Thrifty and Practical

Thrifting challenge accepted

Thrifting is a new hobby of mine. Josh and I have been working on our budget this past year and made some big cuts in order to pay off our student loan debt super fast (blog post coming soon about this journey). Due to new budget constraints, I began to pop into thrift shops on a regular basis looking to see if they had anything on my “need” or “want” list.

I’ve never spent a lot of money on clothes, accessories, or decorative things, but this area of our budget was slimmed down to almost nothing so it was time to get creative. Rather than looking for one specific item, I would take my allotted spending cash and peruse every section of the store to see what caught my eye. It was a fun challenge to see what I could get with the amount in hand.

With $35 I bought my end of summer/fall wardrobe and got creative. Here are the items I purchased:

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I spent most of the fall wearing different variations of these clothes plus a few other items already in my closet.

One top – three ways:

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Almost crop top with high waisted jeans.
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Long and flowing with leggings or funky prep with sweater.

The best chunky sweater

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I probably wore this 2-3 times a week all fall with every variety of top.

The red sweater I’d been searching a year for

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Those seven pieces plus a $10 leather jacket and $6 boots comprised most of my outfits this past fall. I mixed and matched to make as many combos as possible.

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I spent about $50 and got creative. I’m not a fashion expert by any means, but I do like looking somewhat decent when going out in public and this was the result!

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Clothes, closets, and creativity

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Rest in the Mess. After moving I was highly motivated to organize, purge, and be okay with mess. The past two weeks I’ve been taking serious inventory of my closet. While I haven’t fully bought into the Capsule Wardrobe craze that seems to be dominating fashion blogs and Pinterest fashion links, I did dramatically reduce the size of my wardrobe.

I went through and gave away everything I haven’t worn in a VERY long time as well as anything that doesn’t fit me the way I want it to. I also really liked the idea of making your closet space or dresser space pretty so I cheaply spruced things up too.

Here’s my closet now. Sorry I don’t have a dramatic before shot! I was a little impulsive when I went for the purge and didn’t think to take a photo.

I kept 3 long sleeve dresses and 3 short sleeve/sleeveless dresses, 12 tops, 7 cardigans, 2 sweaters.
I kept 3 long sleeve dresses and 3 short sleeve/sleeveless dresses, 12 tops, 7 cardigans, 2 sweaters. Not pictured I kept 7 teeshirts/tanks, 3 pairs of jeans, and 3 pairs of shorts. It’s a little more than the capsule wardrobe, but that’s partially because I have kids and need a little more versatility in the type of clothes I wear as well as living in Michigan where the weather is dramatic and unpredictable.
I used an old frame and an old poster I had hanging around as decoration and put my hat and favorite purse on top of the shelf to add some glam.
I used an old frame and an old poster I had hanging around as decoration and put my hat and favorite purse on top of the shelf to add some glam.
I fancied up an old bookshelf with some wrapping paper taped to the back.
I fancied up an old bookshelf with some wrapping paper taped to the back. Not pictured here are my 2 other pairs of sandals and tan flats that I’ve been wearing all summer.
Here's my mini capsule wardrobe. After purging most of my clothes I took $75 and challenged myself to clothe myself for the fall. I found all these secondhand for just under $75. Each of the tops was $6, the dress was $10, the jeans were $12, and the sweaters were both $5.
Here’s my mini capsule wardrobe. After purging most of my clothes I took $75 and challenged myself to clothe myself for the fall. I found all these secondhand for just under $75, tax included. Each of the tops was $6, the dress was $10, the jeans were $12, and the sweaters were both $5.

Here’s my favorite find from the whole trip:

Found this for $12 - can't wait for brisk, cool days to wear it!
Found this for $12 – can’t wait for brisk, cool days to wear it!

All in all, I feel a lot freer and less stressed when it comes to getting dressed. I have been wearing necklaces and other accessories and jewelry more. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to try as many different outfit combos and post the result!