Grand Theft Thrift


me: “do you think this ledge can hold me?” husband: “uh, yeah. it’s concrete. how big do you think you are?”
Talbots shorts (thrifted) | Route 66 tank (Kmart clearance) | Antonio Milani leather espadrilles | BUILT laptop sleeve 

I’m not one to brag, but some thrift haul shopping victories require a little personal horn-tooting. Last Saturday, I had the morning off, but Chad was working across town and I needed to stay close to the shop in case any last-minute deliveries came in. There’s a great thrift store right across the street from us, so I popped in to kill a little time.

It was buy-one-get-one-free day.

As if that wasn’t enough to send my little bargain shopping heart a’flutter, it appeared that a well-dressed petite lady with my size and style had just purged her closet and donated it all to this very thrift store. I walked {read: strutted with head held high} out of there with two pairs of White House Black Market crops, JCrew khaki bermudas, a pair of private label white jeans, these Talbots shorts, two lightweight sweaters, the perfect western denim button-up, a vintage coral Anne Klein silk blouse, and a pretty little aubergine one-piece swimsuit. Each item was dry cleaned and pressed, showed no signs of wear, and a few pieces even had the retail tags attached.

My grand total: $56. Toot-toot!

I left with a combination of dizzying bargainista endorphins and a strange lurking guilt, feeling like I’d just shoplifted this stash for the amount of cash I paid. Perhaps this is a testimony of good thrifting karma. I donate good things to this thrift store (which benefits the charities of a large catholic church in our community) and I get good things back. Possible?

Author: Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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  • Is this downtown at the restaurant “The Place” It looks SOOO familiar!
    Love your blog so much.

  • Someday I’m going to be in your neighborhood and we will go thrifting and eat chocolate all day. Because I completely agree that we would be the best of friends if we lived near each other! Someday…

  • woah look at you go. i haven’t been thrifting in a while. my poor college student budget is too tight even for that. ha. but lucky you, finding all these fancy things. definitely thrift karma.

  • Ha! I love that you just basically bought someone’s closet purge!
    Also, the bleached out pattern on the shirt from my thrift post is courtesy of Joe Fresh, not my skills…sadly.

  • This outfit is fabulous! And dang, that is quite the thrift store haul. I love finds like that. One day I walked into my favorite store and someone had just donated the most adorable dresses and skirts in my size. You bet I scooped them up.

  • Hi! You look darling! I love your blog and I also love thrift-store shopping. For one thing it does help the community…and I feel much more creative putting an outfit together out of ‘thrift-finds’.

    I also donate my nice things to these same stores. Karma, right? On any given day, when I feel very ‘put together’, I like to take stock of how much I paid for the entire outfit I’m wearing. It is usually somewhere around $100 for top, pants, shoes, purse, scarf, jewelry, etc. My outfits are usually a combination of a couple of new things (Ross) paired with thrift store finds. It’s so fun, and I always get compliments on my outfits. Sometimes I even share where I got everything! But only sometimes!

    Best of all, I’m starting to see more and more young women in my favorite thrift stores, and they get just as excited as I do to find fabulous next-to-new bargains.

    Thanks for getting the word out!