How to Thrift Shop for Outerwear + Salvation Army Coat Sale

Posted On Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Filed Under: Thrift Stores

How to Thrift Shop for Outerwear + Salvation Army Coat Sale {this weekend!}

A few days ago on Instagram, I mentioned the upcoming Salvation Army coat sale. I don’t use the word “epic” often, but it’s fitting for this sale! If you’re in the NYC area and in need of some outerwear, you’ll want to check this out!

Below are a few tips to shop the upcoming coat sale or any sale!

Links to Save By: Affordable Winter Coats, DIY Beauty Jars & More

Posted On Friday, January 10th, 2014
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, DIY, Fab Under $100, shopping

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  • Expert Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your Beauty Products {Spa Week}
  • Why January is One of the Best Times to Thrift Shop {Goodwill NY/NJ}
  • How to Get a Refund on a Non-Refundable Flight {Smart Travel}
  • By-the-Month Guide to Shopping Like an Editor: the best months to buy certain products {Elle}
  • Recycled Beauty: DIY Door Knob Beauty Jars {Glitter n Glue}


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Mandee Holiday Lookbook: Affordable Classics and Trendy Threads

Posted On Monday, November 12th, 2012
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, Designer on a Dime, shopping

wool coat, affordable winter coat

The holiday season is quickly approaching {seriously, Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away}, so that means your favorite stores are rolling out their winter/holiday gear. And one store that just revealed their festive pieces is Mandee. I used to shop at Mandee years ago and finally made me way back to them when I was finding pieces for my Today Show fashion segment. Though many of the clothes and accessories skew towards a younger woman’s style, they have tons of basics for women of all ages. And the new holiday pieces are just as eclectic.

Thrift Store Treasure – LOFT coat

Posted On Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime, shopping, Thrifty Threads 365

Since I’m on my Thrifty Threads 365 challenge {I’m only buying thrifted items for one year}, my concern this winter was finding a coat. I have a trusty Gap peacoat but I wanted something new. I learned about the Salvation Army coat sale and I hit the jackpot.

The warehouse type sale has racks upon racks of leathers, fur, bombers and every type of outerwear you can imagine. Prices average $20-$30. Though the environment is pretty chaotic and crowded, I lucked out with a few cute options to bundle up in, but my absolute fave has to be this LOFT coat.

The neutral tones, faux fur removable collar and above the knee length. What’s not to love? And $20 for coat that would have normally cost close to $200 is pretty amazing. I wore this beauty throughout the blistery NYC winter.  It goes with everything from skinny jeans and boots to A-line skirts and pumps.

I also went to the final coat sale a month later where I racked up some more goodies. I was amazed to find that prices were even cheaper (I walked away with a Dsquared parka for $2!) If you can hold off, wait until a final sale where prices are dirt cheap. You run the risk of items being picked over, but most of the time the stores still have a ton of stuff to get rid of. Perfect for your wallet and closet.

Thrift Tip:

When thrift shopping for a coat, try to wear bulky layers. You want to be sure it fits when you rock it over your thick winter sweaters. If a coat is snug while you try it on with a thin top, it’ll never work with your big sweaters.

Winter Coats under $150

Posted On Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, Looking FLY on a Dime

Winter is here. Well, not officially, but the cooling temps are quickly creeping up on us. A great, warm winter coat is a worthwhile investment but if you’re a bit cash strapped or want to update your look without dropping a wad of cash, there are tons of cute and functional options on the market. Whether your style leans more towards the classic or glam look, there’s something for every taste.

Pea Coat:
This classic look never goes out of style. It’s flattering for all figures and easily translates from day to night. Black or navy blue are typical choices, but you can also opt for a bright hue to perk up the cold days.

Click more to see other coat options under $150.