Sunday, April 10, 2011

Thrifted clothes

One of the biggest thrills for me since moving to the USA is being able to buy most things thrifted. We live in an affluent part of Maryland, which means that many clothes that are donated are boutique, high end clothes, and usually find something I like.

I like thrifting because my rationale is - why pay the full price, pay $100 for a nice jacket or coat when you can buy it for $5 to $20?

Now, the added thrill to thrifting is being able to find clothes that are able to  be paired nicely and not look like they came from the thrift store. It is normally a challenge to find the smaller sizes so sometimes I go away empty handed. Sometimes I look at a skirt and think about altering it myself, if it is not too much work.

I went shopping this Friday and found a nice Calvin Klein cotton blouse and a H & M wool skirt. At first, looking at the skirt, I thought I would have to do some alterations myself but when I tried it on, it fitted perfectly, with a little room for me to put on weight! I wore it to church today - took this photo against my stair runner (which makes the whole outfit look a lot busier than it is)

The jacket above was also thrifted from a garage sale back in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia - it is a Garfunkle jacket, which you can fork out a tidy sum of money for their clothes. It is very warm and it cost me AUD$5.00. (My mom in law took me to this garage sale, it was so awesome, near the beach.) The H & M skirt cost me US$5.18 with tax. This was not a good photo of me, wearing a plaid skirt against the floral stair runner, makes it look so busy! The skirt is really well made though, good sewing and pure wool.

This jacket was another find. It was a Steve Madden jacket, with a faux animal fur collar, which you can take off if you want to wear it for warmer days. It is a new brand to me. Obviously, I am making more effort with this picture - using my D90 camera vs my iPhone one (picture taken above), picture taken by my cute 7 year old son. He had to take many because the camera was so heavy and he had trouble holding it.

Everything was thrifted from various times but the jacket was found yesterday, the Steve Madden for $18, which I thought was steep for a thrift store, if I waited a day, it would be 50% but then I ran the risk of it being snapped up. The jeans are Calvin Kleins, $2 because they are so small (lucky me - the size 0s and 2s are usually at a discount) and the boots are a garage sale find - Salvatore Ferragamo $40. By the way, my lawn needs to be mowed dontcha think? I'll get to it soon enough. Have a greet week ahead.

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  1. Nice match :-) I love those boots but all jaws will drop if I were to wear one here in Alor Setar!!! LOL!

  2. Nice finds! Looking forward to more thrifted fashion inspiration :-)

  3. hello! I found you via Apron Thrift Girl, i like the stuff you write in your blog and found that we have some similarities. I love God, thrifting and craft as well. Happy to know that you lived in Singapore for 10 years. Hope to connect with you through blogging. Following you!