January 7, 2010

Thrifty Threads

Welcome to another installment of Thrifty Threads, AKA Most Stylish Compact-y outfit, where readers model their favorite secondhand clothes.

A Compact-y outfit is used or recycled, from Goodwill, a thrift store, consignment shop, ebay, craigslist, a yard sale, or anywhere else you find secondhand clothing.

Because I wrote so many holiday-related posts, I haven't run Thrifty Threads for awhile. But I'll be back to a regular schedule with a Thrifty Threads post every Thursday, as long as I keep receiving photos. Today, I'm so happy to have Kristen from The Frugal Girl back for the third time. If you haven't heard of it, I encourage you to check it out immediately. Kristen writes a fantastic blog that's packed with recipes and frugal lifestyle tips, and it's communicated in a style that is so open and honest that she endears herself to you right away. She's also an excellent photographer and frequently posts photographs of her projects as well as her beautiful children. I think of her as the mom, sister, and best friend you always wanted, all rolled up into one.

I thought Kristen's casual outfit would be a nice switch from the holiday dresses I featured last month. And for those of you who live in colder climates, this photo can serve as a reminder that you won't always be freezing, that spring will return. Kristen bought this new Target t-shirt at Goodwill for $3. The Mossimo brand jeans were just $6.50. A cute, comfortable, casual outfit for less than ten bucks. That's what I call a very smart shopper.

Thanks Kristen for sending in that photo! Click here to check out Kristen's last appearance on Thrifty Threads, when she modeled the dress that was the inspiration for this series. Now readers, it's your turn. If you shop secondhand, put on your favorite outfit, snap a photo, and send it to me at barton.angela@gmail.com. We all want to see your fabulous finds! So don't be shy, we welcome everyone on Thrifty Threads, and encourage women of all ages and sizes to participate. And I'm still waiting for another brave man to send a photo, I've only had one so far.

Please leave your tips for secondhand shopping in the Comments section. And click here to check out previous installments of Thrifty Threads.


The Non-Consumer Advocate said...

What a cutie-pie!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

Vegan Good Life said...

What a nice photo!

I'm wearing Mossimo jeans as I write this, which I paid about $4 for at my thrift shop.

If you can't find a perfect fit, visit your local tailor. And if you find shoes in less than perfect condition, visit your cobbler. The small investment of $10 can give a new life and perect fit to your thrift store finds. - Catherine

Kristen@TheFrugalGirl said...

Aww, Katy. You're just saying that because you're my big sister. hee-hee.

VGL, these are actually my most favorite jeans. Love them!

Kristen@TheFrugalGirl said...

Katy is not actually my sister, by the way...we just joke about being long-lost twins. And it is not that warm where I live anymore (boohoo!). I took that picture back in October on a lovely warm day.

Compact UK said...

I love the colour of her jeans, it really suits her :)

Angela said...

The Non-Consumer Advocate- I know!

VGL- I'm going to have to look for some Mossimo jeans at the thrift store- I'm always overwhelmed by jeans and how many brands there are, and most of them don't fit me! I agree about having a good cobbler and a good tailor- I have saved a lot of clothes that way (and money!)

Kristen- You are SO a cutie-pie!
I love the light in that photo, from a nice warm fall day.

Compact UK- I wonder if you mean the color of her shirt, which I also noticed looked great on her. I think of jeans as just being light or dark.

debtkickingmama said...

I just hit our local Value Village thrift store on my way home tonight, and in 5 minutes, I purchased 3 new Baby Gap hoodies, a long-sleeve layered onesie from Children's Place, 2 Carter's fleece sleepers in almost new condition, and a Gymboree top for my toddler. Grand total with tax: $14.
I also purchased a pair of Earnest Sewn jeans for my best friend (since she's teeny) for $3.50!! Those retail for over $175!
My tip is to shop thrift stores in better neighborhoods. They seem to have nicer items.
Goodwill always has Target items (NWT) since they sell off Target overstock items.