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THRIFTY TALES: SAVERS, $60 & ME

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Sometimes I like to get funky with my clothing choices.  I don’t have time to follow fashion sites or blogs or anything like that so I usually just wing it.  On the off chance I’m in a local boutique and see something a little different I usually have no problem trying it out.  Sometimes it’s greeted with a “Love that, where’d you get it?” and I think to myself nailed it.

I remember when I was living in New York City and my older sister came to visit me. We were going out on the town and I wanted to dress to impress.  I came out of the bathroom, which pretty much doubled as my kitchen, with this long orange cotton shirt-dress thingy over jeans and a big ass leather white belt around my waist.  She could literally not stop laughing (and still has never let me live it down.)  Another example of a fail was when I came downstairs with a fake fur coat and Hubby told me I looked like I could be the leader of a homeless convention. Wait, they have homeless conventions?  Point is, I have more examples of fails than wins here but hey, at least I try.

When Savers approached me about creating as many stylish looks as possible (for less than actual retail value) I felt like someone had finally appreciated my sense of adventure in fashion.  And don’t think I wasn’t above rubbing this partnership in Sissy and Hubby’s face, either.  Savers is a family of thrift stores across the US and Canada that work to redefine the thrift store shopping experience with 5,000 to 10,000 items added DAILY.  Also, Macklemore shops there.

The D Man and I were ready for this challenge…

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Now because it’s a thrift store, I was totally expecting the aisles to be a mess; but I couldn’t have been more mistaken (except when I decided a white leather belt went well with an orange shirt dress, apparently.) Every article of clothing at this store is hung neatly on a hanger not only by size but by COLOR.  This made it so much easier to browse with a munchkin in tow.  For example, I’m a redhead and could completely skip over the hot pink aisle thus avoiding a hot mess.  I was also blown away with the volume of name-brand clothes!  Here is what we went with:

This cute Bettina Riedel black dress with a printed bandana and gold necklace for pops of color.  I opted to tie the bandana around my head but it also looked cute around my neck:

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These pants (which are ridiculously comfortable and currently my new favorite) are perfect for a Summer to Fall transition.  I’m pairing them with my own black basic tank:

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And how about these Akira brand jeans and vintage red top?  To-die.

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I simply had to have this faux fur purple vest, there was no stopping me:

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and finally, this Ronni Nicole sleek navy blue dress paired with a pretty gold chain looked really high-fashion:

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Oh wait!  I can’t forget my Burberry scarf.  Is it really Burberry?  I guess you’ll never know. No seriously, we won’t, there was no tag, hah!  But with the abundance of name-brand pieces my guess is, it’s real.

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There you have it folks: all of these amazing finds for under $60.  $58.75 to be exact.  That was a blast, and I know I’ll be back. Thanks for the challenge, Savers!

– MIM –

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