One thing I really do like about myself is that I’m not too good for Goodwill. I probably never will be. One of my good buddies says that she doesn’t have the patience to rummage through miles of old people’s stuff, but for me it’s more like a treasure hunt. And I usually strike gold.
Some may attribute my thrift success to living in one of the richest cities in the US –and there is definitely some plausibility to that observation –but the truth is, I have been finding the end of the rainbow since I was in high school. That’s right, I could locate a pair of Seven For All Mankind jeans (in my size) a mere year after they’d made their runway debut. And for me, this little hobby is cathartic. After a rough day with the kids, there is nothing better than landing a practically brand new Lululemon dress for $6.99 – which only further proves that one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. It’s out there if we will take the time to look.
But because I’ve never recorded my amazing finds, I thought I would showcase a few recent gems.
While I am privy to name brands and definitely know what to look for, I sometimes go on a hunch. I suppose I could pull out my phone and do a smidge on-site of research, but I rarely do that because time is of the essence. On a lark, I snagged this little beauty with the tags still attached, only to later learn Hippototamus is a line sold at Saks (make wrist limp as you say Saks). And because I’m Mrs. Buy-out-of-season, Sabra is now set in the coat department for the winter of 2015 thanks to this little New with Tags Hippototamus Unisex Duffle Coat I scored!
I believe Janie and Jack would also be none too thrilled to know that someone donated this New with Tags Spring Derby Pinstriped Seersucker suit that my son was able to sport for Easter (not at the asking $98, but rather Goodwill’s One Dollar and fifty-nine cents asking price for 2pc. sets under 24 mos.).
And while not everything I land has the price tag on it, sometimes the sheer shock value of the brand is enough to eschew a smidge of wear. That was the case with these pink baby Frye boots. $2.99 later, my infant doesn’t even know she’s a fashionista.
And, finally, while it would appear that I only hunt for my children, I do hit the occasional lotto for myself. See new (without tags) Tory Burch bag below, which I purchased for $3.99 then later came home to find online for $129.
Alrighty, enough bragging, I have to stop somewhere.