Shopping Secrets: How I’ve Thrifted & Consigned 75% of My Closet

Shopping Secrets: How I’ve Thrifted & Consigned 75% of My Closet

I was telling my hair dresser the other day that I would guess 75% of my closet is thrifted or consigned.

She sounded shocked. So much so I thought about whether that was really truthful. I really think it is.

If I haven’t thrifted or consigned something, it’s been bought on major sale, and I’d say about 5-10% is new and full price.

Here’s a little bit of proof:

August Style File Greater Than Rubies 2

top: $12 Ann Taylor via The Clothes Mentor, skirt: $2 Loft via Goodwill, sandals $32 Nordstrom Rack

August Style File
blouse: $10 J. Crew via The Clothes Mentor, cardigan: $6 Target via The Clothes Mentor, jeans $35 RU Blue via The Clothes Mentor, flats: $25 via Target

August Style File Greater Than Rubies
blouse: $12 Loft via The Clothes Mentor, cardigan: $28 via Gap Outlet, trousers: $17 Gap via The Clothes Mentor, wedges $25 via Target

August Style File Greater Than Rubies 3
tank: $6 via Old Navy, jean jacket: $25 via Old Navy, skirt: $5 via Goodwill

August Style Files Greater Than Rubies 4
button up: $19 via Kohl’s, jeans: $35 RU Blue via The Clothes Mentor, booties: $35 via DSW

I’ve bought all these pieces within the last 5 years, and none of them were over $40! Granted, a lot of these finds depend on if you have a great thrift or consignment store in your area, but here are a few tips and tricks to help you end up with some major discoveries of your own!

In the August Style File for McKinney Magazine I’ll share:

  • What pieces to look for at what kind of resale stores;
  • A few mental tricks to score the best pieces for your personal closet & style;
  • Specific examples of mixing thrifted finds with the rest of your closet;
  • Plus where to shop what if you’re in the McKinney area.

Click on the magazine image and flip to pages 36-38 for a few of my best thrifting secrets!

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PS I have to tell you, I’m still pinching myself that this is real. I can’t even believe that it was chosen for the front cover. A LOT of that is thanks to you guys who have found GTR so helpful and have inspired me to keep writing and finding new avenues to share the message you don’t have to have a lot or spend a lot to have great style! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! Love y’all. Kissy-face-emoticon. :)

All photos are by the talented Katie of Katie Soyka Photography and are courtesy of McKinney Magazine.

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  • Amy G August 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Congrats on being on the cover! How exciting! I think I may need to drop some stuff off at Goodwill today so i can peek through the racks. I haven’t been there in quite a while.

    • Caitlin Author August 11, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      Thanks, Amy :) Did you? I want to hear about any good finds! Please :)

      • Amy G August 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        I did go, but all the nice things I found didn’t fit right. :( The only thing I bought was a king size polka dot pillow case. I’m going to use the fabric to make a top. It’s navy blue with white dots and is so soft.

        • Caitlin Author August 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM

          That’s definitely the tough part of thrifting. There are days you find nothing, days you find a few things, and days where it’s like everything was tailor made for you. I hope you won’t give up on it just yet :) And I can’t wait to see the top you create! You always inspire me with your sewing skills!

  • ann August 9, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    i’d have to agree with you…75-80% of my closet is the same way! and once you start, it is impossible to pay full price for clothing! two other tips I have found…

    * ebay is a great place to find clothing, especially duplicates of items you love! for example, I found the perfect black dress from LOFT at goodwill for $6. I have worn it so much that I started wishing I had it in another color. went on ebay…found it in red for $20! YAY, two dresses that I can wear for work or play for only $26!

    * clothing swaps! I’ve been to a few in my town with a friend, and so she and I have started them at our church every 6 months. last time I found a formal evening wear dress with the tags still on it for FREE (Swapped)! and I wore it on a cruise this summer!

    another thought in this arena…by shopping used, I feel like I am not buying into all the trends and the hype of the clothing industry. i’d love to buy fair trade/made in usa, but it’s not always possible. this is my indirect way of helping out (I hope)!

    CONGRATS on your magazine cover/article! that’s exciting!

    • Caitlin Author August 11, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      GREAT suggestions, Ann! Thanks for sharing them with us! I also love your thought about shopping used to help out indirectly.

  • Audrey @ Putting Me Together August 10, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Congrats, Caitlin!

    • Caitlin Author August 11, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      Thanks, Audrey!

  • ADA August 11, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Congrats for the beautiful cover feature. Such awesome photos. How tall are you babe?

    I am shocked too that 75% of your close is thrifted. WOW!! You always look divine. I don’t thrift as much as I’d like but I always get things on sale, clearance or with coupons. =)

    • Caitlin Author August 12, 2014 at 7:16 AM

      Thank you, Ada! I’m 5’11” tall. That’s great! Sale, clearance, and coupons can save a lot, too! Hope you’re having a great week, Ada.

  • Julie August 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Congrats! I love that you are super savvy when it comes to buying your clothes and I definitely need to try out places similar to those in my area! Love reading your blog!

    • Caitlin Author August 12, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      I hope you do- and I’d love to see what you find! So glad you’re reading along, Julie! :)

  • Sarah @ Tucker Up August 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    I’m friends with someone famous!! You’re so deserving and you look gorgeous :)

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