I don’t buy clothes very often. In the last 2-3 years, I think I’ve spent less than $150 total on a few new blouses and jeans. But a board gaming aquaintance passed away about 2 weeks ago and his memorial service was last Saturday. I needed something to wear because I may not have known him well, but I knew the group as a whole was hurting and I should at least look appropriate.
Goodwill for the Win
I got very lucky. Did you know that thrift stores like Goodwill have a ton of dresses along with everything else? I actually had never paid attention to that, but thankfully a couple of my friends are avid thrift store shoppers and included me in an outing. I picked out about 5 dresses to try on, but one black dress stood out above the others except it didn’t hide my tummy…so I looked a bit pregnant. But for $9.99, I decided that I would be silly not to buy it and just find something to hold my tummy in (yay, Spanx!)…
Walmart for the Double Win
I may not be the most girly girl of them all, but I know that Spanx can cost a bundle. Shapewear is expensive. But my younger sister suggested I look for an off-brand at Walmart. We ran over the Wednesday before the memorial service and tried on 4 different types of tummy-taming body shapers. I learned two things about myself – I am way more vain than I thought and I actually love body hugging undergarments. 🙂
I ended up buying a piece that hid my pouch the best and it only cost $14! That was an unexpected but nice surprise.
Throwing Together a $25 Outfit
I already owned the other stuff I would need for the outfit, including a black shaw. I even had a great set of shoes that I had borrowed from my friend, Isabelle, at the end of last year (sorry lady for still having your shoes!). So I threw all of that together, my younger sister did my makeup, and I looked pretty dang good! The picture below was actually taken during the Wednesday night test run…so I looked a bit tired but you get the overall look, lol.
With the shaw, I was memorial service appropriate and without it, I could have gone out to a nice dinner date. Overall, I am supremely happy with my $25 outfit, lol. And I can use the tummy-hider for other outfits too. Woot!
Used Clothing – It’s For Everybody
In general, when I do buy clothing, I buy new. But I am 99% sure that Goodwill will be my first stop for any future clothing needs. The hour or less I spend looking for something that works will end up being worth it even if I only find the perfect fit once in a while. Plus, it was fun to do the shopping thing with friends. 🙂
My next target is to find a gown for the masquerade ball that we’re hosting this coming Halloween…come on prom ball gowns! 😉
Have you ever bought used clothing that worked out great?
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