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!

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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?

 

 

Let me be the first to tell you- I DO NOT like, watch or recommend horror movies. The purge I encountered began in my bedroom within the closets, organizers and storage boxes. It was time to release some of my fashion weight! There was no way I was willing to part with anything so I called in re-enforcements. Yep, my son and beau (as my brother-in-law would say). They relished in the opportunity to tell me I had to get rid of some things.

It began with the clothes I recently published on Poshmark. That system was a little too slow for me. The selection was so massive for potential customers, you were lucky if someone liked your items. Through all of this I managed to sell a pair of booties I was holding on to. It was just too much for me to keep up with. I decided to close it down and take the remaining garments to a local resale shop.

My summer wardrobe was my next destination and things got serious real fast. After being called a Kindergartener, little girl and receiving several thumbs down signals. I’ll be shopping all summer to look the part in the upcoming season. Some things that I knew Mister wouldn’t approve of were ordered back into my closets for a later date. One being an Arden B. jumpsuit I never wore with the tag still attached. Apparently, this was suitable for date night. Oh okaaaaaay!

I even parted with a few coats. This surprised me more than anything. You all know how much I love my coats but it was time for me to downsize in prep for new things and my upcoming move. I located items I forgot about & never wore. In my pressured state, we discovered a few things my “Fashion Police Panel” knew I could not part with and one would give a special look when the approval was overwhelming. It was a fun experience and we all enjoyed ourselves and I ended up with 4 garbage bags of donation worthy articles.

In all my efforts to get these items to the respective destinations. I had a few people lighten my load by removing things they could use and love. My mom in true spirit knew a young lady that was in need and she took 3 of the 4 bags. Needless to say the scraps were left and a few items I made good faith promises to people about that I had to hold on to. During the beginning stages of my packing I uncovered more items up for grab. We’ll see if these make it to the charities as planned!

How do you decide which garments to part with? Have you recently held a “Purge” of your wardrobe? I was left with enough to NOT be naked one the streets if you see me, lol!

Barbra Streisand sang it in a song best! “Father has a business strictly second-hand/ everything from toothpicks to a baby grand/ Stuff in our apartment came from fathers store/ even things I’m wearing someone wore before/ It’s no wonder that I feel so abused/ I never get a thing that ain’t been used.” Poor “Rose” (that was her name in the song) was so sad about her hand me down garments. So glad we’re not friends she’d probably bring me down because I’d probably love her dad’s store and every other thrift, consignment and vintage establishment in our area. There’s also a chance that I could have helped her feel better about the opportunity of THRIFTING!

I get more excited about a secondhand store than I get pulling into the parking lot of the greatest mall or most exclusive boutique. On days when I just need to get out of the house, I tend to end up at my favorite vintage store Mother Fletcher’s in Ferndale, MI or any one of the Value World’s in my metro area. However, over the last month I ventured into one of the oldest secondhand stores in the nation The Salvation Army. The size of the retailer has often scared me away. I went in the store a while ago and walked right out after it overwhelmed me by the size. Then I just always assumed that’s where all the JUNK is. Boy, was I wrong on two different trips. One day on my way to work I realized I was waaaaaaaaay too early. So, I stop in that same location that I ran out from. As I shifted through the garments on the racks a voice rang out over the intercom system informing the shoppers that there would be an additional 15% taken off the jeans. With my eyes big as saucers, I began looking for as many pairs of jeans that I felt comfortable with taking home with me. After leaving this area with several pieces, I journeyed into the men’s department. I had been looking for a dress shirt to wear for comfort around the house. They had plenty to choose from but I went with the classic blue dress shirt. As I knew the time was drawing near to report to work, I headed to the checkout. My final purchases include a LandsEnd dress shirt, American Eagle Outfitters shorts, Lauren by Ralph Lauren jeans, classic Levi’s skinny jeans (which remind me of some that I got rid of) and a pair of Joe’s denim Bermuda shorts. The total on the receipt gave me even more joy. All of this, for $20.88 and a flyer informing me that on Memorial Day all clothes would be 50% off. These are the items from that visit (excuse the wrinkles, some of them have been in the bag the whole time).

So you just about know when my second visit to a Salvation army happened. That’s RIGHT!! Memorial Day, you didn’t think I was going to miss that sale and I knew exactly which location I was heading to – the one in Royal Oak, MI. Royal Oak is home to some of the best thrifting a girl could experience. I hit the door with a mission. It was simple get something different and for work. This store was a fraction of the size of the one I had visited previously. This made it a lot more “intimate” for all the shoppers that were there to take advantage of this event. I took it all in stride and took my time. After looking through every section except shoes, I don’t mess with no hand me down shoes. This darn place had a daggone dressing room and I headed right for the soup line reminiscent line. After standing in the line for 25 minutes my turn came to get behind this curtain. Arms loaded with everything I thought I wanted, I started trying things on and declining everything that had to stay at the store. Needless to say, I was having an enjoyable time. I didn’t end up getting all the items I chose. However, the bounty was plentiful. After paying $60 for the things I wanted here’s what I got, 7 of all mankind jeans, J. Crew cargo and ankle pants (I’m loving the ankle pant right now), polka dot tank, brand new Banana Republic slacks, Talbots silk scarf and the jewel of the trip a floor length robe. Here are the pics from that excursion and the dressing room.

Yes, I still go to stores and get NEW clothes but more importantly to me they’re all new no matter where I get them from. I give every garment that rests on my skin an opportunity to be involved in the event of my Mojo (personal style). I like saving my money. There are more important things to put the money on, like shoes!! So if you know of any second-hand stores that I should check out let me know.

As always smile, it might make someone else’s day a little more than you. 🙂