Thrift Finds

By Elle

Who doesn’t love cashing in on a crazy-good deal, especially in uncertain economic times? Abby and I love few things more than finding something we suddenly can’t live without, for a fraction of the retail price.

Knit top from Free People

Knit top from Free People

When I thrift, I love to look for two things: 1) wardrobe staples, and 2) unique items. You can easily find these staples at resale shops:

  • jeans/slacks
  • turtlenecks
  • cardigans
  • oxford shirts
  • purses

Here’s just a short list of bargains (and the prices as I recall them) that I’ve found on recent thrifting expeditions in Cleveland:

  • Brooks Brothers wool/cashmere sweater in cream ($14)
  • Tommy Hilfiger zip-front sweater in red ($10)
  • Talbots plaid pants ($12 or $14)
  • Pendleton zip-front sweater vest in white ($12)
  • Kenneth Cole jeans ($14)
  • Nine West backpack purse in black (which one of my friends covets, though she can stop now: I had to throw it away because it finally fell apart from overuse!) ($12)
  • Free People knit top ($8)
  • Liz Claiborne purse in black with external white stitching (matches my boots!) ($20)
Brooks Bros. sweater

Brooks Bros. sweater

Remember, whenever you’re thrifting, check your items carefully. Be on the lookout for small tears, missing buttons, tiny stains and the like. This is true even in the best resale shops. They’re not trying to pull a fast one; they miss things, too.

Liz Claiborne purse: note matching external stitching on boots

Liz Claiborne purse: note matching external stitching on boots

So if you haven’t tried thrifting, give it a whirl.

Oh, and Abby and I would be happy to come along….

2 thoughts on “Thrift Finds

    • Browsing DOES take time, admittedly. And it’s especially hard when you have young ones in tow. One solution: When they’re old enough, have them help you scout things. For example, say, “I’m looking for a dark blue sweater.” Then it becomes a fun scavenger hunt for everyone!

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