It’s time again for Thrifted or Grifted, the fashion game where you test your thrifting savvy by deciding whether an outfit is:

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


B) 100% Grifted: (adj.)—swindled or cheated…aka Retail

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

(Disclaimer: No, I don’t actually think that 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).

Okay! All I have to say is that you guys better be glad I love you so much and know how much you like your Thrifted or Grifted because I almost gave up this week.


Well, on top of yesterday already being a bit hectic, what with the post for the big, and I do mean BIG PCM Fundraiser/Giveaway (see the button there on the right?) to make sure I got just right and the homeschooling and the…oh, why am I even complaining?  

It’s just normal life stuff, but somehow it got a little cuh-razy round these parts yesterday, folks, and then…and THEN. I went to take my pics because the hubby’s gone and all, and…


It went a little something like this:

Me: Point remote at camera, click button, prop hands on hips, and smile like a goofy-poof (don’t know where I came up with that phrase, but I call my kids that all the time, and sometimes, there’s just not a better description in the world).

Camera: Nothing.

Me: Point remote at camera, press

Camera: Zilch.

Me: Frantically jab button while waving remote like I’m flagging down an ice cream truck (mmm…ice cream) as my children watch through the French doors with concerned expressions (except Della who thinks Meltdown Mama is super fun).

Camera: Crickets.

Me: Throw remote down on grass and stomp to smithereens.

Camera: Evil chuckle.

Okay, so those last two didn’t actually happen (though…the evil chuckle…not so sure), but I’ll swear to the truth of the rest of it.

I had to get out the door to pick up an important document before the bank closed, so what did I do?

I ran.

As in…run up steps, press button, 10, 9, 8, run back down, 7, 6 5, leap over almost-4-year-old whose interpretation of GET-OUT-OF-THE-WAY-PLEASE = freeze in place smack-dab in the grand middle of everything, 4, 3, screech to a halt, 2, prop hands on hips, 1…smile like a goofy-poof.

Run back up steps, check frame. Discover that I have beheaded myself. Groan.


Yeah, it was awesome.

So, if the photography is a bit subpar today, I apologize. Just be glad that I have a head in all of the pics.

Ahem.  Moving on?

Exhibit A:


See? Goofy-poof.

And I promised I tried to get a shot of the shoes since I know how closely you guys analyze the shoes, but just in case you can’t tell, they’re salmon-colored metallic flats with a glittery gold band across the top.



Exhibit B:


Can you see the shoes? Fuchsia (I misspell that blasted word every.single.time) flats with ruffles on the toes.


Belt askew. Head half chopped. But they’re both there. So…that’s good in my book.


Allrighty, ladies. Let the guessing begin!

P.S. Ignore the size of the belts when you explain your choice. They’re both too big.

Which outfit is 100% Thrifted?

We like comments around here, so don’t forget explain why you chose which one you did, and I’ll pick my fave and give you 5 free entries into The Big PCM Five days…Five winners Fundraiser/Giveaway. Check it out, if you haven’t already (please?) Seriously, SERIOUSLY good stuff there.

In fact, why don’t I show you a few shots that I took while wearing/carrying some of the goodness (I have to admit my major problem with this giveaway is that I want to keep every single stinkin’ fabulous thing in it).


If you win the homemade accessories package from the giveaway and discover salt-stains on this to-die-for ruffly bag when you open your box, it’s probably because I was weeping as I packed it.


LOVE this scarf! The good news is that the amazing Molly made me two others, so I’m good on that count.


And…from the side. I am only giving Gwendolyn up because it’s for a good cause. Dang. I named her. That means I have to keep her, right?

Okay, have I convinced you to get your tushy over to the giveaway and enter (and GIVE!) yet?? There’s plenty more eye-candy just waiting for you!

OH! And in case you missed it on yesterday’s post (and you probably did because I forgot to put it on the original post), the theme for this week’s

five days five ways | 5 Things Thursday



(I bet you can’t possibly guess mine! ; )).

Linking up:

pleated poppy


  1. I found your blog by a search for something-or-other and a go through that one to find something-else-or….and ended up here…as well as SHorBB. I LOVE!!! the humor in the writing. I’ve been going through the blog(s) from the beginning. I haven’t commented since I figure these are ancient history, but I had to for this one. I was starting to get tired when I came across this post. I laughed myself almost out of my chair. Thanks for the laughs…nearly every post I’ve read so far. 🙂

  2. As an official fan of the underdog in most situations, which apparently includes grift or thrift, I’m choosing outfit B as the thrift.

  3. So … B is thrifted. Because it’s more matchy-matchy than the eclecticification of outfit A. Of course now having said that, I’m second guessing because eclectification is one of the ways you earn major style points in my book. But I’m going to stick with my gut and say B is thrifted because I think you are rocking A the most. Fingers crossed because getting this right is clearly indicative of big things for my future as a grifted guesser …

  4. The ruffle bag is so much fun! I pinned one on pinterest that I totally want to make, just haven’t gotten around it!

  5. I have the same belt as outfit “A”, and I’m not saying whether I thrifted or grifted it, but I based my vote on that detail 🙂

  6. Ok, I went with A because…I cheated (I think). I own those amazingly cute fuchsia flats with the ruffles in picture B and I definitely got them at Tarjay. But I could be wrong and you FOUND them at GW or were gifted them and then my theory slash cheating skills are out the window and I’d be super jealous that you got them for less than I did (I can see you with your evil cackle right now). Let’s be honest though, Target isn’t exactly the place where the budget busting happens…well ok sometimes. Anyway…there you have it. I cheated (at least I think).

  7. I love your hair in the first picture! Did you do it yourself? I voted for A because it seems to have more of a ‘put together over time’ look to it. B just seems retail.
    You are hilarious. I can just picture you running back and forth while your kiddos watched. Imagine them when they’re teenagers, “Do you remember the time when mom….” 🙂

  8. I picked A. I don’t have as many theories as everybody else but I think the black in outfit B just makes it look newer. That’s it! I do love both outfits though! They are both really cute!

  9. Usually I base my decision on some minute detail, but today I don’t have my glasses on and my husband obviously thinks I’m insane based on the frantic scrolling up and down and practically pressing my face against the screen in an effort to spot any sort of telling difference between the two, but it’s not working so I went ahead and took my chances with a guess. A guess of ‘A’ for thrifted. And seeing as how I’m usually wrong no matter how carefully I scrutinize, I’m probably gonna get this one right. *sigh* So much for attention to detail…

  10. Not looking at other posts before I comment. I like B better and it seems more in style, especially the ruffly shoes, so I think that A is thrifted, B is grifted. This is a fun game!

  11. It’s ’cause I’m brilliant, I tell you.

    I did consider the lighting, but I’ve got to be witty and all so I stand a better chance at extra entries into that awesome giveaway! At least I’m consistent with the honesty, right? 🙂

  12. Ouch, ouch, OUCH! Dang, girl. You are brutal! Obviously, I can’t do a thing to defend the outfit’s thriftedness or griftedness til today is over, but I would like to point out that the lighting is really washing out my tank because it’s actually cream-colored, and the main background color of my sweater is a little darker cream. So, I promise in real life it would have been much less “not cool.”

    Oh, and my almost not doing Thrifted or Grifted had nothing to do with my opinion of my outfits since I already had them picked out. So, you may or may not be correct on other counts, but on those two, I had to set you straight, girl. And don’t worry. When/if we meet in person, I’ll start out with a big glove-slap across the face, and then all will be forgiven. ; )

  13. Dear Abbie. (Hey, newspaper column, anyone?)

    Please don’t hate me for my comment. We’re friends, remember? Plus, if I ever run into you in real life, I don’t want your opinion of me to be influenced by my comments on your blog.

    That being said. Please, please, please let outfit A be thrifted. Now this evaluation is purely based on your own admission that you almost didn’t do this week’s installment of T or G. But um, well, I hate to tell you sister, but exhibit A *looks* thrifted. The sweater just doesn’t match the skirt. And you paired the sweater with a white cami/tank, while there is no other white in your outfit. Not cool, my friend. I love the belt and shoes, but the rest is just not working for me. The outfit kind of fits your description of your photo session. Minus the evil chuckles, of course.

    But on the plus side, you’re gorgeous, so no one would notice your outfit anyway. You’ve got nothing to worry about. And props for not injuring the almost four year old. All that body combat pays off in more practical ways than one would think, eh?

  14. Ok I am going to say that outfit A is thrifted. Outfit A has more that assembled over time and vintage look, and outfit B looks more trendy and of right now. Both are extremely cute though and I love your hair in the first one! My parents run a next to new shop and they used to sell used clothing, so I thought I would be really good at this, but you are tricky! 🙂

  15. I chose outfit A as the thrift ed outfit…not sure why… just something about it… I think it is the skirt.
    Love outfit B! Great color on you!

  16. I love outfit A, and I am going with the theory that you are showing how cool thrifting can be, so I chose outfit A as thrifted. That jacket/sweater is so cute!

I love hearing from you guys!