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Take a virtual shopping trip with me to my favorite second-hand stores in the Sacramento area.

Come Thrifting With Me: Assistance League of Sacramento

· The Nordstrom of thrift stores ·

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The Assistance League of Sacramento’s Fabulous Finds on Fulton impresses from the outside. The building looks new and tidy in gray stucco with ornamental canopies. Inside, it’s arranged like a vintage boutique, with clothing on the right and housewares on the left. The nicest items are grouped in displays at the front of the store. As I walked in, I overheard another shopper introducing her friend to the shop: “This is the Nordstrom of thrift stores.”

The nicest, new-with-tags, and/or designer items are located at the front of the store and marked with green tags. $20 was the most common price I saw on Signature items.

As you can no doubt gather from the number of pictures, the most interesting items were in the Signature section. However, I was feeling poor, so I only chose one item from the front to try on.

New Arrivals and Active Wear
The newest items and active wear are located on racks, near the register, about halfway back from the front door. The new items were a bit of a yawn and I didn’t look at active wear.

Shoes and Belts
The shoe selection isn’t large, but it’s very nice. I saw a number of pairs that I would have snagged if they had been in my size! I did find a pink belt to take to the dressing room.

The purses were also displayed nicely, but I was not tempted.

The scarves DID tempt me – especially the one printed with cats. I tried to get my neighbor to buy it, but I was unsuccessful. (She has more cats than I do. I’m down to three. Zoro passed away earlier this month.) I seriously considered the rodeo bandana. I’m judging a 4-H speech contest this month, but it might be too “on the nose” if I wore that.

As usual, the jewelry is displayed in and on glass cases surrounding the register. I bought the moon earrings.

The bargains are found at the back of the store. Like items are grouped together and were mostly priced at $5.

Jeans, skirts, pants, and shorts each had their own rack.

Tops and Dresses
Tops were organized by sleeve length and blazers seemed to be racked with long-sleeved shirts. I had to look for the dress rack. It was at the edge of the housewares section. (No pictures of the dress rack worth sharing. I seemed to have been Shakey McShakey-hands with the iPhone camera on this excursion!)

Dressing Room
Let’s try on!

This Zara dress fits in the waist, but I could fit another set of boobs in the top. I really like the black, nylon tee with sheer shoulders.

I debated this skort. In the end, I felt the fabric was too thick, especially with the shorts + skirt.

The halter top was too sheer (although you can’t tell in the dark dressing room photos) and the blazer was comically too small! (But you can see the pink belt that I ended up buying.)

I’m not normally a white, button-front shirt fan, but the black cuffs, collar, and button placket make this something special.

I wasn’t that interested in housewares, this trip. I did note the book selection and the crafting supplies. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many sewing and knitting items at a thrift store.

I left the store with the white shirt, black tee, pink belt, and moon earrings for around $30. (The white shirt was $20.) The deals weren’t as good as my last thrifting trip, but the selection and experience were more upscale. I earned three stamps on my Thrifty Shopper card and felt good about contributing to the Assistance League’s philanthropic programs.

Come Thrifting With Me: St Vincent de Paul

· An old favorite ·

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Goodwill and Thrift Town are the flashy thrift stores in Sacramento. They have multiple locations, advertise, and boast the biggest parking lots. The single Sacramento location of St Vincent de Paul is easy to miss on Watt Avenue, but worth the u-turn. The store is bigger than it looks and the prices can’t be beat.

Specialty Room
Immediately upon entering, the Specialty Room is on the left. It holds the designer and vintage items. (But there are even more vintage items in another section.)

My neighbor Amanda has no idea she is now on my blog. Speaking of Amanda, I suggested she wear this fringe skirt to teach her 5th graders. I was tempted by the bejeweled and jewel-print blouse.

The black linen skirt wasn’t my size. The suede skirt looks very much like the one I already own. I didn’t see any “big name” designers in here, but I wasn’t really looking.

Two rooms on the immediate right, after entering, hold scarves, bags, hats, and shoes. Shoes are also shelved elsewhere in the store. There were so. many. shoes. Belts are at the end of racks in the main part of the store. (I snagged two.) I bought a bunch of cosmetic cases to hold my various cords and remotes for my speaking gigs. The jewelry items are in and on a glass case surrounding the checkout.

Sky-high heels no longer tempt me. But I’m kicking myself for leaving the leopard, pompom trimmed scarf behind. I bought the sort-of-camo clutch on the bottom right of the shelf for travel.

Belts, belts, belts (including the two I bought).

Obnoxious belt buckles and shell necklaces are so cool, even if not my style.

I was still searching for a new denim skirt. The selection was fairly small.

Just to be clear, these are WOMEN’S skirts. I put this olive, studded number in my cart to try on. This white skirt is 100% cotton and could be dyed another color.

The denim skirts were all crotch scrapers. Black tulle, anyone? The polka dot Talbots skirt was classy.

The dress selection was similarly small. The rack was only about 12 feet long. However, with both the dresses and skirts, many of these garments could be found in the Specialty Room or the Vintage and Premium section.

Once again, the “Women’s” is probably unnecessary. I’m always tempted by these prison dresses, but they look terrible on me.

The regular dress section was small, but a good selection of wedding dresses, formal dresses, and fur coats could be found along the adjacent wall/window.

Work-Out Outfits/Scrubs
My workout clothes are never in any shape to donate when I’m done with them. However, I’ve found almost brand-new gear from other people at the thrift store. I picked up a terry-cloth skirt to try on. I need more running skirts/shorts for the hot weather.

Vintage and Premium
This was my FAVORITE section! There was one long, low rack and one long, tall rack separated by a wall of shoes. (I’m not sure if the shoes were “vintage and premium” or just happened to be there.) I found so many treasures.

So much “vintage and premium!” The satin shirt had a lovely drape and an obnoxious pattern. I think the boots just happen to be located in this section.

Sequin tops make me think of Vegas. I think one of the daughters wore these envelope waist shorts on Just the Ten of Us. It’s the wrong season to be shopping for polar bear jackets.

I think you already know that I bought the ethnic maxi skirt. My neighbor said she had a poncho like this as a child.

Women’s Clothing
The rest of the women’s clothing is organized into a large section near the front register. It’s neatly categorized by type, size, and color.

My car was already filling up by the time I hit the main women’s clothing section. I thought this chain print cami might look nice under a blazer. I’ve liked zombies from way before they were cool.

Speaking of cool, I’m not cool enough for a skull-print, denim shirt. I am cool enough for olive gingham. I think this leopard blazer was too big.

I was confused by all the strings hanging from these shorts. Silk blouse alert!

Housewares, Furniture, Books
Half of the store is housewares, furniture, and books. I really enjoy the book selection. It’s somewhat organized and vast.

Dressing Room
Let’s try on!

Even though this skirt is a little big, I want it! The shorts are also too big, but I will keep them just to pair with tops in the dressing room.

I love this navy striped shirt with the crochet trim. I also love the way this poncho looks, but not how it feels. (Scratchy!)

Both of these items are too small. I’d have to remove half a shoulder for the top to fit and a few ribs (and maybe a kidney) for the skirt to fit.

The sweater looks unflattering with a sports bra, but I see potential. The skirt is way too big.

You can’t tell from my face, but I like both the gingham shirt and the terry skirt.

Both these items are comically small. I can’t button the shirt and I can barely zip the skirt. Pass!

The already low prices are even lower, depending on the day of the week and the current color tag promotions. I shopped on a Sunday. Clothing with a green tag was 25 cents. Items with a blue tag were 50% off and those with a pink tag were 25% off.

The clothing I bought rang up as follows (after the tag discount):

Ethnic maxi skirt: $8

Navy and white striped shirt: $2

Gray sweater: 25¢

Olive gingham shirt: $4

Terry skirt: $2.50.

You can earn an additional discount by signing up for the Sacramento St Vincent de Paul email list. (I believe it’s 15%) I receive an email about twice a week and they are usually sale alerts. (The sales are also announced on the store’s Facebook page.) I love St Vincent de Paul!

I’ve already worn five of my new items (including the white, woven belt). You can see the full outfit post by clicking on the below images:

Come Thrifting With Me: Family Tree Thrift Shoppe

· My neighborhood thrift store ·

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I run across my old clothing every time I shop at Family Tree Thrift Shoppe because this is where I donate my stuff! I just drop in before or after my grocery shopping at Raley’s and leave a few bags behind. I donate more than I shop. When I do shop, I have the most success in housewares and books. For this post, though, I made a dedicated effort to shop the clothing and show you what I found

Jackets and Coats
I found my old, Forever 21 denim jacket hanging here, as well as a satin blazer and a sheer bolero I was tempted to take home.

Skirts and Shorts
I’m still looking for a denim skirt to replace the last one I thrifted (and then ripped). I found one candidate and three pairs of shorts to try on.

Nicer & Newer, Tank Tops, Long Sleeve, Swim Wear, Sleep & Lingerie, Bras
I browsed these sections but didn’t find anything to photograph or take to the dressing room. That’s pretty typical of my experience, here. For the most part, the clothes are plain and a little tired. The weirdest stuff probably comes from my donations.

I browsed this section and found the most interesting items, but also those in the worst condition or made of the nastiest fabrics. I was intrigued by the Beetlejuice shirt (but it was polyester) and the sequin tank (but it was unraveling at the hem). In the first photo, you can also see the large selection of baby clothing.

The dress section is pretty hit or miss here. I found a few things intriguing enough to photograph, this time. And I took a knit tunic to the dressing room (but not the one pictured, below).

New Merchandise
This store carries some new merchandise items, mostly cheap imports. I almost always browse the new jewelry (as well as the second-hand), but have not bought anything. I was tempted by a pair of red earrings with tassels, but the threads looked loose and uneven.

Housewares and Books
Because the clothing usually disappoints, I focus on housewares and books during my regular visits. I didn’t browse these sections during this visit, but I’ve often had good luck. Some of the books I took on my Sierra summer were purchased here.

Dressing Room
I took three pairs of shorts, a denim skirt, a knit tunic, and a dress I pulled off a mannequin into the dressing room.

The shorts were so frustrating. I hate inconsistent sizing. I tried on a pair of Old Navy shorts in size 4, Roxy shorts in size 7, and Xhilaration shorts in size 9. They were all too small, but the Xhilaration shorts at least fastened.

I’m accustomed to Old Navy’s vanity sizing, so I honestly thought a pair of size 4 shorts would fit. No way.

Thanks for making me feel fat, Roxy.

The Xhilaration flag shorts were too fitted for my tastes.

This denim skirt was also way too tight.

This knit tunic was too short and also had unflattering gathers. I don’t need any help creating a muffin top.

Finally, a winner! This blue and white, zigzag stripe Milly dress was less than $8! The bra and tanline situation is a little awkward on its own, but the dress is perfect for layering over and under.

Finding this one dress was worth all the past, fruitless visits to the Family Tree Thrift Shoppe!

I think the reason I generally don’t find anything here is due to the donation pool. Chain thrift stores (like Goodwill) receive their merchandise from a distribution center (which in turn receives merchandise from many donation points) and thus have a greater variety in quality and style of items. Family Tree gets its donations from the immediate area. The neighborhoods surrounding Family Tree Thrift Shoppe are low- to middle-income and made up mostly of families and retirees. It’s not an area known for its style. I like to think that someone in the environs is enjoying my donations, though! And I’d like to send out a thank you to whomever donated the Milly dress.

Come Thrifting With Me: Arden Way Crossroads

· It isn't really a thrift store ·

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Crossroads isn’t technically a “thrift” store. As I define them, thrift shops receive their goods from donations and the proceeds benefit a charity. Crossroads is more of a consignment shop. It buys and sells secondhand clothing. Some pieces are actually on consignment, but most are purchased up front from sellers and then resold. The prices aren’t as good as Goodwill, but the selection and quality are better. Check it out!

I always check out Crossroads’ Designer racks first. The pieces hung here don’t cost significantly more than elsewhere in the store, but may be real steals. This time, I pulled a lace Equipment blouse and a pair of Ralph Lauren joggers to try on. I just laughed at the Hunter clogs.

Speaking of shoes, most of the footwear is displayed on shelves above the racks, organized by size groupings. I saw many pairs I liked, but not in my size:

And then I found this pair and they fit me perfectly!

Long Sleeves
It’s still cool enough in Sacramento (and I have an east coast trip planned for next week) that I’m interested in browsing sweaters. I found a couple of cute ones by Banana Republic.

Tank Tops
Vests are included in the Tank Top section and I was intrigued by this long, olive, duster vest.

Short Sleeves, Skirts, Dresses
I didn’t find anything in Short Sleeves or Skirts. I’ve been looking for a denim skirt with no luck. I didn’t take a picture of the Dresses section because it was so long (the length of two sections of wall) and so tightly packed with garments that it was overwhelming and frustrating to look at. I did make an effort to shop the dresses and found one to try on. (And my friend found the CUTEST Anthropologie dress to wear to a shower. She says she’ll give it to me afterwards!)

This rack, and the Designer rack, are my “must shop” sections of Crossroads. Here, the already low prices are even lower and it’s the best place to look for something from the prior season. For instance, I found this holiday dress in late March: a green version of the Honey Punch sequin, faux-wrap dress I already own.

I only browsed this section because it’s next to the dressing room and I was waiting for my friend to finish. I did find some interesting bags, though. The olive drab purse reminds me of the helmet bags all the young USMC officers liked to carry their stuff around in (while pretending they were pilots). The tooled leather bag seemed genuine and was a steal at $15.

Dressing Room
*Warning* I try the lace blouse on with nothing but a bright bra underneath.

The first BR sweater is a hit! (I love this style of sweater. And, if you’re an eagle-eyed reader, you saw that I already wore this on Wednesday.) The pants, however, are way too big, despite being the same brand, style, and size as my silk, olive drab pair.

The second BR sweater is also a winner! I love the wide neck, stripes, and mullet hem. (And, yes, I wore this the very next day!) The Mossimo vest was only so-so and the quality was poor, so I passed.

I wanted to like the Equipment lace blouse. I’ve been looking for one in this style. I would wear a nude camisole underneath, but this blouse WOULD NOT STAY BUTTONED! The fabric was too soft and didn’t hold the buttons in place. Even with a cami, the blouse would be too scandalous to wear. The Banana Republic dress, though, was perfect!

I bought the two sweaters, dress, black booties, and a tassel necklace (not pictured here) for less than $100. My bill was higher than at a true thrift store. At Crossroads, you pay for the curated selection. The store is filled with on-trend apparel in good condition. All of my items looked and smelled like new and I didn’t have to search hard to find them.

Come Thrifting With Me: Florin Road Goodwill

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Thrifting success or failure depends on one’s mood. If I’m cranky, everything looks like dirty junk. If I’m in a good mood, there are treasures for the taking. I progressed through both states today. I began the experience irritated with the weather and work. I’m ashamed to say that seeing my friend, Leah, didn’t snap me out of it. Finding a silk romper, on a totally random rail, did. And then things just improved from there.

I don’t need any more coats or jackets, so I just browsed to entertain myself while I awaited my friend. I gasped when I saw the same green peacoat I donated in Cincinnati. (It must be a different coat, right?) I do not intend to repurchase it, but did consider the cropped faux fur coat, faux leather hoodie jacket, and suede Guess duster.

This store organizes shoes by size. The boots are in their own section, also arranged by size. I’ve been looking for a pair of red cowboy boots since I was in Annie Get Your Gun in 2011. They finally found me! Leah found a pair of stompers that reminded her of her teen years.

The gloomy weather had me craving a knitted cocoon, but maybe not a fleece jacket featuring dogs and apples.

At this location, most of the jewelry is sealed in plastic bags and hung on the endcaps. Although Leah tells me that brooches are “in,” I have no desire to add to my brooch collection. I did, however, think this Santa sherriff star was funny.

Dressing Room
I only brought three things into the dressing room to try on:

The white cocoon is a “no.” The turtleneck sweater is a “yes.” (I intend it to replace the black turtleneck sweater I am wearing.)

I was undecided on the silk romper, so I asked my Facebook and Instagram peeps. FB was mostly “yes” and Insta was 100% “yes.”

I bought the romper ($6.99), turtleneck sweater ($5.99), western boots ($20.20), and assorted housewares.

People often ask me how I get so “lucky” at the thrift store. I answer that it’s less luck and more attitude. It’s the Law of Attraction: with a positive mindset (or one score in hand), the treasures find you.

Come Thrifting With Me: Fair Oaks Thrift Town

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Thrift Town was the very first thrift store I visited in Sacramento. I moved into our house a month before the household goods arrived. I slept on an air mattress, in an empty room, with the five cats. This was the perfect time to have the floors redone (tile in place of carpet and the hardwood repaired and refinished). It was also the perfect time to repaint the front room. It was a sickly green color and I wanted it white. I bought my painting clothes at Thrift Town because I didn’t think to ship myself grubbies from Cincinnati.

Even, then, just shopping for clothes to ruin, I was impressed with Thrift Town’s size and selection. It’s large, well-lit, well-organized, and clean. I’m not surprised that it’s voted best thrift shopping by the community year after year. Come see for yourself! Let’s go thrifting . . .

Panties and Girdles
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. No. I love to thrift, but there are a few things I only buy new: bras, underwear, tights, socks, and leggings. I could do a better job purchasing all of those from more sustainable companies, though. I’ve recently started reading the EcoCult blog and found recomendations for 16 ethical and sustainable lingerie brands. I’ll save my pennies. (I do buy used slips. In fact I LOVE dead old lady slips. So, I guess I’m not a total used lingerie snob.)

Short Coats and Jackets
I had a denim jacket on my wishlist for this trip. I found a Jessica Simpson jacket with cropped sleeves to try on. I also put an olive Free People jacket in my cart, hoping I could get my regular sized arms into extra small sleeves.

Normally, I skip sections of clothing that may have been previously sweated in. However, I’ve been on a hoodie kick lately and I thought I’d see what I could find. This striped sweatshirt is labeled a size large, but I plucked it from the rail hoping it would be slouchy rather than sloppy.

I had high hopes for the skirt shopping since there is not one, not two, but THREE skirt sections: “Skirts,” “Mini Skirts & Short Skirts,” and “Long Skirts.” I was hoping for a denim skirt to replace my favorite, but now ripped and trashed, skirt from Ecothrift. I was also hoping for something really weird in the long skirts. Sadly, I was disappointed on both fronts. (And I didn’t even look in the regular “Skirts” section because: BORING!)

The shoes at Thrift Town are organized by type: boots, dress, and casual. Within each type, they are organized by color. How nifty is that?

I found some Carlos Santana western mules to add to my cart and some candy striper oxfords to just laugh at. (My phone’s autocorrect kept trying to change “candy striper” to “candy stripper,” but I think that’s a totally different thing. And that these shoes would not suit a stripper.)

It’s been unusually cold in Sacramento, so I looked through the sweaters. I have a really hard time looking at red clothing at the thrift store, including red sweaters, because when all the different reds are grouped together, it just makes my head hurt. So, I looked at blue sweaters instead and picked out a navy and white striped, hooded sweater to try on.

There are three skirt sections and three dress sections at Thrift Town! The dresses are categorized by Long Sleeve, Sleeveless, and Short Sleeve. I browsed them all. I was not at all impressed with the red number, below, found in the Long Sleeve section. I will admit, “long sleeve” is an accurate description – for the single sleeve it possesses. It’s a bit lacking in the “dress” department, though.I also found an open weave, white dress/tunic (pictured below) and a sleeveless, black Jones New York dress (pictured in the dressing room later in this post).

I wasn’t tempted to do anything but laugh at the offerings in the Vintage section. Most of it was stuff-you’d-find-at-the-end-of-a-yard-sale quality. This red velvet, mod dress would make a great Halloween costume, though.

Dressing Room
Here we go!

It’s difficult to tell from this picture, but the extra small Free People jacket gives me sausage arms. I couldn’t even pull the sleeves all the way on.

Speaking of sleeves, I thought I’d hate the cropped length of the Jessica Simpson denim jacket sleeves, but I don’t. I like how they showcase a longer sleeved item beneath. I’m undecided, though, so I ask Facebook and Instagram for guidance.

The size large hoodie is perfect for my Popeye arms! Never trust size labels, people!

The navy and white sweater is droopy and meh. The open weave tunic, though, is a possibility. It’s an odd choice for me (mostly because I don’t buy much white), but has much layering potential.

While I’m awaiting the verdict from my Facebook and Instagram peeps, I start making outfits with the denim jacket. It’s like naming a puppy. As soon as you do that, you know it’s coming home with you.

The black, Jones New York shirtdress is a perfect fit! Maybe a little long, but I’m going to try this length for a few wearings.

Now on to . . .

I’m just browsing, but I found a cobalt glass to buy and a Teletubbies bowl to giggle at.

While I was in the store, a woman brought this furniture in as a donation and it was priced and on the floor within 20 minutes. I was seriously impressed. And seriously considering buying all three pieces. However, I just sold our dining table and chairs and am trying to minimize the items in the house. So, I let these go:

I bought everything pictured in the dressing room (except the navy and white striped sweater), the mules, and the glass. (BTW: Facebook and Instagram agreed that the denim jacket was a “go.”) My total: $39.90.

Thrift Town has been a reliable thrifting option for me for four years and counting! What it lacks in really weird stuff, it makes up for in quality and selection.

Check back tomorrow to see me wearing the open weave tunic! (I will wash it first.)

Come Thrifting With Me: 55th Street Ecothrift

To truly experience thrift bliss, one mustn’t go into the store with a specific desire. Instead, approach the rails with a receptive mind, idly slide hangers, appreciate the weird, seize the serendipitous. It’s meditative.

Want to see what I found while om-ing?

Scarves and Belts
Upon entering Ecothrift, the scarves are immediately on the right (just past the dressing rooms and restroom) and the belts are around the corner. I thought I was going to find a scarf, but, instead, ended up with a belt that caught my eye when I parked my cart. I wasn’t expecting a trucker themed leather belt, but it was expecting me.

Some stores tuck the vests in with the jackets or the sleeveless tops, but Ecothrift has an entire vest section! I found two down-filled vests. The first was a reversible Nike vest. The second was a vintage Levi’s ski vest. As tempted as I was by the Levi’s vest, I left it behind. It looked worn and the Nike vest was brand new. I also preferred the dark color since I plan to wear the vest on muddy dog walks. The Levi’s vest will find it’s proper home with someone hipper and cleaner than I.

There is no shoe section at Ecothrift. Instead, all the shoes are lined up on shelves above the rails. This makes for a rather frustrating shopping experience. The boots were easy to find, though. I found a beautiful pair – in a size 6. Sad face. But I can’t imagine they’ll be hanging there for long!

Ponchos, Shawls, Wraps
It’s not labelled, but at the tail end of the coat section, all the drapey outerwear is together: ponchos, shawls, wraps, etc. I was actually wearing a poncho I thrifted at this very store! Otherwise, I might have taken the gray, high-necked poncho home with me. I was tempted by the fur stole, if only to give it some love. And the pink and red wrap reminded me of a similar, all-pink one I owned as a girl. I did not have the desire to repeat the experience.

I’m pretty sure this section used to be labelled “Vintage.” Perhaps it would be better described as “Weird Shit No One But Hippies Will Buy.” Of course, I loved digging through this section and noting the weirder pieces.

The suede jacket with the faux fur collar reminded me of Sheila of Ephemera, so, I put it into my basket to try on. Although I admired the white sweater dress, and had fun imagining the 1980’s winter bride who might have worn it, I put it back. And I just laughed at the Halloween vest. (That was very mean of me.)

All the nicest stuff is on a rack in the front of the store: new-with-tags, designer goods, trendy pieces. It’s also the most expensive section. I found $99 True Religion jeans (worn) and Pour la Victoire boots (unworn but also unpriced). I’m not impressed by brand names, but I usually at least paw through this section. I did find a top to try on.

Dressing Room
Here we go!

Nike vest ($6.98) is a winner! I’m undecided on the vintage suede jacket ($9.98)

I think I’m willing to pay $14.96 for this NWT Sun & Shadow vest/shirt from the premium section.

I LOVE this button-back Gibson sweater for $2.98!!!!!!

My shorts MO (whether in a thrift or regular store) is to ignore the tags and just give the shorts a visual inspection before trying on. The sizing on shorts is so wonky and I like them big. In fact, at Forever 21, I just dig to the bottom of the pile and grab the largest pairs to try on. My shorts are preferably slouchy and always with a wide leg opening. There’s nothing worse than sitting down and having the hem bisect your upper thigh. With these sizing issues in mind, I tried on 6 pairs of cutoff denim shorts but only 2 made the cut for pictures and, eventually, purchase.

The Free People distressed shorts were only $3.74 after discount. The 7 For All Mankind shorts were $4.99 after discount. Score!

I bought everything pictured in the dressing room and the trucker belt. My total: $49.27.

I love the zen of thrifting. I initially entered Ecothrift with the plan to find a rust colored, corduroy miniskirt and was disappointed. I was too focused on a goal. Eventually, I let go of my wants, entered the thrift zone, and found so many other treasures I wasn’t expecting.

Check back tomorrow to see me wearing some of my new items!

Come Thrifting With Me: Alta Arden Goodwill

I got back from my Sierra summer and discovered a new Goodwill near the Arden Fair mall. Who wants to go thrifting?

First, I hit up the shoe section. I used to think thrifting shoes was really gross. I still do. But it’s less gross if you look for a gently used pair. You never know what you might find. My Ferragamo flats are from another Sacramento Goodwill and my Style & Co boots (that I wear ALL the time) are from a thrifting trip with Reva in Cincinnati (and also purchased at a Goodwill).

I tried on a couple of pairs but didn’t keep either. The heels were too similar to a nicer pair I already own and the wedges were stiff and uncomfortable.

Beefy needed a red tie to coordinate with my dress for a wedding. It makes so much financial sense to thrift a tie. $3.19 vs $50? The variety is better than a department store. And, barring the odd gravy stain, ties remain in good condition after years of previous ownership. I chose the middle tie for Beefy.

It sounds rather privileged to say that I thrift for the weird stuff, but it’s true: I thrift for the weird stuff. And some of the weirdest stuff can be found in the blazer section. Sometimes it’s a wild, paisley velvet blazer. Sometimes it’s a homemade kimono-style jacket. And what are the chances of finding another crazy, kimono-esque topper? It must be my lucky day.

My favorite sweaters are thrifted. I’ve had especially good luck finding nice sweaters in Sacramento, where they don’t get worn much. I admired the real fur collar on the first sweater and had to try on the owl sweater (even though owls are passe).

In the corner of the second picture, you can see just a hint of another wild beauty I tried on!

I’m not sure where I find more crazy – in the blazers or the skirts. On this trip, however, I did not find any bizarre skirts. But I did find a few, long plaid skirts, which are one of my weaknesses.

Dressing Room
On Snapchat (whatiwore2day), I live snapped all nine garments I tried on. I don’t have pictures of the indecent vest or boring green cardigan, but here are the other seven items:

The striped sweater was too tight, but the Hawaii tee was just right

My hands were too big for the owl sweater. The skirt wasn’t dramatic enough to join my long, plaid skirt collection.

I may have fallen in love with the multi-patterned kimono top. It is my art teacher fantasy come true. (In this fantasy, I am an art teacher. Not doing an art teacher.)

Both the down puffer vest and rainbow afghan sweater were too big. Sad face.

My final clothing selections:

Now, on to . . .


I’m on another mission for Beefy: large cereal bowls. He wanted to order them online but I insisted on looking at the thrift store first. I have a blue and white dish theme going on. But first, I got distracted:

Perfect for whiskey sipping!

Then, I found the blue and white (and tertiary colors) bowl bonanza and headed to the checkout.

I’ve already broken that first bowl. The dropsies + tile floors are another reason to thrift dishes

My total (after rounding up for charity): $18.00. I brought my own reuseable bag and asked the clerk to wrap my dishes in the clothes. Aside from my treasures, I was satisfied with two hours of entertainment and zero waste (other than the gas I used to drive to the store). Thrifting is cheap, clean fun.

Check back tomorrow to see me wearing my new items!