Back story.. After two kids, what I consider major and abrupt weight loss and the desperate need to update my wardrobe I pledged to myself a clothing allowance.. I know, I know sounds funny, but I have this list called priorities and previously clothing for myself wasn’t making the cut. I had clothing, albeit not very appealing, but it did the job…
Inspired by A Thrifty Mom’s Fashion Style Boards and her copy cat match-ups at Amazon.com. My favorite boards and favorite finds from A Thrifty Mom’s style boards are actually a few of her first to be posted. If you choose to go take a peek, I do suggests checking out all of her great fashion style boards (for women and men too!).
This is one of my favorites.
Unfortunately, I still felt that the prices for items I wanted was adding up to way too much.. Over $300 was in my Amazon.com cart at one point(for about two or three complete outfits, a couple scarves, a necklace, a basic top or two and two pairs of boots).. Alright, I leave all these wonderful items in my amazon.com cart and one Saturday morning I head to my local Goodwill.
I saved the fashion style boards from A Thrifty Mom and specific pics from Amazon.com that I liked the most to my phone, just in case I needed to reference them for inspiration while shopping.
I spent 2 hours at Goodwill, constantly in and out of the dressing room (so much the lady thought I was stealing stuff). It was my last trip to the dressing room, I had found a wonderful Calvin Klein dress to try one with a wide belt. I asked the attendant if I could take the belt inside and have it counted with my six item limit, she agreed. I tried the dress and belt on and they looked fabulous together. On my way out of the dressing room I dropped the belt, without noticing, on the floor of the fitting room. The attendant immediately started to rifle through my cart and my items I had just brought out of the dressing room. She was asking me what I had done with the wallet I took into the room. I had no idea what she was talking about. Then she said it was a red wallet. OH! You mean that belt I really want and now I cant find it. I said to her, maybe I dropped it on the floor in the dressing room. I actually had to repeat that a couple of times before she would re-open the room to look. She retrieved the belt for me and I headed for the check-out line, leaving her behind and probably embarrassed.
I leave spending $101.50 and get 3 cardigans, one pair of black skinny jeans, one amazing skirt, one hot dress, two belts, 1 pair of flats, a purse and 4 tops.. all of which interchange with each other. There was one more item in my total, a game for my son that cost $2.99.
I did end up buying one pair of boots off of amazon.com for 28.99. Shopping for used or new donated shoes isn’t something I have the patience for.
The jeans aren’t pictured here because I can’t seem to take a picture of myself wearing them! My favorites on this trip were the black Calvin Klein dress and the grey skirt. I hope that this inspires you to go make some excellent finds at your local favorite thrift shop!
Now if anyone has tips on how I can take better pictures, please let me know! 🙂