Back in May, I started my own personal challenge at the end of my post about the song, “Thrift Shop”. I decided that at least until June 2014, I would only buy clothing from second-hand stores like Goodwill and resale shops. I made the exception for anything that I need to buy that touches my naughty bits. 😉
Thrifting August 2013
So far, I have stuck to the plan. It was super easy since I didn’t need anything except a bathing suit last month. And since that is on the exceptions list, I bought the one below off of Amazon and am super happy with it. I don’t leave the house unless necessary or for fun, lol.
But now that I lost about 14 pounds again (and because I actually split the inner-thigh of the second-to-last pair of jeans that I fit into, lol), I needed a few new pairs of pants. I also will be attending a murder mystery dinner and have the role of a bad girl, so I needed a trashy/sexy outfit.
And I was informed by my better-dressed friend, D, that I need some more girly clothes that “fit better and highlight all of your yummy parts”. (Side note, I love my friends.) I own about 30 funny t-shirts (25 of which are a size or two too big for me now but I wear them around the house anyway), 10 general blouses, 10 winter tops, and 2 dresses (both pretty formal). So D and I decided to do some thrifting this past Sunday and take advantage of the tax-free weekend.
I think I bought all of the clothes in the world. D assures me that I didn’t and have barely made a scratch. 😉 Here is what I ended up with:
- 8 new shirts/blouses/nice tops (all form-fitting and t-shirt purchases have hereby been banned for a while…)
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 1 new pair of black slacks
- 2 skirts
- 3 dresses
- 3 pairs of shoes
- Total Paid = $125.90
Not too shabby! Bad girl, Ramona (my murder mystery character), will be dressed in a leather skirt with a super trashy top and some wild heels. I’m also wearing a blue wig, over-the-top makeup, and some temporary tattoos. Altogether, I bought the shirt, the heels, and will be buying the tattoos. I’m borrowing the rest. Ramona is costing less than $10, yay!
Actual Crystal has what feels like a brand new closet. Here are a few of the outfits:
Altogether, $125 for a whole new wardrobe isn’t too shabby! I also used this opportunity to go through my whole closet, reorganize, and pull anything I wasn’t wearing. It was some nice stuff since I already donated the first and second clean-out waves from the move late last year. I ended up taking 16 pieces to the consignment shop (mostly dresses and nice skirts that I wore years ago). Maybe I can make back some of that $125 on some nice clothing that no longer fits me. 🙂
Do you find great stuff at thrift stores too? Any bargains or favorites that you want to mention?
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