After what felt like weeks and weeks of having my graduate class dragged out because of snow storms and instructor illness (oh wait, it WAS weeks and weeks!), I am finally finally FINALLY done with my second go-around with my graduate course that I started in September. We were supposed to finish up the second week back from Christmas break, but everything just kept getting in the way. Three weeks later, eight of the thirteen classmates showed up, did the (what we thought were) required presentations, and said thank you. To be polite, of course. Because really, no matter what, you should thank a teacher in some way, shape, or form. Go ahead, go find a teacher. I’ll wait. It’s worth it.
Now that I’m done with that, I was thinking I would have all of this extra time floating around to get more writing in. Apparently, I should have gone into comedy. With the standardized tests coming up in March, new teacher goal-setting requirements, and physical training for weight loss and the half-marathon, I have barely had time to keep up with grading, planning, and breathing a few moments with my brainiac husband. Super proud wife, btdubs! He got a 4.0 for his first semester in his doctoral program!
But, with all that, forgive me for the sporadic nature of my posts. You’ll just have to deal, just as I have to deal with Runner’s Knee and too small of a closet. You just need some patience, a little creativity, and deep breathing.
But! Today! I have a thrifting haul to share with you. During the month of January, I pledged to B not to spend any money on myself (beyond food and gas for the car). And I did it. And I was proud of myself… and super ready for some thrifting goodness. On the first weekend of February, I left B to his studying and visited the local church thrift store, the one I will now affectionately refer to as “The Rich People’s Thrift Store.” This is where the rich people in our rich community donate their clothing, and the proceeds go to church happenings. I’m cool with that, especially since nearly all of the churches in my area are “reconciled churches,” congregations that have made real steps to be LGBTQ friendly and open. All of the prices are quite reasonable, with the most expensive standard pieces being blazers at $5.
The day that I chose to go was a stroke of genius. It was one of the last weekends of their winter clothing, so everything was fifty percent off. That made even those blazers a grand total of $2.50! Score! I scoured the racks and went over each one at least three times to make sure I saw everything that was available. I was there for about two hours. Trust me, I saw. it. all. And I came out with these treasures:
This pair is typically sold in a set, so I really scored on this. Even though I wouldn’t consider these to be “winter clothing,” they still counted in the discount, so I went for both. I thought these would be great for the spring and summer. Cute, silky, and very appealing.
Apparently these pants were designed by a clothing designer hailing from the North Shore section of Massachusetts who has since stopped making clothing and gone into art design. Huh. Well, good luck with that and thanks for the pants! My favorite part is that they have an iridescent sparkle of green-blue in them.
A lovely lady in the shop picked this out when I was beside her and said I should try it on because I seemed like a “young, hip woman who could pull it off.” You meet awesome people when you thrift. This belt works as both a hip belt and a waist belt, and the print is actually a little furry. The heart hardware is adorable.
I love love love me some J. Crew, but goodNESS are they expensive! They realize they are selling shirts and pants, right? Are they woven together by fashion fairies? That may explain it. I tend to be drawn by some sort of fashion thread to anything J. Crew in thrift stores, so I wasn’t shocked when I picked out this and discovered it was the good old Crew. It’s a little small at this point, but with more time at the gym, I’ll be good to go.
The tag was cut out of this one, though I suspect it’s something like Talbots or perhaps more J. Crew (the remainder of the tag looks like the top of a T or J). It’s a little boxy, but it is super comfy and on trend for the see-through blouse thing.
6. TJ Paris blazer
Paid: $2.50 / Retail: $200
Holy cats. This blazer is an awesome purple color, so that’s why I got it. When I got it home, though, I looked up the brand online and found out that the designer is a high-end Paris designer. Bonjour!
I picked up this tie for B for Valentine’s Day as a smart-looking treat. It will look so great with some of his solid colored shirts!
8. Porcelain soup turine
Paid: (This was a gift… so I’m not telling… but if you can do math, go for it!) / Retail: $150
My cousins Emily and Jess got married on New Year’s Eve, so we needed a wedding gift. This lovely turine matches or is very close to their dishes pattern, so I picked it up for them. Congrats, guys!
9. Mixed hangers
Paid: $1.50 / Retail: $4
A girl can never have enough hangers, especially when they seem to disappear from your closet. I feel it is due to B’s uncanny ability to snap the ones in the coat closet with his no-heavier-than-normal jacket. Typically I am OCD about hangers being the same, but for $1.50, I’ll suck it up.
So, drum roll please….
TOTALS: Paid: $25.75 / Retail: $693
That, my friends, is a 96.28% savings over retail. Sahweet!
So stay tuned for a few more thrifting posts and a couple of running ones. I have plans, so don’t count me out yet!