Hey my fellow thriftanistas I have dubbed today CONFESSION FRIDAY. The title of my blog is Confessions of a Thrift Store Fashionista, so I decided I better start confessing. Today’s confession has two parts. Confession one “I’M CHEAP”. I have no intention on dressing that statement up. Being a great thrifter has made me cheap, frugal, penny-wise, miserly and any other word to describe a cheapskate. Part two of my confession I am proud to be “cheap”. Being sooooooooooo cheap in my opinion allows me to see the true value in things. Example I went to the mall yesterday. I know what your thinking “you go to the mall?” The answer is yes. I am not always in the thrift stores. I occasionally shop retail but it has to be ON SALE. Oh and when I say on sale I don’t mean those little 25% off sales. Your girl needs an EXTREME discount. I digress back to my story. While in the mall yesterday I went into Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe. They had some very cute stuff. I saw a couple of dresses I wanted. However the “cheap girl” who sits on my shoulder said “why would you pay $25.00 for a dress when you can find a similar one at the thrift store for a couple bucks”. Of course you know the cheap girl in me won that argument easily. They did have some very cute sale items though. My budget for one item in a store like Charlotte Russe is $10 bucks. Their merchandise turns over quickly and they always have something on sale. What………… I see you peering at me through your computer screen, but hell I told you I was CHEAP. I had the same experience at Forever 21. It’s not that their clothes are expensive but when your average piece of fabulous clothing is $2.00 or $3.00, then $25.00 seems like a lot. I know my true thrifters understand. However don’t think my mall excursion was a total loss. I am “The Thrifty Fashionista” so I can find a deal anywhere. On to my next store Claire’s. Now for those that don’t know Claire’s is an accessory store. They carry jewelry, hair accessories, hats, shoes, purses and other little trinkets. The store is really geared towards tweens and teens. However I have always been a Claire’s fan and they have the most awesome sales. In the past I bought my daughter 6 pair of fabulous rain boots and they were on clearance for $2.60 a pair. The other thing I love to purchase from Claire’s are their hats. I have a peanut head and their hats actually come in sizes and not one size fits all. Several times a year they have a 50% to 75% off sale and everything is really cheap, especially their hats. Any-who I poked my head in their store yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a wonderful sale going on. All redline hats were $2.00. The cheap girl in me said HALLELUJAH, I struck hat gold. I bought every hat that would fit my head. A total of 6 fabulous hats for $12.00. I also purchased a couple $2.00 scarves. I spent a total of $20.00 plus tax. My cheapness (not sure if that’s a word) paid off, instead of getting 1 item for $20.00, I got 10. I don’t know about your math but mine says I got more BANG for my buck. CHEAP GIRL SATISFIED !
Until next time my fellow thriftanistas smooches,
The “Thrifty” Fashionista
P.S. You can also shop their sale online http://www.claires.com/store/