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The $7.24 Outfit

August 30, 2011

I keep saying time and time again that it is possible to look good on a budget.  It all depends on where you go, what you are looking for, and knowing how to select quality clothes, shoes and accessories without spending a fortune.

I’d been spending the past couple of weeks looking for a particular type of top. I’ve been to boutiques, malls, department stores and local swapmeets, but to no avail I have been able to find what I’ve been looking for.  Before I totally gave up I stumbled into a Goodwill, and on that fateful day I walked away with an outfit that is still leaving me breathless.

Although I was not able to find what I’ve been looking for, this outfit did more than suffice.  When I walked up to the cashier and the items were rung up, the cashier proceeded to tell me that my total was $7.24.  I know right?  I think I nearly stumbled a little.  I had to ask her to repeat that and when she did I was baffled and beyond shocked.  No one could have been more surprised than I was to have only spent so little on two items that were practically brand new (the store tags from where they were previously purchased were still in both pieces).

Capri pants by Style & Co ($3.25) and a cute sleeveless double spaghetti tank top with a beautiful design and split front and back ($3.99).  And if you’re in to Style & Co fashion, you know that they don’t come cheap.

To jazz up the ensemble, to give it an snazzy flair, I paired it up with my Brazilian T-Strap high heel sandals by Cathy Jean.  And, of course I paid more for the shoes three Christmas’ ago than I did on the outfit.

These shoes are not only hot, but the are a perfect match for this ensemble.  They make the outfit more appealing and look really high priced.  It’s all about how you work an outfit and what you do to turn heads.

The shoes are a 5 1/2 inch heel, cushioned foot bed and very, very stylish.  The color sets off just about any outfit I wear and matches very well to ivory and off white ensembles.

I’ve really had to re-engineer the way I’ve been thinking about thrift shopping, realizing that in today’s current economy,  being in the dire straits that it’s in, many of us have had to readjust our spending habits, rethink how we spend our money, and tighten up on our budget, so it’s no wonder why thrift shopping is on the rise according to recent reports.

I generally see thrift shopping as a last resort [for me], but in all fairness it’s changed over the years to where back in the day it was a simple and basic alternative and not an ultimate choice.  And in today’s economy, for most people it’s an only choice due to job loss and other issues.

Where fashion is greatly concerned, it’s another avenue to the list of places to shop.  Designated colored tags offer significant discounts on clothing, shoes and household items.  So, in revisiting my personal feelings for thrift shopping, if you know what you looking for or have something in mind, or you’re just browsing, keep in mind that you can find quality and designer clothing, handbags and stylish and tasteful accessories.  And if you play your cards right, you may come out with a pair of brand new shoes, but sometimes that’s a hit and miss…more of a miss if you know what I mean.

Updated on Friday, January 13, 2012.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2011 7:06 pm

    Everything looks great. I love the heels!!! 😉

    • September 2, 2011 7:48 am

      Thank you. I appreciate it and thanks for reading the post.

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