over50feeling40: Priority Number 10 for 2011: A Little More Thrifting!
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Jan 16, 2011

Priority Number 10 for 2011: A Little More Thrifting!

Ann Klein Top - Thrift
Ralph Lauren Brown Sweater (old) - Macys
Coldwater Creek Brown Trousers
Scarf - Ross
Dana Buchman Bracelet - Kohls
Boots - Stein Mart

Ladies, my name is Pam and I am a Thriftaholic! That would have been my introduction a few years ago…during the time when I was a stay at home mom with young ones about. I loved to feel like I was saving money with regular trips to Goodwill and garage sales. Deep down…I love a treasure hunt! (Some day, I will tell the story of the teen star from a Mary Kate & Ashley Movie I found working the register at Goodwill for his community service after a drug conviction…I had to go get my teenage daughter and bring her back, but I digress). Sad to say, it got a bit out of hand…for me it was addictive. I ended up with piles of poorly fitting, slightly crazed outfits which I rarely wore. I know now it would have been better to just save the money in a jar and go purchase some nicer pieces which fit my body type.

You know you have a problem when you tell the family you are just running over to Goodwill for a few minutes and everyone screams NO! When I did my early 50s purge and makeover, most of those items went right back to Goodwill and I went cold turkey for several years. Since beginning the blog, there are so many creative, cute, talented thrift stylists that my desire has been returning big time. I can confidently say that I am more mature…understand style and fashion better….and understand my body type and dressing it better. So, the week after Christmas…for the first time in a long time…I entered the doors of Goodwill!! (I immediately saw a new designer wear section…could it be in my honor??)

I have to admit it was nice to be back, but I was very careful and determined with my shopping. It is not easy to find quality pieces for the larger, curvier body types. We have to make sure and take into consideration how much money we might need to spend on alterations in order to make the pieces fit in a flattering manner. Which in that case, it might make more sense just to buy new! Oh, there are many enticing morsels inside a thrift store which are oversized & unflattering …they are screaming at the frustrated plus size woman, “Buy Me in the Name of Creativity.” But, then money goes out the window. I tried on about twenty pieces and walked out with three tops ($3 each) and a $1 gold belt. My favorite find was this Ann Klein top I have pictured here…I love the detail on the cuffs and the collar. Mission accomplished! I believe I can now thrift with a good head on my shoulders. Therefore, in 2011, I plan to do a little thrifting…..and hopefully the addiction will not return!!

Love the detailing on the cuffs and collar

My mothers earrings...both have a brown spot
so it looks intentional.  But, the screw on backs
hurt like crazy by the end of the work day!

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” ~Benjamin Franklin


  1. Ha--I have been thinking about this...getting carried away with thrifting. I am about to announce the 2011 plan for my blog, but I am thinking that if it lasts that long that I will shift into shopping new next year. I do really like the detail on the blouse and the scarf is a great addition. Sharp look.

  2. LOL! I just posted about thrift shopping with Joy. When I got home I asked her "When is too much of a good thing...too much?" I love the shirt and scarf you are wearing though!

  3. I was laughing as you described your "addiction." I've found some GREAT stuff at consignment shops, but also many mistakes. I've always been too scared that I would make BIG mistakes at a "real" thrift shop. You did great, though. What a find!

  4. I love that blouse! I share your addiction and like you I'm now trying to streamline into only what I love. My problem has been and is that I see potential in EVERYTHING! I've definitely bought some stuff that should have stayed at teh store! ~Serene

  5. I, too, am a thrift-a-holic......ahhhhhh
    the first step is admitting it.
    I can relate to buying stuff, just to buy something. But now that I am older, heavier, and don't go anywhere I don't need anything special. I am more discriminative with my purchases. I am looking forward to seeing your thrift store finds. Some gals are so talented with fashion.

  6. It's so hard to stop yourself when you are getting such good deal, isn't it?

    I only let myself get something if I need it in my wardrobe and it either fits really well or is an easy alteration - I also had the same problem with buying WAY too much and you're right - it ends up right back at Goodwill!

  7. All things in moderation!

    I'm interested in your screw-back earrings that hurt. I've got a couple of pairs of clip-back earrings from various relatives that I'd like to get modified for pierced ears.

    It seems to me you've mentioned small jewelry repairs. Any hints on getting those earrings into more wearable shape?

  8. Rose, I have been told that this is an easy fix and I just need to try it to see how easy. You can buy the materials at Hobby Lobby, Michael's etc...any good craft store to do the conversion. I will try to tackle this in the next month and see if I can blog about it! I know that Terri at Ragsagainstthemachine makes earrings and she may know if it is really easy!

  9. love hearing your story.
    never did that for clothing, but furniture for sure and still do!

  10. Hi Hunnie...Im a thrifter too...I dont do it as much as I would like, but I try too every now and again...I found two really cool coats that way:)

    I added you to my blogroll on my sidebar...:)

    Stop by and say Hello:)
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  11. May I suggest a cure for the overblown closet of too many clothes and not enough proper choices? An old boyfriend suggested this to me, it's something he does to curb his record and book collection (which fills 3 rooms by the way.) For every article you bring in, you must let one article out. That means if you come home with 3 tops, a skirt and a scarf, you have got to donate a total of wardrobe items. I tell you it's Darwin at its finest: only the most flattering, best quality, best fitted items survive. And you start to think twice about what you bring home when you like 100% off your wardrobe! I got a lot choosier, and a lot happier with the items in my closet.

    Or you can go the entrepreneurial route: open an Etsy shop.

  12. That sounds like quite the addiction. Of course, your addition does benefit the community, right?
    I'm a small time thrifter. I love to go and hope to come across something great - but I'm not patient enough. Hopefully, I will learn to be more patient.
    I want to hear your Olsen story!

    The Auspicious Life

  13. Oh my gosh, you sound so much like me !!!!
    A Goodwill trip will take me hours and my hubs always calls to see if i am still alive!
    I too have a bunch of mish-mosh stuff that i wore only once and said "oh well, it was just 4 bucks"
    That's why i am so broke all the time ;)
    I even sneak stuff in the house when r's not around.
    I think at this point it's a clear addiction!
    But at the same time, some of my favorite pieces came from there!
    what's a girl to do?
    I actually start getting depressed if i can't go to Goodwill at least once per week!
    ( nope, there isn't a patch, i looked )
    we should be thrift buddies and create some kind of "thrifting rules, like if it isn't on my "i need" list, walk away...........
    The only way i don't spend is if i stay home !!!
    Maybe I should check myself into a tx center?


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