Top Ten Tuesday: Thrifty Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday: Thrifty Favorites

As you probably know by now, I love thrift shopping.  Last time I went to a mall, I honestly left angry because there was no fun in looking at racks of the same shirt over and over and over again.  Almost all of my favorite articles of clothing have come from Goodwill, Megathrift, or another second-hand shop.  Below are my top ten favorite thrift finds.

Top Ten Favorite Pieces from A Thrift Store

1. Twenty-one embroidered tunic


2. Converse All-stars (glitter added)


3. J. Crew Rain boots


4. Merona khakis


5. Vera Bradley belt


6. Faded Glory bermuda shorts


7. Cato crossbody purse


8. Jessica Howard dress


9.  Ann Taylor houndstooth pencil skirt


10. Abercrombie and Fitch sweater


One Man’s Trash

One Man’s Trash

Yesterday (Wednesday), one of my favorite things happened.  Actually, a lot of my favorite things happened.  Let’s rehash:

  • It was SEVENTY degrees!!  After two weeks of snowy, rainy weather, yesterday was absolutely gorgeous! (Today is supposed to be rainy and in the low-thirties again :/ ).
  • With the warm weather, Old Salem was repopulated and bustling during my run.  I like it when there are a lot of shoppers milling around.  It means I can people-watch while I run.
  • I took pictures at Graylyn Estate (Be watching – I plan to post them later this week).
  • I went thrift shopping and found some bargains.

On my thrift trip, I decided to brave the Goodwill Outlet.  If you have never been to one of these stores, please watch this video.

Basically, the outlet store consists of extensive lines of bins full of another person’s trash (versus the Goodwill Retail center that sets the trash on shelves or hangs it from racks).  You dig through the bin, find your treasure in the trash, and pay $1.25 per pound.  The first time I walked into the outlet store, I immediately turned around and walked out; it was just too dirty and crazy for me to handle!  Thankfully, yesterday’s trip was on a weekday morning at 8:15; the store was nowhere near as hectic as in that video (the narrator is right, though; it gets crazy).

The shopping started out pretty boring with two tee shirts.  Nothing special.


My third find was a little better – a Lilly Pulitzer belt.  If I had bought this new, it would have easily cost over $40.


The real gem of the trip was my last find.  Check it out:


That’s right! A genuine Coach handbag!  I would have to guess that the original retail price was well over $200.  Now, I had to admit that it had seen better days.  It was undeniably dirty, but there was very little wear on it.  I figured that some TLC could quickly make it usable.  Simply cleaning out the pockets, washing it in cold water three times, and letting it dry made a world of difference.  I cannot wait to use it!

Oh! And I didn’t tell you how much it cost.  My entire purchase – two shirts, a belt, and the purse – came to a grand total of….

$2.14!! What a steal!

Have you ever shopped at the Goodwill Outlet?  What’s your opinion?


Back to Dorm Life

Back to Dorm Life


School is officially back in session, and I am nervously facing the new semester with the daunting privilege of being an RA.  I hope to use the position to grow closer to the Lord and point others to Him.  I am definitely anxious to see what God has planned for the semester, and I know that it will be a growing experience for me.  I am going to be super busy working at the daycare, attending classes, and being and RA–God is going to stretch me for sure!

Welcome back to the dorms, back to microwaving meals, back to school outfits, and back to college.  Good luck this semester!


Microwave “Baked” Apples


  • 1 whole apple, cored and chopped
  • cinnamon to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave 2 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Eat and enjoy!
  • bakedapple1What are you looking forward to most this semester?  What changes seem most daunting?
What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday


When I was younger, I desperately wanted an American Girl doll.  I treated the catalogues like love notes, saving and memorizing every one I received in the mail (in fact I still have all the catalogues and magazines that have been sent to me since Fall of 2001).  I saved my pennies.  I devoured the books.  I purchased purses, lotion, pins, trading cards, and ornaments.  I never bought a doll.


In 2001, the Kit doll that I wanted cost $89–an incomprehensible fortune for a first grader.  Now, the same doll can set a parent back $115.  While I could probably afford to buy myself a doll (and maybe one of these days I will bite the bullet and do it), I will just dress myself like one for now.


Dress:  Forever (consignment)

Coat: Guess (eBay, gifted)

Tights: Walmart

Boots: Bamboo (gifted)

Earrings, bracelet, pin, and hair clip: gifted


Top Ten Tuesday: Thrifty

Top Ten Tuesday: Thrifty


On my way to college of Friday, I stopped at a thrift store.  What better way to relieve the back-to-school blues than shopping?  Some people don’t understand my love of thrift stores; they view second-hand shops as dirty, cheap, and difficult.  However, there is no where I would rather shop than a decent thrift store.  Here are ten reasons that Goodwill is my go-to.

Top Ten Reasons to Buy Second-Hand Clothing

  1. You will save a TON of money—why pay more?
  2. It is good for the environment
  3. You can get clothes that no one else will have–no more matching the girl across the room!
  4. You can buy more clothes because you are paying less per item
  5. You can alter the clothes without the fear of ruining an expensive piece (yay! refashioning!)
  6. It is fun to dig through bins, rifle through racks, and peruse shelves.  I love the hunt!
  7. You will get a good laugh at some of the ridiculous items you find.
  8. Thrift shops are a great place to people-watch.
  9. College students often consign their clothes—you are paying for someone’s education!
  10. Most of my favorite pieces are second-hand.  (Like the awesome J. Crew rain boots that I bought Friday for $5)
Fashion vs. Style

Fashion vs. Style


noun  \  a prevailing custom or style of dress
Anyone can be fashionable; it’s easy.  You go to Macy’s or Nordstrom, and you buy dresses off the rack.  You look through the catalogue, and you pair the mass-produces dress with a pair of mass-produced shoes.  You purchase a brand-name handbag head out the door.  Congratulations.  You are officially another fashion clone, and you will spend the rest of your life purchasing new outfits on a seasonal basis.  The good news is that you ALWAYS look cute!


noun  \  an elegant or luxurious mode of living
A select few are born with style.  Style requires an innate ability to pair random items together and wear them with confidence.  From my vantage point, people with style generally dress at thrift stores and other unique locales.  They acquire items that make others look twice, and they are constantly being asked, “Where did you get that?”  They have dozens of pieces of clothing that can be paired into hundreds of outfits, and they wear the same pieces hundreds of time before replacing them.  Those with style can dress any way they want: classic, trendy, vintage, or modern.  The world is their stage.
So what is your opinion on fashion and style? Are you Fashionable or Stylish?  Tell me in the comments below!