On the weekend I mentioned the possibility of beginning a weekly segment about my Thrift Store adventures.
Maggie, the fabulous voice behind Mummy Maggie Chronicles, is starting her own thrifting segment on Thursdays, so I thought that I’d borrow her idea and do the same! While she is focusing more on her unbelievable furniture finds, I’m going to begin showcasing some of the clothes and shoes I’ve found since I started hunting.
Now, I get it– thrift shopping grosses a lot of people out. The idea of owning or wearing something that hasn’t always belonged to you (and not knowing where it came from) makes people nervous. I am the youngest of three girls and grew up wearing my sisters’ hand-me-downs, so the concept isn’t new to me.
I also clean everything very well when I buy it, and I have a few guidelines I follow when I begin my hunt:
1) Only buy things in great condition (ideally with tags on. Like the Guess jeans I bought two weeks ago for $7).
2) Don’t buy things that I know I could buy brand new for close to the same price.
3) Look for high quality, well known items. (Brand names)
On Saturday I showed you the fabulous Guess pumps I found at Goodwill for $20. I looked them up and found out that they originally sold for $130. WIN.
Tonight I want to introduce you to my favourite new Steve Madden boots. I bought these at Value Village for $15, and I LOVE them. They are brown, knee-high leather boots with laced detailing at the back. I can wear them tall, like this:
Or folded down, like this:
When I wear them folded (which I often do) the Hubster and I like to call them my pirate boots. I love them. They are incredibly comfortable, the leather is soft, and they came broken in! They were in amazing shape when I found them and I scooped them up immediately… much to the dismay of a lady peering over my shoulder who obviously wanted to try them on.
I looked around on the internet after I bought them and found that these sold for $120 in stores. WIN.
Eventually I’ll stop being lazy and take photos of me wearing my finds.
Awesome deals!! I should really go. My sister goes sometimes and she’s found some great things.I’m not grossed out by it at all, as long as it’s good condition and a great deal! Why not!
I used to go to thrift stores a lot, but I stopped going because they all seem to have The Smell. I can’t stand The Smell. But you do get some amazing deals. It’s incredible what you can find if you keep your eyes open.
I love thrift store shopping, especially for jeans. They’re already broken in, like with the boots. I usually shop at consignment shops because the clothes seem to be in better shape and don’t have that “thrift store smell”. Those boots are adorable, awesome find!
YAY! That’s the way I feel about it too.
I know exactly what smell you’re talking about, it’s the “old clothes” smell. It’s almost musty or something. It just doesn’t bother me I guess–after I’ve been in a store for a few minutes I don’t notice it anymore!
I’ve actually never been in a consignment shop, but I’ve always wanted to! I wonder if there is one in my area…