Category Archives: Thrifted or Grifted

Thrifted or Grifted–Apricot tops + Skinnies + Neutral Wedges

So, I had to do a search on my own blog to find the last time I indulged in a round of Thrifted or Grifted, and even though I knew it had been a while, I was honestly surprised it had been THAT long. 2 years and 4 months, folks.


So, why the lapse?

Well, a couple of reasons, really. 1) I don’t do a whole lot of traditional thrifting anymore. Even when I had 5 kids, and the twins were tiny, it was still worth it to me to hit up Goodwill on the regular, but…well, they closed down my favorite hole-in-the-wall-with-all-the-best-stuff Goodwill, and the local thrifting grounds just haven’t been the same since.

Thank goodness for ThredUP, though. (Use that link to get $10 off your first order if you’re so inclined).

And 2) I just don’t do a lot of fashiony posts here anymore. Not sure why that changed exactly (and feel free to weigh in if you’d like to see more), but it’s just sort of fallen by the wayside since I stopped having a “wardrobe” theme for Wednesday.


I was going through my closet the other day and noticed that I had several items that were similar enough to throw together a good ol’ round of T+G, and–what can I say?–I guess I was feeling nostalgic because here we are.

thrifted or grifted collage

So, for those of you uninitiated, what IS Thrifted or Grifted?

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



…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—get out that magnifying glass you’ve got in some drawer somewhere and procrastinate on those dishes a bit longer as you scrutinize the minutiae of each outfit (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 next giveaway (coming soon!).

Alrighty, enough explanation…here we goooooo!

Is it…

option a



{Because I know y’all hardcore T+G-ers appreciate the profile angle so you can scrutinize for shoe-size gaps}


option b


P.S. Ezra is now my photographer. He does a great job. Except for when he cuts off part of my shoe. I promise I’m not trying to obscure your view here.

Oh! And just because Miss Evy-Lou was rather poorly/clingy and wobbled all the way down our gravel driveway in those plastic “princess flipper shoes” (aka: death to all toes with which they come in contact), I’ll include this oh-so-attractive picture of the both of us.


So, what do you think? Have you made your decision?

Well, then vote away! And don’t forget to comment telling me why you chose the one you did!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 01/05/2016 06:57:28
end_date 03/05/2016 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Which outfit is 100% THRIFTED?

P.S. “Other” is not an option. I just couldn’t figure out how to make it disappear.

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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.

thrifted or grifted results

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!


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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