Thrifty Thursday: Thrift vs. Consignment

Hey there! Today I want to talk about thrift vs. consignment. While I’ve been more partial to thrifting, I must say that consignment shopping has been a fun adventure lately. As the Consignment Thread writer for DomiCile Magazine, I’ve been trekking across the DMV area looking for the best spots for consignment shopping. Some people have asked what’s the difference is between the two (thrifting & consignment shopping), so today I’m going to share my thoughts.

Consignment vs. Thrifting

THRIFT VS. CONSIGNMENT - UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE 

Consignment Shops/Boutiques 

People bring their (gently) used items to consignment shops to sell. Once their item(s) is inspected/evaluated, it’s up to the store to determine if that item can be sold at their location. Once that is determined, the item is marked and placed on the sales floor to be sold on behalf of the consigner. Each consignment shop has their own system as to how they “watch” the consigners items. In the end, the consignment shop takes a percentage of the sale and then pays the consigner the remainder.  If the item(s) doesn’t sell the consignment shop returns the item to the consigner.

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are filled with donated items like shoes, clothes, jewelry, dishes, furniture, etc. Most thrift stores are charity and non-profit based. (i.e. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) Thrift store prices vary, but most times the prices are very affordable. Depending on the thrift store, the items will be sized and organized by section (i.e. pants, blouses, handbags, kitchenware, etc.). Some thrift stores are not as organized as others, so the finding what you’re looking for may require more time.


 

THRIFT VS. CONSIGNMENT – WHY I LIKE BOTH

Why do I like consignment shopping? 

When consignment shopping, I know I’m going to find quality items that have little to no wear and tear. Am I going to pay for that? Yes. But certain thing like authentic handbags and shoes, exquisite and rare jewelry finds or authentic paintings from a certain time period I don’t mind shelling out more cash for. I also like the attention I receive when consignment shopping. Most consignment shops are small boutiques, especially those that carry higher end items. So you get that one on one shopping experience; the staff helps you find exactly what you’re looking for, or they point you in the right direction. The consignment shops I’ve visited like Rita G’s or Style Finds have staff members who know their inventory like it’s their own. In some cases, the owner is on the sales floor helping customers find the perfect item. I love that!

Why do I like thrift shopping?

Thrifting is all about the thrill of the hunt. To be quite honest, you may or may not find what you’re looking for the 1st time. But along the way, you find some pretty cool stuff! If you’re an avid thrifter then you know which stores to go to find what you need. Unlike consignment shops the prices are more affordable. However, the items may require a bit of TLC due to their less than perfect condition. Some of my favorite things to thrift are  leather and winter jackets/wraps, handbags, and “on trend items” like kimonos. I’ve also found that the clothing sizes range wider while thrifting than I while shopping consignment stores. Something to consider. ;-)

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So tell me, what do you think about Thrift vs. Consignment? Which “method” of shopping do you prefer? Let me know!

Thanks for reading another one of my Thrifty Thursday posts and I hope you have a better understanding of the whole thrift vs. consignment thing. ;-) If you have more questions, feel free to contact me. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe….XO!

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Personal Style Monday – More Summer Wardrobe Remixing

Happy Monday…and happy August! From the title, you can see today’s post is about (more) summer wardrobe remixing. I decided to give remixing another try with this colorful thrifted blouse/tunic. The 1st time I wore it was with shorts and sandals. Over the weekend, I decided to style it with a pair of denim and flats. Both looks, considered casual in my book, are extremely comfortable and perfect for summertime. I wore this outfit while running a few errands with the hubby, and actually ended up wearing it to work today. We’re able to dress down at the office during the summer, so this outfit seemed perfect.

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Tunic: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Denim: Roz & Ali, Dress Barn (Same Brand)// Flats: Tory Burch, Nordstrom Rack

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The whole idea of summer wardrobe remixing or wardrobe remixing in general isn’t a new one, but it’s something I’ve been adamant about this season. I really wanted to focus on wearing what was already in my closet. To my surprise, it’s been easier than I thought. I’ve been able to remix and rework a lot of my wardrobe items, which has saved a lot of money and time.

I have however purchased a few new accessories, which I think is smart when trying to remix certain wardrobe pieces. I mean think about it - you can wear the same black dress 3 or 4 times, but with new accessories, jewelry and shoes you have a totally different outfit. It’s all in the details. That’s what I did with this look; I changed up the jewelry, shoes (and pants) and bam! Another fashion forward and stylish OOTD! ;-)

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Bracelet: Purchased While on Vacation // Watch & Earrings: Thrifted

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Summer Wardrobe Remixing

Speaking of new accessories, check out my favorite link from last weeks linkup! LV of Food, Fashion & Flow is rocking her green Micheal Kors bag, gifted to her by her darling son for Mother’s Day. How adorable?! I love the bag and I’m sure LV plans to mix and match it with different looks year round. I’m also a huge fan of her animal print heels and crisp button down top; all of those items are perfect staples for a successful summer wardrobe remixing party! ;-)


So tell me, which look is your fave; the tunic with the shorts or with the denim pants? Let me know!

Now, it’s your turn to show off your personal style. Link up your recent OOTD pots(s) below - you just may be my favorite pick for next week. Just be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. Have a wonderful day…be blessed and be safe! 

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Thrifty Thursday – Versace Inspired Thrift for $2

Versace inspired clothing immediately catches my eye whenever I’m at the thrift store. I have 2 or 3 blouses in my wardrobe that can easily be mistaken for a Versace original (ha!), but this vintage Versace inspired blouse is my favorite, hands down. Purchased for a whopping $2, this piece has hung in there with me for about 3 years or so. It’s one of those clothing items that feels like an old friend; it’s comforting, flattering, and speaks to my personal style. All the makings of the perfect wardrobe item. ;-)

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Blouse: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue (Another Option) // Ankle Length Denim: JCP (Another Option) // Sandals: Thrifted (Another Option)

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I love wearing outfits like this. Besides maxi skirts and leggings, I feel most comfortable in a pair of (the perfect) ankle length fitted jeans and a flowy top. I’ve probably mentioned that several times on the blog before, but it’s so true. Outfits that require minimal fuss is all I want.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m a sucker for some avant-garde pieces, as well as some trendy styles. And trust me, I can pull out a freakum dresses and stilettos when necessary. ;-)  I just prefer, in my day to day life, to wear clothing that’s practical to my lifestyle.

It’s funny…some people think because you’re style is simple and practical that you can’t like any other style. That’s ridiculous. Yes, I’m comfortable in clothing items that, to some, seem simple but I love and constantly draw inspiration from all styles. But when you get right down to it, I’m a simple girl who can practically live in leggings, maxi’s and outfits like this.

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So tell me, what do you think of my Versace inspired thrift find? Do you have a clothing item(s) in your closet that’s like an “old friend”? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading and commenting. Don’t forget to check out my latest #summerwithnic style feature; show her some love! :) Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style Monday – July Style Recap

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I was in NYC for most of the weekend; my little sister was in her 1st high fashion runway show. :-) We had a really good time and she did SO well! I can’t believe how much that little 12-year-old has accomplished and experienced at such a young age. Such a blessing. I actually took a few videos of her on the runway and posted them on Instagram if you want to check them out. :-)

Now let’s get into today’s July Style Recap. Can you believe July is almost over?! I mean summertime has flown by…whew! Take  a look at a few of my favorite outfits from this month. My personal fave is the black and white outfit; the look is so chic and classic. And of course, that clutch totally added a nice touch. :-)


Personal Style Pick from the Week of July 21st

After checking out the links from last weeks link up I picked Jenna Marie’s look as my fave. As the summer winds down, I’m dressing more casual and her look is the perfect stylish, casual OOTD. I love the simple basics incorporated in her look; denim, a basic t-shirt, sunnies and an oversized tote bag. The Birkenstock are an added bonus; they’re on trend and look so comfy. Perfection!


 So tell me, out of the 3 looks from July which was your fave? Let me know!

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Thrifty Thursday – The Newest Addition to My Thrifted Summer Wardrobe

Today’s outfit includes the newest addition to my thrifted summer wardrobe; a $3 orange ruffled dress. As I’m typing this post, I have to chuckle. Normally I don’t purchase dresses (this style) that are too big for me. However when I saw this orange dress hanging on the rack at the Columbia (Maryland) Goodwill, that thought flew out of the window! I was determined that no matter what the size, I was going to purchase and wear this orange ruffle dress. I thought to myself, “orange is my favorite color, I don’t wear the color as often as I’d like, and it’s cute – who cares if it’s too big? I’ll make it work!” Well, I like to think that regardless of the dress size, I made it work for me. :-D

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Dress: Merona, Goodwill  ($3.00) Another Option // Purse: Gifted // Heels: Ellen Tracy, Macy’s (Another Comfortable Option)

Thrifted Summer Wardrobe Item

As I previously stated, I don’t normally do this but I just had to add this orange beauty to my thrifted summer wardrobe! I plan to get it tailored for a better fit next week; the bust line needs to be lifted/changed to fit me a little better. Right now it’s too droopy. Nonetheless, I had to wear it once just to get a feel for it. ;-) It’s stretchy, soft and so comfortable. Can you say perfection? I also love the ruffled details because it adds a soft feminine touch to the dress.

This outfit is the perfect example of how to mix a thrift with non thrift. The “key player” of the outfit is the thrifted $3 dress. The nude pumps, purse and accessories (minus the watch) were purchased elsewhere and serve as great additions to this stylish look. I get a thrill when I mix thrift and non thrift, so this outfit is definitely one I had fun with.  A look like this is perfect for the following:

1. The workplace

2. After work dinner & drinks

3. Date night

4. A semi-dressy event during the summer

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Hoops: Gifted // Nameplate Necklace: oNecklace


So tell me, what do you think of my latest thrifted summer wardrobe addition? Have you ever LOVED an item so much and purchased it anyway…even though it was too big? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading. If you haven’t done so, be sure to head over and add your recent OOTD to my Personal Style Linkup; there’s still time! Also, be sure to catch my latest #summerwithnic blogger feature. :-) Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Thrifty Thursday – Plus Size and Wearing Shorts

Being plus size and wearing shorts is pretty liberating if you ask me. For years, I was a bit uncomfortable with wearing shorts, but not for the reasons you may think. Throughout middle and high school and college I played soccer, so I wore shorts all the time. But as I got older, I opted not to wear shorts because I wasn’t all that impressed with the scars on my legs (from soccer) nor was I sure which shorts suited my body type.

Now, I’m much more aware of my body and I pride myself on knowing how to dress my curves. The shorts I’m wearing in today’s post, purchased 2 years ago, are my favorite pair. They make being plus size and wearing shorts a breeze! ;-)

Plus Size and Wearing Shorts

Tunic – 2nd Avenue Thrift Store, $2.90 // Shorts: Macy’s, American Rag (Similar) // Earrings: Thrifted // Bracelet: Oh to be a Muse Giveaway // Sandals: Goodwill (Another Option)

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On this day, I decided to try the shorts 2 ways – with heels and flat sandals. Because hubby and I were going to a movie, I opted for the flat sandals. Comfort triumphed cuteness, lol. I didn’t however change the colorful thrifted tunic. I felt the tunic was a perfect choice. I usually wear longer and more flowy tops when wearing shorts. For me, it works. Check out my top 4 rules for being plus size and wearing shorts.

1. Don’t wear your shorts too short. I’m not a fan of “booty shorts” or daisy dukes or whatever you want to call them. So my #1 rule is to stay away from shorts that show…well, booty LOL! When shopping for shorts, I’m all about the old school rule - if they come past my fingertips it’s a no-go.

2. Make sure you’re comfortable. Being comfortable is key when wearing anything really, but especially shorts. I suggest shorts with a some stretch material. It makes life so much easier. I don’t like stiff shorts. A nice soft denim/cotton pair works best for me and so does linen, depending the look I’m going for. Simply put, stay away from shorts that are too tight. I can’t imagine being comfortable in a pair of shorts that cut off my circulation. :-(

3. “Practice Run”. I usually try on most of my outfits before I actually go out and wear them. I usually prance around the house for a bit and practice sitting, bending down to pick something up, and walking. Doing a practice run with shorts is always a good idea. Get use to the way they move and feel.

4. Be confident. Always be confident in whatever you wear – people can tell. How you carry yourself is so important, so be sure to pick a pair of shorts that make you feel amazing!

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Tote Bag: Ponte, 2nd Avenue Thrift Store  ($5.50) // Watch: NYC Street Fair

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I really love the way I feel when wearing shorts. If I could, I’d wear shorts, leggings and maxi dresses all year. Mmmm…maybe I should head to California and join my blogger friend Glenda. The weather in Cali seems to fit my dream wardrobe, don’t you think? ;-)

Take a look at a few of my plus size short picks below. I really love the black and white pair from Asos. They look like the perfect year long pair. Add tights and some cute patent leather shoes and you can take them right into the fall!


So tell me, what do you think about today’s thrifty look? What are your rules for wearing shorts as a plus or non-plus size woman? Let me know! 

Thanks, as always, for reading! Enjoy your thrifty Thursday, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

P.S. Check out The Curvy Fashionista for more even more plus size short options!

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Thrifty Friend #16 – Ayana of Thrifting Diva

Happy Thrifty Thursday! Today I’m excited to introduce you to yet another thrift lover, Ayana of Thrifting Diva! I stumbled upon Ayana’s site a little while ago and really admired her style. She’s always so chic and puts together outfits with such ease. I also love how she embraces color and how she accessorizes. But enough of me telling you how fabulous she is – take a look and get to know Ayana for yourself! :-)


Name, Location & Name of Blog?

Ayana Pitterson, San Diego, CA & my blog is Thrifting Diva.

How long have you been a thrifter?  
I have been thrifting for about three years.

How did you start thrifting? Did someone inspire you?  

A few years ago I decided to be super organized but didn’t appreciate the high prices of all the organizing containers and baskets at the retail stores.  So, I decided to head to a Goodwill close to my home to search for some baskets and spice trays.  When I walked in, I saw that there was clothes and shoes and I decided to leave the housewares aisle and browse.  I saw so many cute and different pieces that I knew I could rock and simply could not believe the prices I was paying for the items.   I left the store with more clothes than any containers that day!  From then, I was addicted to it and have tried to persuade everyone I meet that they should give a try.

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Cream Dress – Buffalo Exchange dress, $13

How often do you thrift? Also, what are your favorite thrift stores in your area?

I give myself a once a month allowance on shopping.  I have run out of closet space and therefore, simply cannot shop too much.  My favorite stores in San Diego are below. However, I really love thrifting at its core and can always find something everywhere. :-)

Buffalo Exchange – 3862 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Thrift Traders – 3939 Iowa St, San Diego, CA 92104
Goodwill – All locations, I have never left empty handed
 United Cerebral Palsy Thrift – 4341 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105

What would you say to someone who wants to try thrifting but has no clue where to start?

I would tell a newbie to go with someone who does thrift, if possible.  Having someone guide you in the first couple of trips will ease a lot of anxiety some may have upon entering a thrift store.  But, if you don’t have someone like that, then second suggestion is to know what to expect and make a plan.  Thrift stores are organized like the mall stores.  Therefore, understand that you will need patience and to start in one section and stick to that section until you have viewed the items.  Browsing in a thrift store is not going to work.  Things won’t really catch your eye unless you sift through each piece.  That is why I say, section by section to thrift.

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Blazer – Goodwill, $4.50// Denim Shirt - Banana Reublic (Buffalo Exchange), $11 // Express Skinny Jeans – Salvation Army, $4.99 // Guess Heels – Goodwill, $9.90

What are your top 3 thrift finds? (feel free to provide pictures; they don’t have to be clothing items)  

(1) Michael Kors black pumps, $19.00 from Buffalo Exchange, (2) Tory Burch blazer, $14.99 from Goodwill and (3) Lennox China Set for 6, $24.00!

What are 3 things on your spring must-thrift wish list?

Midi skirts, sequin shorts/skirt and polka dot pieces!

Are there certain items you will not thrift? If so, what are they and why?  

I cannot/will not buy undergarments or swim suits.  It might be irrational thinking since all other items I thrift were probably worn, but I am just unable to feel as though anything could be cleaned well enough if it was worn on the private parts of others.

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Sequin Top – Buffalo Exchange, $14

Describe your style in 3 words.

Colorful, feminine, chic.

Who are some of your style inspirations? (family member, celebs, blogger, etc.)

Blogger - Rachelle Borderhammer, YouTube Personality – The ChicNatural, Blogger – Style Pantry

How can the WNJ readers keep up with Thrifting Diva?

Facebook

Instagram

Bloglovin’

Pinterest

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Shift Shirt/Dress: Buffalo Exchange, $8 // Wedges: Buffalo Exchange, $11

Personal Style Monday | Why You Should Invest in Statement Jewelry

Hey there! I hope you’re all doing well. I’m still coming down from a wonderful weekend, so I’m feeling pretty good for a Monday. Side Note: See some of my weekend events here :-) Before we get into today’s post, just wanted to give you a heads up about my June giveaway. I’ll be announcing the giveaway items this Wednesday; check out my Instagram for a sneak peek of one of the items! :-)

Ok, now…let’s get into today’s Personal Style Monday and talk why you should invest in statement jewelry!

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1. Stand out. Investing in and wearing statement jewelry is a sure way to stand out and make a fashion statement. There’s nothing wrong with following trends and wanting to emulate some popular styles. But adding a unique statement piece will help set your outfit apart.

2. Add the WOW factor. Do you have a few outfits in our closet you aren’t wearing because you feel like it screams, “Blah”? I guarantee that if you add one statement piece, you’ll see the same outfit in a different light. Adding one piece can instantly take something like a plain denim button up shirt and a pair of slacks to another level.

3. Express your Personal Style. I enjoy wearing statement jewelry because it’s a way for me to express my personal style. On days when I feel like wearing something simple, throwing on a unique thrifted ring or an interesting cuff  with a pair of vintage earrings makes the outfit my own. Little touches like that go a long way when is comes to personal style.

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I’m not the only one who loves statement jewelry. Blogger and DIY/vintage extraordinaire Sacramento of Mis Papelicos is also a fan! Her personal style submission from last week caught my eye. Not only do I love her skirt and neon heels, but her DIY (statement) earrings were the perfect finishing touch! A follower of Sacramento for a few years now, I’ve always admired how her style choices and statement pieces speak to her personal style. She enjoys and has fun with fashion; something that’s always refreshing to see. I’m also smitten with her love of vintage clothes; we’re definitely kindred spirits when it comes to all things vintage! :-)

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So tell me, are you a fan of statement jewelry? What are some of your favorite statement pieces to date? Let me know! 

Now it’s your turn to show off your personal style. Link up your recent OOTD pots(s) below - you just may be my favorite pick for next week. Just be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. Have a wonderful day…be blessed and be safe! 

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