Monday, July 16, 2018

My Latest Goodwill Acquisitions

Good Finds At Goodwill

Today I'm talking about shopping at Goodwill. Those of you who have read my blog awhile know that I love a good bargain. I'm pretty excited because I think I hit the jackpot today and I'm happy to share my purchases and my thoughts on Goodwill shopping with you. 

There's a lot on the blogs right now about folks who subscribe to services where they get a monthly "box" of clothing that a stylist has picked out for them. I haven't tried these subscription services for the same reason that I don't do a lot of online shopping. I still enjoy actually shopping in a store! I like touching the clothing, trying the clothing on and making my decisions knowing that I can wear my purchases the next day. No waiting for boxes to arrive that may or may not contain sizes and styles I can wear. Just my preference, I guess. I know others feel differently and that's ok. This top is a winner. I love the way it looks with my Vintage America Blues jeans and my wrap heels. The top didn't have a brand name so I can't link to anything for you. It's lightweight and airy and I know I will wear it frequently. I seem to be wearing sleeveless styles more this summer. 

I found this cold shoulder top by Cha Cha Vente and couldn't believe it! The bell sleeve t-shirt I showed you in an earlier post is also a Cha Cha Vente top and I wear it to death! I have found that this brand runs large so you may want to size down if you buy this brand. 

I love the swirls of color in this top. Both of the tops I've shown you so far have patterns that are subtle and read almost like a solid color. I like these types of patterns because I feel that I wear the pattern the pattern doesn't wear me. The wider shoulder straps on this cold shoulder top also mean that my bra straps won't show which is a nice feature. 

Next, we have this pretty blue Faded Glory brand peasant top. I bought the same top in dark purple/blue last summer at Walmart and was so pleased to find one today in blue and white. I don't believe this particular top had ever been worn. A nice feature of these peasant tops is that they include an attached tank to be worn underneath. The tank is attached with clear tabs on each shoulder. I cut the tabs on my purple/blue top so I can also wear the tank with other tops. I'll do the same with this one. I'm getting more bang for my buck that way-two tops but actually four pieces. 

I don't always hit the jackpot when I go to Goodwill.  Sometimes, I look and don't find anything I like that I would wear. I have also found that Goodwills can vary with the quality of clothing selections. If you have more than one Goodwill in your area it pays to visit them and look carefully at what they offer. You will soon figure out which ones are the best for good finds. Always check the clothing carefully for damage and stains. I don't know about the cost of the subscription boxes people get, but I do know that each of these tops I showed you cost $4 each! That's a bargain in my book! 

I also found this cute red straw purse for $3.75! I like its boxy style and it will be good not just for summer but for holiday time, as well! Straw purses are really trending this summer. 

And, I'm certain you'll be seeing these two pieces on a future tablescape! I did a post awhile ago on tips for shopping at Goodwill. If you missed it, or would like to review, be sure to visit the link. Have you shopped lately at Goodwill? Do you subscribe to any of the monthly subscription boxes? Which do you prefer? Which of my tops was your favorite? Hope you will take a moment to share. I guess you could say that Goodwill is my "subscription box" for good bargains!

Until Next Time,


Sharon said...

Wow, you really did hit the jackpot! I like all your finds, and I will look forward to a tablescape post featuring your cute watering can and flower pot.

Lay said...

Wow, Debbie, you really did hit the jackpot! I really like each item you bought. Do you shop at one particular Goodwill store? Thank you for reminding me about this great shopping option!

Also, where do you buy your shoes? I’m looking for shoes to where with my dress for Will’s wedding (which I just finally found yesterday!) and I love your “wrap” shoes. I would love your recommendations for brands and good places to shop for shoes.

Thanks, Debbie. I love your blog!!!

Clearissa said...

Nice choices and you really found some great buys. I do sometimes shop my GW for household items and furniture pieces to upcycle, but not clothes. Looks like I've missed out.

Karen said...

You sure did hit the jackpot Debbie! You made great choices and can't beat those prices for current fashions! And that straw purse, that alone would have been worth the shopping trip! I LOVE that!! I have to say that I have stopped reading a lot of fashion blogs for a lot of reasons. One of the reasons was how many focus on the subscription services. I FAR prefer the thrill of the hunt of going to a store and finding just the right thing, not just opening a box from someone who really doesn't know me. I see these subscription services as hoping people will be tempted when they see the items and not be able to send them back, and this is how they make their money. I know it's not cheap. Had a friend who got this as a gift, just a few months, and she said it was very expensive. So no thanks. Too much focus on these services on Pinterest and Instagram also. Your jeans are really nice too, back to the topic at hand. I like the dark wash which tends to be a little more dressy, and those pumps are beautiful!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thanks Sharon, Laura, Clearissa and Karen for your comments. It seems that whenever I do these Goodwill posts they get a good response which tells me other folks are bargain shoppers like me! I'm enjoying these new, economic purchases!