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 comments:

  1. 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!

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  2. I love searching for old books

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  3. 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.

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

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

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  5. Laura (l_yang3@u.pacific.ed)Monday, June 03, 2013

    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.

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  6. I found vintage leather purse for $3.

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  7. 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!

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  8. I got my favorite black heels for $10!

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

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  10. 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.

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  11. My fave find is a charcoal gray pea coat that I got from Savers for just $10. :)

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

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

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

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  15. a classic black structured cross body purse by liz clariborne!

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  16. 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 :)

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

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

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  19. 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!

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

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  21. 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

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  22. 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

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  23. 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.

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

    With Love,
    Ashley
    AsassyWoman.Com

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  25. 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.

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  26. 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. :)

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  27. 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.

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  28. I love the mint and yellow colour combination!

    www.petitestyleonline.com

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  29. 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.

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

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  31. 2 pairs of lululemon yoga pants for $1.99 each.

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  32. 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.

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    1. Hi kmad - thank you for your kind comment...I am still learning myself every day how to dress better for my figure. That's inspiring that you and your husband have replaced your wardrobe for the better via thrifted finds. My boyfriend has not had luck any clothing each time he goes with me!

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

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  34. 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!

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  35. 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!

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

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  37. I once found an Alternative Apparel t-shirt dress at Value Village I was already going to buy! I love thrift shopping. :)

    Bold Subtlety

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

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

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  41. my favorite second hand find was a pretty silk scarf!

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  42. 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

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  43. 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.

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  44. 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!

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  45. 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.

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  46. 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!!

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  47. 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.

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  48. 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.

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  49. I love finding good deals at thrift shops :)

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

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

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

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

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  54. 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.

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  55. classy and chic! what a cute dress!

    www.thebluecurtain.blogspot.com

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

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  57. 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.

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  58. Machine-washable summer dresses at my local thrift shop.

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

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  60. Thanks for this! I didn't even know Value Village was the Canadian version. :)

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  61. Super cute JCrew sundress!

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  62. My favorite thrift item was a beautiful estate necklace.

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  63. Aww.. I participated without reading.. I loved ur dress sooo much!!! Gorgeous blazer, necklace and shoes :)

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    Love
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  64. 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.

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  65. My favourite second hand find was a pair of black, stretchy soft skinny pants from Guess - super comfy and wonderfully versatile :)

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  68. Black Sam Edelman Gilda sandals for $15!

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  69. 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. : )

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  70. 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.

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  71. I bought a nice leather belt for only 10!

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  72. 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

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  73. 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. :)

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  74. 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 :) sometimes i buy leather skirts at GW to cut them up for other sewing projects - cheaper than buying leather!

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  75. 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!

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  76. 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.

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

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

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  79. 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

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  80. 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!

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

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  82. 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! :)

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  83. 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.

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  84. 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 || www.citystylecountrysmile.com

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  85. i like buying dishware from thrift shops.

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  86. 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! :)

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  87. Favorite thrift find would have to be an ivory chiffon BCBG dress :)

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  88. 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!

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  89. 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!

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  90. 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.

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  91. I love my thrifted Loft cardigan!

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  92. I found a wool Burberry skirt that I wear every winter at a consignment shop :)

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  93. 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.

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  94. thanks for the tips

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  95. My favorite second hand find was a handbag.

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  96. 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!

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    1. Is that the section inside Garment District? If so, I'm completely impressed that you were able to dig up some keepers!

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

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  98. 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.

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  99. 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.

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

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  101. 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.

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  102. My dad found me this antique flower jewel collar style necklace from the flea market. He does always find something unique there :-)

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  103. Ugh, I'm loving the tweed and that chunky necklace :D

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  104. 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.

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  105. 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 :)

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

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

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

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  109. I need to check out savers :) thank you so much for the giveaway!

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

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

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  112. 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.

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  113. 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 @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  114. 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!

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  115. Halloween costumes!

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  116. 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...

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

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  118. 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.

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  119. 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.

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  120. 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.

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  121. Hi Jean

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

    Thanks so much!

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  122. 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.

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

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

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

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  126. 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 :)

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  127. I actually don't have many preowned finds. But luckily my girlfriends will sometime give me things that don't fit anymore :)

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  128. my house decor is almost all value village-ed.

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

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

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  131. I didn't even notice these were around before you mentioned them. I've been wanting to go check them out. :)

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

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  133. 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.

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  134. 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!

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

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  136. 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.

    http://www.xjole.com

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  137. 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

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

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

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  140. 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. :)

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

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

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  143. 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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    1. Hi there - Thanks for your suggestion! I'll keep it in mind after I finish my cold to warm weather switchout (between under bed storage to closet)

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  144. I got a pair of authentic Burberry rain boots from the kids section - I have really small feet :)

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  145. Marc by Marc Jacobs silk skirt! Score for $2.50.

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  146. I have several items I love (really enjoy thrifting) but two of my favorite finds are a JCrew Neapolitan Pencil Skirt and a Marc by Marc Jacobs polka dot button-up.

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  147. Back when I lived in California, I would go to resale shops for clothes, and sold a lot of my own from my "so-vast-I-had-to-convert-a-room-to-a-closet" wardrobe there. At the Salvation Army I picked up a lot of nice kitchen ceramics. I never had the patience to go though the clothing (I prefer Ebay, though it is more expensive).

    But my mom is an avid clothing thrifter and was picking up things to resell on Ebay. One day I was in her bedroom and saw hanging on the back of the door a perfect-condition, pleated wool plaid skirt in grey tones with red/orange fabric set into each pleat that would be seen only when the pleats opened as the wearer moved. The design was truly different, and the skirt looked to be my size (0 or 2). I looked at the tag and it was by Fendi! My mom said she had picked it up for a steal. Of course, it now lives in my closet and looks fab with a red/orange wool/silk Banana Republic petites coat I bought on BR.com!

    Now that I live in Quebec, Canada, I have Value Village. I went there when I needed buttons to sew on randomly to cover dandelion stains on one of my daughter's French designer appliqué t-shirts (she stained it the first time she wore it). I bought a huge bag of assorted buttons for $4 (this after spending a fortune on buttons for other clothing at a fabric store). Of course, washing and sorting all the buttons by color took some time (but my kids loved helping do this). Now I have a great button supply for mending. I even have used them to decorate inexpensive clothing by Joe Fresh. I bought a cute solid pastel pink baby tee and matching bubble shorts on clearance as a baby gift and personalized them by sewing cream, mother of pearl buttons in different shapes and sizes on the tee and on the pockets of the shorts. It made an inexpensive outfit really look special. And I have to add that I am not handy with the needle at all! I don't even own a sewing machine.

    Now that I see your post, I might have to stop back in. I have been told it is the place to get used sports equipment for kids!

    Thanks for the great posts and contests, as always, Jean!

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  148. I love the pop of color with the sandals.

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  149. The dress fits you so well! I'm definitely checking out the childrens' section the next time I'm thrifting.

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  150. I love thrift store shopping! I scored a leather jacket one time!

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  151. My favorite pre-owned find comes from my grandma's closet - a silver bangle watch that I now wear everyday! Thrifting-wise, my favorite find was a pair of nude Ferragamo sandals for $25 :)

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  152. I found a beautiful skirt - silky grey metallic with a floral print - that was from Ann Taylor at a thrift store. I think I only paid $5 for it!

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  153. Cutest striped kelly green and navy Ralph Lauren sweater for my son for $2.99!!!! Among many, many other steals as I visit Value Village ALL the time. Yup, kind of addicted...

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  154. I love the color of your jecket

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  155. My most recent and favorite purchase would have to be my lavender pink pleated skirt that I shortened. It was only 2$ and I have been on the look for it for a while or at least just a pleated one. It was from St. Vincent DePaul.

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  156. My Ralph Lauren coat!!!

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  157. My favorite thrift find was a tweed turtle neck. I was thrifting with my aunt at the time and it was a fantastic day.

    I love the dress by the way! Gorgeous find, I must say.

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  158. never found any :(

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  159. That dress is adorable! I'd love to try out the Savers that opened this year in my area, but it always seems so daunting! I've "thrifted" on eBay and that's where I scored the closest thing to a second hand find while studying at Oxford. It was a really, really inexpensive, close-fitting vintage pencil skirt in dark purples and a sort of tweed. It's much cuter than it probably sounds! And now it's an absolute favorite. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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  160. What is the nail polish on your toes? It's exactly what I've been looking for

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  161. i love your style as they're always so practical but fashionable!

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  162. Believe it or not, my favourite pre-owned find was a long-sleeved cotton tee (very thin) that I wore for long-distance running. It eventually saw me to the finish of a half-marathon so it holds great memories. I also like to imagine where it was before it came to me.

    Thanks for this great post, as consistently awesome as all of your posts!

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  163. My favorite pre-owned find is a black BCBG cocktail dress for about $6. It fits as though it were custom made for me and has been worn to countless weddings and events!

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  164. 98% of my wardrobe is thrifted/ secondhand, so it is impossible to choose one item! I recently bought a coral mini pencil skirt for $1 at a sidewalk sale, and came home to find it fit perfectly.

    Thanks for such a fun giveaway!

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  165. My favorite thrift find is a coral a-line dress that fits my body shape like a glove. I plan on wearing it for my graduation next weekend.

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  166. my favorite thrift find was a burgundy envelope clutch for 50 cents at a local thrift store =)

    Stephanie

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  167. i found a wonderful pearl collar necklace!

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  168. i found a wonderful pearl collar necklace!

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  169. I had no idea Value Village was the same as Savers -- I LOVE VV! I scored a brand new children's unicorn costume a few Halloweens ago (full-body purple fur with rainbow mane and gold horn and wings? Aweeeesome) for $10, and a $12 D&G wool skirt -- I loved your wool skirt hemming DIY and plan to do the same with this one since it's very Amish-like right now. The wool is really thick and warm - Great for Canadian weather.

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  170. I found a DVF dress! So amazing!

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  171. That's looks so cute and I love your yellow heel.

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  172. A Burberry trenchcoat in London (under $50!)- probably from the early 90s so the cut was not exactly in fashion, but it fit me to a tee!

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  173. A first edition copy of my favorite book The Little Prince. Phoebe yom_gurl[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  174. My sisters and I love thrift shopping! We've gotten everything from a $3 dollar ice cream maker to a Theory suit for $5 that someone had already altered to fit me!

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  175. I got my senior prom dress preowned, and the woman split the price even further by selling it to us for $40! Of course, I had to have it hemmed six inches, and the straps shortened, but even with all the work, it still came out pretty inexpensive for such a gorgeous dress.

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  176. I love getting bags and belts at thrift shops since they're so fuss-free and easy to get. My favorite so far was a bag that was $3.99, which looked much more expensive.

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  177. My favourite thrift purchase is probably a pair of Lee jeans. Fits perfectly, and came hemmed (I'm 5'2").

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  178. My favorite thrift store find to date is a silk blouse. Thanks for the chance!

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  179. My best find was a barely worn red patent leather JCrew heel for only $6.
    I've since found lots of JCrew items, but the shoes made me the most excited.

    <33 Rena

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  180. I found a vintage leopard print skirt last week that I am really excited about!

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  181. I've been shopping at Savers for a few months now, and I find that their clothing is usually a bit better quality than other thrift stores. It's my favorite place to thrift now. As for favorite item...I like several of the things I've gotten, but I guess my favorite at the moment is an olive cargo jacket that I turned into a vest.

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  182. My family was just at Value Village today to see if I could replace one of my taupe camisoles. My daughter used mine to line her shirt that only a nude-color cami could fix. She has worn it so many times now and kept it so I figured she wants it. No luck today but like you, I keep visiting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  183. It's always good to see people making eco-friendly choices and continually wearing items in their own closet, and when adding to it, choosing thrift stores, consignment shops, and borrowing from friends. I went to the Goodwill last month and scored a camel leather crossbody bag for $7. Now I wear it all the time! I see similar bags for 10 to 50 times that much. Style has no label! :-)

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  184. Your dress is fab and I agree with your thrifting advice. Since I've done my shopping almost exclusively at Value Village since August 2012, I'm lucky to have to tailor very little otherwise it ends up not being a good deal. I have found many amazing pieces but my favourite might be my Hispanitas shoes for $3.50 from a Value Village in Edmonton.

    Nicole at www.vvboutiquestyle.com

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