After spending a few weekends packing away several large Rubbermaid totes full of clothes that no longer fit my post-pregnancy self (depressing, right?), I had this idea. I should see if I can go one whole year without purchasing any new clothing. I’ll still buy clothing. But thrifted stuff only. The thought of purchasing an entirely new wardrobe 2 sizes bigger than my existing wardrobe didn’t sound like a lot of fun to me. But I need stuff that fits me. And I feel good when I look good. (Or at least when it’s my perception that I look good.) I love the challenge of thrift store shopping. I love how it feels like treasure hunting. I love how if you find something glorious that is a little outside of the comfort zone of what you’d normally wear, it’s easier to take the plunge and purchase it, because if it doesn’t work out, you are only out a few bucks.
I decided to ease into this resolution via thredup.com. It’s a pretty cool online second-hand store.
I admit that this is a bit of a stretch of the word “thrifted” for several reasons – while still a great deal, the stuff is a little more expensive than your typical Goodwill fare. Everything on the site is in pristine condition and organized by size and style, so it’s a bit less challenging and a bit less of a treasure hunt than going to a thrift store. But I’m super small, so it’s cool to be able to filter out just the “petites”. And you can be super specific about what you are looking for. For instance, I knew I wanted to add a few fun, yet work appropriate skirts to my closet. And of course, you do have to pay for shipping. I think it’s a great option, though, if you are looking to build a professional wardrobe.
Anyway, I got these two cute Ann Taylor Loft skirts. Practically new. One was $14.49 and one was $12.99.
Detail shots. Because, I am obsessed with pattern and texture:
And these strappy sandals, for $9.49. I’ll be honest, I have no idea how to tie those straps. I guess I’ll figure it out! I’ll ask some of my more fashionable friends. I’m sure someone knows what to do. We can have a strap-tieing party… or something.