It's no secret that I love thrifting. At this point in my life most of my clothes have come from thrift stores. For me, it's mostly the treasure hunt factor that I love. I know there's gems hiding in there, and with a little patience and a good eye, I can find them! I've found great brands like Diane Von Furstenburg, Lilly Pulitzer, and tons of J.Crew at my local thrift stores over the years.
Usually I just go in and find what I find. Occasionally I'm keeping my eye out for a certain type of item but most of the time I just see what I find and then decide whether or not it will work with the rest of my wardrobe. I decided to mix it up though and give myself a challenge. Perhaps I've been listing to the "Thrift Shop" song a few too many times but I set a goal of finding a full outfit for under $20.
(Picture by my brother)
Here are the guidlines I came up with for myself:
- Spend $20 or less
- Must buy at least two "big" pieces (i.e. top + bottom, or dress and shoes or coat).
- Must be pieces I will be able to wear and reuse with my wardrobe.
Pretty simple, but I've never gone into a thrift store before with the single mind of finding an entire outfit, usually I'm just looking for pieces, so I knew it would still be a challenge. I went to my local (Millville, NJ) Goodwill store for this - it's a nice big store so I knew I had a better chance then going to some of the other local thrift stores that are much smaller.
I spent a little under an hour hunting through the racks. I tried on three different outfit possibilities. Two were dresses, one of the dresses was a poor fit and didn't really go with my style and the other was really cute but a little too dressy for me to wear regularly, but the third outfit was a skirt and top combo that was perfect! I actually had to dig the most to find the top (it was hiding in a rack of long sleeve shirts!) but it was definitely worth that extra effort.
I tallied up what I had and realized I still had $13 left! On a last little jaunt around the store I happened to come across a bag that was not only a perfect match for the outfit, but definitely something I'll be using all the time now.
Cost breakdown :
Shirt (J.Crew) - $1.99
Skirt + Belt (Target - with original tags) - $4.99
Bag (no brand) - $8.99
Tax - $0.31
Total - $16.28
And the outfit...
All I needed was a pair of shoes, and I love these Target wedges I thrifted last year. It is pretty amazing the things you can find in thirft stores. I'm really glad I gave myself this little challenge. Even though I thirft on a regular basis it felt great to give my thrifting muscles a little workout!