Friday, August 19, 2016

National Thrift Store Day

Who needs more excuses to go thrifting or to shop? I certainly don't. But 50% off at Value Village on National Thrift Store Day is a good incentive to borrow a car and get my ass out of the house. 

It was a pretty exhausting excursion. Sale thrifters are rude and ruthless. If your cart's in the way, rather than say "excuse me" they see it as an opportune moment to play bumper cars and then when I apologize, they shake their heads and roll their eyes. Or, you know that critical moment when you and another shopper are going through the racks from opposite ends and you eventually meet at a detente, so you swap positions and continue on your merry way? Not on a sale day. On sale days, the other party will keep browsing and when they feel me approaching, they'll take the position that basketball players do when they're playing zone defense, huddling and being super possessive with merchandise as if they're protecting a ball. I'll walk around them and they'll start to aggressively move hangers over into my section, all while giving me the stink eye. Ok Gollum. Your precious. I get it.

On to the bounty! We'll start with my giant denim haul.

Current Elliott Stiletto jean in Bleached leopard. Size 25.

Blixa also helped out today (and by helped, mean hindered). She was extra needy while I did work today and she followed me around everywhere and sat on everything. Best assistant a girl could ask for.

Gray pair are my own.

Citizens of Humanity Mandy in floral. Size 27

Paige Skyline Peg maternity jeans in Carson. Size 28.

"Pay attention to meeee!!!"

Paige Laurel Canyon bootcut. Size 28.

7 for All Mankind Ginger flare. Size 25.

If Blixa had legs.

7 for All Mankind Dojo flare. Size 28

7 for All Mankind Jagger bootcut. Size 30.

7 for All Mankind bootcut jeans. Size 27.

Michael Kors Petite zipper skinny jeans. Size 4.

And onto other sundries! With help from Blixa, of course.

Marc by Marc Jacobs navy patent slingbacks w/ striped heels. 

I have bad luck when it comes to thrifting shoes. I have very specific size 5.5 feet. Not 5, not 6; 5.5 and I'm a bit of a shoe snob. I buy almost exclusively all-leather footwear unless a special material is involved, e.g. rubber Hunter rain boots, mesh Chloe flats, Maison Martin Margiela booties w/ lucite wedges, Lanvin silk tulle ballet flats, or satin Jimmy Choo d'Orsays, so this rules out most non-designer brands. But I thrift everything in my everyday life so that I can afford to buy nice shoes that properly fit my feet. So I was very surprised to come across a pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs slingback pumps in 5.5. 

I love the slingback and the striped heel but I'm not a fan of rounded square toes so these will be going up for sale on Ebay. Construction is all leather except for the heels. 

BCBG silk metallic maxi dress. Size 4.

BCBG silk metallic halter dress. Size 4

For Love & Lemons cropped "Cherry Pop" top. Size XS

Karen Millen silk blouse w/ velvet tie. Size 6

Catherine Malandrino silk blouse w/ leather trim and studded waist. Size 4

Banana Republic silk tank. Size XS

Temperley cotton knit dress. Size 6

This dress retailed for over $1000 on net-a-porter.

Theory linen top. Size M

Free People embroidered top. Size XS

J Crew linen top. Size 6

TNA boyfriend shirt. Size XS

And finally, housewares.

Combo art piece of a Sioux chief. 

Some of the yarn's come undone but it's easily fixable.

Light blanket

Bed cover

And these are just two outliers I picked up the other day.

Cinema Paradiso wall mount. I used to love this movie.

This interesting little wicker stool w/ leather top.

The patina of the leather is great and it looks like some Greco-Roman embossed art.


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