I have donated items to the local Salvation Army thrift store on numerous occasions, and I’d shopped there before when looking for furniture. But I never took the time to go through their clothing department. I’d been missing out! For my budget of $50, I brought home a LOT of stuff, some of which was so awesome that I actually did some reselling.
It’s hard to see everything in that pic, so here’s a list, with prices:
- Kenneth Cole striped blazer: $5 (50% off $9.99)
- Sag Harbor blue wool blazer: $5 (50% off $9.99)
- Black Worthington black blazer: $9.99
- Chunky gold necklace: $5.99
- Gap long-sleeved denim shirt: $3.99
- Oscar by Oscar de La Renta silk shirt: $3.99
- Ann Taylor jeans: $4.99
- Talbots denim skirt: $4.99
- Mossimo jeans, new with tags, to resell: $3.50 (50% off $6.99)
- BIG SCORE: True Religion jeans, to resell: $4.99
If you’re not familiar with True Religion jeans, here’s a brief description: They’re expensive. Very. Like $200 a pair brand new.
So to find a pair for just $5 meant I was going to buy it whether it was my size or not (it wasn’t, not was it the size of anyone I know). I inspected them carefully to make sure they were genuine and not cheap knockoffs, and then I took them to my favorite consignment store. I’m not sure yet how much they will sell for, but I can guarantee it will go for more than $5. It’s entirely possible that I’ll earn back the entire amount I spent on this thrifting jaunt.
I also resold the brand new Mossimo jeans to a different clothing resale store for $10 — a profit of $7.50. Which brings my total spent down to $44.93 — less than my original budget. I didn’t go thrifting with the specific intent to resell, but sometimes you just come across things that are worth trying to sell for a profit.
Other than those two items, I did get some other items I’d really wanted. As you can see, I went a little blazer crazy. But with the weather getting cooler, I really needed some jackets to help me extend my summer wardrobe, and I didn’t want to spend a whole lot on them. $19.99 for three quality blazers is a darn good score. My observation is that the blazer prices at Goodwill are a little better (around $5.95 on a regular day, and better with sales), but the quality available at this store was better. I just need to find an eco-friendly dry cleaner (actually wet cleaner) so I can have them laundered.
I’d also been looking for a long-sleeved denim shirt for long time. This one isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but I’m planning on doing something cool to it. It’s a men’s work shirt (I believe), and planning to add some studs to update it a bit and make it more feminine and fun.
My final favorite is the chunky necklace. I had the hardest time getting a good picture of it, so excuse the poor quality. They’re everywhere these days, and I really like the look. I’m learning every day how to best accessorize my outfits, so this was a great find to add to my collection, and I’m just looking for an excuse to wear it. Trust that you’ll be seeing it in an outfit post soon
So how did I do? What did you find on your last thrifting haul? Feel free to share a link to it in the comments!