2013-01-22

Thrift Along

Last week, inspired by Those Tricks, I decided to do a live thrift on my Facebook ('liked' me yet?). I wanted to give a complete picture of what I take in the change room, give my reasoning for saying either 'yay' or 'nay' and have an interactive element giving you a chance to voice your opinions as I try things on. 
I kinda messed up a bit. I didn't realize until later that I had put the first post under my personal Facebook and the next pictures under my blog Facebook. So, that was a little confusing. I also ran out of time because there wasn't enough time to do my full circle of the store plus update it all on Facebook as I go along. Technology was messing with my thrift flow. I missed so many sections!
Oh well, it can only improve from here. Anyways, I just wanted to give you a chance to peek at one of my thrift trips from selection to purchase.

Here is what I brought into the change room... 

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1. J. Crew silk and wool baseball style jacket for $14.99. I was torn on this one. It was in perfect condition and I loved how the baseball jacket was reinterpreted in luxe fabrics but... I wasn't a huge fan of the silk layers across the front. The price tag was also a little iffy for me. 
2. Vintage wool blazer with notched shoulders for $5.99. The notched shoulders on this jacket were awesome but the sleeves were a little roomy and I am not a huge fan of more cropped style of jackets on my body. Spoiler alert: I didn't get it and every time I look at that picture now, I feel regret. Those shoulders are too cool...
3. Wool Joseph sweater for $9.99. I wasn't familiar with the brand Joseph until I got home and did some research (it's a few hundred dollars for a sweater and now I can't stop thinking of this one...) but I could just tell from the way the wool felt, that it was a great quality sweater. 
4. Metallic H&M dress for $9.99. I like the pattern and shine of the fabric but I was unsure about the cut of this dress. It's not really my usual style. Also, paying $10 for second hand H&M goes against my internal thrift rules.
5. Chocolate brown lambskin bomber jacket with a faux fur collar for $19.99. I thought the cut of this jacket is a little short for my body but the lambskin leather is sooooo soft and gorgeous. 
6. Teal suede skirt for $19.99. This was a cute and wearable skirt. The elastic along the back of the wasit was a little stretched out though and $19.99 is a little expensive.
7. Brocade jacket (with a matching skirt that would never, ever fit me) for... maybe $9.99? I forget. Either way, this jacket was actually a designer sample and pretty awesome. I loved the fabric and the fit but I also love breathing and that wasn't happening at all in this jacket. Sadness.
8. Leather Nine West boots for $12.99. All green tags were 50% off so they were $6.50. They were barely worn and super comfortable. 

So, what did I end up with? (sidenote: I had a $5 off coupon because I donated a bag of used clothing)

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I bought the Joseph sweater because it is a great quality basic to have. I also bought those leather ankle boots but with the 50% off tag, this shocks nobody.
On the way to the cash, right before closing, I also found a Gap 'love' sweater with a quirky little side pocket. It was $7.99 and I didn't even try it on. I just hoped for the best and took it home with me. It fits perfectly and after washing it, I've already worn it twice in the last week. .
I should also note, as I was attempting to live thrift on Facebook, my friend texted me to take home the lambskin jacket for her. Sadly, the body was too wide on her body and I now need to return it. This puts me in a difficult spot... I should return the jacket because I would prefer it to be a bit longer and it's still $20. But, it is in my house now and it is quite nice. Ugh, I dunno, I need to just be strong and return it... 
What do you think?

29 comments :

Gizmo Wang said...

I think you should return it. The jacket's too boxy. Plus, returning it will let you go back and thrift some more!

Life etc... said...

Aggh these thriftstore-changeroom-pics of yours drive me crazy jealous! They make me want to go out op-shopping right now, but then I remember that op-shops in Australia are completely terrible in comparison :S

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April Giannosa said...

You found some great jackets!! I'd be kicking myself, too...the shoulders are great. But I'm sure you'll find other amazing pieces though!

April
Knocked Up Fabulous

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

I'm not sure if it's just the photo, but the jacket looks an awkward fit on you. You said too short, and I would agree.

I'm not sure about your thrift store, but Value Village here has an exchange only policy. Whenever, I exchange an item, which fortunately is infrequently, I find myself spending way more than the value of the returned item. Lucky them.

You didn't ask, but I do agree with all your choices. Killer boots, and the two sweaters look like great go-withs.

Anything from H & M, or Old Navy has to be under 5.00 for me to even look at it.



laniza said...

Great deal on the boots! Apparently, I need to follow your fb page so I don't miss out on the next thrift along!

j.love said...

Return it and see if that exaggerated shoulder blazer is still there! I can't believe you passed on that amazingness!!! :o

Jennifer said...

What a cool idea!

xo Jennifer

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Melissa Gray said...

Return it ! You can find better :)

Mandy said...

I just found your blog and love it! I'm a fellow thrifter too, except I have three kids in tow!
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Patricia said...

Man the Hamilton thrift stores really are a treasure trove. My stash in Edmonton wouldn't be nearly as good. :(

And lord knows I've tried.

Sandra Carson said...

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Rachel B said...

Return it and get the vintage wool blazer!

Leah said...

aw so fun! I was trying to do something similar when I was scoring big this weekend but it totally messes with 'your thrifting flow' lol. I get you on that, and did really love that vintage blazer on you!
I think all of us cheap dutchies should go on a thrifting date in the near future! You in?

grunge-queen said...

I am with you on the internal thrift rule about fast fashion: first, I rarely buy it thrift, and second, if I do, it can't cost anywhere near what it would cost new or on sale in the retail store, which it often does. Love the sweater and booties; the pic of the jacket is difficult to see well but may be too short. I'd say go with your gut. If you can exchange it, you may find something super-duper on you! Like the idea of live shopping through your FB page - you could become a personal shopper, so long as peeps take the responsibility for items that don't fit them in the end!

Anonymous said...

Return the jacket, you'll find something else that you prefer. Go with the gut instinct.

Anonymous said...

Return it and go back and get the jacket with the awesome shoulders -- $5.99!!

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Anonymous said...

I love your blog, because I'm also a Hamilton thrifter and it motivates me to get out there and find great pieces like these. But what I especially enjoy lately is that I've come across a few of your finds in person! The white silk polk-a-dot dress you wrote about recently, I had already tried on and put back on the rack (kicking myself about it though) and I also recently tried on that shiny H&M dress you posted today. I put it back for the same reasons as you. I wish I had found that blazer and those boots ;). Keep up the great work!

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briannelee said...

I think the jacket looks good on you... keep it for yourself! You can't beat a leather jacket for $20!

I like the dress on you, but I agree that $10 is steep for thrift store H&M.

myedit said...

Anon 2:49- That is awesome!Are you stealing any of my good finds before I get there?;)

newpetite said...

Like you even I dont like pay for the fast fashion clothes unless they are discounted to some ridicules low price. Love the bomber jacket on you!

Chilel said...

the H&M dress was to die for. I would have gotten it but I get what you say. I know this thrift store in my city that sells H&M shoes ever pricier than in the H&M stores. What is up with that?

gleeps said...

I've always wanted to go thrifting with you - thanks for making it possible! This post was an absolute blast - so glad you plan to make your thrift-alongs a regular feature. Loved your choices! I think you should take the jacket back to the store and make your decision there, depending on whether you find something even better.

Thrifted or Scripted? said...

I missed the live thrift on facebook,great idea. Hopefully, I'll catch the next. Thanks for the post to recap!

Sandra Carson said...

Lovely jackets...:)

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Leah said...

You can return things at your thrift store?! Crazytown. All mine are "you buy it, you're stuck with it...unless you want to donate it back to us." Which I sometimes do :)
Go get that jacket, the shoulders are uh-mazing and the shorter cut looks good!
-a fellow thriftaholic

Franziska said...

I know I'm like a week behind on this post but I just wanted to say that I really like the idea of seeing what people try on while thrifting, what they are willing to pay for clothes second hand, and why they decide to keep something. You were willing to try out new things which is great, but made smart shopping decisions. I hope you do this more often!

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