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A huge recession trend, marking the drastic shift from average consumers being secretive about their secondhand shopping activities to proudly putting them on display, has been to share regular "thrift hauls" — blog posts, social media fodder, and YouTube videos itemizing all the fabulous things scored in a given time period.
This week, I'm seriously Thanking Goodwill It's Friday for this personal thift haul. I can't remember the last time I spent $100 in one Goodwill trip, but I'm really glad I did. Many of these pieces are things I've been hunting Goodwill for years to find — sorry ladies, the vintage Lilly Pulitzer cat-print skirt is mine, all mine!
I fell in love with this vintage school uniform sweater, partly because it's my high school colors (blue + gold, baby!) and partly because I think it would look super chic in the fall layered with something super feminine, like a sequined skirt. I also found the creme de la creme of seaside summer Goodwill scores: a vintage '60s Lilly Pulitzer cotton A-line skirt...in CAT PRINT. I'm on the fence about the third one, but couldn't pass up the colors on this vintage Neiman Marcus floral blazer.
I love the summer-to-fall ease of the camouflage green cotton shirtdress (NWT from Zara), the mod-hippie print and bold navy trim on the cotton tunic (Hawk), and the layering possibilities of the sheer, oversized sky-blue chiffon shirtdress (American Apparel). Dante has a nose for thrifting, too, it appears: he went straight for my second favorite find, a kimoni-styled floral silk dress (Corey Lynn Calter!).
A random assortment, these skirts sort of fill holes in various seasons/styles in my wardrobe: vintage 90s miniature floral skirt; "Nantucket red" silk/cotton blend A-line from Banana Republic; vintage late 90s t-bags skirt (for my recovering hippie friend Jess); a seamstress-made boucle skirt and an Isaac Mizrahi for Target tweed skirt, for fall and winter business meetings.
Also a total random assortment, I loved the super feminine silk camisoles in mint (bebe) and deep lavender (Express) for summer layering, and couldn't pass up the crazy mosaic print on the sleeveless silk blouse (Due Per Due). I also loved the idea of pairing the vintage ivory tie-front blouse with some candy-colored jeans for late summer (same with that crazy miniature floral print blouse from Old Navy on the end).
Confession: Even after more than 20 years of shopping secondhand, I'm still squeamish about shoes. (I think it's because I have really smelly feet and assume everyone else does, too.) But I just couldn't pass up these new and like-new booties (Steve Madden Girl), patent leather kitten heels with very Forty Shades of Naughty details (Stuart Weitzman), and vintage gold lame dance heels (R.H. Stearns Company, Boston) that remind me of the ones my grandma used to wear out dancing with my grandpa every weekend when I was little.
Can you ever have too many belts? I loved the mixed materials on this woven metallic belt, and the leather/canvas belt is from Anthropologie, I think. The gold woven belt I've already worn with a white eyelet dress, and it's just what that outfit needed!
What did you thrift, swap, antique, make, DIY, or otherwise score this week? Share your finds using the hashtag #ThankGoodwillItsFriday on Twitter today & every Friday!
Story & photos: Copyright 2012, Shoestring LLC & Melissa Massello.