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I’m having an affair with ThredUp.com (Shhhhh…don’t tell Goodwill)

There is a point that I reach in every pregnancy where getting dressed just sounds like a joke. A cruel, sadistic joke that had to have been invented by a man, who, by laws of nature, will never have to experience this particular level of extreme clothing aversion.

Of course, by “dressed,” I mean in anything other than items made from the stretchiest of materials. (Wandering around in the buff sounds even crueler–especially to those around me–than actually clothing myself).

And I am here to say, my friends, that I have reached that point. At 39 weeks and change, there are very few items in my closet with whom I am still on speaking terms. Last week alone, I had a girls’ night out and a date night with my husband–both of which are rare and cherished occurrences. And yet. They required semi-cute outfits that didn’t leave 3 1/2 inches of belly exposed. Ugh.

Now, in all likelihood, I’ve still got a ways to go (my babies tend to be fashionably late to the party), so the 6 items I have left in my closet that still look decent and cover the bump will be on constant repeat for the next ____________ (insert more days than I care to even consider).

So, what’s a very pregnant girl to do?

Why, browse for clothes for when she’s not pregnant anymore (which might be in 2015…yipes!), of course.

And where is said very pregnant girl to do such browsing?…since actually going to a store and trying on anything would be enough to send her on a crying jag of such epic proportions that it might take a very large Coke Icee and several Snickers bars to quell it? Oh, and especially since said pregnant girl doesn’t exactly want to drop a wad of cash on these after-baby clothes that may or may not fit for another 3 months (optimistically).

The answer: ThredUp.com

Have you heard of it?

It’s an online used clothing consignment site that lets you search by brand name, size, item type, color, and pretty much any other qualifier your heart could desire until you find just the right thing in just the right size.

The pictures they display are usually quite clear and detailed, they carry a huge variety of brands, and–maybe best of all in my mind–they give each article of clothing a “wear” rating and include a description of any possible flaws.

I was fairly unfamiliar with the site until a few weeks ago, when I did a FB poll, and several lovely peeps assured me of their good experiences with ThredUp and even clued me in to a 40% off an entire order coupon that I could use.

So! With my coupon code copied to my clipboard, I proceeded to spend a Friday evening snuggled next to my husband, watching a movie with one eye while browsing ThredUp for the best deals with my other (apparently, I have very talented, slightly schizo eyeballs; just don’t quiz me about the movie plot).

And you know what I discovered? Some really amazing deals.

Want proof?

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I was very picky with my selections–only choosing name brand items that were described as “like new” condition, with a starting price point of $12 or less (most way less)

And while, yes, it probably looks like I bought items for next spring (which, hey, may be the most realistic projection for when I can fit into them), the truth is that our Texas winters tend to be mild enough that I should be able to wear the shirts under layers like cardigans and the dresses with tights, boots, and jackets as soon as I’m able to squeeze into them.

To my delight, all of the items arrived in true “like new” condition (I’m pretty sure several of them, including the shoes, had never been worn) and were exactly as described/pictured on the site.

And now, because I’m sure you’re dying to know the total for my haul, I am happy to announce that I got 2 dresses, 4 tops, one pair of shoes, and one wool-blend zip-up hoodie (ah, how I love hoodies!) for…

$50. 58 

And I never left my house. (#holla)

Saaaaaaaay WHAT?!!!

Shipping was free on orders over $50 (did I nail that or what?), and then there was the 40% off coupon, so I got about the best deal I possibly could have. But still. Mint condition, cute clothes, shipped to your door for only a little more than Goodwill prices?

Can’t. be. beat.

And before you think that I have signed up to be a spokesperson for ThredUp (although, apparently, I should, huh?) this post is simply a public service announcement to all of you fellow thrifties who love a good deal as much as I do.

In case you can’t already tell, I’m a fan.

So, spill: have any of you ever tried ThredUp? Were you as impressed as I was? I was genuinely happy with everything from the packaging (which was cute and thorough) to the clothing quality and accuracy.

Did this post give you a hankering to try it for yourself? If so, shoot me your email address at blogabbie{at}gmail{dot}com or just leave it in the comments, and I’ll send you a friend share code that gives you an automatic $10 credit if you’re a first-time customer. In full disclosure, it also gives me $10 for sharing, but, while it probably seems like this was the ulterior motive of this post, the truth is that I was just so excited to share about my score that wrote the entire post, hit publish, and THEN went to the site and realized that I could use the friend-share code with as many people as I wanted (I had previously thought it was a one time thing). So…NO PRESSURE at all, but if you’re interested in giving it a go…we both win! ;)

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A trip down the junking rabbit hole…

We have a local Facebook Swap and Shop that’s actually quite good. The people that run it are a wee bit militant about the rules, but, really, that’s a good thing because it makes everybody a little jumpy that they’re going to get kicked off the forum and miss out on some killer deals.

It’s not perfect, certainly, and sometimes wonky stuff happens (I’m still mourning the loss of an amazing deal on some Leapsters for my kids due to a random—or maybe not so much—deletion of a post I was first in line for). But considering that I started selling in earnest on it last week and am 6 for 7 at my full asking price with zero no-shows, I’m going to say it’s a better use of my time than Craigslist.

Last Thursday, I posted this chair to FB and IG, noting that I was taking pictures to sell it but was having second thoughts.

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I love that chair. But after two years of shuffling it from room to room in my house without finding a good fit, I had to face the truth: my home wasn’t itshome, and it was just taking up valuable space. Several of you expressed outrage that I would part with it, and one of you even volunteered to have a relative who lives close to me pick it up after you paid me via Pay Pal.

Alas, it was too late. I posted it to the swap and shop, and it sold in 4 minutes (I’m thinking I miiiiiiiight have priced it a bit low) with a long line of “nexts” almost immediately.

The lady that bought it private messaged me arranging to meet and asking if I had anything else to sell. I said yes, took a few pictures to send her, then went on with my day. The next day, we were supposed to meet when I was in town running errands and hanging out with a friend, but she couldn’t because she had met another woman to get more things, and her truck was full. That revelation cemented my suspicion that the woman buying my chair was a professional junker, probably with a shop or some sort of resale business.

I told her that I could meet later, but it would probably be much later since I didn’t want to curtail my time with my friend, Lindsay, just to run off and do a furniture meet. Her response? “That’s fine. I’m a night owl.” It was settled.

But then I texted her around 9:45 PM and told her when I’d be headed her way, and she responded that she was tired and didn’t feel well, and could we possibly meet the next day? I had already told her that was a no-go because I was experiencing something extremely rare–a van full of furniture instead of children. Its usual occupants would return the next day, so the furniture had to go. I told her I would deliver the items to her (it wasn’t too far out of my way).

And so, at 10:30 at night, I drove to a complete stranger’s house, the directions to which went something like: “Last house on the left at the bottom of the hill” (I texted Lindsay: “Does this sound like the directions to a serial killer’s house, or is that just me?”).

As I pulled up in her driveway, I could see that my suspicions had been correct (the junking suspicions, NOT the serial killer ones!). There were old this and thats scattered across her driveway, and her cars were parked outside a sizable garage, which told me that it too was full of loot.

The lady approached and introduced herself: “Ann Drew.” (Say that out loud).

I unloaded my stuff and started to browse through the items laid out on the driveway, my pulse quickening as I realized that this was junker’s paradise! Ann picked up on my interest immediately and proceeded to give me the grand tour of several outbuildings, all of which were overflowing with every type of vintage doodad and furniture imaginable. Before long, I was picking up an item here or there and asking, “How much for this one?”

I am in purge mode at the house, so I forced myself to limit my questions to things I was already looking for to fill a space or a specific purpose. It took considerable willpower to ignore oodles of amazing…stuff, but I managed, despite Ann’s repeated teases of: “Don’t you just loooooove this? Can’t you just see it in your house?” Sometimes, the answer was, “Yes and yes.” But I stood strong.

Here’s the craziest part, though (well, almost the craziest part; that one’s coming): whenever it occurred to me to ask if she had something specific, she always did—usually in triplicate. It was a bit mind blowing just how.much.junk this lady had accumulated.

Of course, my mind didn’t actually completely blow up until Ann had me walk down the road to a cute little manufactured building on their property where she had “some designer purses.”

And then she opened the door to reveal a 900 square foot space crammed to the gills with every possible rendition of Dooney and Bourke and Coach bags. Every color. Every style. Every year. My mouth sagged open, and my nostrils flared as they inhaled the smell of expensive leather. We stood in that temple of temptation for at least an hour minutes, chatting about her various purse purchases as she attempted to sell me on one model after another. Thing is: I’m just not into designer purses. In fact, I kind of have a thing against them, so it wasn’t nearly as torturous as a room full of beautiful chairs or fabric that I wanted to buy but didn’t need would have been. Two things did tempt me, though. A vintage, pristine condition Dooney and Bourke bag that was utterly unique and much less ostentatiously emblazoned with the company logo than the rest…and a pair of fire engine red, 4 inch wedge Coach wellie ankle boots. They had patent leather tassels, y’all. They. were. gorgeous. And crazy impractical. And $150.

Obviously, I passed. But only after I tried them on. And choked back a little sob.

The entire time we were standing there chatting, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had somehow managed to stumble down a junking rabbit hole, never to resurface, and when Ann said something about owning 300 designer purses (that she intended to sell but just hadn’t gotten around to yet), I had to literally pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t actually at the mercy of my thrifting-obsessed subconscious.

Turns out, I was awake. Which is great since I have yet to wake up and find out that I’ve managed to score a bunch of awesome deals in my sleep.

Ultimately, I don’t actually know if I’d call all of the deals that I scored “awesome” (because they weren’t the rock bottom prices I can find at my Goodwill),  but I did find several things I’ve been looking for at very good prices, and that makes me happy.

So, what did I actually buy?

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{Pardon my not-so-great cell phone pics; I’m organizing the contents of a hutch that I sold and have yet to find my traditional camera battery charger}

Globe: $15

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{The globe was perfectly ordinary, but it was in pristine condition, and this same ordinary globe on Amazon costs $40 new}

Large wire shelf (I’m going to paint it and use it for storage in my craft room—probably my favorite find of the night): $38

Heavy, nice quality glass cake plate dome (I have 4 cake plates and nothing to cover them with): $8

Decorative wire basket (this one was an unnecessary splurge, but I carried it around the whole time and still wanted it at the end, so I went for it): $7

Heavy decorative mirror (she originally wanted “only $10” because it needs cleaning up something fierce but then said I could have it for free since I’d delivered the furniture to her house): $0

Small white vintage mirror: $7

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{Love the filigreed details; it actually has a really nice weight to it = one of my better “deals”)

Pair of end tables: $35

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{Love the scrolly details of the legs and can’t wait to paint them gold; she couldn’t find the glass at the time, so I’ve got to go back for that. Darn :) }

My total? $110.

What I actually paid her after she bought the furniture I’d brought for her: $40.

So…$40 for things I really wanted/needed and some unnecessary items cleared out of my house? I’m calling it a win.

All told, I spent about 2 1/2 very enjoyable, slightly weird hours down the junking rabbit hole, and I emerged with nary a designer purse. I call that winning too!

I will say, though, that as nice (if eccentric) as Ann was, I still had one more brief “serial killer” moment when, after we had loaded the van and everything was settled but payment, she said, “Okay, I need to go inside. I’ll be right back.” And walked off with no other explanation.

I stood there shivering in her driveway at 1 AM thinking, “All right, this is it. She’s coming back with her shotgun.”

And then she reemerged with a pen and a pad of paper to write everything down. Phew! That was close.

So, that, my friends, is how this thrifting Alice managed to find her way to junking Wonderland.

Have you ever fallen down an unexpected junking rabbit hole? Any great scores?

Have you ever gone somewhere that made you nervous to go alone? (I promise that I would not have gone if I had felt like I was in any genuine danger, but when I stepped away from the situation and looked the location and time of day like a movie scene, I had to laugh at how easily it could translate to bizarre horror movie plot line: Young mother’s body is discovered under a pile of Coach purses with a vintage candlestick clutched in each hand).  

What are your thoughts on designer purses? Would it be hard for you to be in a room full of beautiful bags at a discount and not buy anything?

 

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Thrifted or Grifted Results—Skinnies + Drapey Sweaters + Patterned Shoes

I  had planned  on popping in to share the results of Wednesday’s Thrifted or Grifted yesterday, but it just didn’t happen (so many distractions and unplanned “stuff” are tied up in that phrase, as I’m sure you well know).

That said, as always, I LOVED reading all your fun, creative, nice comments here and on Instagram and Facebook.

I took them all into consideration when choosing the “winner” of the 5 free entries into our upcoming giveaway, and I couldn’t choose just one, so I broke them up into categories.

But first, I should tell you which outfit was thrifted and which was grifted.

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Jeans: GAP/GW, $5
Top: J. Crew Factory/GW (with tags till on), $4
Sweater vest: Banana Republic/GW $4
Shoes: Mossimo (free from clothes-swap), $0
TOTAL: $13
Jeans: Old Navy, $12
Top: J. Crew Factory, $8
Sweater: J. Crew Factory, $9
Shoes: Old Navy, $8
TOTAL: $37

I wasn’t trying to tell you the answer in my original pic, but it was actually labeled correctly.

A was Thrifted.

B was Grifted.

In case you were wondering, 62% of you guessed that A was thrifted, citing everything from the slightly more worn out knees to the “sag” in the pockets of the sweater vest. In other words, you took my charge to scrutinize closely veeeerry seriously. Well done, you!

OH! And since I couldn’t choose, I broke up my favorite comments into three categories:

1) The Nicest AND Most Apologetic:

I definitely think b is thrifted, I always hate saying my reason why because I’m afraid I’ll offend you:( but here goes, the shirt in option b seems a little short for your normal style. Hope that wasn’t to mean :( it’s still really cute on you;)

Erin Dickson

Erin, if that was an insult, then you can insult me all day long. You are too sweet!

2) The Most Confidently Wrong

B is thrifted … because those leopard print flats in A are so de moda!
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Maggie B

Maggie, I always love your comments, and this one was no exception. You might not have been right, but you were not right with style.

3) The Best Storyteller

I think A is thrifted because the knees look faded in a non manufactured way. Aka, faded where a Mama’s knees rub on the ground as she trails her busy kids, gets down to tie shoes and zip up coats… you know the drill. ;) Those faded knee spots are my constant nemesis in keeping jeans! And as a side note, I LOVE both pairs of shoes you are wearing!

Laura Gehris

Loved catching that glimpse into your life, Laura!

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So, there have it. Another round of T+G posted, voted, and done!

I’m already looking forward to next time! :)

P.S. With all of your detail orientedness, I am VERY surprised that no one commented on one little wonky thing (about something on me, not my outfit). As in something that’s missing (sort of). How’s that for cryptic? But still, I’m curious. Can you spot it?

Have a wonderful weekend, y’all!

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The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge {Round 6}

In case you’re not familiar with this challenge, the basic gist is that I race through my local Goodwill—usually with multiple children in tow—attempting to find as many complete outfits (the goal is 3) as possible in only 1/2 an hour.  The trying on process is always longer than 30 minutes because I spend as much time changing diapers and doling out snacks as I do putting clothes on.

Still, the entire process is fairly quick, and I usually bring home some really cute looks (feel free to catch up with Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 if you’d like).

Sadly, I’ve got rather depressing news to report: my local Goodwill—the teeny-tiny, had-no-business-being-as-fabulous-as-it-was location that I seemed to be the only one who shopped at—has been discovered. Or at least that’s what I’m assuming based on the decrease in selection and quality (not to mention the rise in prices). The shoe section—which used to be so amazing that I always brought home 4 pairs of adorable shoes for $3 each (and had to resist buying 2 more)—has dwindled down to the usual nose-wrinkle-worthy cluster of hunter green pumps from 1984 and a dirty, broken-down flip flop or two. Major sad face for that one.

Which, of course, means that what I have to show you today may not be as impressive as my usual hauls.

But first, here’s what I was wearing while I shopped:

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BLURRRRRRRY!

Contrary to my usual M.O., I don’t think I’m wearing a single Goodwill item here. The sweater, jeans, and belt are all GAP or GAP outlet (all old), and the boots are my Nine West  leather $60 Marshall’s “splurge.”

And now for outfit #1:

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Notice the relative cleanliness of Nola’s face at this point. It will get dirtier as the trying-on session progresses.

Those jeans were a fun find. I spotted them on the mannequin as soon as I walked in and could tell they were a nice brand, even from across the room. Sure enough, they turned out to be Joe’s, which sell for an average of $160 new.

The sweater was a nice blue/gray/green that sort of matched my eyes and was super comfy.  I bought both (although I’ll probably sell the jeans).

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These were literally the only shoes I could find that I was even willing to try on. They were cute and a nice brand (Nina), but they were a tad tight, and the sole on one was starting to peel off, so I passed.

Next up, I tried on a flowy top with trouser jeans from Banana Republic.

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Hello, cute baby.

I liked them both, but I only came home with the top (you’ll get  better shot of it in a minute) because the pants were a little big and not super-flattering in the hip area.

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I don’t own (or wear) a lot of light-rinse jeans, but I knew my husband would like these Vigoss jeans (I was right; he made several appreciative comments when I wore them), so I bought them for only $4.

I bought this cute Forever 21 “top” (is it a dress? please say no) too.

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Notice the stains on Nola’s face? I had resorted to feeding her and her sister leftover chocolate cupcakes from Della’s birthday party.

I actually came home with several other fun finds like a sea foam green silk skirt, an emerald faux patent leather hobo bag, and a pink GAP wool scarf, but the babies were done by this point. Even chocolate cupcakes were only buying their cooperation for mere seconds at a time, so I captured no pictorial evidence of my other finds.

I’ve worn almost all of my haul already, but I only took pics of one outfit.  I paired that flowy top from above with my red (orange?) corduroy J. Crew outlet pants to wear to Thanksgiving because I needed at least one loose item (the pants are not stretchy at all) to accommodate my culinary indulgence.

IMG_8851 Check out my majorly lazy eye (left); not sure what’s up with that.

Several of Shaun’s family commented on my “interesting” and “creative” color choices for this outfit (they weren’t being rude at all; they’re just not quite used to such loud color palettes), and I had to laugh a little. What can I say? I love color!

So there you have it: not nearly as successful as my other outings but still a decent haul for an hour at Goodwill.

Unfortunately, I feel like thrifting has gotten so popular lately that it’s getting harder and harder to score really great deals. Do you find this true too?

My advice: whatever you do, don’t reveal your secret thrifting treasure trove, or pretty soon it’ll be over-run and overpriced. BOO!

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Thrifted or Grifted—Peaches and Cream Jeans and Sleeveless Tops

It’s BAAAAACK.

Time for a little…

peaches and cream collage

Thrifted or Grifted is a silly little fashion game I came up with in which I wear two similar ensembles, and you test your thrifting savvy by deciding whether an outfit is:

A) 100% Thrifted: (adj.)—previously loved and therefore ridiculously cheap…aka Secondhand

OR

B) 100% Grifted: (adj.)—swindled or cheated…aka Retail (NOTICE THE “R” IN GRIFTED! SOMETIMES, I GET EMAILS FROM PEOPLE WONDERING WHY I DO A GAME ABOUT “GIFTED” CLOTHES! : ))

…and then you vote and leave me comments telling why you chose the one you did!

(Disclaimer: No, I don’t actually think you’re getting ripped off every time you pay retail, but I do believe that if you can’t tell the difference, you shouldn’t have to pay for it).

If you’re a Thrifted or Grifted pro, then you know the drill—ask your great-uncle’s sister’s cousin’s best friend what she thinks, show the options to your husband (and watch him roll his eyes), lick the screen…do whatever it takes for you to feel fully satisfied that you have sufficiently scoured each outfit for telltale signs of thriftedness (WRINKLES DON’T COUNT!) and then comment away telling me why you chose which one you did.

The commenter I find most entertaining (there’s nothing fair or random about it! ; )) will get 5 free entries into a fun giveaway that starts tomorrow!

So…

Is it?

OPTION A

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Or…

OPTION B

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I’ll never teeee-ell. Oh wait. That’s not true. I will tell. Tomorrow morning, in fact.

But for now, guess away! And don’t forget the best part: COMMENTING. Your reactions to these post always brighten my week, and my husband’s out of town right now, so I could really use some distraction from 24/7 solo bottom-wiping and snack-procuring (clearly, I’m not afraid to beg).

Which outfit is 100% Thrifted?

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The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge {Round 5}

You all know I love me some Goodwill. I’ve proven my devotion in multiple Thrifted or Grifted posts as well as the first four 30 Minute Goodwill Challenges (in which I try to find 3 complete outfits that I would actually wear in only 30 minutes of shopping, the trying-on process not included).

But I haven’t been able to go nearly as often since the twins came along. Which, honestly, is a good thing—both for my wallet (Goodwill may be cheap, but they don’t let me pay them in graham crackers like the twins do) and my closet, which was overflowing with all my thrifted finds (I have an entire room with piles of clothes just waiting for me to get my act together for another round of Shop My Closet).

But a few months back, the twins and I braved Goodwill for yet another 30 Minute Challenge (if you haven’t already, you can check out Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4), and I’ve been hanging onto the pictures since then. You’ve actually seen several of my finds here on the blog already, but I still thought I’d take you along for a little virtual thrifting since, even after the fact, shopping is so much more fun with friends.

Here are Evy and I before we started the timer. Doesn’t she look thrilled?gwchallenge7

{It’s crazy to me how different she looks just a few short months later}

And here are some of my finds:

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I posted this one to Instagram and Facebook and got a resounding YES! from you guys. So I bought it. I haven’t worn it yet, but I’m hoping for a date night soon.

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Not sure why I look so stoic here (although this is probably right about the point that the twins started hollering something or other about being hungry and bored). I ended up going with the skirt, which is super-comfy and a fun color, but not the shirt, which was a little too ruffl-y, floral-y, and all around floof-y for my tastes.

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This J. Crew maxi is made of soft jersey knit and is in perfect condition. It’s ridiculously comfy. But the thing is…it’s backless (and somewhat frontless too, as you can see). Whoa. I should have taken a picture of the back, but I forgot.

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It was nothing my trusty neutral tube-top (also from Goodwill) couldn’t fix, though. I threw it on for a date night when I wanted to feel pretty (dresses always do that for me) but not think about my outfit too much. While my husband and I were eating dinner, I recognized a boy I’d gone to middle school with one table over sitting with his family. I said hi, and he clearly had no clue who I was until I told him my name. He even said: “I never would have recognized you if you hadn’t introduced yourself.”

Let’s just say I remember my perm and glorious mall bangs in middle school, and I’m going to assume that was a compliment.

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I bought both of these (along with those teal Wet Seal shoes, which ended up being too tight for long wear, thus forcing me to choose between selling them or trimming my toes a bit; it was a hard decision, but I sold them), and then wore the skirt in a round of Thrifted or Grifted.

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I don’t recommend holding a car seat while taking dressing room pics. I’m pretty sure Nola does, though.

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I bought both the top and the shorts in this pic and have since so thoroughly stained the shorts that I’m doubtful of their ever returning to even their thrifted state of whiteness. The shirt is a bit of a conundrum because of the flutter sleeves. I probably should have let it go, but I’m determined to make it work somehow. And the shoes? Well, they were cute, but I didn’t need them.

I didn’t take any more dressing room shots, but I did come home with the black and white Old Navy dress (with tags still on) that you can see sticking out of the right side of the shot above and got lots of compliments on it when I wore it to church (and showed you on the blog).

black and white dress 

So, did I accomplish my goal of 3 complete outfits? Eh. Not exactly, but close. I only came home with one pair of shoes, although the other two pair I tried on were cute. And dresses, while complete, as outfits go, are only one item of clothing.

I’ll let you be the judge. Did I complete my challenge? Did you have a favorite look?

Have you scored a great deal on anything (thrifted or not) lately? Do tell!

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Thrifted or Grifted—Jeans + White Jackets

I just checked, and it’s been almost 4 whole months since we’ve done a round of Thrifted or Grifted, which is way too long to go without something so fun (albeit frivolous).

So, just in case you’re new to T + G, what is it?

Thrifted or Grifted is a silly little fashion game I came up with in which I wear two similar ensembles, and you test your thrifting savvy by deciding whether an outfit is:

A) 100% Thrifted: (adj.)—previously loved and therefore ridiculously cheap…aka Secondhand

OR

B) 100% Grifted: (adj.)—swindled or cheated…aka Retail (NOTICE THE “R” IN GRIFTED! SOMETIMES, I GET EMAILS FROM PEOPLE WONDERING WHY I DO A GAME ABOUT “GIFTED” CLOTHES! : ))

…and then you vote and leave me comments telling why you chose the one you did!

(Disclaimer: No, I don’t actually think you’re getting ripped off every time you pay retail, but I do believe that if you can’t tell the difference, you shouldn’t have to pay for it).

If you’re a Thrifted or Grifted pro, then you know the drill—put a hand over one eye and squint, poll your coworkers (not that you would ever be reading this at work, for shame!), consult Great-Aunt Myrtle—whatever it takes for you to feel fully satisfied that you have sufficiently scoured each outfit for telltale signs of thriftedness (WRINKLES DON’T COUNT!) and then comment away telling me why you chose which one you did.

The commenter I find most entertaining (there’s nothing fair or random about it! ; )) will get 5 free entries into our upcoming giveaway (very soon!).

So, are you ready for…

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{The placement of the words on that title are in no way indicative of which outfit belongs in which category. Or are they? Tricky}

Here we go with:

EXHIBIT A

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If you’re feeling jealous of my sandal-clad feet, I  feel the necessity to point out that, while the temps are certainly mild here compared to many parts of the country, my poor husband was shivering while he snapped these shots (in his oh-so-official work attire of a t-shirt and shorts), and my toes were getting nipped by the chilly air.

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Speaking of toes, I wanted to make sure you got a view of the footwear from all angles. I know you guys get all fussy about the shoes.

And now for:

EXHIBIT B

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As side note, my hair is getting out of control, and my “bangs” are completely unmanageable. Which, I guess, means I should get a haircut. But finding time to schedule a hair appointment without the kids with me is increasingly problematic, and a haircut with all 5 kids with me is even more problematic. Hum. I guess I could start cutting my own hair. But then I couldn’t do Wardrobe Wednesday anymore. Or ever go out in public again. And that would be most problematic of all. I do believe that this is what they call a first world dilemma.

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And yet another side note (because life without tangents is a very dull life, indeed): when I reappeared in my husband’s office wearing EXHIBIT B, he looked at me in consternation for a moment and then said, “Oh, I guess those are different clothes, huh?”

They most certainly are.

Okay, so have you over-analyzed to your heart’s content? If so, then VOTE!

{Oh, and don’t forget to leave an explanatory comment; they’re the best part!}

Which outfit is 100% Thrifted

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Thrifted or Grifted—Dresses + Denim Jackets

Hey there, folks!

Thrifted or Grifted is baaaaaaack!

Which means I must be feeling better if I got dressed in not one but two outfits (including heels!).

I am.

Thanks so much for your sweet comments, emails, and prayers!

Okay, so if you’re a Thrifted or Grifted regular, then you’ve probably already skipped past all this and are busy scrutinizing every last detail of the outfits. 

But just in case you’re new here, here’s the breakdown:

Thrifted or Grifted is a silly little fashion game I came up with in which I wear two similar ensembles, and you test your thrifting savvy by deciding whether an outfit is:

A) 100% Thrifted: (adj.)—previously loved and therefore ridiculously cheap…aka Secondhand

OR

B) 100% Grifted: (adj.)—swindled or cheated…aka Retail (NOTICE THE “R” IN GRIFTED! SOMETIMES, I GET EMAILS FROM PEOPLE WONDERING WHY I DO A GAME ABOUT “GIFTED” CLOTHES! : ))

…and then you vote and leave me comments telling why you chose the one you did!

(Disclaimer: No, I don’t actually think you’re getting ripped off every time you pay retail, but I do believe that if you can’t tell the difference, you shouldn’t have to pay for it).

If you’re a Thrifted or Grifted pro, then you know the drill—put your computer on the floor and then look at it while doing downward dog or standing on your head…whatever it takes for you to feel fully satisfied that you have sufficiently scoured each outfit for telltale signs of thriftedness (WRINKLES DON’T COUNT!) and then comment away telling me why you chose which one you did.

The commenter I find most entertaining (there’s nothing fair or random about it! ; )) will get 5 free entries into our upcoming giveaway (very soon!):

So…

Is it?

OPTION A

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{Ignore the bag; I’ll go ahead and tell you that it’s thrifted, since I was planning on carrying it with both outfits with the disclaimer that you shouldn’t factor it into your decision…and then I decided on a different Option B that didn’t coordinate with the bag, but I was way too lazy to retake the pics of Option A without the bag; make sense? not really? Sorry about that}.

Or…

OPTION B

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{Clearly, zero remnants of my summer “tan” are lingering on my uber-pasty skin}

Okay, so if you’re tired of squinting, how about you go ahead and vote?

I’ll leave the poll open until 8 AM tomorrow since I’m posting later than usual.

Which outfit is 100% Thrifted?

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Thrifted or Grifted—Gray Dresses + Messenger Bags

Normally, when it’s time again for Thrifted or Grifted, I start off by saying something super-original like, “It’s time again for Thrifted or Grifted.”

And I continue on about how it’s a “silly little fashion game I came up with where I get dressed in two similar outfits, and you pull out your binoculars and scrutinize every last detail to see if you can tell which one is thrifted and which one is grifted. WRINKLES DON’T COUNT!”

But today, I’m not saying that (although, if you’re confused or don’t know the definitions of thrifted and grifted, feel free to click here to get it all sorted out),

Nope.

I’m saying nothing of the sort.

Instead, here’s what I got:

It’s time for the last Thrifted or Grifted I will EVER do…

…while pregnant…

with identical twin girls…

(I think).

Because regardless of whether they come today or 4 weeks from now (both of which are possible…crazily enough), I cannot even begin to imagine mustering the interest/energy to come up with two similar looks that a) cover the bump and b) are even mildly comfortable and stylish.

The jig’s up, folks. It’s pajamas and bunny slippers to the end!

I apologize in advance if you happen to encounter me in the grocery store. I’ll be the one in XXXXL t-shirt, shuffling through the ice cream aisle with a dazed expression in my eyes.

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Hmm…after rereading this, I’m thinking I might not have had the most restful sleep last night.

Oh well.

Here comes…

OPTION A:

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And now for…

OPTION B

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So…which is it?

Think you know?

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Like, really know?

All right then.

Time to vote…

And comment telling me why  you chose the one you did!

 

Which outfit is 100% Thrifted?

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5 Things Thursday: Goodwill Loot

While we’re on the topic of Goodwill

I thought I might show you 5 scores I made this week while shopping…ALONE…thanks to my sweet in-laws’ offering to take my kiddos this past Monday.

1.

A fun and funky tote that can hold sooooo much and will definitely be accompanying me when Shaun and I take our next trip…in 2019.

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{Perfect condition and only $6? I’ll take it!}

2.

A quirky owl-etching for the boys’ room, which is undergoing a MAJOR overhaul (yeah, I can’t leave well-enough alone).

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{I’m soooooo on trend…for only $0.59}

3.

A bright, happy pillow for…somewhere in my house. I just don’t pass up mint-condition embroidered pillows, y’all.

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{It would cost a fortune in thread and years off my life if I stitched that flower, but this baby only cost me $4}

4.

The perfect ho-cho mug in my signature color (imagine a super-thick Southern accent as you read those last two words).

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{It pairs quite nicely with my saucers, and it was only $0.89}

5.

Last, but certainly not least, this fantastic clock (hard to tell from this pic, but it’s a full two feet high) for the boys’ room.

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{It keeps perfect time and cost me $25; not too shabby}

Scored any good loot lately?

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