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Paralegal Career Dressing: Mega Thrift Finds

Paralegal Career Dressing: Mega Thrift Finds

My clothing budget is limited due to having a mortgage, and teenage wallet vampires girls. One of the reasons I started blogging about career dressing as far back as 2008 when I started Practical Paralegalism, was to show legal support professionals and paralegal students that they could have a fantastic working wardrobe, without spending much money.

Inspired by other style bloggers extremely skilled at thrifting, I decided to visit the local MegaThrift store in Winston-Salem, NC. It’s sort of like a giant GoodWill type warehouse, with a no frills interior and harsh lighting. To be honest, it also kinda smells off in there. On the plus side, there are racks and racks of clothes to explore, sorted by size and then color, plus separate sections for vintage and better quality clothes. There are nice benches in the large dressing rooms, too.

I went in with a goal, to spend less than $20 on some red, tangerine, coral, and/or orange for my wardrobe. I’m also committed to removing one item from my closet for donation or consignment, for each new (or new to me) item I purchase.

I haven’t washed my MegaThrift finds yet, so here’s the pre-wash and iron photo. I can’t wait to mix these guys in with my current rather neutral and boring separates πŸ™‚

DKNY skirt ($2!); Chico’s striped shirt ($8); Ann Taylor paisley wrap blouse ($8)

I’d love to hear tips from my thrifting readers about how to deal with that sometimes awful thrift store smell, especially if it comes home on the clothes! (It didn’t on these, but they are still getting a long wash and a big douse of fabric softener πŸ™‚

7 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: Mega Thrift Finds

  1. Try washing your clothes in vinegar instead of using fabric softener. Trust me, the smell goes away as soon as the vinegar is dry, leaving your clothes softer and smelling better. I add vinegar to my fabric softener ball instead of the softener. I also add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the water with the laundry detergent. The baking soda helps remove smell, as well as brightens whites and color clothes alike. The vinegar helps prevent colors from fading, removes excess soap residue, acts as a natural softener, and removes smell. Bonus, it is not flammable like fabric softener can be and is great for sensitive skin.

  2. @Athena ~ Thanks! My husband loves using vinegar when the teens have forgotten to get their clothes out the washer, so I know it gets that mildew smell out πŸ™‚

  3. OMG, I'm obsessed with that skirt. Great find.

    I agree with Athena – vinegar is where it's at. My in-laws only buy free-and-clear detergents and fabric softeners, which mean getting the smell out can take an extra bit. A little bit of vinegar does the deed though.

    And fyi, everything I thift goes into the wash. Even the neon CMV dress did. The only two things that didn't were my fur coat and pleather jacket. But I still did my best to disinfect them and used the sun to help with the smell.

  4. I'm so glad you asked this question – I hate that thrift store smell and often air dry my clothes which helps, but only during the summer. And you risk fading – the vinegar is definitely a better idea and one I'll start using myself!

  5. I'm beyond envious at your thrift finds! I just don't know of thrift stores here where I could get the same amount of items at that quality for the same price :-(. However, I've not given up hope or my search yet.

  6. @Megan Mae ~ Vinegar is a miracle worker πŸ™‚

    @Gracey ~ I felt kinda like a woos because I thought the store smelled so bad. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

    @Wendy ~ I feel the same way about other thrifters, especially Megan Mae and Sheila, and others with access to biggers cities. I live in a conservative mid-sized town, and we just don't get the labels and discoveries in our thrift stores that others seem to find. So when I travel, I make time to visit the local thrift store πŸ˜€

    @Terri ~ I'm adding the sunny day thing to my tips πŸ™‚

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