Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday-Thrift Store Edition

People often comment that the Goodwill stores in their towns don't have fashionable clothing like mine. Well, I talk to people all the time who have gone to the same Goodwill where I shop and they tell me the same thing! They can't ever find anything!

So, here are some things that I've learned along the way about Goodwill shopping:

1. Don't have any expectations of finding a certain item. Keep an open mind!

2. Go on a regular basis. I shop about 3-4 times a month and almost always find something.

3. Don't look at sizes. The clothes I've gotten from Goodwill range from a size 0 to size 8. Normally, I don't fit anywhere close to a 0, but I recently bought an A-line skirt that was a size 0 and for some reason it fits. So, if it looks like it might work, TRY IT ON! You never know.

4. I don't look through every single item on the rack. I glance to find colors I like, sleeves that look interesting, and to see the condition of the fabric. I always look at the return rack (where people put their clothes that they just tried on but didn't want) and I've often found things I like.

5. Only buy clothes that you love and that fit correctly. You'll just waste money if you buy something you'll never wear.

6. Don't give up! You may be surprised what you find if you keep trying!


Ok, so here is my "What I Wore" post, linking up to the Pleated Poppy...

This look is from a few weeks ago but I never posted it:
Cream cardi: Goodwill (Ann Taylor Loft)
Flower pin on waist: made by me (here is the link to the tutorial)
Skirt: Goodwill (Gap)
Shoes: Goodwill


Thursday:
Yellow dress: Walmart
Sandals: yard sale


Sunday morning:
Gray dress: Goodwill (Gap)
Shoes: Goodwill (Sofft)
Belt: Goodwill


The gray Gap dress was my Goodwill find-of-the-month! Yay! It was missing a belt, so I found this silver belt from Goodwill that works to go with it.



Sunday night:
White top: Goodwill (Old Navy)
Skirt: Goodwill
Shoes: Goodwill
Belt: Goodwill
Flower attached to belt: Amelia's discount grocery


Happy Goodwill Shopping!


19 comments:

  1. Great outfits! In love seeing what people put together from thrift shops! I find alot of Gap, Loft, Banana Republic stuff at my Goodwill...especially skirts!

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  2. Great pointers, I really need to try the Goodwill shopping thing, especially seeing how great you look in your finds, love the skirts (all of them) :) Thanks for inspiring me! Hopefully next week, I will add some thrift to my wardrobe ;)
    Britney
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  3. Great tips. Love the outfits!

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  4. Loved this post. I go to yard sales all the time and people say the same thing-- that they never find anything... Cute outfits!!

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  5. LOVE IT!! Who needs brand new when you can find the best in a thrift shop?? ;) You look great! :)

    I popped over from WIWW ;)
    Erin
    www.gracefilledblog.com

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  6. I LOVE your outfits! That gray dress is SO cute. I participated in WIWW today too and almost everything was thrifted. Thrifting does take a little work, but it's worth it. I also take a wide range of sizes.
    -FringeGirl

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  7. love all of the skirts

    the belt in #3 is super cute

    the whole outfit in #4, looks great

    Thanks for sharing

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  8. Such CUTE outfits! Thanks for sharing!

    -Hannah

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  9. LOVE your outfits!!! that grey dress is beautiful, and the belt is amazing. I love the design!!! Seriously great outfits, they are some of the best I have seen today!

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  10. You're definitely a goodwill PRO! Loving the outfits and pieces you found!

    I've got two great giveaways on my blog this week...you should check them out!

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  11. im visiting from the pleated poppy... love the gap dress! i am jealous of your GW finds... ive gotta try thrift store shopping myself. have a great day!

    http://acrazywalkonthesafeside.blogspot.com/

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  12. Diggin' the Gap dress! Super cute finds!
    Check out my outfits: http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-i-wore-wednesday-3.html

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  13. Wow, those are some great finds! :) I love your skirts and the dress! I have been looking for skirts, but no luck... I did find great jeans and cute tops recently, though! :)

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  14. The gray dress with the white belt is my favorite...such a great look!

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  15. Sunday's outfit is ADORABLE!! I LOVe the belt and the shoes!

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  16. You have inspired me. I am living out of town this summer and the Goodwill here is AWESOME. I've been twice this week.

    Today I snagged some awesome finds!

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  17. Adorable outfits! I love all your bargains and am glad to see that I'm not the only WIWW thrift store shopper!

    Most of the shoes in my WIWW have been from the thrift store, as well as many of my clothes. Why pay more, lol!

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  18. I must head to your Goodwill . . . you always put together such adorable outfits! I've been following your blog for nearly a year now and really enjoy seeing what you put together, the fun you have with your kiddos and your eye for design, especially your inspirtational art! Thanks for sharing your gifts with the blogging community!

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I love hearing from you! Thanks for your comments! ~Aimee

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