There’s nothing like a good sale when you have a few extra dollars.  You almost can’t wait to give your money away for whatever tangible item it might be.  Well, I must confess, I don’t like spending a lot of money.  I like the classic combo of a sale price coupled with an exclusive coupon.  So, one Saturday morning as I’m scrolling through emails I find this and jump right in the shower and prepare myself for the journey.  I mean seriously, how could I turn this sale away.  I love 1/2 off – not as much as 75%.  😉

The second-hand store has my heart. I’ve always had a love for old pieces.  As a child, we would visit the antique market in the Eastern Market weekly.  I didn’t get into buying clothes from the thrift store until I was an adult. It started in small boutique shops then I ventured into the larger chains. I’m hooked and I can admit it. Oakland County locations are the best and if you’re from around here you know what the OC means! So, I walked into the Value World location with no purse, comfortable shoes and nothing but time. Yup! I was prepared for the hunt through stale industrial detergent smelling items for little gems I could add to my wardrobe. (I’ll be sure to take you along for the next round in a few weeks to show you what it looks like.)

My methods are focused and success driven. I have an idea of what I need in my wardrobe and what sections may produce the unexpected steal. These are the areas I focus on when entering a large thrift store for fashion: work, trends, men’s.

 

The men’s department gave me a blue oxford shirt (I forgot to get a picture.) This is generally what I pick up from that section or a cardigan/sweater.  It’s the tomboy in me that keeps me in that section. I like oversized sweaters and men’s dress shirts for casual days and weekend attire.

My shopping didn’t end with those 7 pieces.  The journey continued as I sought out a few trending items. Kimonos, scarves, and sequins.  Only one of these were fruitful – scarves. I like to wrap my hair/head up from time to time.  Sometimes it makes an outfit grand.  I only wanted the ones with great pattern or silk.  Now, if a scarf embodied both of these characteristics, God bless us all. After searching each end cap’s selection of scarves, I walked outta there with 6.  Some restraint was displayed because at one time while in the store I had 14 in my cart. Then when I got home I realized one of these things was hiding a secret.  I’m not a label whore but I literally screamed when I saw it but it said Balenciaga.  SCOOOOOOORE!!!!

The only hang up I have with Value World is their lack of fitting rooms. I’ve been spoiled by Salvation Armies, Mother Fletcher’s (RIP), and Lost & Found. The majority of your goods are clothing items and the return policy is non-existent. So, why wouldn’t you want to have at least one small area dedicated to physically seeing if this garment works for you?  I mean, I literally had an in-store associate cover me while I got 50% naked to see if that black dress would fit nshit. Heaven help someone that doesn’t feel this motivated to make meaningful purchases in the second-hand store.  I don’t care if the thing is only $5. It’s my money and I don’t want to waste it.  Do better Value World!

Tags

These are the tags from my haul. Okay, not all of them but 80% is damn good. LOL! Now, add them all up and divide that by .50. I walked away from the register with 20 items for $45. BINGO! The time spent was well worth it. All of these items haven’t been placed into the rotation. Some are scheduled to go to the cleaners. The scarves, shorts, and tops have been washed in Tide/Downy Scentables being dried with a Bounce dryer sheet.  That’s all I really need – ensure they are clean.

Since I began shopping at these type of stores, my anticipation about the mall is ever present. I don’t like spending full price and appreciate the individuality of secondhand finds.  It almost guarantees I’ll be the only one with a specific garment on at a particular time and I relish in my individuality.

Are you a fan of the secondhand/thrift stores?

 

 

I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty organized person.  Even with things highlighted in my phone or a handwritten note, I was missing things.  A co-worker /friend introduced me to the planner life.  You know the story!  I thought it was going to be a phase that I was going to go through.  Nope.  I found myself looking forward to getting my 2017 edition.  The next year will be filled with dates, deadlines and I wanna be ready.
My 2016 planner has a complete story for the year.  I learned how to do a bullet journal, track my habits and diagram my financial goals.  It didn’t look like the master planner layouts you see on Instagram or Pinterest but I understood it.  I used my colored pens to distinguish events.  Decorative tape assisted me in creating a code without writing the full details.  There are scratched out areas, notes, phone and confirmation numbers throughout.  I take it everywhere I go.  At times, it has proven to be more useful than my phone.  The covers edges are curling but I still love it.


After weeks and weeks of pondering over the design and trying to add a picture, I finally was ready to seal the deal.  However, no matter how much money I have, I’m always looking for a deal.  I had a $10 off offer code but I needed more.  The original cost of the planner was $65.  Then after reading a few reviews about the ’17 model and watching YouTube unboxings, I knew I needed a few additional accessories this year.  So, my cart was filled for quite some time before I pulled the purchase trigger.  Then one day before I got off work, I went and checked the website to learn more about the decor items.  Would you believe they were having a 30% off promotion and I could stack my little ten dollars on to that?  Yep, SOLD!

I waited for my new baby to arrive and of course the leasing office was holding it, hostage, again.  This one was just as beautiful as the last minus the custom photo.


Purchasing a few rolls of washi tape on clearance from Home Goods.  I had all I would need for the coming year.  In addition, I also had 2 more offer codes from Erin Conderon for 20% off my next purchase. (If you’d like to share in the savings, be the 1st to comment on this post and I’ll send you the code.)  I was a little confused that these expired 12/31/2016 but I’m sure I’ll make it work to my advantage.  I’d like a sticker book to add to the planner decorating team.


The main reason I enjoyed this tool, it gave me accountability, put things right in my face and acted almost like a call to action.  I could do it, move it or disregard it.  Either way, it was my decision.  Let’s see how wild 2017 can get.  I have a special feeling based strictly on the numbers.

😉