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?

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  1. 11.18.11
    Malorie said:

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

  2. 8.10.11
    Lauren said:

    Wow! Great finds. In other news.. I am in love with your shoes! :)

  3. 8.10.11

    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…

  4. 8.9.11
    Megan said:

    Cute! Love the laughter in the photos :)

  5. 8.9.11
    Jeanna said:

    Nice! Thrift stores in my area do NOT carry such fantastic things (or have such great sales!). Those sound like amazing finds!

  6. 8.9.11
    jackie said:

    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.

  7. 8.9.11
    jentine said:

    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.

  8. 8.9.11

    Great outfit! I love Thrifting! What a haul you got! Can’t wait to see it. And yes, it must absolutely be karma!

  9. 8.9.11
    Kate said:

    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.

  10. 8.9.11
    Allie said:

    Wow what great finds you scored! Can’t wait to see how you style all of them!!

  11. 8.9.11

    That’s amazing! I hope to have similar luck tomorrow when I hit ups some thrift shops. Mama needs a silk shirt! :)

  12. 8.9.11

    I LOVE me a good thrift haul! Great scores! I can’t wait to see them all.

    PS-love the convo with you and the hubby. LOL

  13. 8.9.11

    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!

  14. 8.9.11
    lisa said:

    congrats on your haul! that’s so awesome!

  15. 8.9.11

    That’s a pretty laptop sleeve, so cute! Love how happy you look here :)

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  16. 8.9.11
    soanthro said:

    SO jealous, I have never been good at thrift shopping! You look darling and made out with some incredible buys!!

  17. 8.9.11
    Sydney said:

    awesome thrifting score. If there were thrifting awards you would be wearing a shiny medal around your neck