Thrift Shopping Haul – Know When to Walk Away from a Cheap Chic Find

Posted On Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, shopping, Thrift Stores

Thrifty Threads 365 is a fashion challenge where I will only thrift shop for an entire year. I’ll show you how it’s easy and wallet friendly to satisfy your style needs with secondhand finds. For full details, check the original post here.
Last weekend’s weather was absolutely gorgeous, so that meant it was perfect for a full day of thrift shopping and brunch. Before hitting up Lido in Harlem {gotta love bottomless mimosas!}, my friend LaToya and I checked out the Goodwill in East Harlem.
Though I ended up with a cart full of clothes, I only walked away with one item. Read on to see why I passed on a few items {they were great, but they weren’t great} and see how I found a ton of new Target merchandise at Goodwill.
Before I get to what I tried on, let me tell you about a ton of the Target goodies I encountered. Last week I shared 16 Secrets for Shopping at Target that Will Blow Your Mind and as stated, Target donates their clearance clothes and accessories to Goodwill.
In addition to a bunch of tights, I saw about a dozen Peter Pilotto for Target dresses and a pair of the canvas sneakers. I think the dresses were around $20.
Oh, and remember the Kate Young for Target collaboration? The Goodwill racks had at least two dresses from the stylist’s 2013 collection. In addition to the designer collaborations, I counted numerous pieces from Merono and Xhilaration, Target’s brands.
In non-Target related news, I tried on a few pieces, but passed. An a-line dress was super cute, but I wasn’t absolutely in love with it and I kinda have something similar. Also, I was absolutely in love with an embellished mini, but I could barely move in it. It was one of those skirts that you can wear but you’ll be tugging at it with every step. As far as accessories, I saw a cute pair of wood earrings, but upon closer inspection, they looked and felt a little too cheap.
Thrift Tip: When in doubt about an item {the fit is a bit weird and/or you’re not in love with it}, just leave it behind. This cuts down on buyer’s remorse. What’s the point of buying a “cheap” garment if you’re never going to wear it? I don’t care whether you’re spending just $10 or 100 bucks, money wasted is never a good thing!
However, I did walk away with one item. While I could consider this trip a bust because I only ended up with one piece, instead I looked at it as a success. Even one garment you love is better than five mediocre pieces. So what did I buy? This Tannery West genuine leather bustier for $9.99.
Thrift store score!
When was the last time you went thrift shopping? What’s been your favorite score so far? If you’re participating in the Thrifty Threads 365 challenge, don’t forget to keep tagging your pics with #ThriftyThreads365
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8 thoughts on “Thrift Shopping Haul – Know When to Walk Away from a Cheap Chic Find

  1. Love that red dress, so sad you didn’t get it!!! But I know what you mean, if youre not really absolutely positively loving something, don’t buy it. That leather corset is to die for 🙂

  2. Love the corset. What a great find!

    $7.99 for those wood earrings?! For shame, Goodwill! Goodwills in my area price by category regardless of condition (skirts $7.99, shirts $5.99, etc.). Not sure if it is the same in your area, or if they really believe those earrings are worth $7.99. Lol! I miss the days when they priced items individually to account for condition.

    • The pricing tends to be so random and even backwards at some of the Goodwills I’ve been to. I have seen some pieces that are in so-so condition but priced the same as or similar to new pieces.

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