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Thrift Store Haul

I’ve shared most of my thrift store finds here (see first, second and third times) and most of those times I was trying to find wearable, comfortable, ‘mommy’ clothes that weren’t too frumpy. I was transitioning from a full-time office job to staying at home. I owned no shorts, no tank tops, very few t-shirts. This time, I needed to find some work appropriate, but also Texas weather (read: heat) friendly clothing. Turns out after a couple years, my work clothes… didn’t fit any longer. So, back to the thrift store I went and I had some awesome success. I didn’t spend more than $12 on anything and most items were $4 or less. Can you tell I am on a green kick?

more thrifting finds

I found 1 dress, 1 leather belt, 6 shirts, 3 tank tops, 3 skirts, and finally 6 button-up shirts. I feel like I found some clothes that could transition from office to home pretty well!

thrifting finds

Next up, I signed up for a Stitch Fix (that’s a referral link)… I have had several friends sign up to have Stitch Fix deliveries with great results… We’ll see how that goes for me! I’m excited because you can tell them what you are looking for in clothing, like Made in the USA!

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still thrifting…

I know I had mentioned trying to figure out the disposable clothing issue but I honestly haven’t given it much mindshare lately. My brain is full of so many things competing for my attention that the most I can handle is sticking to thrift shopping for the time being.

Thrift Store Finds

Which leads me to my latest thrift store haul. My favorite thrift store was having a 50% clearance and I had an additional 20% off. I ended up with 12 tanks, 4 shirts (including the polka dot chambray shirt that I liked so much from Old Navy!!), 5 dresses, 2 skirts, 1 maxi skirt, 1 pair running shorts and 1 pair brand new flip flops. Many of the items still had their original tags! I managed to find mostly Gap, H&M, Banana Republic, JCrew, Old Navy, Loft and lucked out and found some from Anthropologie, Marc Jacobs, Nike and lululemon!

Thrift Store Finds

I was so invigorated by my thrifting finds that I totally overhauled and reorganized my closet. Which lead me to an old pair of favorite sandals that had seen better days. The silver had pretty much worn off the straps…

Old Sandals - Before

So I spray painted them (you can see one of the overspray on the sole of the left shoe)! I’m happy that I’ll get some more life out of these shoes and they won’t be given away any time soon.

Old Sandals - After

Sometimes the simple fixes are the ones that bring me the most pleasure!

 

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more thrifty finds (and my guilty conscience)

Y’all. The other day I ended up in Target without Jude and totally got sucked in. Target seems to do that, doesn’t it. I had a handful of items (included a navy striped dress and mint colored skinny capris that I haven’t quite stopped thinking about yet) and even tried them on. Then I sat in the dressing room and agonized about whether or not to buy the couple items I thought were cute (remember, I’m an over-thinker). Should I spend the money on new clothes? I could just NOT tell you guys, right? I mean, I did publicly declare my intent to only shop at the thrift store for the year on the blog, but that doesn’t mean I have to tell you everything? Oh but my guilty conscience…

So.

Instead, I put those items back on the rack and went home. Several days later I went to my trusty thrift store and scored these items for LESS than I would have spent on the 3-4 items at Target. That cute little black floral dress on the right? Still had tags on it. And I’m noticing a trend in the style of dress I picked out (boatneck with sleeve and waist cinch?) I am going to have to alter the tank top straps because, um, my shoulder to boob-top ratio seems to be shorter than everyone else. Or manufacturers like to see a lot of what I like to keep covered.

Thrifty Finds

And I totally found a sweet pair of heels. Gotta love the neutral colored ombre and never worn thrifted shoes that are not – 1) too high, 2) stilettos, 3) uncomfortable. Score on all three accounts. Hello date night!

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Did you guys catch that there were no stripes in there this time? And I bought something with allover flowers? Who am I?

12 items total: 3 tank tops, 3 shorts, 4 dresses, a skinny belt and a pair of hot mama heels.

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thrifty

I haven’t told y’all about a challenge I gave myself at the beginning of the year, mostly because I wanted to roll it over in my mind for a bit before confessing it out loud on the interwebs. In January of this year, I challenged myself to not buy any new clothing for the whole year. Exceptions will certainly be made because I have been invited to be a part of a wedding party this year which will lead to a new bridesmaid dress, shoes are kind weird to thrift, etc. Another mental exception I made was to allow myself to buy fabric to sew new clothes for myself. Somehow that seems quite different that running over to my nearest big box and picking up some new digs. But aside from that, this idea leads me to one of the three ‘r’s, reuse or . . . thrifting.

I have tons of reasons floating around in my head as to why I want to challenge myself this way (you’ve read some my thoughts here before).

  • The most obvious is that it’s much cheaper to thrift – saving money is always good.
  • I have always struggled with clothing, knowing a good majority of it is made in some developing foreign country, likely at the hands of someone that is not being paid a fair wage, is underage or being subjected to unethical working conditions.
  • Additionally, cotton is one of the highest pesticide use crops in the world – those workers are being exposed to high possibility of health complications from those chemicals.
  • On top of that, when you spend your money at a big box, the money does not stay in the community, it goes back to the corporation. Thrift stores are typically local entities, which allows you to keep a higher percentage of money local. Keeping money local often keeps your neighbors and friends employed.
  • Part of me does not like the idea of fashion – it’s so transient. To quote a popular TV show (one I particularly enjoy, actually), “One day you’re in, the next, you’re out.” It reinforces our disposable westernized lifestyles. But being your typical American and additionally, having a strong design background, I feel a strong pressure to look cute and define my own personal style (oh individualism has it’s claws deep in me).
  • Sustainability is important to me.

While I feel like thrifting doesn’t completely set to rest my qualms with clothing/style, I feel like emphasizing reuse is a step in the right direction. One step at a time. . .

I purged quite a bit of clothing from my closet recently so I decided to take a bit of money and see what I could find in one our local thrift stores. Here is my most recent haul where I spend about $110 (it wouldn’t be me if there weren’t several striped items in there, huh?):

The thrill of the hunt - thrifting.

21 items total: 2 light jackets, 8 short sleeve tees, 7 shorts, 2 dresses, a skinny belt and a sun hat.

One pair of shorts still had their original tags on them! The brands are fairly good quality too – Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Gap, Old Navy, Merona – places I would normally shop. With four pairs of the shorts, I will bring the length up a little bit. Shorts seem to be either butt cheek short or past your knees and I want something in the middle. The nice thing about thrifting is that I don’t feel bad cutting up these pieces to make them exactly what I want. There is also a bit of the thrill of the hunt – you don’t get to pick out what you like and just find it in your size, you never know what you are going to find when you thrift!

 

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sometimes, you just get lucky

I saved $195 on these items. And I didn’t use a single coupon. Everything was 75% off or more and everything was a natural brand! All natural shampoos, traditional medicinal teas, sunblocks, lotions, local soaps, toothpastes for adults and kids, essential oils, homeopathic medicine, Dr. Bronner’s. The total was just about $75. We are now stocked on toiletries for awhile!

what a score!

What has your best deal find been?

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Sneak Peek: Craft Room

This is George, the air plant. He is a tillandsia which part of the bromeliad family. He lives in trees most of the time, but lately he has taken up residence in my craft room in this amazing handmade ceramic pod. If you are interested in an air plant taking up residence in your abode, the wonderful etsy seller Michael McDowell of mudpuppy has offered you lovely readers a 10% discount on any of his beautiful items through the month of April if you enter THINKLIZ as the coupon code.

George, the air plant

I think George is going to need a friend pretty soon.

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mourning the cowmooflage

Back before Jude (BBJ), we were researching baby items and decided on the Roundabout cowmooflage convertible carseat from Britax. It converted from newborn all the way up to 35 lbs! Remember? Gosh, I loved that tacky cow carseat.

Yes. Loved. In the past tense.

A couple weekends ago, my car, complete with carseat in it, was totaled. Thank God, no one was seriously hurt but because the car was totaled, the car seat is no longer usable. (Don’t worry, Jude and I were not in the car.) Remember my bellyachin’ about how carseats have expiration dates and how they end up in landfills? Turns out you can recycle them. And that the place that does it is local to me! If it isn’t local to you, you can ship it to them and they’ll send you a $5 credit at their store. I dropped off the carseat yesterday at Babyearth, and browsed around their storefront a bit and spent my $5. If you check out their site and buy anything, you can enter my customer code (ge0zvN) and get $5 off your order of $50 (it gets me $5 to spend too!).

Well, thankfully insurance ended up paying for another carseat for us but since we decided to go with the Marathon carseat that would last us even longer, the cowmooflage cover was not an option. I mean it was, but the straps were tan and it just wasn’t as cute. So we said goodbye to the cowmooflage. We will miss you. We hope your parts are recycled into something fun.

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Cloth Diapers for Sale

**Update – They are all sold. Thanks you guys!

Hello blog friends. I am posting these here because I know some of you are pregnant and considering cloth diapers. I wanted to give you guys the opportunity to buy some used cloth diapers at a fraction of the price of new ones. I have stripped these diapers three times (with Dawn dish soap, as suggested by the Bum Genius Website), sun bleached them and washed them in diaper safe detergent.

I am so sad to have to get rid of these diapers as they have worked so well for us the past 10 months but since Jude has developed his polyester allergy, I want to invest the money that I can make on these in buying wool diapers (or sweater to turn into diapers) and all natural diapers.

Here’s what I’m selling:

21 Bum Genius 3.0 – All-in-One Pocket Diaper:: $210
– all are in good condition, some staining on inserts but none on diapers; velcro is slightly worn (more on some than others) but still very usable
– 8 grasshopper, 6 twilight, 2 moonbeam, 3 butternut, 2 white
– 26 sizeable inserts (several have never been used), 20 newborn inserts (several have never been used as well)

Cloth Diapers for Sale

6 Smarti Pants Diapers – One Size, All-in-One Pocket Diaper:: $48
– 3 are like new, 3 are in good condition
– 2 cool blue, 2 clever clover, 2 aqua breeze

Cloth Diapers for Sale

4 Bummis Super Whisper Wrap (diaper cover only, no prefolds) – White – Size Medium – $32
– only used for two weeks

Cloth Diapers for Sale

1 Green Fuzzi Buns diaper – One Size, All-in-One Pocket Diaper – $10
– very good condition

Cloth Diapers for Sale

$300 for everything

If you’re interested, you will have to pay shipping to wherever this goes. That will be decided based on where you live. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail at elizabeth(at)thinkliz(dot)com if you have any questions or are interested. I will post these on craiglist as well.

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coupon-ing journey

You may remember me saying that one of my resolutions for the new year was to coupon more, focusing on how to save money on things that we already buy. I think I’ve actually been doing pretty good in this area. I’ve saved anywhere from $10-$30 off our groceries each week without changing much about the way I shop. For me, the most difficult things about couponing is that most of the items that have coupons are super processed! Also, looking at coupons makes me want things I typically don’t buy, like chips and ice cream. I have been trying to stay focused and have found some great online resources for coupons that I thought I would throw out there to share with you guys. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many items have coupons that we typically buy if you just hunt them out! I love being able to support companies whose philosophies I generally agree with! Coupons for organics? Yes please!

  • Horizon Dairy – You have to sign up to have access to these coupons. I have consistently been getting coupons for a 1/2 gallon of milk, and we all know how expensive organic milk can be!
  • Stonyfield – I love yogurt, always have, and I’ve been eating Stonyfield for awhile. Again, you have to sign up, but I get YoBaby yogurt coupons, as well as coupons for adult yogurt!
  • Earth’s Best – OK, I admit it, there are weeks when I don’t have time or energy to make all of Jude’s food. I have been consistent with apples and sweet potatoes, and that’s about it. Thankfully, Earth’s Best makes really great, affordable baby food. And they have coupons on their website for $1 of of 10 jars. For awhile HEB had an additional coupon for $2 off 10 jars, so I was saving $3! Good to have around in your pantry if you have a little one.
  • Seventh Generation – I use their toliet paper, dish soap and dye free laundry detergent (although I don’t like their dishwasher soap at all) and there are usually some good coupons on there for all of those thing. Oh, and I recently used a coupon for their diapers since we traveled to Dallas and didn’t want to use the cloth dipes while on the road. I liked them a lot! You have to sign up for this one as well.
  • Smart Source – I’ve been surprised by some of the online coupons I’ve found here: Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, organic Bordens milk, not too shabby! I check this website once a week.
  • Coupons.com – lots of coupons, most are for processed foods, but every now and then a good one sneaks in there. Worth checking once a week.

I did a free trial of the grocery game for a little while, but found that they didn’t have good information for the Austin HEB’s that I was going to, but I know a lot of people have a lot of luck with that program. Sometimes, when I’m meal planning and a recipe calls for a certain ingredient, I’ll do a quick google search for that ingredient to see if I can find any coupons . . . sometimes it works and sometimes I get nothing, but I figure it’s worth a try! What about you guys? Any good resources that you recommend?

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Cloth Diaper Giveaway

I’m about to buy some of these Smarti Pants diapers and found that they are also having a giveaway on Centsible Sawyer and on Snellings Stories. . . I wanted another entry on both (I know, I know . . . using the blog to try and win things . . . ), so I’m passing on the word about the giveaway to all you that might be interested in winning a cloth diaper! Once I’ve tried them, I’ll give a review of how I think these all in one pocket cloth diapers compare to the ones I’m using now (I must say, I am excited about not having to pull out the insert since they claim to just come out in the wash. . . )!

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