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A Little Thrifting

November 9, 2011

So I’ve been doing a little thrifting lately.  OK, a lot of thrifting.  Heidi and I are in the middle of this very large expansive project to make me not look like a frazzled mommy all of the time.  But since I am not ready to inject sleep into the bags under my eyes, we settled for a mini wardrobe makeover.  OK, major wardrobe makeover on a mini budget.  I’ve been buying clothes for me at thrift stores.  I haven’t really even looked for clothes for me at thrift stores before.  But starting at the end of the summer I started looking.  Seriously.  And wow.  A whole new world of fashion has opened up for me!

Thrifted this afternoon: four vintage wool skirts. B/W houndstooth, blue and gray herringbone, tan pleated, and B/W herringbone. I can't wait to wear them!

I have a lot of pictures to take of myself (which is always kind of awkward) before I can really explain what I mean, but I have never been so excited in my life to get dressed.  Or nervous (read, still in the middle of this project.)  Tomorrow morning I am going to pick up a whole batch of awesome and then I can tell you more about it.  But this pic above is part of my latest score from this afternoon.  Four vintage wool skirts, $5 each.  From left to right, black and white houndstooth, blue and gray herringbone, camel colored pleated and then black and white herringbone.  They all fit, mostly.  They all need the hems moved from very awkward midcalf-ish/ugly leg length to more classic right-spot-of-my-knee length.  They are part of an overhaul of my wardrobe that I am doing as inexpensively as possible.  But so far has included a grundle of skirts, two pairs of boots, jeans and new shirts plus like 17 new belts. (Yeah, I totally wear belts now.  Which is more of a surprise than I expected.)  She also gave me some very specific rules to follow.  One of them is not to wear a white tshirt ever ever again.  More on that later.  Actually, more on all of this later.  Heidi is changing the way I buy clothes for myself, how I thrift, how I look at color and how I organize my closet.  Also, she just got engaged last weekend and I couldn’t be happier for her.  Seriously, she is marrying a wonderful wonderful guy and I couldn’t be more excited for her.  If you are into reading gushy adorable engagement stories (or looking at stunning vintage diamonds) read her story here.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2011 6:28 am

    Oh! I so need this! I’ve been trying to redo my wardrobe and make it slightly more grownup, so I don’t feel so frumpy, even if I don’t see anyone during the day and never leave the house! Looking forward to the future posts on this topic and tips from your sister. Especially…a white t-shirt?

    • November 10, 2011 10:07 am

      There are very specific rules about white t-shirts, I’ve drilled them into E.’s brain and hopefully she will spit them back out so all can learn and enjoy. 🙂


  2. November 10, 2011 10:08 am

    Awwww, de-frumpification FTW!


  3. November 10, 2011 12:48 pm

    Awesomeness. I have noticed that past few weeks how sharp you look! (Not that you looked bad before.) If, in the future, you are looking for a service project, may I point you to a woman who desperately needs a wardrobe makeover but has no clue what to do about it. Yes, I mean me. Seriously, I need help….

    …. help me…..


  4. November 10, 2011 1:40 pm

    Ooo, I need the white t-shirt talk, then. I wear them under everything. What am I doing wrong? Sounds like you are having loads of fun with your wardrobe makeover. So happy for Heidi – off to read story and oogle diamonds.

  5. November 12, 2011 9:48 am

    Can’t wait for all the tips I so desperately need!

  6. November 14, 2011 10:48 am

    You two need to join forces and offer these services around the valley. I would love to learn to thrift since it sounds much more affordable and I have a serious love of adding to my wardrobe but never know how to put much together beyond jeans and t-shirts. I’ll be the first to sign up, pinky-promise! 🙂

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