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Frugal Fashion Never Impossible!

September 30th, 2009 at 07:04 am

Guess the cost of the outfit below (no peeking at the end of this post!)

No matter what your size, your style, your age or budget, thrift stores are worth some time.

Get over walking past the lady with the flaming orange hair, avoid the rapid fire Spanish speaking mom with the baby stroller full of junque (the 'baby' is pulling out stuffed animal after stuffed animal), suppress your amazement at the goth young person pierced in the cheek.

Those folks are everywhere anyway. (And if I've offended anyone, please know I fit right in that motley group!!)

I love shopping at the thrift because I always find my size!! That is; short legs, long torso. Instead of hours of exasperation in the mall where the clothes are made for the 'typical' size (meaning taller and larger than me), it's a relief to have a relatively huge amount of choice.

So here's the outfit:

(1) Green Sage Ribbed Cardigan. Buttons are big woven leather look. 100% cotton

(2) Cinammon Turtleneck. 100% cotton

(3) Off White Trousers. Bill Blass (a good petite designer), stretch cotton. I think I hemmed these a couple years ago.

I accessorize with my own jewelry designs (are you kidding!!). Notice the red and white Y style chain, with a small Buddha stone pendant.

Have you guessed how much? For the top 3 pieces $8.50.

Not shown? My classic navy square 2-sided nylon bag (thrift store price $4) and milk chocolate kid leather lace up boots (WHOA $60-70 from Nordstrom 25 years ago, resoled twice).

The Buddha necklace? what would you pay?

5 Responses to “Frugal Fashion Never Impossible!”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    Great finds!

    My spouse hit a thrift shop sale yesterday. He spends like $5 a year on clothing.

    You hit on why I hate thrift shopping. I can never find my size! I am opposite I guess. Big Grin

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    That is awesome!!! I was thinking that i needed to update my wardrobe but hadn't even thought about that!

  3. Annie K Says:

    Congrat! That's exciting. I can never find my size at the thrift stores so I rarely go for me. However, they are great for finding sweaters to felt!

  4. midlight21 Says:


    Maybe more if there were closeup shots to look at! Smile Darn these ol'eyes!

  5. -Jerry- Says:

    I am living overseas and have just found the second hand stores in my city. They charge by weight, and the price goes down by the kilogram as the week leads on, so by Saturday the prices are really good. It's nice to have some insurance that I can still get some cool clothes on a students budget! =)

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