Thrifty Threads 365: Three Month Review

Posted On Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
Filed Under: Thrift Stores, Thrifty Threads 365

Thrifty Threads 365, looking fly on a dime January 1 didn’t just mark the start of the new year but also the three month mark of my Thrifty Threads 365 challenge {a full year where I only purchase thrifted clothing, no new clothes or accessories}. In October I spent $48, $25 in November and for December…I only spent $10! Yup, just $10. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to thrift. I planned on going to one of the Housing Works Buy the Bag sales but that didn’t happen.

However, all winter I’ve been on the hunt for some high heel boots. I didn’t have much time to shop so I ventured to East 23rd Street {between 2nd and 3rd Avenues} where there are multiple thrift stores on the same block so if it was a bust a one store, I could quickly move on to the next.

At Goodwill I didn’t see any boots but I did spot several pairs of Missoni for Target heels. Brand spankin new pumps with the tag still attached {originally $39.99 but Goodwill was selling them for $19.99}. Thrift Tip: Target frequently sells their merchandise to Goodwill so if you ever miss out on a designer collaboration, hit up your local Goodwill in a month or so and they may be there.

Missoni for Target heels at Goodwill I passed on the Missoni heels and went next door to the Salvation Army. And I hit the jackpot with a pair of leather Steve Madden boots that fit perfectly and they were just $9.99.

Steve Madden Boots from Salvation Army So for the month of December, I only spent $10 and have a fly pair of boots to show for it.

**On a sidenote: Most of you know that in addition to blogging and being the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX-TV, I’m also a writer. I just did my first piece for The New York Times {so excited!} and of course it’s on thrift shopping. Check it out when you get a chance –>>Thrift Stores Add Perks

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8 thoughts on “Thrifty Threads 365: Three Month Review

  1. didn’t make any resolutions this year….BUT, I made a few mentions to some friends that thrifting is high on the list of things to master this year. There are a ton of great goodwill shops in my neck of BK, just seem to lack the patience to sift! Congrats on the NYT piece!!

  2. I have been out of the loop for so long. I missed the episode, but I will see if I can get a copy.

    What a way to rock in in 2012!

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  3. Nice job on the NYT article! That’s big time stuff.
    My local thrift stores don’t offer deals like described in the article. But I’ll take the deals that they _do_ offer, because they are still less expensive than retail.

  4. I really enjoy your blog, and I love all of the great info on thrifting. I’ve been trying to get more into thrifting, and I think your Thrifty Threads 365 Challenge is just what I need to get started. Even if I don’t thrift as much, it should inspire me to be more creative with the items I already own. The fact that I’ll be saving money is also a big plus!

  5. Congratulations Patrice.I am happy to see how far you have gone with your blog since you started it. I dont watch tv that much, and I am glad that you posted your Tv segments on your blog. Congrats on the NY Times article. I read it from begining to end.

    More success will come your way. Did not get a chance this past summer due to conflicting schedule to go out on one of your thrift shopping. I hope that you bring it back this year.
    http://www.fashionmechic.com/

  6. I admit that I’m a person who is impatient to hunt for a much inexpensive or discounted brand, but this year I’ll try to be as it will be my New Year resolution. I was pretty amazed that you hit a jackpot, a Steve Madden boots for only $10

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