Thrifted girls tweed dress & Savers / Value Village Giveaway

green blazer pastel tweed

Dress from Savers, Ferragamo Vara shoes (current version), Lefties blazer, Ann Taylor necklace

Although I’ve always liked the idea of scoring quality, unique pieces for less at thrift stores, I didn’t have much luck shopping them until recent years. The stores around Boston are usually sorted only by color, or item type, or not sorted at all…making it quite the hunt for items that fit. After seeing constant pieces on fellow blogger Kerry sourced from a “Savers” thrift store, I popped into one years ago and have been a fan ever since. The locations I’ve visited have been very organized (Nick usually makes a beeline for the homegoods & used books selection), with clothes actually sorted by size. And if you sign up for emails, they offer 30 – 50% off on select holidays. I was excited when the company reached out to me last month, with gift certificates to share (scroll down for giveaway details)!

Pic taken last year – dress worn differently w/ Nordies rack pearls, Morgan Ashleigh necklace, H&M; heels

pastel tweed dress 1 On one of these 50% off sales last year, I found this dress as part of a 2-piece for $4. At first glance, it was a terrifying explosion of pastel tweed and frill, probably worn once by a little girl for Easter and tossed quickly afterwards (funny enough, half a year later I came across an identical set at a thrift store hours away, which only confirms the fleeting life of this design). After peeling off the cumbersome jacket, however, I saw a cute, petite-friendly dress similar to items I’ve been eying from mainstream retailers.

Compared to my other thrift store finds, this dress required the least amount of re-work. My computer crashed and took with it all “before” photos, but the only alteration I did was taper in the waist darts. That may not have been the best route as the fit is still a little childish, but it did enough to breathe some new life into it.
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After shopping second-hand items for a while, I do want to share that one of my biggest lessons learned is to not be influenced by low prices. After finding skirt after skirt in quality materials that fit perfectly at the waist (and require just a simple hem), I realized that it was getting excessive even at ~$5 a pop. I have also bought several pieces with grand transformation plans, but lost motivation due to all the work required. My advice is to shop just like you would at any higher-priced retailer….look for items in durable materials that’d be a valuable addition to your existing wardrobe, and are worth the time and/or tailoring costs of re-work (if any) to become a perfectly-fitting garment. The nature of thrifting is a game of patience -for me, it now results in no purchases 75% of the time, but the occasional finds that do happen tend to become favorites.
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Savers (U.S. store locator), also known as Value Village in Canada (Canadian store locator) has offered three $50 gift certificates for EP readers. To enter, simply provide your email in the form below (emails will be used only to contact winners), and get an extra entry by leaving a comment about your favorite pre-owned find – be it furniture, jewelry, or clothes, etc. Giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada, and the three winners will be selected at random on June 10th.
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PS – The three winners of my ShoeMint giveaway have been selected, and the shoe credits should have been deposited. Please let me know if you are a winner and have not yet received your prize!

198 thoughts on “Thrifted girls tweed dress & Savers / Value Village Giveaway

  • Epuni June 3, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I actually shop at value village quite often to pick up some books and a lot of times I find great brand name items too!

  • Ann Raye June 3, 2013 at 1:05 am

    I love searching for old books

  • Michelle Huynh June 3, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I used to be an avid thrifter and by avid I mean I had a problem, haha. Now I am picky when I thrift for clothes, too. I have too many pencil skirts that go un-altered because of laziness or lack of time.

  • April June 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I didn't know there were any Value Village stores in the vicinity until now. I'll have to check them out.

  • April June 3, 2013 at 1:11 am

    I've found a brown J Crew jacket that I like and goes with a lot of things.

  • Laura (l_yang3@u.pacific.ed) June 3, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I actually have not found anything through thrifting yet! The closest I get is shopping at stores like Marshalls or TJMaxx. I came close with a gorgeous leather skirt at Crossroads, but the high price of it (at a second hand store, I don't want to spend upwards of 15 dollars, let alone 45!) deterred me.

  • JaJaa June 3, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I found vintage leather purse for $3.

  • Jennifer June 3, 2013 at 1:39 am

    my favorite thrift shop find is a pair of work pants that fit me perfectly. They were hemmed by the previous owner but work well for me too!

  • Stacey June 3, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I got my favorite black heels for $10!

  • Aerly June 3, 2013 at 1:46 am

    My favorite find would be a black, wool j crew skirt that fit perfectly for 2 dollars. Score!

  • Gabrielle Anais June 3, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I came across a cotton military jacket from J.Crew at Savers that was originally $20 but since they had their gray tag for 50% off I got it for $10.

  • hph June 3, 2013 at 1:50 am

    My fave find is a charcoal gray pea coat that I got from Savers for just $10. πŸ™‚

  • e.e.mullarke June 3, 2013 at 2:03 am

    My fave find at goodwill is a perfect condition Vintage coach Willis bag. 6.99!!

  • Jinsight June 3, 2013 at 2:08 am

    My fave finds include a humidifier and lamp – I haven't had much luck with the clothes but feel inspired to try!

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 2:11 am

    my fave find were these gorgeous pearl stud earrings that remind me of pieces i've seen on your past blog posts!

  • Jeannie Lee June 3, 2013 at 2:11 am

    a classic black structured cross body purse by liz clariborne!

  • Hongru Ren June 3, 2013 at 2:44 am

    For Halloween I bought a too large, Le Chateau pink skirt for about $5. After severely shortening and box pleating(it was a size 6 to my 0-2), it's both an accomplishment and beloved item. Thanks so much Jean for all your advice and encouragement! As someone really petite myself, I used to settle for less than stellar fit and clothes I didn't really love. I have only recently begun to get serious about shopping and defining my personal style πŸ™‚

  • Jenn June 3, 2013 at 2:54 am

    my favorite pre-owned find is a vintage cat print sweater!

  • Catching Flight June 3, 2013 at 3:09 am

    My best thrift find was a Banana Republic Khaki Jacket in the perfect size (XS) in mint condition for $10!

  • jru June 3, 2013 at 3:12 am

    One of my favorite finds at a thrift store is an Alviero Martini purse. Not 100% sure about authenticity, but I absolutely adore that bag!

  • Linsey Hakikawa-Williams June 3, 2013 at 4:16 am

    My favorite thing from the thrift shop is a pair of beautiful shoes, flats to be exact.

  • Chica-Esperta June 3, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Love the dress
    I also have good luck finding good pieces in flea markets. Around here, anyone can open a tiny booth and sell their stuff. I have the most wonderful luck when searching through old lady stuff. They are usually smaller, have better quality items and vintage pieces that can easily be incorporated into a modern look, like solid sheaths or statement belts and purses.

    If you want more thirfting tips or want a fashion question answered go to

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I once bought a Roberto Cavalli sweater set at a Junior League thrift store for 6 bucks. I love the cardigan and wear it all the time.

    Catherine cdtipton (at)Yah00 (dot) C0m

  • Bethany June 3, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I just checked and there are stores in my area. I'm looking forward to checking them out! My favorite thrift store find is a brown leather jacket.

  • Ashley June 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    My favorite thrift shop is the Salvation Army!! I love the deals that they have every wednesday!!!

    With Love,

  • Professionally Petite June 3, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I haven't had too much luck at thrift stores, but my favorite thrift store find is a fur coat (in fantastic condition) that I got for $12 2 years ago.

  • Utah Girl Am I June 3, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I bought a floral cardigan in perfect condition a few weeks ago for $5! That's more than I'd normally pay at a thrift store, but I just loved the sweater, so the price was worth it. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I go through every aisle until something catches my attention. Usually its clothing. It really does take patience sometimes to find what you need/want.

  • Carol Li June 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I love the mint and yellow colour combination!

  • Christa June 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

    A J. Crew wool, camel colored coat. It had some stains that cleaned out when treated. It is beautiful! I agree with your comments and like our Saver's.

  • Cacey June 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

    A trench originally from H&M; with pleated back detail. Found it for $5!

  • Lauren June 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

    2 pairs of lululemon yoga pants for $1.99 each.

  • kmad June 3, 2013 at 10:01 am

    My husband and I go thrifting every week or so and over the past year we have completely replaced and updated our worn-out old wardrobes with high quality pieces. Like you, we learned not to be suckered in by low prices, or take on pieces that required too much work to be worth it. I still have a small backlog of skirts to hem and button-downs to slim, but by getting acquainted with my sewing machine I have turned out quite a few well-fitting work staples that I love.

    Your blog has really been instrumental in helping me identify flattering styles for my figure, and has definitely inspired me to up my game and dress more professionally, more fashionably, and more creatively. Thanks for all your thoughtful and detailed content, you really go above and beyond as a blogger.

  • Nic June 3, 2013 at 10:10 am

    My favorite second hand find was a pair of designer jeans with the tags still on for my hubby!

  • This is Real Life. June 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Found a pair of leather lace-up J.Crew boots at a Boomerangs not too long ago. Now I am just wishing for the fall to arrive!

  • Kerry June 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Those are good tips, I was very influenced by low prices and lofty alteration dreams too but I'm beginning to learn to pull it back a bit! Also, patience is absolutely key!

  • Niki June 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I found a pair of snakeskin print leather flats from J Crew with seashells and beading at the toes.

  • Annick June 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I once found an Alternative Apparel t-shirt dress at Value Village I was already going to buy! I love thrift shopping. πŸ™‚

    Bold Subtlety

  • Jen June 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

    A great versatile Ann Taylor dress that I actually purchased from Savers.

  • GrannyFranny June 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Found an amazing tropical maxidress at Savers this winter that I've already worn five or six times! I'm a huge fan of Savers ad love to go with my sisters when I'm up in Boston. Wish there was one in NYC!

  • Kaitlin June 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I got a ton of kitchen stuff for my first apartment from Savers! Smartest moving-out-shopping decision ever.

  • Anna Chun June 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

    my favorite second hand find was a pretty silk scarf!

  • Joules June 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Nice outfit post. I actually really like it with the yellow heels.

    I'm right there with you on the alterations–I have an amazing Goodwill near me that I'm always finding pieces in, but if I find that the item needs too many alterations to work it either doesn't look right after I've done all of them or I get too overwhelmed to do them at all (like you). So I try to buy pieces that only require minimal work.

    I didn't enter the giveaway because there are only Savers in the Chicago burbs (and without a car, I'm never there) but it's a good givewaway! I love thrifting.

    Style by Joules

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 10:59 am

    My favorite thrift store finds have been a Free People summer dress, and a 50+ year old Wagner Ware deep cast iron skillet that I cook with every week.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    –Jen C.

  • Essence Brown June 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

    1970's childrens 100% wool coat. I can't even explain to you how cute it is! Its red with blue buttons with a sailors collar! So cute!

  • Janki June 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I thrift almost exclusively since the labels are better than anything I can afford retail. My best purchase is still a glen plaid Burberry blazer which cost about $5.

    I am really into the capsule wardrobe so that, combined with my ban of new purchases until all others are fixed, keeps me in check.

  • Franziska June 3, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I've only started visiting thrift stores about a year ago, and now I'm kicking myself for not going sooner. My #1 find has been my burberry jacket. I was of course worried that it was a fake, but after much online research all directions point towards real. crazy!!

  • Elyssia June 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Anytime I find something that is petite and a size that will fit my petite 5' frame, I wonder if I am dreaming. I found FIVE pairs of dress pants from J.Crew, The Limited, and Banana Republic one day at a hole-in-the-wall thrift shop for $10 each.

  • Candice June 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    First time I went to a second-hand shop to actually find clothes for myself I found some really great finds. I found two pairs of summery little wedges that I love and have re-soled one pair because I just could not part with them when the heels were completely worn out. This was at Buffalo Exchange but I have never been so lucky on repeat visits or to other second-hand shops but I have never been to Savers so maybe this will the next place I make some fantastic finds.

  • mlangerm June 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Vintage DVF dress!

  • Amanda June 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I love finding good deals at thrift shops πŸ™‚

  • Dice June 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I've never purchased items at a second-hand shop. I've only sold items.

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  • Dice June 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I've never purchased items at a second-hand shop. I've only sold items.

  • Stephanie June 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I once found an authentic Christian Dior cobalt blue blazer at Goodwill!

  • michellejoeun June 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    i found this comfy grandpa jacket in a emerald color… i love it!

  • Christy W, June 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    There have been so many over the years, but recently a strapless Gap ombre sundress has been my favorite find. That and a really cute Ben Sherman button down shirt.

  • Lizette Rosser June 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    classy and chic! what a cute dress!

  • Angela Xie June 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I've found quite a few lovely oversized sweaters that I wear in the fall and winter. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Jessie M June 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I don't find the fit 'childish' at all, it looks fun! I love VV, my best finds have been some nearly brand new Kenneth Cole and Nine West pumps that have become staples for me.

  • Justine June 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Machine-washable summer dresses at my local thrift shop.

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Vintage black Gucci clutch at a charity yard sale on a rainy day!

  • Tang June 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for this! I didn't even know Value Village was the Canadian version. πŸ™‚

  • Theresa June 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Super cute JCrew sundress!

  • Jenn C June 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    My favorite thrift item was a beautiful estate necklace.

  • Fictitious Fashion June 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Aww.. I participated without reading.. I loved ur dress sooo much!!! Gorgeous blazer, necklace and shoes πŸ™‚

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  • organicglory June 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I found a Coach bag that had been given away to Goodwill BRAND NEW and was very in style ~ snagged for $15 which is a fortune in thrift land but a steal for a handbag that probably retailed for $300.

  • Nabila June 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    My favourite second hand find was a pair of black, stretchy soft skinny pants from Guess – super comfy and wonderfully versatile πŸ™‚

  • I am A Love Addict June 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Black Sam Edelman Gilda sandals for $15!

  • T and C June 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    My favorite second-hand find was an Oscar de la Renta scarf — it was priced lower than some of the poly-blend scarves (clearly the person labeling that section wasn't aware of its value) but I certainly did! I adore the beautiful print and the fact that I found it at a thrift store. : )

  • dianespainting June 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I am often able to find white/off white English Ironstone bowls and platters at bargain prices at Value Village.
    Great for completer pieces to my everyday white dishes.

  • Mabel June 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I bought a nice leather belt for only 10!

  • jennifer June 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    wow what an amazing find! i wouldnt have looked twice at that item and now i think i should go back to the thrift stores and take a second look! thanks

  • Elle N June 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I found a few clothing pieces on my own at Value Village all the time. My mom introduced me to the place and they do sales on the last Wednesday of each month (50% off) and I join her in the hunt for great buys now and then. πŸ™‚

  • petiterepublic June 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    a savers just opened up near me so i am very excited to go check it out! I love finding cashmere sweaters and silk items πŸ™‚ sometimes i buy leather skirts at GW to cut them up for other sewing projects – cheaper than buying leather!

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I love thrift shopping and another favorite way to buy pre-owned gear and clothing is going to REI used gear sales! Most stores have them 2-4 times/yr and a lot of the stuff has never been worn or used. I got my favorite Arcteryx jacket there for 75% off!

  • Elizabeth S. June 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I recently found a Burberry quilted jacked in a Goodwill store. It fits perfectly and has quickly become my go-to jacket for cool Fall days.

  • lisacng @ June 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I love how you belted it! Wish there was a Savers around me.

  • Fiona June 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    My favourite thrift store find is a black BCBG swing jacket. It's in great condition as well.

  • Kristin June 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm


  • FashionEdible June 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I think it's great that you tailor your own clothes. I try to upcycle a lot of mine. Wear them how they are supposed to be worn for a while and then when I tire of them, change them up. Sometimes it's a fail but many times it's a success. I turned a few pairs of straight legged jeans into skinny jeans. It was a great way to reuse jeans I already owned.
    -FashionEdible Blog

  • Elle June 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Savers is a great place for finding neat items for Halloween costumes. One year, I found an original flapper dress! When I'm in need of props or inspirations for my photoshoots, I also go there to find them!

  • Jessy June 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I love your outfit combination, Jean. : ) My latest great find was a pair of 7FAM jeans for under $10

  • Kim June 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I have TONS of favorite thrift finds, but the latest one I found was a white jean jacket from the GAP for $1!! I was super excited! πŸ™‚

  • Adriana Quesada June 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    My favourite were 80's fluorecent winter boots Sorel style. With removable washable whool inserts. Everyone asks me where they can get some like that.

  • aiyana jane June 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    i love second hand shopping. it just makes it seem all the sweeter when you find something great! this dress is lovely on you!
    xo, aiyanajane ||

  • Denise June 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    i like buying dishware from thrift shops.

  • Linda June 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    My favorite thrift store purchase was a pair of brown Italian leather boots that I got for $20. I love going to the thrift store and finding hidden gems! πŸ™‚

  • tiffany June 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Favorite thrift find would have to be an ivory chiffon BCBG dress πŸ™‚

  • Dianna June 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    thanks for holding this wonderful giveaway! I am ALL about preo-owned leather wear. I have a leather pencil skirt that is buttery soft and fits just right!

  • Patty June 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    My favorite thrift find was actually in Boston! It is a pair of gold rounded earrings, kind of heavy, with an interesting cutout pattern. I loved them so much, that I ended up wearing them to graduation and I always travel with them to spice up any outfits!

  • Cindy Ann June 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    The best items I've gotten at a thrift store has to be my collection of white ware. I just love them in my dining room.

  • LINHLE June 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I love my thrifted Loft cardigan!

  • Ashley June 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I found a wool Burberry skirt that I wear every winter at a consignment shop πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    A contest that's also open to Canadians – yay!

    My favourite find at the "VV Boutique" – as the older ladies call it – was a pair of gray tweed pants for $5. The previous owner had them taken in and hemmed and she had my exact measurements.

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    thanks for the tips

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    My favorite second hand find was a handbag.

  • Sarah June 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Have you ever shopped at Dollar a Pound in Cambridge? I got some great jeans there (as well as sweaters, handbags, etc) for literally cents one Friday when they had their bulk clothing on sale for $1 per pound. I think it's some kind of miracle when I find something there, but I often strike gold!

  • laniza June 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I love Savers–my best find thus far has to be my navy polka dot skirt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Petite-ish June 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I found a pale pink satin BCBG suit for $20 at a Saver's in Connecticut last year. It cost $15 more to get the pants taken in, and they still don't fit as well as I'd like, but it's a pretty special set… still not sure when I will ever have the chance to wear it, but it's fun to play dress up in it from time to time.

  • doxyloo June 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    A $4 gray wrap skirt I bought when I was 12 is still getting uses 15 years later! It went from being tea length to knee length as I grew and because the skirt wraps, it continued fitting as I gained/lost weight and as high, mid, and low waist skirts went in and out of fashion. Best purchase ever, and surprisingly still reflects my taste.

  • Debbie June 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I just went to Savers recently after reading about all your great finds and found an H&M; striped top!

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I love my wallet which I got from Value Village for just $5. I've been using it for over five years and it's still as good as new.

  • Ann June 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    My dad found me this antique flower jewel collar style necklace from the flea market. He does always find something unique there πŸ™‚

  • lolitserica June 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Ugh, I'm loving the tweed and that chunky necklace πŸ˜€

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    My best thrift store find was that perfect "little black dress" from Savers!

    But I have to admit that my favorite thing about Savers in my town is that I can always find jeans there for all six of my kids.

  • Carolyn L June 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I came across Savers per your recommendation and love going there now! I've had so many good finds there but my favorite would have to be a Ann Taylor leopard print cardigan in XXSP — perfect fit! A B&W; checkered button up from the kids section and an eggplant purple Gap cardigan would be close seconds. I also love finding vintage plates and dishes to put my jewelry on πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I love looking for furniture at savers especially since I live in a college town!

  • Connie June 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Favorite thrift store find: a F21 silky tank top with a beautiful rose pattern.

  • Janice Lee June 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I normally like thrift shopping for kitchen items at Value Village. I love collecting vintage chocolate tins (to store things in) and tea cups.

  • CL June 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I need to check out savers πŸ™‚ thank you so much for the giveaway!

  • Jenn June 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I've found wedding decor for my friend's wedding which helped her save money!

  • Tania M June 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I always browse the used books section, and my favorite find was a necklace.

  • Lisa Kajihara June 3, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I love to find dresses there that can easily be transformed. My best find I'd a skirt that I almost didn't try on because the sizing was from the 1980s and was 3 sizes from my normal size.

  • ....... June 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    love the blazer and the shoes of course! great colors in this look I must get to a thrift store soon I wonder what I would find! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • Christine June 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    My favorite thrift find is a pair of black patent Ferragamo Varina flats at Buffalo Exchange. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them in size 5!

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Halloween costumes!

  • Jenny Lin June 3, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I am a thrift shop addict. second hand clothes make up over half of my wardrobe. My favorite find is a pair of Cole Haan 1 inch heels in brown, and a navy silk skirt…

  • rachel June 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I bought a winter wool peacoat for $5 two summers ago. I still use it every winter. Favorite second hand purchase ever!

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    LV bag

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I fell in love with Thrifting in college but now I shop there often. I found two designer bags Thrifting a Coach bag and a vintage D&B; purse.

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    My favorite find would have to be a pair of Seven jeans. I was stoked when I found them for only $15 instead of $198. They were slightly used and in great conditions.

  • Van Nguyen June 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    My husband and I go to Utah from Michigan the past two summers and we hit the thrift store for desks and chairs. Since we can only fit essential things in a sedan car. I found this nice and quiet hair dryer that I still love today. I also score this J Crew skirt that fits me and is really nice for the summer.

  • Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Jean

    I really love your blog. It is my go-to blog for ideas. Really inspring.

    Thanks so much!

  • Anonymous June 4, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I found a great polka dot sweater and a really ruffled yellow knit sweater that I always get compliments on. I used to put things back if they were white or light colored but now my trick is if I like everything about a item except the light color I just dye it.

  • Anne June 4, 2013 at 1:42 am

    a navy blazer from buffalo has now been my favorite piece!

  • γƒžγ‚Ώγ‚€γƒ»γƒ•γ‚‘γƒΌγƒŠγƒ  June 4, 2013 at 2:00 am

    A vintage dress with a doily collar is tres chic when paired with a belt at the waist and a sunhat!

  • Tina June 4, 2013 at 2:41 am

    My best find was a hardcopy of Angels and Demons by Dan Brown for 2 bucks!

  • Anonymous June 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I love shopping pre-owned items esp for books and furniture. I think it's a great way to get what one wants while making a positive contribution to green-living. Jean, I agree with you when you say that it is imperative to stay focused while thrift shopping. It's easy to get carried away and make impulsive purchases.
    ps: I also own a pre-owned car πŸ™‚

  • Helen June 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I actually don't have many preowned finds. But luckily my girlfriends will sometime give me things that don't fit anymore πŸ™‚

  • Jas June 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

    my house decor is almost all value village-ed.

  • L June 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I found a vintage Coach bag that has become my go-to purse.

  • Sandy a la Mode June 4, 2013 at 11:11 am

    so awesome that you can wear girls stuff too!!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  • Anonymous June 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I didn't even notice these were around before you mentioned them. I've been wanting to go check them out. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous June 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    A lovely child's jacket with fur detailing that fit me perfectly.

  • Anonymous June 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I thrift all the time- my favorite find was a pair of Theory denim pants that fit like they were tailored for me. My latest acquisition is a pair of Italian made white pants. Love your blog.

  • karen wu June 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    i haven't had much luck with thrifting in the past, but am always inspired by your alterations and posts. hopefully my next trip will yield better results!

  • Joanna June 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I found a barely used Tory Burch cardigan in my size at a local thrift shop for <$30!

  • Joanna Le June 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I haven't managed to find anything yet at my local Value Village, but I'm hoping this giveaway will encourage me to spend more time at different locations! Thanks for hosting.

  • Olivia J June 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Great find! Looks great on you!

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  • Joanna June 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I'm actually wearing mine right now – it's a blue short sleeved sweater from Gap that was a great deal and fits like a glove

  • laurenelle3 June 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    My favorite find: A new-with-tags Banana Republic Factory dress for $12!

  • Anita June 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    My favourite was a beautiful colour-plate hard-copy version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame for $2!

  • Nicolle June 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Jean! I appreciate your honesty, thoroughness and thoughtfulness in every single post that you write. My favorite find was two paintings of roses in an antique shop. πŸ™‚

  • yawniebug June 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    How do you bloggers always find the cutest stuff in consignment stores?

  • Michelle June 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Turns out I'll be living close to one of these stores this summer! Looking forward to checking it out!

  • Anonymous June 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Jean, love your blog! Can you do an entry on closet organization? You mentioned you dint have much room, so I'm curious how you make it work.

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