Keeps me looking good…

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I found this awesome burnt yellow tuxedo shirt from Forever 21 for $3.99 this past Saturday at my local Goodwill.  My friend had friend’s in town and they came to my side of town because she likes my Goodwill better, and I met them there and walked away with this.

Couldn’t be happier.

I paired it with a necklace from Goodwill from years back:

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I love this necklace as well.  I think it was around $2.99, and looks pretty vintage to me.  It is a long necklace and can be worn as I have it, or just hung around the neck once.

On second thought, a pop of color may have been nice to have in my necklace instead of staying with the same color palate, but overall I still think it is a very nice look.  You can wear with this shirt with heels to dress it up, or boots for a casual Sunday evening drink with a friend.

Number two.

The week before I left for my not so mini week long spontaneous vacation to Nashville I found this great scarf and sweater combination (found separately, combined by yours truly):

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The sweater is Mossimo, and new from Target and bought by Goodwill for $4.99.

The scarf is Calvin Klein and was the standard scarf price of $3.00.  I love all the colors in this scarf and how they work together so well.  All my scarves are pretty ‘heavy’ cotton and a lot of material, so it is nice to have a lighter feeling one that is more for looks.

For my last look of this post, I give you what I will call my “day in the studio” outfit.  I wore this to go record my newest song (up on www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson) called “Before You”

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A nice light cotton tank top from the Gap for $3.99,

paired with a Forever 21 (purchased at the store) coral cardigan.

That’s how hot I look with headphones on when taking the picture myself from a bad angle.  You’re welcome.

I was accused of looking like a J.Crew model/mom later that evening when sitting at a bar next to a very alternative young man.  Mostly because I was wearing a cardigan.

I’ve been called worse.

I may have been away from Nashville too long.

So those are all my finds, and now you see how Goodwill keeps me looking good!!

I am still amazed at the stuff I find there and for how cheap I get it.  All the time.

Happy thrifting!

Peace,

Jaime

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Gap and Ann Taylor Warm Weather Wear

I for some reason have been forgetting to dig to the bottom of my sweater drawer and just keep taking from the top of the pile and reusing the same 5 over and over again, forgetting the treasures buried underneath.  Maybe this is because it has been arctically cold, a major cold front just finishing passing through, and I am so desperate for warmth that I grab the closest thing.  Could be it.  Either way, the front is thawing out slightly, and I once again had time to go to the bottom of my pile, and in doing so I found this warm gem:

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Purchased pre any crazy cold weather, when I first moved back to CT, in October.
 
 I got it for $5.99 and it is Ann Taylor. I love nice big chunky sweaters, and especially the white to match all the beautiful snow covered grounds.  I wore it this afternoon with my brand new jeans, purchased just this afternoon.  
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Gap skinny flare, for $5.32, including tax. 
 
Sometimes when I go to Goodwill everything that I pick up just happens to be the color of the week, i.e. half off, without me even consciously looking for the color, other times, nothing I pick up is, and it’s all full price.  And then other times, like today, it’s about half and half color of the week and not, and I pass on the ones that aren’t.  Somehow these almost perfect condition Gap jeans have been looked over for three whole weeks at the store and made it to be half off and in my arms. 
 
They had a boutique price on them of $9.99, instead of the regular general pants price of $5.99.  And then after half off, they were a mere $4.99 plus tax.  $5.32 big American ones.  
 That makes my whole warm cozy winter wearer outfit $11.  Can’t beat it.  
 
 

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.