The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
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 🙂
|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 🙂