Martin (Thrifted)
Flip flops, necklace, earrings: Avon
Beaded bracelet: Target

I am so excited to get this thrifting series started! I am hoping to post about once a week on a topic relating to my experiences with thrifting and some of the tips and tricks I've developed as I have gotten more interested in it.

Here is a series overview:
  • How I Got Started
  • Clearing Out the Wardrobe and Discovering My Style
  • Deciding Where to Thrift and Being Patient
  • Shopping With a List...or Not
  • Shopping for Trends
  • Special Sales
  • Reselling Thrifted Finds
I may add some more topics if I think of things I'd like to include or if any of you have specific questions!

Here is my thrifting story. We have always gone shopping at garage sales, but not typically for clothes, except for my daughter. I also have always enjoyed clothes and shopping, with the exception of a few years after my daughter was born. I am the type that never buys something full price. I go straight to the clearance rack and usually don't buy unless things are pretty deeply discounted. I had stopped in Goodwill a few times, but rarely, if ever, found anything, so I crossed it off my list of stores to visit.

Once I became interested in shopping again after having my daughter, I realized that most of the clothes in my closet really didn't fit my personality, style, job, or life anymore. So I decided to start looking for clothes...but I was not finding the same bargains I was used to. Prices seemed a lot higher and sales weren't as good. I had started reading some blogs like Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and her Frugal Fashionista series, Biblical Homemaking, and Five Days, Five Ways. These ladies were finding some awesome deals at thrift stores like I decided to give it one more try - and boy am I glad that I did!

I have been amazed at the beautiful, awesome clothing that I have found since thrifting. Pants, jeans, shirts, sweaters, shoes, dresses - sometimes barely worn or new with tags. Thrifting has allowed me to rebuild my wardrobe in a frugal way that fits into our budget, allows me to try out new trends, have access to better brands of clothing that hold up well, and even make money by reselling thrifted finds. I have been buying clothes secondhand for over a year now. I still shop the clearance racks and sales, but I think around 50-75% of my "new" wardrobe finds are from thrift stores.

So that is my thrifting story...what's yours? Do you buy your clothes at garage sales or Goodwill? What is your favorite thrift store or your favorite thrift store find? Leave me a comment!

I'll be back next week (if not sooner) with some ideas about deciding where to thrift and being patient while thrifting.

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

It's June!

So May is over and June is here! It has been a busy month around here with lots of ups and downs, but I am grateful for the lovely flowers and that summer is around the corner.

We have plans for the blog and the shop coming up - I'm working on some new infinity scarves for the shop and am hoping to put up a series of posts about thrifting. I've been thrifting for many of my clothes over the last year and am amazed at all the good things I have been finding. I'd like to share some thrifting tips and tricks that have helped me and also get some of your ideas.

We also will have a June giveaway, a Yard Sale Saturday post coming up tonight or tomorrow, book reviews, and more! What are your summer plans? I would love to hear about them!

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