what i wore wednesday {and a visitor!}

for those of you new here, what i wore wednesday isn’t really a record of just what i wore on wednesdays, but originally started as an accountability tool to show what i wore every day, to motivate myself to get out of my sweats and pjs and get dressed – even if i wasn’t leaving the house!  so many of you have joined up with me on this and it is really working, is it not?

so last week i decided to pose a challenge – choose something out of your closet that you haven’t worn in a long time and try to make it new again, try mixing it up with something you’ve never tried.  uh, this was really hard!  through this process i have definitely thinned out my closet a bit in finding things that i just could not make work!

the item in question is the pari of khakis.  i haven’t worn them in a couple few years.  khaki is a really hard color for me to figure out – i know its a classic, but what does it go with?  i felt like this outfit was super blah and will not be wearing it again.  plus, the pants don’t fit me as well as they used to – they are shorter since they don’t sit as low on my waist as they used to.  good thing i’m on day 10 of the 30 day shred!

top & sandals – target

khakis – old navy

green tank under – old navy

bracelet – gift

necklace – lisa leonard designs

my sister-in-law was visiting and my photographer for a few days!

dress, tank, sandals – target

sweater – banana republic

necklace – crystal b. *love*

its back to school time and this is what all the teachers are wearing… in my house, at least!

shirt & jeans – forever 21

sandals – gap

bracelet – stacy lynn

hey! stop climbing on your sister, errrr class mate!

headband – just.lovely.things.

necklace – gift from my mom

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so are you ready for this week’s challenge?

thrifting!  wear something that you have bought at a thrift store, or if thats not your style, let’s go for your absolute best deals you ever found.

here to give you a crash course on thrifting is my new friend abbie, from five days… 5 ways.

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Hello, Pleated Poppy readers!

Excited does not begin to describe how I feel about getting to chat with you guys today on Lindsey’s awesome blog! Thank you, Lindsey!

Before I tell you a little about myself, I thought you might want to know that I’m hosting a Pleated Poppy giveaway, and you can find out all of the details here.

See? I have my priorities straight!

And now that you’re back…Hi there! My name is Abbie, and I’m a thriftaholic.

Whew! I feel better now that’s off my chest. I missed my Thiftaholics Anonymous meeting this week, but this is kind of like a (really big!) group session, right?

Right.

In addition to being a hardcore thrifter, I’m also a follower of Jesus, a wife, a mama to three kiddos under six, an exercise instructor, a writer, and a DIY fanatic.

Oh yeah. And I run not one but two blogs (I think that makes me a blogamist):

1. Five days…5 ways, my everyday blog where I like creating thrifty projects like these:

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2. Secondhand or Bare Bottom—my smart-mouthed style blog where everything I wear or carry (accessories, bags, shoes, everything) is 100% thrifted.

Obsessed much? Why, yes, I am.

Today, I’m here to share with you my tips for finding thrifted outfits so that instead of this:

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You like?

I know for some of you this is what comes to mind when you think “thrifted,” especially Goodwill!

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There was no way I could pass up an attempt at “The Elaine” while I was wearing this get-up. And yes, I did pay good money for these things at Goodwill. Good thing they have a 7 day exchange policy, huh?

You get this:

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Or is it this?:

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One of these outfits is 100% thrifted, and one is 100% retail. Can you tell which is which? Because if you can’t tell the difference, you shouldn’t have to pay for it.

Today is actually the inaugural post of a new series I’m starting on my Wardrobe Wednesday posts at Five days…5 ways.

It’s called Thrifted or Grifted.

Thrifted: (adj.): previously loved and ridiculously cheap…aka Secondhand

Grifted: {(adj.): swindled or cheated…aka Retail

And yes, I know that not all retail is a swindle. I’m a happy clearance rack browser myself, but it makes the title rhyme, so I’m going with it.

The coolest part?

Thrifted or Grifted is interactive! Just click on the link and place your vote for which of the above outfits you think is thrifted and which is retail. I’ll post the tally and and reveal which is which before my 5 Things Thursday tomorrow!

So, how DO you score awesome thrifted finds?**

1) Go early, go often, and go long. My specialty is Goodwill, and I like to go on Mondays/Tuesdays in the morning because they’ve had time to get themselves organized from the weekend rush. DON’T go on a Saturday at 11 or you’ll get nothing but picked-over racks and a headache. I usually go once a week if I’m doing “focused” shopping or once a month if I’m just browsing. Frequency definitely yields better results. I hardly ever get out of there in less than two hours (with three munchkins in tow), but one hour could produce some pretty fantastic deals.

2) In the case of Goodwill, ignore the racks that are always there at first, and, if your store has them, start with the ones they roll out on the floor every 45 minutes or so. Some stores will even make announcements when they roll out new racks so you can do your best Usain Bolt impression beating all the other bargain-obsessed chicks to that adorable Anthropologie skirt huddled behind those maroon pleated polyester pants from 1984.

3) Don’t be afraid to haggle. Most thrift-store items are reasonably priced to begin with, but many times, the items are priced by separate people in the back who sometimes get bitten by the random bug and pop a $10 price tag on a pair of cute-but-hardly-worth-it flip-flops. If you find something you think is overpriced, don’t be afraid to ask management to lower it. Especially if you have a comparable item that is already marked lower that you can show them. Also, learn which stores have bargain days. Stores like Salvation Army often have brown bag days specials when everything you can fit in one bag is one low price.

4) If you find something you love that has a flaw, ask yourself these two questions: 1) Can I fix it/how long will it take me?, and 2) How much can I get them to lower the price because of the flaw? If the answers are A) Yes/not too long, and B) Enough that it’s dirt-cheap…buy it and turn it into a project!

5) What about shoes? Aren’t they gross?—Shoes can be tricky for the germ/other people’s feet averse. I’m not really one of those, but I only buy the ones that are in great condition, and I keep a big, fat can of Lysol waiting for them when I get home!

**Disclaimer: I neither hold a degree in thrifting nor have I taken an online course. The above are just some methods that work for me.

Here’s a glimpse of a portion of my Goodwill shoe collection:

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And here are of some of my favorite 100% thrifted outfits that I’ve put together:

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Have I convinced you to give thrifting a shot, yet? It’s quite the thrill when you score that mint condition Marc Jacobs skirt (it’s right there in the bottom left corner of the collage) for $4.

You’ll be hooked in no time!

Which means that I’ll be seeing you at the next Thrifters Anonymous meeting! I’ll save a cookie for you.

Oh, and I really hope I get to “meet” you in person at Five days…5 ways and/or Secondhand or Bare Bottom. I’d love to have you by for a visit!

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thanks so much abbie!  you have inspired me to give this a shot, but i think i’ll take baby steps and go without my kids first!

link up below!

Comments

  1. 1

    Thanks for hosting, Lindsey, and it was fun to have a guest blogger. I had to laugh at your challenge because much of my wardrobe is thrifted, lol! So THIS one I can do easily, haha!

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    Hi thanks for hosting and thanks for the challenge, I had a good week, your outfits are great looking forward to the next challenge and your guest blogger is great too :)

  3. 3

    I guess I didn’t see mention of the challenge last week, but…I met your challenge without even knowing until now! I wore a dress from 5 years ago & heels from about 3 years ago for the first day back to school & paired new earrings with them!

    Love the new challenge, I do have some thrift things but have been meaning to make a visit again, so this gives me my reason to go!

  4. 4

    Seriously, your outfits are my favorite to date! LOVE that blue dress and the sheer pink shirt! Just beautiful!

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    Love that teal blue dress you wore! And love the guest posting. I am jealous of all her shoes! ;)

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    Ok, I adore that Crystal B. necklace- so different and beautiful.
    And that Abbie girl is the best.
    I am off to read her blog.
    Have a great day!

  7. 7

    I love the maxi dress so adorable on you and the hair is too cute

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    Wow! This post is packed with great information! I missed the challenge last week, but I’m all for being thrifty and making it work! I find great stuff for my girls, and I’ve been less successful for me. But, I’m up for the challenge!

    (Love the Maxi Dress Lindsey! Cuuuute!)

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    I looooved this challenge; it breathed new life into some items that I totally forgot about.

    Um, how gorgeous is that green dress paired with your new necklace? Amazingly gorgeous.

    Love Denise, she must be a blast to hang with.

    And Abbie’s blog may just be a new fave! Thanks for introducing us to her.

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    Oh I just love all the ensembles you have put together. I love thrifting. Since I have been unimpressed to say the least when it comes to thrift stores in my area- I turned to the internet. I used to get the best deals on ebay for just a big box of mixed clothes. Seems recently the deals are not as good as I remembered. I am thinking I need to get out & scout for some new places to find some treasures.

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    Love your side braid… I see a tutorial in the future!

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    Please disregard & delete #61- Somehow got my linky’s mixed up & added the wrong thumbnail pic. Sorry! & Thanks :)

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    Oh man, oh man, I’m excited about the thrifting challenge. I LOVE thrifting and some of my favorite pieces are thrifted. I have the best luck when it comes to finding great thrfted shoes. A friend of mine always turns her nose up at my love for thrfting and refuses to go with me on thrifting adventuers, but she always ends up complimenting something that I’m wearing and eats her words when I tell her I got it at Goodwill :) And I agree about khaki–I never know how to wear it without feeling like I’m wearing a uniform of some kind.

  14. 14

    Oh, I love Abbie’s site! Thanks for sharing it. I’m not a great thrifter, but I sure would love to be – great tips!

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    That first Goodwill outfit almost made me spit out my coffee. Great way to start my day. Hahahaha. Love this!

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    Oh my gosh what a great treat you had for us today. That was so awesome hearing professional tips from a REAL LIFE professional Goodwill QUEEN. She is INCREDIBLE, and I now have two new blogs to obsess over, GREAT!!

    You also look fabulous girl, love the blue dress, and you teacher outfit, OH and that beautiful little braid in your hair, and the big smile on your face. You look so happy!!

    Have a great day my friend, and THANK you for hosting!!

    p.s. If you get a chance I’m inviting you over to my blog, I’m kinda having a HUGE giveaway going on, and you MIGHT like it, (or LOVE it). I’d be so happy to have your support!
    Hugs, Bella :)
    **$5 for every LIKE giveaway** @ Bella Before and After
    **$200 SHOP till you DROP giveaway** @ Bella Before and After.

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    I love Abbie’s thrifting inspiration! I just started thrifting and seeing her makes me want to go again. Also, I really like the maxi dress on you and the pale pink top is gorgeous on you!

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    Hey! Love WIWW, maybe eventually I will be inspired to get out of my yoga pants, but with 1 yr old twin boys, it may be a while! haha!

    Anyway, wanted to say – don’t get rid of the khaki pants, if you cuffed them and wore that shirt with a mustard colored rosette necklace (ala alhora) and maybe some red or mustard flats it would be SUPER cute and not blah at all! I may be sitting in yoga pants, but I know what does look good – now – if only I would PUT IT ON!

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    Abbie’s a HOOT! What fun!! I’m inspired :)

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    Oh my goodness, what fun, Lindsey! Thank you SO much for having me by to share with your lovely readers! I’ve never danced like a spazz in front of so many people before! : )

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    Stephanie says:

    Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!! I have always wanted great thrifting tips! Can’t wait to try it out! LOVE this post! Did I say thank you?!

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    Oh – I love her blog!!!!! What a fun challenge!!!

    I also love the green under the stripes :) And the pretty blouse from F21. Is that recent???
    Oh, and that Crystal B necklace, too. Gorg!!!

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