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Monday, October 3, 2011

What thrift dreams are made of

I go thrifting quite a bit. Frequenting my local shops is almost like an addiction. Since there are two small ones very close to me I pass by them often, and I often struggle to tell myself not to pull over and pop in, "Just for a second, in case something new came in."

In all the times I've thrifted, I haven't found too many gems. I always hear the stories from other bloggers, that practically mint condition vintage designer item for a dollar, barely worn Frye boots in their size for $3... yes, I hear the stories and they are what compel me to keep going back.

This bag and this trench however, are my diamonds. The London Fog trench was only $3 and was in my size, so that was a huge score! (Trenches aren't too hard to come by, but are always in comically huge sizes.) The bag that you have seen plenty of these past few days was $10 (For many of you Good Will thrifters, that might seem expensive, but for Coach, I didn't think twice.) I even had a woman compliment it, and when I told her I'd gotten it for $10, she said she'd give me double for it! (Sorry, but not a chance!)

So I keep on hunting, and hoping that my next great thrift find is just around the corner.
(It's not however, at the consignment store just beyond the sunflower painted fence.)
sunflower fence sunflower profile Gords Lovers Carvings trenched airplane pin
shoes on brick
trenched
The Rundown
Top Gap - Skirt Gap - Trench London Fog Thrifted - Sandals Onex Joan2 - Station Bag Coach Thrifted - Bracelet and Watch The Cavernous Jewelry Box - Earrings Taken for Granite - Airplane Pin Thrifted - Nail Polish Essie Big Spender
chocolate cappuccinohaving coffeestation baglondon plate

Congrats to The Closet Shopper, you've won the Vintage Coach Bag!
Thanks to everyone who entered, I promise to have another giveaway for you soon.
(And how awesome is that Rafflecopter? I'm never going back to the comment style giveaways again. One click to have random.org choose a winner no spreadsheets needed.)

46 comments:

Style Journey said...

The coat is definitely a gem! This is s timeless and classic, you will have it for a long time! Love those beautiful earrings too! Congrats to Tracy winning the Coach bag! She is awesome, so she definitely deserves it! Heather and Kayla

Della said...

I keep checking for a trench coat but you are so right, they are always huge!

Love this outfit!

Closet Fashionista said...

LOVE this outfit! That trench is amazing, SUCH a good find! :D And of course the bag is awesome :)
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Rebecca said...

That is an awesome trench coat. I have been looking for a cute winter coat at the thrift stores by my office, but haven't had any luck yet.

Jodi said...

ohhhh I am like you.. I have a couple of fav thrift stores I stop at regularly.. that trench is totally perfect on you.. the fit, the color, it all works like it was designed just for you!! Great score girlfriend!! love your photos too!! xoxo J

The Closet Shopper said...

Yay me!!! So excited about that bag.

This trench is gorgeous. The whole look is beautiful.

Xoxowheeeeee

Tracy

Gray Skies said...

I never really find those thrifting gems either - I mean, I get cool things at thrift stores, but nothing like that awesome trench coat you found!

eek said...

What a gorgeous coat! And what a steal! I need to graduate from consignment to thrift...

Mama Violet said...

Great finds! I recently discoverered a small thrift shop that is walking distance from my place. It's so tempting to go in every day. There may be treasure.

Shey said...

the trench fits you wonderful, I've never found one that looks modern enough and fits well in that color, I have found many treasures but lately it hasn't been that easy, thrifteing has turned into kind of a trend for those rich people who can afford high prices but still go to thrift stores, like Sea of Shoes girly who is filthy rich but thrifts in one of the thrift stores I go to. Anyways I hope this hype ends soon because it has been harder and harder to find nice things, that and the economic depression are taking it's tolls on thrift stores.

TaraMixandMatch said...

Random, but love your pony tail...how did you get all of the volume up top? The trench is gorgeous by the way :)

'Tia said...

Loving the whole look...especially the trench!!!

www.fatandfierce.com

Gracey said...

That trench is a great find. I agree that they are a dime a dozen (well, before Goodwill raised their prices) but the fit is always wonky.

I'm glad you found awesome treasures - I've found a few but nothing like the tales you mention. I still love thrifting though. ;-)

laura said...

London Fog for $3 AND in your size? wow, you are super lucky! It's a great trench, and the color is just beautiful. I love how you've worn that adorable airplane pin on your pocket:)
♥ laura

the blog of worldly delights

morefruitplease said...

I love this look! The trench and the bag compliment each other very nicely and seem timelessly classic. I'm also in love with the airplane pin - adorable!

Diana said...

this outfit is perfectly fall i love your bag and your nails!

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skippysays said...

Beautiful trench and bag! What finds!
www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

SassyUptownChic said...

London Fog Trench Coats are CLASSY! Ohhh Lyddie girl it looks good on you. I'm also loving the bag! Awesome finds girl. :D
http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/
SassyUptownChic xoxo Kim

Ren said...

...And somehow everything you wear looks like it cost thousands. Congrats on the finds. :)

(I love the little airplane pin too!)

Stay Beautiful,
Ren
http://rosesarerenfashion.blogspot.com/

Cee said...

That's the funny thing about thrifting. I have a shop that I visit every week, almost like a routine, just in case they have a new gem. I've found a few really amazing things there, but 19 times out of 20, there is absolutely nothing that I would wear or that would even come close to fitting me. But aren't those rare gems worth it? Your trench is absolutely perfect, good for you for hanging onto it in spite of the offer you got :) I absolutely adore your earrings, too; I'm a sucker for anything sparkly and they really stand out when your hair is pulled back!
xox,
Cee

Mrs. J said...

I always read the fabulous stories of bloggers finding gems at Thrift stores, but I never do. I'm super jealous of your trench coat and bag. Great score and beautiful outfit!! :)


ps. What color nail polish are you wearing? I love it!!

Frannie Pantz said...

This trench is classic and fantastic! Great find! I love thrifting. You never know what's hidden in there!

Courtney Erin said...

That coat is a seriously amazing score! I can only ever seem to find ones in ridiculously huge sizes (as you note) so I am totally jealous. The last time I went I did pretty good though - a BCBG skirt and a super cute Express dress. But I would trade it all for that trench...


xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.com

JewishGirlBlog said...

Looking beautiful! We are kind of twins, apparently, since I just nabbed a London Fog trench a few weeks ago at a thrift store in my size! It was twice as much as yours, though...and it's mint green...but still. Twin-like, I say.

$10 for a coach bag---I don't blame you for not thinking twice. It looks like it's in great condition, too!

Alex Elizabeth said...

I totally can't believe it's trench weather already, although I do really like yours and the little airplane at the pocket. It didn't even break 60 today and I still refuse to wear tights, so I ended up with over the knee boots. Not sure if that's better or worse :P

Jessica Gitler said...

I feel the same way as you do about thrifting!! I really like your find with the purse and trench!! great pictures too by the way!!
jess
www.jesscauseblog.blogspot.com

Ki said...

What a fantastic trench coat! I would like to find one in this colour and while I'm wishing, the $3 price tag wouldn't hurt :-P

Krystal said...

I am just loving your style lately!

sacramento said...

No thrift shops or secondhand shops around here, so I am so jealous of you.
Fabulous trench.
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sophie said...

oh! love your bag, skirt and earrings!

MosaMuse said...

great trench!
xo
MosaMuse

MosaMuse.blogspot.com

TiAnna Mae said...

This outfit is smokin!!! The coat is in mint condition, and I love your attention to all the small details! Loving the little airplane pin!

tiannamae.blogspot.com

Vanessa said...

I love the trench. Definitely a thrifting diamond. This whole outfit is very european/cafe to me, but maybe I'm being influenced by the lovely shots at the end of the post!
(And to answer your question on Devil's Tower -- the rock itself is pretty grey in color, but we arrived just as the sun cast a lovely yellowy glow on the stone!)

Eclectic Flair said...

That trench is amazing!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Lorena said...

You are looking trenchily gorgeous !
I love the look and I hope to go thrifting with you - maybe I will be your good lick charm. Or maybe we'll fight over stuff.

Kristin said...

You got that gorgeous bag for $10? I wish I could go shopping with you!

Amber Blue Bird said...

10 bucks is a banging deal for that bag and the trench is wicked awesome too. I have the worst luck when it comes to thrifting.

menina elegante said...

That trench is just gorgeous! :) x

Danielle said...

That coat is fabulous!

I'm often let down by thrifting but I keep going back for those few treasures I do find.

It can be addictive though. I have a few stores I just pop into on my way home from work every week.

Tamra {walkswithBella} said...

you deserve a thrifting award!! What amazin finds!

Mommyblogger said...

That trench is absolutely gorgeous! What a gem :)

liz said...

Ok this outfit is stun-ning! And you are a thrifting queen, good job!

FashionJazz said...

The coat and bag are such a gem babe!! : ) x

Porcelain complexion said...

They're both great finds and classic treasures - no doubt you'll have them in your wardrobe for years to come

Meanz (Koi Story) said...

I love your trench! It's such a pretty color!

monica said...

why cant i never find anything good thrifting?