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$42 at the Thrift Store

This is the story of three pairs of dope ass shoes, one skirt, two dresses and one shirt that can double as a (short) dress.  I estimate that I got about $270 worth of clothes for the cost of two drinks at a rooftop bar in Manhattan. Behold, the glory:

Ellen Tracy denim & leather pumps. Approx value: $70. I paid: $15.

Love these. And they’re comfortable too!
Zora's always trying to get shine.
Zora’s always trying to get shine.

Naturalizer sandals (perfect condition – apparently never worn).

Approx value: $75. I paid: $7.50

Naturalizer sandals. Perfect condition. 90% off.

You didn’t believe me when I said they were in perfect condition? Would I lie to you?


Pleather (vegan 🙂 Franco Sarto boots. Approx value: $50. I paid: $2.

Maternity sundress by Heidi Klum.  Approx value: $25. I paid: $2.

One woman’s maternity dress is another woman’s come up..

Striped shirt. Approx value: $10. I paid: $3.

I love stripes. Especially in the summer

Peace sign skirt. Approx value: $20. I paid: $6.


Sundress of unknown provenance. Approx value: $20. I paid: 6.


I think I’m most excited about the shoes.  The $15 heels were a splurge – I almost never pay more than $5 for clothes or shoes, but these just fit so perfectly and looked so damned sexy that I felt compelled to make an exception.  When I slipped them on, a crowd of ladies at the shop ooh’d and ahh’d at the glory.  I can see them now, with some denim skinny jeans – or shorts.  Lawd.  And those Naturalizers?  I mean.. perfect condition!  Not even a scuff on the heels!  Incredible find.  The “maternity” dress is lose and comfortable – perfect for lounging around the house on these hot summer days.

Now remember. Thrifting is not only amazing because of the gorgeous clothes you can find, but more importantly, it helps make the world a better place in tangible ways. If you shop at a legitimate, not-for-profit establishment, you are often able to contribute directly to charitable organizations.  Thrifting is also great for the environment — it’s a fashionable way of recycling and cuts down on waste.   So get out there and pop some tags already. And while you’re at it, donate something, too!

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$275 worth of clothes for $9.50 (THRIFT HAUL)

It’s been a while since I ventured into my thrift shop.  What, with being temporarily broke, traveling to two conferences and dealing with the devastation of the hurricane.  With the nor’easter that just dumped snow and ice on us, I must accept the harsh reality that winter has arrived.  That means I need step my up my cold-weather game: comfy sweaters, hoodies, cardigans, corduroy pants, smart scarf/coat ensembles.  Thankfully the shop opened up again today so I stopped by for a quickie on my way to the post office.

And so without further ado, I present today’s haul:

4 sweaters, 1 blazer and 1 vintage robe for less than $10.

  • Vintage Christian Dior robe – worth: $50, I paid: $4.50
  • Gap cable-knit sweater, angora/rabbit hair blend – worth: $30, I paid: $1
  • Kate Hill (Lord & Taylor) oversized, super comfy, long black sweater – worth: $40, I paid: $1
  • Croft & Barrow sweater (fabulous fall & Christmas-sy colors!) – worth: $30, I paid: $1
  • St. John’s Bay (JC Penny’s) cable-knit zip-up hoody sweater – worth: $25, I paid: $1
  • Absolutely gorgeous Kate Hill wool/silk blend blazer – worth: $100, I paid: $1

Total estimated value: $275

Bliss level: priceless