Summer Thrifting Tips + Thrift Haul

I think I finally got my thrifting mojo back! Don’t get me wrong, I still love thrifting. But I have not been excited to thrift for months. Because I’m (still) going through a minimalist wardrobe (and lifestyle) phasing period, I haven’t been that into purchasing random pieces. And to be honest, that’s one thing I’m guilty of when thrifting. I thrift the most random pieces from time to time. 

Nonetheless, I have made up in my mind which items I need and I was able to thrift quite few of them. From housewares, books, accessories and clothing, thrifting for necessities has become easier because I’m clear on what I want and need. Here are a few quick and easy summer thrifting tips that have helped me lately.

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1.  Create 3 columns for your thrift list – NEEDS, WANT & TRENDS TO TRY. I have done a thrift list for years, but making the 3 columns within the list has been a great addition. The items I need (i.e. black purse, long gold chain necklace and kitchen items) are the items I make a point to look for first. The want list, maybe consisting of new earrings, books and a robe are items I don’t need, but want to have. Trends to try are the items like overalls and fringe. I’ve seen them on others and I want to thrift the trend before committing to making a department store purchase for them. So, I add them to the list and see if I can thrift the items to give them a try. This section is the last section I shop for.

2. Throw it in the cart. If you see something you like or might, maybe, kind of like throw it in the cart! If you leave it on the rack and try to come back to it, I highly doubt it’ll be there when you come back. Throw it in the cart if it catches your eye and sort it out later.

3. Try stuff on. Another reason I say throw it in the cart is because when you try items on, you’ll be able to decipher what you want to keep or not. I always suggest trying items on when thrifting, even if it’s trying on a dress in the aisle over your clothes. Not all thrift stores allow returns/exchanges, so TRY IT ON in order to avoid that yucky buyers remorse feeling.

4. Reevaluate before purchasing. Once you’ve tried everything on and know what you’re going to purchase, reevaluate one more time to be absolutely sure. Check your list and check off the items you’ve found. Also, price check. When I reevaluate towards the end of my trip, I usually ask myself if I’d really pay “x” amount for an item. I then figure out 3 ways to wear or use the item.

5. Bring cash. Cash is king. Most thrift stores accept credit cards, but paying with cash is so much easier. It also helps keep you on target with your thrifting budget. If I bring $40 cash and I know that was my budget for the trip, I only spend that money. I don’t even reach in my purse for my card. It’s a mind thing, and it really does work!

** Check out my latest thrift haul. More items to show next week…be sure to check back!*


So tell me, what are some of your summer thrifting tips? What’re your fave items from my thrift haul? Let me know! 

Before I go, just wanted to let you know my next #ThriftWithNic event is in the process of being planned for the fall…YAY! I can’t wait to announce it, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you won’t miss a thing. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | What to Wear to Work + Personal Style Linkup

Happy Monday! This weekend was a busy one, thanks to my now 13-year-old sister. Her birthday was yesterday and she enjoyed a weekend long celebration. It all started with her Sky Zone party with a few friends on Friday night and ended with a family dinner at the Melting Pot last night. Now. she’s headed to Vegas with my parents to continue the celebration. Pretty sweet 13th birthday package, huh?

Needless to say, I am exhausted…LOL! But all for a good cause, so I’m all smiles. When Monday came, early this morning at 5 a.m., I knew I want to wear something simple and quick for work; preferably minimal ironing. So I decided my new thrifted dress was the perfect solution for the age ‘ol question, what to wear to work?  

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Dress: Jessica London, Thrifted (Savers | Owings Mills, MD) // Flats: Steve Madden (similar) // Cross Earrings: H&M

Thrifted Dress - Wear to Work

This lightweight Jessica London dress was purchased this weekend at Savers thrift store (in Owings Mills, MD). When I saw the dress, I knew I had to at least try it on. It fit, 3 or 4 women complimented me while trying it on in the aisle, and hubby was a fan. Above all the dress made me feel and look great. SOLD!

Pairing this dress with minimal accessories was key. The print is already bold  and the fringes along the dress make for amazing detail. So a pair of earrings, cute flats, and possibly a clutch were all I needed to complete the look. When styling a dress with loud prints, be minimal with the accessories; let the garment speak for itself. 

 

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Wear to Work

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Clutch: Purchased in the Bahamas // Watch: Charming Charlie

Speaking of printed dresses, my favorite linkup from last week is Adrienne’s beautiful kaftan. The print is stunning and the way she effortlessly styled the garmnent deserves an applause. I LOVE Adrienne’s feminine and cute style and whenever she links up, I’m inspired and excited to see what she’s wearing! She is one stylish woman who enjoys wearing prints, fabulous heels and pretty things.

Printed Dress - Sweenee Style

Adrienne | Sweene Style


So tell me, what did you wear to work today? Do you like dresses with bold prints? Let me know!

Don’t forget to enter my Minted giveaway here. Also, be sure to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. I’ll be sharing my favorite linkup next Monday! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | May Style Recap + Style Linkup

June 1st already, huh? I cannot believe it! Of course, we must take a peak at my favorite outfits from last month. Looks like I wore a lot of thrifted goodies, huh?! From dresses to menswear, my May style recap is quite thrifty. I also made sure my style was comfy and chic; key elements to the perfect spring/summer outfit!

I must say my favorite look is the “Wearable Art” shift dress. Whenever I wear this dress, I feel amazing! I also LOVE the Egyptian inspired print, and it’s perfect for styling for any season! I also like the hair I added to the look, lol. Something about curly hair just makes me feel sassy and extra confident. During the spring and summer months, I’ll definitely be wearing more fun styles like that!

Casual Thrifted Outfit - OOTD

Menswear (from April but still LOVE this!)

Before I go, I can’t forget to share my favorite linkup from last week. The casual and stylish outfit worn by the blogger behind Fashion Fairy Dust caught my eye, for sure! I love the lace vest and statement necklace. What a great way to add some personality and style to a casual look?! I’ve been a fan of her fun, eclectic, yet practical style for a while. So glad to share her latest OOTD!


So tell me, what’s your favorite OOTD from my May style recap? What do you think about my face linkup look from last week? Let me know! 

Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. I’ll be sharing my favorite linkup next Monday! Check out my favorite linkup from a few weeks ago here! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | Wearable Art

Hey, friends! This weekend was filled with fun, family and fashion. From fashion shows, church and thrifting I was definitely out and about in this heat. My trusty thrifted weekend outfit (below)  surely came in handy. I also added a little pizzazz to my look by added some hair. Yes, adding some hair. I’m a big fan of curly hair and I embrace wigs with a quickness. It gives me a different look without fully committing – can’t beat that!

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Dress: Vintage (2nd Avenue) // Purse: Nine West (Old)

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On this day, hubby and I ran a few errands and decided to take a walk around the Wilde Lake area. We’ve been doing a lot of walking lately and Columbia, MD is truly the perfect backdrop for our new found hobby. There are so many lakes, parks and pretty neighborhoods to explore. This summer we plan to take full advantage of our surroundings.

Of course being cute and comfy while trekking around Columbia is a must. My thrifted Egyptian inspired dress is perfect for that!  The semi-stretch material makes the dress easy to move in. The pattern is fun and easy to wear, and also makes me think of my amazing trip to the pyramids. I also feel like I’m wearing a piece of art when styling this dress. Do you have a piece of clothing like that?

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Sunnies: Vintage (2nd Avenue) // Watch: NYC Street Vendor // Beaded Bracelet: Thrifted (2nd Avenue) // Sandals: Mossimo (Goodwill)

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So tell me, what do you think about my wearable art outfit? Do you like to play with wigs and different hairstyle options too? Let me know! 

Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. I’ll be sharing my favorite linkup next Monday! Check out my favorite linkup from a few weeks ago here! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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