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Thrift Style: Holiday

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With all of the parties and get-togethers that happen around this time of year I thought it could be helpful to show that you don’t need to spend a million bucks to look great this holiday season. With a few exceptions, most of the items in this post have been thrifted. Shoes and accessories are exceptions for the most part but in each outfit, at least the shining star was a thrifted piece.

I have included prices on the thrifted items but it is fair to mention that some of these prices are estimates as it has been years since I purchased them. However, I am confident that my memory is within a few dollars of the price I actually paid.

This post was so much fun to style and shoot with Elias. In the end I found that the perfect holiday outfit is great, but what you REALLY need is a good tube of red lipstick (Mine is MAC – Ruby Woo)! I hope you enjoy and get out there to find an amazing deal for yourself!

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Blue Skirt $5: Purchased years ago at Bellevue LifeSpring Thrift Shop. I hemmed it up as it was below the knee when I bought it, making it the perfect little party skirt.

Styled with a silk tank purchased for $19 from the Nordstrom Rack and Irregular Choice heels from the sale section at Anthropologie.

Outfit Total:
$24 without shoes, under $100 with shoes.

Blue skirt also styled here.

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DIY Fur Collar $5: This outfit is almost entirely thrifted but the star of the show is the fur collar. A few years ago I did a DIY adding a ribbon to the fur collar I found at a thrift store (find the DIY here). This collar can be added to almost anything for an instant outfit upgrade!

The Pendleton denim shirt was purchased at Crossroads Trading Co. in Silver Lake for $15 and the skirt was another below the knee length find from Bellevue LifeSpring Thrift Shop for $5 that I hemmed. The shoes are from Target and the tights are Jcrew Factory.

Outfit Total: $25 without shoes, right about $50 with shoes and tights.

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Buffalo Plaid Flannel $1: The Flannel was a real steal of a deal, but my favorite part of this outfit is actually the boots. The last time I was in New York, we stopped into the Buffalo Exchange in Chelsea where I found these brand new Frye Boots for $99. I couldn’t find an exact match to these boots but after a quick comparison I would say that they were originally $300 to $500. The best part (aside from the awesome reptile texture) was the sticker on the sole of one boot that said “Vogue Closet”. They may have never actually been pulled for a photo shoot but it’s fun to think that they lived at Vogue before I took them home.

The rest of the outfit is also thrifted. The jeans were $5, again from Bellevue Lifespring, and the sweater was $6 form Value Village in Ballard, Seattle.

Outfit Total: $13 without boots boots, $113 with boots.

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Floral Tank $3: The floral tank is Nicole Miller and you cannot tell from the photo but it is actually a lightweight silk sweater material. I was thrilled to find such a great deal at Goodwill in the U-District, Seattle. The skirt was around $4 from Value Village in Ballard. Skirts similar to this are a dime a dozen, I also have one in Navy Blue. The heels were purchased full price several years ago, a perfect style by Sechelles.

Outfit Total: $7 without shoes, right about $107 with shoes.

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Red Blouse $1: As with the Buffalo Plaid above, this blouse was found at God’s Provision Thrift Shop (that name always cracks me up!) in Priest River, Idaho. The black jeans were also a thrift find, $6 from St. Vincent De Paul here in Long Beach. The leopard flats are old Zara, purchased on Sale for $29.

Outfit Total: $7 without shoes, $35 with shoes.

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Green Dress $1:
God’s Provision wins again! This dress was actually less than a dollar since they were having a bag sale and you could purchase a grocery bag full for $1, so we are talking small change on this one. The beautiful plaid scarf is borrowed from my sister (a piece of wool with finished edges courtesy of Mom), the tights are from Gap, and the boots (Madewell) were a gift.

Outfit Total:
About $10, minus the boots and scarf.

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Leather Skirt $12: This outfit is a bit of a stretch on the festive front but if you are going for an understated nod to red this works, and I just love the leather skirt. Purchased for $12 at Value Village in Ballard, it was the find of the year when I picked this up.

The necklace kind of steals the show here, I found it at a flea market in New york for $25. It is one of my favorites. The tank is H&M, and the heels are Target.

Outfit Total: Around $45 without shoes, around $75 total.

Leather skirt also styled here.

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Red Cardigan $6: There is nothing really special about this outfit except that it is entirely thrifted, and it seems like a good choice for game night with friends. The cardigan is from the Ballard Value Village, the jeans were $5 from Bellevue LifeSpring (seen above), and the flannel was around  $5 from the Goodwill on Capitol Hill (seattle).

The flats were thrown into the same $1 bag as the green dress from God’s Provision, so again we are talking small change.

Outfit Total:
Under $20, shoes and all.

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Black Dress $15: I got this dress in Seattle at a vintage shop called Red Light. It fit great but had a pretty significant tear up the slit that I was certain I could repair. Only about two years later I finally fixed the slit and it is good as new!

The gold shoes are the same style as the Seychelles seen above purchased on clearance at DSW for $15, I handmade the necklace myself.

Outfit Total: $30, shoes and all.

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Lace Tee $2: This shirt is HUGE (found at Value Village, Ballard)! I’m really not even sure why I tried it on or why I was even in that section… But one thing I have learned about thrift shopping is that you cant be afraid to try something on. If it has a good texture, a fun color, interesting trim, its worth trying on. Sometimes it looks just as bad on the body as it does on the hanger but I have been pleasantly surprised on more than one occasion.

The jeans are old J.Crew and the heels are Target.

Outfit Total: Under $100

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Red Dress $4: This dress is a great example of something that is scary on the hanger but completely lovely on the body. It fell past the knee when I purchased it but a quick hem made all the difference. What you can’t see here is the open back, which is amazing. This is one of my favorite thrift purchases, I have worn it over and over.

Again, the shoes are from Target (clearly I really like these suede shoes. They are so comfortable!).

Outfit Total: Right about $35.

Red dress also styled here.

Thrift Style: Home

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Since moving to California we have made several small purchases that have made all the difference in our new home and I wanted to share them with you. Some were necessary purchases, others not so necessary (I’m looking at you, Macrame).

I have found at least three good thrift stores within walking distance of our apartment and there are a couple more on my list to check out. I don’t know yet if this will prove to be good or bad on the budget…

MACRAME WALL HANGING: $4.00
How has macrame become popular home decor again? I ALMOST didn’t buy it. In fact I put it down and walked away, it disappeared, and I had to search for it to take it home. I never thought I would have a macrame wall hanging but, there it is… and I love it. This was found at Team Amvets in Long Beach.

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SOUTH DAKOTA CATCH-ALL: $2.50
I have Andrea to thank for this one. She spotted it while we were wandering through our local Goodwill and kindly passed it on to me. She knows that if it is has animals, some gold, and is a little bit too quirky for most, I would probably need to have it. It is the perfect place for Elias to empty his pockets.

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CACTUS SHEET: $2.00
I had been looking for a nice floral sheet to hang and cover the ugly storage space that is our back door. When I came across this cactus sheet at St. Vincent DePaul it was love at first sight.

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SHEER CURTAINS (pair): $4.00
Team Amvets wins again with these sheer curtains! Since we are now at street level, we needed something to cover the windows but still let some light in. These look so lovely with the morning light coming through.

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FLORAL PILLOWCASES: $3.00
I bought these pillowcases at a yard sale while walking through the neighborhood. They were extra long so I had to shorten them a bit to work with our pillows but they looked as though they had hardly been used, if at all. Though they don’t necessarily match the Mexican blanket, I think it works!

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Thrift Style: Jackets, Take Two

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As promised in my last Thrift Style post, here are a few more jackets I have picked up through the years. We took these photos when we were at my parents house for Christmas a few weeks ago. It hadn’t snowed the entire week of our visit until our last full day. Elias was kind enough to drop what he was doing and come outside with me to capture a bit of the winter wonderland.

LEATHER JACKET: $19.00
I got this jacket at the Ballard Value Village while I was shopping with my friend, Anna. She was the one who spotted it and lucky for me, passed it my way. Not only is it real leather, it still had the original tag from the Gap intact!

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DOWN VEST: $5.00
This vest was purchased at a community yard sale on Capitol hill several summers ago. It has real down fill and a great vintage look that many new vests are trying to pull off, only this one doesn’t have to pretend. This has been a staple on many hikes and camping trips, it even doubled as a pillow on last summer’s backpacking trip. I would say that was $5 well spent.

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LONG COAT: $30
I found this coat at a great consignment shop on Greenwood called Labels almost ten years ago. There is nothing really valuable about the coat; it is not wool, it is not a recognizable name brand, and I would guess that it was fairly affordable when it was purchased new. However, there is just something about the color that goes with everything. When I bought it I swapped out all of the buttons for these brass ones which added a little something to it as well.

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I just couldn’t leave out this photo with my dad’s dog, Amos. He has a pretty sweet coat too, he wears it all the time…

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Thrift Style: Jackets

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Its jacket time in the Pacific Northwest and if there is one thing I love, its a new jacket. I have quite a collection of jackets and coats, some old, some new. Since my birthday is in late September, often my birthday money goes towards a new coat for Fall. One good thing about my coat collection is that many of them were purchased second-hand for a steal.

Even though I think a good coat is an investment that you can use for years to come, I wanted to show you that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a good Fall/Winter coat! Many of these are jackets I have stumbled upon when I was not particularly looking for a coat. Keep your eyes peeled at thrift and consignment shops. You may not find exactly what you are looking for on your first stop but if you are patient, you just might score a winner.

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LEATHER MOTORCYCLE VEST: $4.00
If any of my second-hand jackets have a story, I think this leather vest might take the cake. This little gem was found at God’s Provision Thrift Shop (no, I could not make that up) in Priest River, ID. I snapped it up without a price tag and when I went to the counter the sweet little old lady that checked out my purchase was somewhat apologetic for charging me $4. It wasn’t until I got it home and started to clean it up a bit that I thought about the man that likely wore this motorcycle vest and how, when, and where it was worn. Sometimes it is best not to over think these things and just go ahead and wear it anyways.

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BANANA REPUBLIC TRENCH COAT: $35.00
I purchased this trench coat at the Buffalo Exchange on University Avenue, in Seattle, several years ago for $35. Although I wish I could say I got it for $10 or $15, I think I still got a great deal for a Banana Republic trench coat. It has gotten a ton of use and is wearable year around for the most part.

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ARMY JACKET: $5.00
This Army jacket was purchased for $5 at the Panhandle Animal Shelter Thrift Shop in Sandpoint, ID. It’s a legitimate Army jacket so it is a little boxy and doesn’t have the nice shape you would get out of a Gap/Jcrew/Madewell Army jacket. But I would imagine this one had a more exciting life than one of those wannabe Army jackets, it just might hold up better as well.

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Now get out there and find yourself a new Fall coat. If you see something with good material or print but looks like an odd fit on the hanger or perhaps its a little out there for your style, try it on! You might be surprised. I have a few more thrifted jackets to show you, so stay tuned in the next month or so.

My changing room and photographer captured below. Thanks to Elias for the photos.

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Thrift Style

I am excited to introduce a new feature on the blog called Thrift Style. Friends and family of mine know that when they compliment a piece of clothing I am wearing, often the first thing I will tell them is how much I paid for it. I love a good deal and some of the best can be found by dedicating time to your local thrift store.

I am not sure exactly how this feature will take shape but I am thinking I will simply share my newest deals with you as I find them. Let me know if you have any ideas of how you would like to see this feature grow.

To kick it off, I thought I would share several of my favorite thrift finds. These have been collected through the years so the price of the piece is not exact but they are close, if not accurate estimates of what I paid.

Red Sweater: I got this sweater at “God’s Provision” thrift store in Priest River, ID for one dollar! I tend to gravitate towards clothing that is a little out there, those items that are a little scary on the hanger but if you take the time to try them on they have real potential!

Equipment Blouse: This is one of my best finds and one of the reasons I love thrifting so much. This Equipment blouse is worth $200 + new, but I got it for $19! I found it Snohomish, WA at a little gift shop that had a section of used clothing. I was shocked find it in perfect condition for such a great buy.

Red Dress: This is probably the thrifted item that I have gotten the most use out of. I purchased it for under $5 at Value Village in Ballard – Seattle, WA. I replaced the buttons in the back and hemmed it up to a more modern length and it is my favorite go-to for summer weddings.

Blue Skirt: Believe it or not, this was purchased at a thrift store located inside of Bellevue Square mall. I may be the only person that ever shopped in that little store… Again, this was right about $5 and I hemmed it up to a length I could wear to a party or dressed down with a tshirt on the weekend.

Leather Skirt: I was so thrilled when I found this leather skirt for only $12 at Goodwill in Ballard. I had wanted a leather skirt but definitely didn’t want to pay the price for a new one. The flannel shirt was also thrifted from Value Villiage on Capitol Hill.


Sequin Jacket: I found this jacket at Goodwill in Ballard for roughly $15. I don’t wear this one often but it is still one of my favorites thrown over jeans and a tshirt.

I hope you enjoy this series, stay tuned for thrifted coats up next!