Currently on My Thrift List

Here’s what I’m looking to thrift these days as I head to my neighborhood thrift stores:

  • Sleeveless or short sleeve shift dress in a blue anywhere from robin’s egg to “medium” blue – royal is a bit too deep for me.  Other qualifications: cotton would be nice (like this placeholder I shrunk in the wash); just above knee; no cap sleeves (someone please explain to me why these
    Something like either of these would do nicely:
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  • Pajamas for my toddler.  She’s busting at the seams of the 2 footie pairs we have (1 gift, 1 thrifted) and doesn’t like to sleep in the short-sleeved Red Sox bodysuit I thrifted for her.  (To be clear: she does like to wear it awake. We’re raising a big time baseball fan; “Go Red Sox!” and “Go Cubbies!” are frequent refrains in our house.)
  • Corduroy pants in a medium-dark blue.  This is part of my top-secret* strategy for Phase 2 of revamping my winter wardrobe.  (*Not really that secret; just haven’t written about it yet.)  Other qualifications: not “skinny” but fitted, or tailorable to be fitted (I’m still stubbornly refusing to wear flares); mid-to-high waist (am I the only 30-something who can’t stand low-cut waists anymore?); thick luscious texture.  These need to keep me warm, not feel like cardboard!
  • Legging shorts.  You know, the above-the-knee kind that give you some extra coverage for shorter skirts but don’t make you feel like you live in an oven?  I want them to go with this dress which I love but which is a tad too short for work, and which sadly has not been worn much since June started (hello ATL heat).


What are you currently keeping an eye out for during your thrifting excursions? Scroll down to share!



Loungewear, aka what I wear on lazy Saturday mornings/to sleep in at night.  (Check out winterized weekend style—not the stuff I sleep in—with this post.)

I can’t say that I thrift much of my loungewear, because I’ve had most of it forrrrr everrrr.  I mean, isn’t loungewear just stuff you’ve had so long it’s not in decent condition to wear out of the house anymore?

I jest—most things that have gone all holey on me saw the garment recycling bag long ago.  (PSA: if you live in Atlanta they recycle textiles here.)  But most of my pajama-like garb is, in fact, decades-old retail purchases/gifts, or a hand-me-down from someone who didn’t want it anymore.

I’ve thrifted a few pieces and, tell ya what, if you’re like me and want that exquisitely worn-in feel (see below), thrift stores can be the PERFECT place to find something quality (won’t shred on you) but also pre-worn (someone else has already done all the work to get that cotton t-shirt to the ideal softness).

Now I know some folks advocate scrapping all the crappy stuff and buying yourself nice silky pajamas and robes because YOU ARE WORTH IT.  (Or you need to say goodbye to a bunch of clothes that are past their prime.  On that part, I agree.)

But, guess what: comfy, holey clothes that have been worn in just right feel so much more luxurious to me than the fancy stuff.  Maybe it’s cause I grew up sleeping in a t-shirt instead of night gowns or pajama sets, but I like my loungewear more on the “worn” side and less on the “lounge” side.  What about you?

Without further ado, my loungewear lineup.  Hold your snickers, please. Continue reading “Loungewear”