Wow. What a crazy time it’s been right now! I hope wherever you are and whatever your situation, you are safe, have some sort of financial stability, and are able to find the food and toiletries you need to get through this. ♥
I usually wake up early every Saturday to shop at my favorite local thrift store, but with social distancing in mind I decided not to go. I know everyone is making sacrifices right now, and at the end of the day preventing the spread of COVID-19 is way more important than a few thrift trips. We’ve got to flatten the curve!
So instead of sharing new thrift finds, I thought I would share 5 of my favorite items I’ve thrifted or gotten secondhand in 2020 so far. I haven’t actually been able to wear some of them yet since it’s still a bit cold, but putting this post together has me so excited for warmer weather and for us to get through this time of quarantine!
1. Vintage Sequin Shoulder Silk + Lambswool Blend Sweater, 99¢
Jeans (under $25)
My local thrift store has a 99¢ sweater sale every winter, and I find it VERY hard to control myself when I go to it! But out of all the sweaters I bought during this event, this one is my favorite. It’s a vintage silk and lambswool blend sweater with some fabulous green sequins and black beads on the shoulders in a leaves design. Isn’t it stunning?!
Honestly though, it didn’t look that stunning in the store. It had some white stains on the front and a hole in the seam by the bottom band. It needed some TLC! I placed the sweater in a mesh bag (similar to these bags) and washed it on the hand wash cycle in my washer. Luckily that got the white stains out without any other treatment. Then I sewed up the hole and it was good to go! I recently bought this set of assorted thread colors and these needles so I can repair my thrift finds as well as stuff I resell on Poshmark.
Anyway, this sweater solves the problem of what to wear to go out when it’s cold but you want to be a little dressed up. This sweater + jeans + sock booties = perfection!
2. Vintage Cashmere/Merino Wool Blend Sweater, $6
The best thing about thrifting in winter is finding the coziest of cozy vintage sweaters. Thick, warm, soft ones that they seriously just don’t make anymore, and if they do they’re over $100. That’s exactly what this sweater is. The tag says Eden Valley Woolen Mill, Cumbria, UK. I have no idea when it was made, and unfortunately it looks like the mill is no longer in operation.
But anyway this is just the perfect sweater and the green and gray marled color looks good with black and browns.
3. Boden Jessica Medal Print Dress, $36.27
Shoes – similar
How amazing is the medal print on this dress?! I fell in love with it when I saw it sourcing, BUT it wasn’t my size (If you also have fallen in love with this print and would like it in a size 8, it’s here in my Poshmark closet)! I started searching all the secondhand sites, Poshmark, eBay, thredUp, for this dress in my size regularly. Finally I found it for sale for a very reasonable price on eBay and bought it right away! $36.27 seems like a lot to spend on something secondhand, but for this dress it’s an absolute steal compared to sold listings!
This is one of those super versatile dresses that I think will stand the test of time. If I ever need something dressier for the office, I can throw this on. I can pair it with some sandals and a tote for a casual day, or I can layer it with a sweater coat and boots for winter. I mean, it just works.
By the way the brand this dress is from, Boden, is one to look out for. They remind me of a more mature Anthropologie that has some really cute prints and flattering silhouettes. I recently sold this fox and rabbit print dress on Posh, as well as this green and blue leopard print dress.
4. Jones New York Drop Waist Leopard Maxi Dress, $18
Shoes (other colors, under $20)
I went to Buffalo Exchange and the Buffalo Exchange Outlet in Denver for the first time last month, and it truly was life-changing! A curated selection of vintage and new trendy items for me to pour over? Yes, please!
This dress was my one find at the Buffalo Exchange, and honestly I would have bought more if I had more time there. This dress is definitely vintage (90s I’m guessing? It’s very Pretty Woman to me), but we all know how ‘in’ leopard print is! It has a sort of halter wrap style at the top, a drop waist, and then pleating at the bottom.
This is the kind of dress I like to throw on for hot summer weekends. Put on some gold hoops and strappy sandals, and you’re set!
5. Diane von Furstenberg Silk Sequin Shorts, $16
Talk about an item I never thought I’d have in my closet – purple sequined shorts! But I could not pass these up. I got these shorts at the Buffalo Exchange Outlet, where items that don’t sell at Buffalo Exchange go and prices are lower. In general I’m not a shorts person, but I love the higher waist and longer length on these. I don’t feel like I’m trying to be too young in them! Also, how do you pass up Diane von Furstenberg? You really don’t!
I can’t wait for the right occasion to come up for me to wear these. And I plan on styling them just as I’ve shown here, with strappy heels, a plain black top, and I’ll probably add some fancy jewelry or a headband.
So those are my 5 favorite thrift/secondhand finds of 2020 so far! With self-quarantine going on I really don’t have anywhere to go in any of these, but a girl can dream of the day that social distancing is over!
Stay safe, everyone!