Goodwill gets Baptized

My boyfriend does me proud.  Every now and then…you know, he buys me things, treats me right….and, he shops at Goodwill and makes a great find like this:
:).
A great fitted suit vest than can be worn as part of a three piece suit, or just over a nice button down, as he has done here.  Or, as I would like it, over a quality and nice t-shirt and jeans for a dressed up yet casual look.  He says he’ll never do this.  It’s the style I tell him.  He doesn’t care.  He will not wear this suit vest unless it is over a nice button down, or under a jacket, with or without a tie.  But hey, he can do what he wants when it turns out looking like that:).  How coukd I argue with that face?  Turns out, pretty easily, haha. But that’s just because I am always right, and he refuses to accept that.  :)-  But that is besides the point, back to Goodwill fashion.
Ben picked up this steal at my Goodwil in CT when he came to visit my hometown with me last month.  And he sported it yesterday morning at his first nephew’s and Godson’s baptism in Troy, MI.   A ‘fitting’ occasion.  He wore it over a nice white button down, with his favorite blue tie.
I am somewhat ashamed to admit that nothing I am wearing in this picture is Goodwill, not to say that I still didn’t get everything for a pretty good deal.  The dress alone was free; a gift from my mom for my last birthday in January.  I paired it with a $13 Steve madden brown belt that I have gotten way more than $13 worth use out of, I LOVE it, and gold strappy NY&Co.  Sandals, that I have also gotten more than the under $15 worth that I paid for them.
More goodwill finds to come!  Until then, keep shopping and keep spreading the love, however and wherever you can.
-Jaime
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Half-Off Saturday and Vintage Skirts

I don’t know what kind of Goodwill-aholic I would be if I hadn’t made it to half off Saturday today, which takes place the first glorious Saturday of every month.  And this half off business is no exaggeration.  The entire store is, HALF OFF.  When does that ever happen?  I forget how awesome it feels to walk in, find something you like, and just cut the price in half, just like that.  Oh, that dress is $7.99?  I think I’ll pay $4, yes?  There is no ‘just the color green is half off’, or ‘.99 but only on Wednesdays’.  Nope, it’s the entire store, no exceptions.  Name brands included (take that Macy’s:)  It is a great feeling.  I will have to make sure I get to it more often than I do.

I must admit, I almost missed it today as well.  I work at 3:00 on Saturdays at a Restaurant, and did not make it before I went in to work.  Since I usually get out between 9 and 10, it would have made it difficult for me to get to Goodwill before the 8:00 closing time.  (I’ve always been good at telling time).  However, enter an incredibly slow Saturday night.  My manager cut me (restaurant lingo for ‘you can go home’; I was not injured or hurt in any way, although my wallet may be for lack of money made…hence I shop at Goodwill!) at 6:00.  Ok, all you mathematicians out there, this leaves me 2 hours to get home, play with my beautiful puppy Baker, and get to Goodwill, before closing time.  I think it can be done.

I left my house for Goodwill at 7:35.  As some of you may know, I am a short 5 minute drive to my local Goodiwll.  Coincidence?  Maybe.  And maybe I could have done better on time and leaving my house earlier…but I stopped to eat dinner somewhere in there as well.  Or maybe I just wanted to prove the point I made in my last post; Goodwill shopping does not take ‘loads of time’ as some people like to argue.  And it sure didn’t this time; I found three great items by closing time, which was 15 minutes after I got there.  Although I may have waited to go to the register until I heard someone say over the intercom “literally, if you don’t bring your items to the register now, we will consider you a donated item and mark you with a price tag and put you on the shelve”.  Maybe a slight exagerration, but lets just say I used up all of my 15 minutes that I had in the store:)

And here is what I found:

Great grey straight leg Gap Jeans, $3.75.  (Half off of $7.49)

That would be  discount of around 93%, assuming the pants were around $60 in the store, which is a safe assumption.

These fit me like a glove, at size 8, and I found them sitting right on the end of the pants rack.  Just waiting for me.  Remember what I said about not needing a lot of time?  Just need to open your eyes.  Ok, I will stop belaboring that point now, and move on….

to my next find!

Awesome faded high waisted jean skirt by Johnathon Williamson for Impulse only at Macy’s, $2.14.  (Half off of $4.29)

I mean is that real?  $2.14 for a skirt?  Sometimes I just don’t know.  I love this skirt.  I love it for several reasons, the obvious being how good it looks…. :-0…

and the less obvious- to you all at least, is that just earlier that day I went looking for a high waisted pair of shorts (not quite a skirt, but close enough) at an actual mall.  And I did not find anything.  This, coincidentally is what contributed to me not having time to make it to Goodwill before work.   Anyway, I should have known better than to try a mall before Goodwill.  When I went to Goodwill I was thinking I would find an actual vintage pair of high waisted shorts or skirt with it being Goodwill and all, but these are not.  They are contemporay or’fake’ vintage as you I guess you could call it.  But as I said, I still love them.  And will wear the dickens out of em!

And I think I also proved how versatile each item was by wearing the same top and necklace in each photo.  That or I didn’t really feel like changing.  I’ll let you decide.

And last, but not least,

a comfortable cotton bluish-grey knee length skirt, by Mossimo from Target.  Also $2.14.  (Half off of $4.29)

I got this because I work at a pre-school and we aren’t allowed to wear shorts of a certain length, but it gets quite hot for jeans…enter skirts.  Comfortable skirts.  This skirt will be perfect to let me run around and play with the kiddies, but be respectfully dressed and not too sweaty while doing it.

Notice I took the necklace off for the casual shot.  This is not to say I can’t wear the necklace to pre-school, I can; I  just thought I’d switch it up a bit for you.   There is really never a bad time to wear a necklace like that.

Since I had advice in my last post, I will leave you with a random non-Goodwill related piece, although I did hear it on the radio as I was leaving Goodwill,

“Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart”  -Eli Young Band (check em out)

Whatever that dream may be….

Are you all having an awesome weekend so far?  Well if not, you’ve still got a day to turn it around!

I’m working a lot….but always find time for fun:)

What are some of your favorite skirt finds at Goodwill/thrift stores?

Too many….but the above jean one may be a rival for the top spot.