The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
You may have noticed that as a budget career style blogger, I have increasingly moved away from stalking sale racks or talking about discount retail fashion stores to emphasizing the bonanza of beautiful work clothes that can be found at secondhand stores, including thrift, consignment, eBay, and GoodWill.
Yesterday, so many peeps asked about the beaded collar I was wearing, I asked The Absent-Minded Professor to take a pic with his terrific Galaxy Samsung phone, because we were downtown at the Christmas parade. Yay, my hair is worn up for the first time in a year, and boo, why didn’t I put on some lippy?
I’ll be taking Bella’s Secondhand Pledge effective January 1, 2013, and I’ll write a post in more detail about the why and hows, but I simply couldn’t wait to show you guys what a fabulous secondhand shopping day I had yesterday. Keep in mind, my intention was to get Christmas prezzies for family and friends.
I was on a limited time frame, because I was headed to the Christmas parade the teens were marching in. I had just dropped off packages for friends, including Ally and Robin, and I had just returned yet another pair of amazing boots to Amazon. I have purchased and returned so many boots, because they don’t fit my skinny calves, that I know I’m on Amazon’s, er, boots-stepped-in-shit list.
While browsing a fave local higher end consignment store, Yours Truly, for presents, I had to look at the shoe section. Had to, because it wouldn’t be polite not to. All the shoppers in the store were becoming instant friends, and we were discussing each other’s clothes as we tried things on. I spotted two pairs of amazing boots that looked they had skinny calves like me, so put one of each on and asked everybody in the store’s opinion.
Which was essentially a tie, although the Nine West are better for work, the MIA WITH OMG FLOWER CUT OUTS are much more fun. Keep in mind the MIA still had the cardboard in them and haven’t been worn, and the Nine West are in great condition, just conveniently broken in already. So I handed them both to the owner, and said, “Just for the hell of it, what’s my damage here?” Well, the Nine West were 75% off the marked price, and the MIA were 50% off the marked price, making them $12.50 and $31.00 respectively. It would not have been polite to leave them there.
My total haul from the thrift store, which was four big bags of stuff, such as Christmas presents and a few Christmas decorations, including a seriously gorgeous wreath for the front door (I am notorious for not decorating so this is seriously noted by my family) was less than the cost of the boots I returned to Amazon.
Next week I’ll be showing you some beautiful secondhand skirts I scored for my recently one-sized-down figure, including J. Crew, H&M, Loft, and Cynthia Steffe, and emphasizing why at least looking at secondhand clothes first is not only a good idea, but seriously fun and thrifty.
Did you score any cool secondhand finds this week?