I started thrifting seriously in 2011, when I discovered the Goodwill stores in nice neighborhoods can be as high-quality as consignment shops. In fact, I bought my entire wardrobe for BlogHer '11 at Goodwill. Now I try to pop some tags at my favorite Goodwill store when the seasons change and also after the huge neighborhoods have their joint garage sales (you know whatever didn't get sold got donated). Here are my top five Goodwill finds for spring/summer 2013.
I paid $20 and change for these five items. And yes, I had to forward all the pictures to Stacy Morrison so she could tell me the fashion words to use to describe them because, hello? I shop at Goodwill.Turquoise Patterned Dress
This dress is extremely flattering on my build (unlike the sheath dress, which will not die despite my hatred for it). I love the stretchy and very forgiving material, too. I might actually bring this one to BlogHer '13 for its wrinkle-resistant and small-folding charm.
Stripes are hot this spring. How much do we love this cute striped shirt from The Gap that still had the tags on? And why did a Goodwill employee not score this? I can't figure out how it made it to the rack in the first place.
This Ann Taylor Loft shirt looked really dumpy on the hanger, and my nine-year-old turned up her nose at it. Then I put it on and the neckline was so flattering, she actually lit up. I can tell if an outfit is working by looking in my daughter's eyes. I'm not going to tell you what she said about the skirt that turned me into a human sausage.
We live at the pool or lake in the summer, so I can't have enough swimsuits and coverups. I spend three figures on sturdy swimsuits, so my coverups have to be cheap. This one is a wee bit short, but not shorter than an actual swimsuit, right?
My daughter also didn't like these mules at first. My flat feet don't look cute in shoes, generally speaking. Then I put these mules on with pants, and she approved. She has flat feet, too -- she just doesn't realize this is going to interfere with her ability to wear stilettos in the future.
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