I. Love. Half. Price.
One of the most magical things about thrift stores is that they often have half price sales. And I love these things. Because if you know where to go and you know what you’re looking for, you can wait for a half price sale and get everything cheaper than you would have. For instance, I had been looking for a set of vintage wine glasses. I found a few nice sets but I figured I didn’t need them right away. So instead of getting them for 90 cents a glass, I got them for 45 cents a glass. And they are lovely (see below)!
Unique thrift stores are half-price every single Monday. And Village Discount Outlet and Unique have special half price sales pretty regularly. VDO had a “Back to School” sale in August, a Labor Day sale a couple weeks later, and now they’re having a “clearance” sale 9/22 and 9/23. So they have them on a pretty regular basis. So regular that its difficult for me to buy things unless they’re having a half-price sale. THAT is how thrifty I’ve become. Ha!
What a bag of loot I came home with from the “Back to School” sale!
That Saturday I went to two VDO locations: Irving/Kedzie and Armitage/Milwaukee. I attempted to go to Roscoe/Damen but there was some kind of weird, retro cars streetfest going on and I couldn’t be bothered.
At the Irving/Kedzie location I walked away with 6 lovely, amber-colored, vintage wine glasses, a pair of close-to-new looking BCBGirls striped black and white heels (this brand sells for about $50-100 online), and two books (which I will be using for DIY decoupage projects).
At the Armitage/Milwaukee location I bought a pair of heels, 2 pairs of flats, 2 pairs of boots, a skirt, 2 shirts, 2 dresses, and 2 salad plates (to match the rest of my kitchenware).
This is what $40 looks like when you shop on half-price sale days:
I got a ton of “new” clothing for fall, a ridiculous amount of “new” shoes (including a pair of awesome striped BCBGirls shoes!), I rounded out my kitchenware, AND got some unique and pretty wine glasses, all for a lot less than I would normally spend on these things. Hell, for a lot less than I even planned on spending at this sale. If you count the number of things I bought (22 individual items) and divide the $40 I spent, that’s a total of $1.81 per item, which is an absolute STEAL! Its pretty great. Pretty great indeed.
And I am already getting compliments on the clothes I purchased. Again, shopping at thrift stores has allowed me to more fully express my sense of style as I can put together more complete outfits for a lot less money. And there’s just something about walking in and finding that PERFECT piece! I even made friends with a couple ladies who joined me for a fitting session at one of the large mirrors at the Armitage/Milwaukee location. (A note about dressing for thrift store shopping: I made the mistake of wearing jeans, a belt and an Oxford shirt which made trying on clothes a little more difficult. In the future I will be sure to wear a tank, leggings, and a sweater or shirt that can be easily removed so I can get a better fit for clothing. No fitting rooms is just part of the thrift store adventure!)
Its amazing to me what a difference shopping at thrift stores has made in my life. I mostly felt anxious and overwhelmed at regular stores. I feel more fulfilled, smarter, and more fashion-savvy when I shop at thrift stores. I feel like I have fewer limitations and more room to be creative. Its a great feeling.
I fully endorse half-price sale days. Especially if you can wait to buy things. It teaches you patience instead of instant gratification. I’ll be happy about the $40 I spent this past weekend a LOT longer than I used to be about random purchases at Forever21, H&M or Target. Half-price days can get a little crazy: parents with little kids running around, old ladies with shopping carts, and hipsters with their stupid hipster faces. But all things considered, if you have a general idea of what you’re looking for but you don’t have uber specific expectations (so you’re not buying everything in sight, but you’re also not disappointed if they don’t have a specific piece you saw on your favorite fashion blog) and you don’t mind a little digging, you’ll really enjoy your experience.
Take an item, Leave an item…
The flip side to gaining a bunch of awesome “new” stuff is, of course, getting rid of a bunch of useless old stuff. I typically try to go through my wardrobe every time I purchase something new. I get rid of anything I know I haven’t worn in the last 6 months to a year and/or likely will not wear in the next 6 months to a year. Its freeing for me because it creates more space for the new things I want to wear immediately. I finally got rid of my prom dress (why that thing was still floating around I have no idea) and also got rid of a bunch of shoes I no longer wear, a purse, and some other pieces of clothing. My sister will happily inherit most of that. The perks of having a fashionable older sister.
Breakfast at Rockwell’s Grill!
I have been frequenting a great restaurant in my new neighborhood: Rockwell’s Grill. I had been there previously for dinner but had not been for breakfast. And one of my new roommates works there (as well as another mutual friend) so there are plenty of warm and fuzzy feelings for all! The food and service are outstanding and the price is fantastic. I usually like to share things with people since I don’t eat a whole lot but love lots of different flavors during a meal. I typically bring a friend and split an order of french toast and the chorizo hash skillet. Both of which are delicious. Add a couple coffees, and your bill for brunch will only be $19 total! Great value. Highly recommend it.
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