Thrifting Haul: January

Suffice it to say that I love thrifting, and I try to do it whenever I can. This usually ends up being Wednesdays while I wait for my daughter to get out of gymnastics class, because there’s a Goodwill right across the street 🙂 Each month, I’ll sum up all the items I’ve found thrifting. I’ve been meaning to post this since the end of January, but better late than never, right? Look for my next thrifting post at the end of February.

Here’s what I found last month:

Ana striped sweater and high-waisted jeans


Clearly, I didn’t waste any time wearing these. You might recognize them from my outfit of the day post a few weeks back. Super comfy! These are my current favorite jeans. Found at: Alexis Suitcase Consignment

Ann Taylor ruffled top


I fell in love with the colors and patterns on this top as soon as I spotted it. The colors are more true to life in the detail image on the right. The fit is awesome, and it’s the type of piece I can layer now while it’s cold out, but is light enough to be a spring staple as well. I’ve already worn it twice since I bought it. Found at: Alexis Suitcase Consignment

American Eagle strapless dress


This fits a little tight, but by the time it’s warm enough to wear it, it should fit perfectly, thanks to my continued weight loss with Shaklee 180. The fabric is gorgeous, and the fit, with a cinched waist and pleating for a subtle flair, made me feel like a pinup model. Found at: Uptown Cheapskate

American Eagle striped cardigan


This looks really saggy on the hanger, but the fit is more curve-hugging than you’d expect. The stripes feel really preppy and unlike anything else I have in my closet, but the fact that it’s soft and comfy made it an easy choice. Found at: Uptown Cheapskate

Suzi Chin one-shoulder party dress


This is a size 10, but it actually fits! This a bubble dress, meaning that there’s hidden elastic at the hem to make the skirt balloon outward when worn. I’m impatient for the day it’s warm enough to wear this. It will make a great date night outfit, and I may even pull it out on Valentine’s Day just because. The color looks crappy in this photo because of low light, but in real life, it’s more merlot than strawberry. Found at: Goodwill

Talbots black & white dress pants


They don’t look like much when draped over a hanger, but they have a high waist and a pattern subtle enough to be dressed up or dressed down. Can’t wait to wear them! Found at: Goodwill

Tahari burgundy patterned dress pants


This is another item in the “can’t fit yet” category at a size 10, but I’m confident they’ll fit in the coming months. The burgundy tone-on-tone pattern is gorgeous. The photo doesn’t do it justice. Found at: Goodwill

Benetton wool coat


This item was the icing on the cake. I couldn’t believe I found this Italian wool coat by United Colors of Benetton for — wait for it — $8 dollars! The thrifting gods smiled on me that day 🙂 Plus, I just bought a pair of camo skinnies that would be perfect with this with some neon shoes. Found at: Goodwill

Thrifting tip

I pass on a lot of things when I’m thrifting because of one simple rule: If I can’t envision an item in a specific outfit or styled a specific way with some other specific item (whether I already own it or not), I won’t buy it. Every single piece I bought is already part of an outfit in my mind or styled for some fictional future event. That way, when an opportunity arises, I’ll already have at least one idea for how to wear it. This helps me avoid buying stuff that I like, but would never actually wear.

What have you found on your recent thrifting trips? Do you have any rules even unspoken ones, that help guide you when you’re shopping secondhand? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!


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