day 26: fun high-end clothing finds {31 days of thrifting}

I fell in love with this dress at the thrift store a few weeks ago:IMG_4759I loved the dots and the fun pattern right away, and then when I found out that this gorgeous J. Crew silk dress was only $6, it was a done deal.
 
I wore it for the first time to a friend’s wedding last weekend:
 
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I paired it with my $8 patent leather White House Black Market heels {Goodwill}, a clearance Target belt, and an old AE necklace.
 
The shoes are surprisingly comfortable!
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We had a little birthday party on Sunday- I wore my $4 American Eagle top and my $7 AE skinny jeans from Goodwill, and paired it with my favorite belt and sandals from my closet:
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This week I also wore my $7 Citizens of Humanity jeans paired with a $4 vintage top, a $2 J. Crew belt, and my $5 Italian leather vintage heels- all from Goodwill.
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The bracelet was a birthday present from the J. Crew outlet store!
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And I tried to get a shot with my lovely $5 leather jacket, but this ended up being the most focused one Noah took!
 
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He was cracking me up, because he’s becoming quite comfortable with the camera, and he was crouching down {he’s six!} and taking lots of pictures in a row. Then he moved back and told me he was trying to get my shoes in the picture too. Next time we might work on focusing the camera first. ;)
 
Who knew photography classes were a part of homeschooling? ha!
 
thrifting tip #16:
 
when you can, try to buy high quality brand name items.
 
When you thrift, most of the time you will see lots of Wal-Mart and Target clothing marked the same price as Polo/Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, Banana Republic, DKNY, Ann Taylor, Gymboree, and many other higher-end brands.
 
Some stores will mark their items up according to brand name. I’ve seen it happen more often in larger cities, but it’s happening in our smaller town now too. I guess thrifting is getting more and more popular, so they are trying to make even more money?
 
Either way, I think brand name clothes are almost always the best buy. Not only do they fit well, they also hold up to washing and wear far better than most Target, Old Navy, or Walmart items. The higher quality allows you to go longer without replacing the item, which makes your thrifting dollar stretch even further.
 
If the difference in price is little or none, always go for the brand name item. Why pay the same price for the cheap stuff when you can have the very best?
 
what do you think?
would you spend a few extra dollars for brand names at the thrift store?
 
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21 comments

DeAnna said...

I have discovered some great brands (Adrienne Vittadini, Cynthia Steffe, Marni, etc.) just looking for quality clothes in the thrift store. If it jumps out at me from the rack, it's usually timeless and well-made (J. Crew, Liz Claiborne, Talbots, etc.) or whimsical and unique (Anthro & vintage). Jeans are the one thing my Goodwill prices high, so I rarely look through those. I did score a pair of size 25 Joe's in the kid section once ($3)! That was pretty exciting. Anyway, I thrift for quality, and the nice label generally follows ... Also, LOVE that vintage top.

Michelle Norris Wimp said...

absolutely u need, no scratch that, you MUST wear that while jacket it is amazing on you! luv your new dress, and the baubles that go with it and the j.crew bracelet is awesome. and dont you just luv vintage leather of any kind? i do!

Lisa said...

Love your finds. That dress was too adorable. Visiting from the blogger bash. Be Blessed.
Lisa

Aniaspassion said...

Your outfits are always so cute. I love the burgundy top your wore tot he birthday party. It really flatters you.

mandyBH said...

Oh, I totally agree, and the comfort and fit difference in them make it worth it especially! Thanks for stopping in! :D

mandyBH said...

oh my, you look adorable! I love your outfits! Way to thrift, girlie!! :D love it!

Amanda said...

Thanks Mandy! I love that it worked, I NEVER would have tried it without your encouragement!

mandyBH said...

Interesting- the only pairs of jeans I've had from Old Navy ripped in random places! I remember when ON was brand new and their clothes were so much better then, like GAP quality. I haven't had much luck with ON recently though I love their fun pieces and how affordable they are retail. Maybe it's just me though! You are so blessed to have 50% sales! That's awesome! :D

mandyBH said...

yay!! thanks for following! I heart goodwill. mine is at least 50% or maybe even more GW! So glad you're here!

mandyBH said...

Thank you! me too! :D

mandyBH said...

Oh, I hope you find some nice ones soon! :D

mandyBH said...

thank you! :D

mandyBH said...

i love it! so, so cute!! You look awesome!

Jodi said...

I would definitely pay more for jeans or shoes because those are the biggest things I can tell a difference in quality and longevity. A $7 pair of Citizen jeans is awesome!

Nicole said...

Beautiful J Crew dress girl! What a find! Here is my thrifted WIWW if you get a chance to check it out I actually have a $4 outfit!

http://nicole-blissfullyblessed.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-i-wore-yeah-im-thrifting-queen-5.html

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

I do agree with purchasing name brand at thrift stores. But I will disagree a bit that Old Navy is a lower quality of clothing. I have quite a few pairs of Old Navy jeans (thrift buys) that have outlasted some of my name brand jeans, as well as some sweaters, tshirts and cardigans. But overall -- I LOVE thrifting -- especially when our ARC store has 50% off Saturdays!

mikalah said...

Hi! I stopped by from the Pleated Poppy, and I think I'm goign to have to start following your blog STAT! I am a huge fan of Goodwill, I think 60% of my wardrobe is from there! Thank the Lord for thrifting. =)

Kelli- AdventurezNchildRearing said...

great finds! I love a good hunt!!!

Edna said...

Your finds are always great!! I like thrifting and going to yard sales, but its hard to find great things still in good conditions around here.

Savvy Southern Style said...

Great dress!

Amanda said...

I posted my inspired-by-you outfit: http://royaldaughterdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/10/linking-up-what-i-wore.html