So, a whole section of my new book digs into the art and skill of thrift shopping, and because it’s one of my favorite topics, it seems a shame to confine it to the book, so I thought we’d continue the conversation here on the occasional Thursday (since that’s the day after my haul from half-off Wednesdays at my local Salvation Army!)
I’m gonna talk you through my adventure yesterday and what worked and didn’t work for me!
What worked: I have a very clear vision of the style I am shooting for with my summer maternity wardrobe. A solid idea of what I want made my shopping experience very efficient.
For summer I’m sticking to a color scheme of magenta/purple (which is my personal neutral. Don’t know what a personal neutral is? Read the book ;)) as well as shades of pink and coral, with black and grey as foundation neutrals. As far as styles, I am totally in love with the maxi dress and skirt look. I’m also ever on the lookout for long layering pieces like long cardigans, because they work for fall, winter, and spring, all the shapes my body will be going through in the next year, and those long lines are so flattering.
So, that was my list, and look what I got!
Clockwise from bottom left:
- A huge (22w), floor length, 100% silk skirt with a fun floral print for $2.25. All I have to do insert elastic in the waist, and I’ve got a fun maxi skirt!
- Striped, rayon blouse (size 1x) featuring a slew of my favorite colors–$1.50.
- Tan, long, 3/4 sleeve length cardigan. This one was a bit of a compromise because it is outside my color scheme for this next season, but it has such cute styling, and I do have a few tops it would match, so I spent the $1.50. I am wearing it today, just to prove it was OK to veer from my color scheme. I love it. 😉
- Knee length, 2x size, linen skirt. matched my color scheme perfectly. Again, a little elastic in the waist, and I’m good to go. $2
- Grey, light weight cardigan. I’m so in love with this one! It will work with everything in my wardrobe and in every season. $1.50
My favorite was this blouse that encapsulates my entire color scheme for the summer!
If you hadn’t noticed, nothing I bought was actually maternity. You can find a lot of cute styles that work for you if you simply shop the next size up from what you normally are. I’m usually a large in tops because my shoulders are so broad. When preggo, I get a lot from the plus sized section, enjoying more styles and wider selection that what the small rack of maternity clothes has to offer. Sometimes I have to tailor a seam or two, but $2 and two minutes is not a lot of trouble and I love having more choices when I go to the thrift store!
Find of the day? A Bravado Nursing Bra (retails for $35!) for $1.50! Sadly, it’s not my size, but you don’t pass up on a deal like that. It’ll fit a friend of mine who loves thrifted treasures as much as I do. 😉
Total spent (on me): $9.75 + 1 hour with my sewing machine, for 5 new items for my wardrobe. I call that a deal!
What didn’t work for me: I left the house at 9 am, went to mom group, then went grocery shopping (pushing 2 kids and 100 Lbs. of groceries around the store, and keeping the third child close=exhaustion!), grabbed a quick and, unfortunately low-protein lunch, and THEN went to the thrift store. I was exhausted, the kids were tired, and by the time I got home at 3pm, I was completely spent. I learned that in this season, I can’t do grocery shopping and the thrift store the same day.
So, what treasures have you found lately?