Thrifty Threads 365: Five Month Review

Posted On Monday, March 5th, 2012
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime, shopping, Thrift Stores, Thrifty Threads 365

Thrifty Threads 365, looking fly on a dime

Another month gone and another month that I can only thrift shop and spend a max of $50 on secondhand clothes and accessories. My Thrifty Threads 365 challenge is at the five month mark and for February, I stuck to my budget. Yay for me, since last month I went over budget by $23.

I haven’t had too much time to shop but over the past two weeks I snagged a few goodies and I have to say I absolutely love everything I purchased. Since I can only spend $50, that forces me to only buy things I would regret leaving at the store. Fun, statement pieces that help elevate my wardrobe.

I’m a serious heels and stiletto lover but I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of flat boots and luckily I found them at the Salvation Army {46th St. between 10th and 11th in NYC}. These zig zag boots are just everything to me and the $10 price tag made me do a happy dance.

Thrifty Threads, flat boots

After scoring the boots, I made my way to the dress rack at the Salv and scooped up a polka dot, wrap style frock for $7.

Thrifty Threads, wrap dress

Last weekend I went thrift shopping with my girls Danielle {aka The Frugal Fatshionista} and Jasmin {aka Vintage Vandalizm} and we did some thrift hopping on East 23rd St. There’s a string of thrift stores within a two block radius {East 23rd St between 2nd and 3rd Aves} so we just went door to door.

At the Salvation Army, Danielle found a cropped sweater that’s just my style and size. The camera really doesn’t pick up its sparkly little details. {$7}

Thrifty Threads, cropped sweater

Unfortunately I didn’t find too many garments at the Goodwill, but I did see a pair of beige cut out Guess pumps that needed a home in my closet. They were $7.99 but because I redeemed my Goodwill Rewards Card points, they were actually free! Read up on the Goodwill Rewards Card and savings cards at other thrift stores.

Thrifty Threads, guess pumps

Our last stop of the day {before heading to Coppelia for a yummy dinner} was Housing Works. Once again, I didn’t find any clothes I had to have, but I found a few accessories. I’ve been dying for a pair of cat eye sunnies and I can never have too many bangles. The glasses and bracelets totaled just $9.

Thrifty Threads 365

So for the month of February, I only spent $33. This definitely balances out the fact that I went over budget last month.

If you’ve joined my Thrifty Threads 365 Challenge {only thrift shopping for a period of time}, feel free to comment below and let me know how it’s going.

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10 thoughts on “Thrifty Threads 365: Five Month Review

  1. Hey Patrice, I’m definitely going to join your challenge and get a couple girlfriends together. I’m also amending your challenge little because I’m such a DIY maven, I’m going to say $75 per month everything thrifted or made (DIY).I feel 50 is a good cap, but I also feel like I’ll go over that $50 sometimes. So $75 I know I won’t go over. Love those zig zag boots, they look like a hot conversation piece. Thanks for inspiring me, I’ll send you some pics

  2. those zig zag boots are totally killer!

    this is such an inspiring challenge….. i have always been an avid and successful thrifter, but interspersed are trips to century 21 and tj maxx and j crew…… so, i spend more money than i need to.

  3. Hi Patrice,
    My birthday is coming up towards the end of the month and I am going to start your challenge then.  I am going to do $25, I have found a smaller thrift store where you can bag a bag for $5 and another one where on Tuesdays everything is $1.  I am going to utilize these two stores when I can and then go to the others.  My sister-in-law out-of-town told me about your site when she saw you on Nates show.  I didn’t know about the show and I had never heard about your site.  My sister-in-law said soon as she saw the show she thought about me because you reminded her of me.  Thank you for your inspiration, you have motivated me to put a limit on my thrift store shopping.  I love all of your posts.

  4. Saw you on Nate. Thrilled about your blog and getting to see your frugal finds. We have a Goodwill Outlet in Charlotte, NC and you can find some real bargains if your arms can hold out through all of the sorting!!! We also have Value Village that offers deep discounts on lots of nice merchandise. Happy Shopping!

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