Thrifted girls tweed dress & Savers / Value Village Giveaway

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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. 🙂

  • 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 🙂

  • 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 theasksection.blogspot.com

  • 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,
    Ashley
    AsassyWoman.Com

  • 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. 🙂

  • 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!

    http://www.petitestyleonline.com

  • 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. 🙂

    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!

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