I’ve written a lot recently about my thrift store finds and how I use them in my home. In my post Tales from the Thrift Part Tres, I mentioned that my thrifting finds aren’t limited to household items and decor. Sometimes I find some pretty nice clothing too!
I tend to get pretty lucky with jackets and tops. Pants tend to be another story though. I don’t know what it is but I have a problem with pants in general – finding the right fit and also with the length. But every now and the I luck up on some!
Some of the brands I like to look for are J. Jill, Banana Republic, Chicos (more current items), Jones New York, Ralph Lauren and every now and then I find a great Eileen Fisher piece. Naturally, just because it’s a brand name doesn’t always mean it’s a good deal. I make sure to look for stains, tears and general wear and tear. Some items have seen better days, as they say! Occasionally, some show up at the thrift store with the original price tags! I’m sure we’ve all done that before – bought something and maybe wondered – “what was I thinking” – when you got home and then put it in the back of the closet. Then months later it ends up in the donation pile. Like I said with the Chicos brand, I look for more current items but the same goes for most labels. Every now and then though, I discover a vintage piece which is great! Those are always nice to incorporate into your wardrobe!
As with household decor, these days I’m currently looking for things I can wear right now. Since I’m no longer in the corporate world, I’ve stopped looking for blazers and dressier items. In fact, I’ve sent quite a few items BACK to the thrift store these past few months. That’s another thing that is always fun to me – seeing the things you’ve donated on the racks and the pricing on those items!
On a recent trip last week, I found several long-sleeved tops. I don’t know what it is with me and stripes, but when I spotted this black and white stripped Ralph Lauren sweater, I hoped it would look nice when I tried it on. Well, it did and I walked away with it for $2.99! It’s sturdy but not too heavy and feels great on! I also found this Banana Republic blue-green long sweater with pockets in front. This one was $3.99, is lightweight and will work well with a jacket over it. I like that both of these are long enough to go with yoga pants or heavy tights and boots. It’s fall after all, y’all!!!
Getting excited about a plain white tee probably sounds crazy, but you can’t go wrong with a white tee, especially one that is both cotton and spandex. These Chicos ultimate tees really hold their shape well and I decided to add it to my basket with the two sweaters for $2.99!
J. Jill clothing is always so comfortable and I’ve found my share of great pieces over the years. Earlier this year, I found this Pure Jill (a J. Jill line) red quilted jacket. It is SO comfortable and this is the perfect weather for it! I can match it up with that Chicos white tee, some black tights and my boots for a great weekend look! I paid $6.99 for this jacket. I also found this dressier jacket – I know, I know – I said I wasn’t buying dressier items but this J. Jill black jacket with the flower design is another comfy item and I’ve already worn it. Interestingly, it was only $4.99 – two dollars less than the quilted jacket!
Originally tagged items are always a fun find. I spotted this short sweater by INC for $3.99 with an original $69 tag on it! I had on a long shirt when I tried it on and it looked great with it as a way to dress up a casual look. These two Karen Kane long sweaters were another bargain at $3.99 each! Original price on both was $128! Seriously…I can’t imagine paying that much for these items!
Finally, pants…it’s a struggle sometimes but then other times the thrifting gods smile upon you! These J. Jill dark gray stretchy pants feel great on and were $6.99. They look like they’ve barely been worn too, but I’m sure I’ll take care of that! And these brown stretchy Jones New York brown pants are a nice change from the black pants and yoga pants I wear all the time. These were also $6.99. Honestly, it seems like every pair of pants I find are priced at $6.99. Must be a rule or something!
I’ll share more about thrift store clothing in another post including my strategy for working a store. Until then…happy thrifting!