Long time no see, Thrifters! You know it’s been awhile when my last post was also thrift finds… from a month ago.
I’ve been happily busy with work (Lent, Holy Week) and thus away from the blog. To jump back in, I thought about doing the Spring 10×10 (click here to read about what a 10×10 is) but it was scheduled to start on Good Friday (hello people, busiest time of year for a pastor!) and also it snowed yesterday. So nope.
But I did have some good March thrift finds and I would love to share them with you all. I’ll classify them by thrift excursion so I can keep track of what’s what. Here we go!
First up: Global Thrift in Waltham.
I did a quick run through just before closing and didn’t find anything I wanted to try, but did find a gorgeous J. Crew linen dress in a Light Summer coral not remotely my size:
Here’s another Light Summer number in the weird college-student-party-dress length that always cuts off people’s legs while simultaneously threatening to show their assets:
Why do people wear such short hems?! #rantover
Next up, the Goodwill in Seabrook, NH on the way to visit my inlaws. I have one complaint against New Hampshire Goodwills: they sell a bunch of new stuff alongside the secondhand things, and while this is handy when I want to buy underwear or socks and still support a non-profit, it just kind of spoils the feel for me. Plus the way they display it sometimes makes it hard to distinguish between new and not; the new stuff is usually cheaply made; and I didn’t find good undies this time. #rantnumber2over
Nope on this cable-knit sweater – the overly bright white and the cheap quality overrode my love of cowl necks:
This pleated dress with attached camisole-like liner actually looks better in retrospect than it did in the dressing room – it was a bit baggy on:
Great colors on the stripes; wonky neck:
Despite the picture which makes it look sort of milk-chocolatey, this NY & Co. blazer was the exact right brown for Light Summer. Too bad it was so baggy in the chest/armpit area!
These two t-shirts came home with me as they were simple but with details that added a twist. Ralph Lauren Jeans is on the left; on the right is No Boundaries (a Walmart brand that almost never passes the quality test, but this one did).
Despite the awful lighting, both are good Light Summer colors. You can see the yellow shirt (which is a tad big and looks better under a blazer) featured in my Easter outfit:
Those pants, btw, are also a new-to-me find off of eBay – they arrived on Good Friday so it seemed clear the universe wanted me to wear them on Easter. More about them in a post to come.
Last but not least from Goodwill, this cheeky little shirt by Express which is also super comfortable. Pretty sure I can’t wear this to work so it will be my leisure shirt (or I can wear it under a blazer to look like I’m in on the shirts-with-words trend while obscuring the actual words).
A quick Saturday-before-Palm Sunday visit to the Garment District to rent a donkey costume:
I hadn’t been here in about 15 years… last time I was a college student on a budget, digging through the pay-by-the-pound section:
I’ve since graduate to the racks, where I found some great patterns…
…and consignment store prices. I tried on three Light Summer finds.
I’m on the hunt for a chambray dress, but this one was too baggy, and for the prices I wanted something just right:
A yellow cashmere(!) Lord & Taylor sweater that was great except for being too short – when I raised my arms, out came the midriff:
And a pink top in which I absolutely swam:
Last but not least, a quick stop into Restoration Project in Belmont. This is a small store supporting a non-profit that trains adolescents & adults with brain disorders and injuries in the furniture restoration trade; as you might imagine, they have a great selection of furniture. So it’s already a great cause; and somehow, unlike many other small stores linked to deserving local charities that end up with a hodge podge of meh selections, this store is packed full of modern, fresh, quality finds. I buy something every single time I stop in, and often come home with a new closet favorite.
Nope – great rise on these Kancan jeans but sausage calves down below:
Practically no-rise on these otherwise great white jeans (insert rant number 3 about lowrise pants – and get off my lawn!):
Such a fun, mermaid-y look in great Light Summer colors…
…that was too big. Plus the yoke was a dingy, cheap-looking white:
The colors on this silk Ann Taylor button down were glorious, but it was a size too big (fixed by a tie in the front) and had a few snags. What do you think – should I have bought it and styled it thus?
This Eva Mendes skirt is pretty awesome in terms of feel – very lush – and architectural detailing. I love the built-in belt for definition:
But it was at least a size (maybe 2?) too small.
Here are some shorts that hit me in all the wrong places and are way too baggy in the legs:
Here’s on I brought home – great drape, length, and detail with that center pleat…
…but although it has Light Summer colors in it, the grey in the pattern makes it feels so…muted…compared to my recently re-chromatized look:
Meh. We’ll see how I feel about it, maybe over my purple pants.
Speaking of purple, Restoration Project was in rare form with the Light Summer purples. Check out this strapless gown I wish I had somewhere to wear:
And this purple men’s v-neck sweater in Italian merino wool by Express that became my Good Friday outfit:
And this sleeveless crop-ish silk top by Bloomingdale’s, two sizes too large:
I feel like all the cool Instagram kids are wearing crop tops likes this with highwaisted jeans. I think maybe I could pull it off, especially as a fun (and inexpensive) experiment, except for the fact that it’s so wide:
What would you do with this top if you were me? Try to tighten it up with some hand sewing, while still leaving enough flex room to get it over my head? Wear it as-is and pretend it’s on purpose?
You can see more of the sleeveless top’s extra fabric in this pic of a vintage maxi skirt I nabbed. The skirt is super comfy with its flat front and elastic waistband and I liked the kicky little pleats in front:
I plan to wear it with my Saltwater sandals and a tank this summer, but in a better color. I want to dye it a color other than this 1980s peach, which is not Light Summer (or particularly appealing). Thoughts on a color to choose?
And last but not least, a vintage Maggy London dress I considered wearing for Easter for about a minute – and rejected, mostly because I couldn’t figure out whether the shoulders would look good once I removed the shoulder pads:
Happy Easter/chag Pesach sameach to those who celebrate!
4 thoughts on “Thrift Finds: March 2018”
You had SO many almosts, as in a great piece but it doesn’t quite fit! But I’m digging those floral jeans, looking forward to hearing their story.
For me the fun is finding just a few that are juuuuuust right! It feels good to go through a pile of clothes and come out with 2 or 3 winners. (I am fudging a bit, e.g. with the size of the yellow t-shirt, on a couple of Light Summer finds since I’m still learning the color palette. I’m willing to spend $5-6 on a piece that isn’t perfect to learn how to use the new-to-me color at home.)
I’m looking forward to sharing about the pants! Thanks for commenting, Priscilla :)
You look fantastic in that purple sweater!
I just wanted to write a quick note to say how much I love your showing all the pieces that don’t work… that is so much of thrift shopping, and it’s nice to see someone else do it!
Thanks Gail! I couldn’t say no to that color.
Glad you enjoy the “no” pieces – I like seeing what other people find (even if they don’t take it home) because it inspires me as to what’s out there for thrifters. And you’re right, it IS a big part of thrifting!