I Love Thrifting Off Season!

Hey my fellow thriftanistas sorry this post is so late in the evening. It’s been a very busy day. Let me ask you all a question. Do you thrift off-season???? I do and I LOVE IT. I have thrifted some of my greatest treasures when I shop off-season. I shop this way for 2 reasons. First even in resale off-season clothing seems to be priced cheaper. The second reason is that I am easily able to scoop up the fabulous off-season fashions because most shoppers are looking for things to wear right now. With that in mind a few weeks ago I decided I would not thrift anymore summer fashions. It’s only so many summer dresses one can have and I have A LOT. So instead on my most recent thrifting adventures I have been looking to get some fabulous fall finds. My latest excursion took me to one of my favorite Salvation Army’s. One thing to note about the Salvation Army is that each week they have 1 color ticket half off. This weeks 50% ticket is tan. I stepped in the store got my cart and let the hunt begin. I love this Salvation because they price most of their merchandise very  reasonably. To make a long story short I bought 2 coats, 1 jacket, and 4 dresses for a total of $13.10. Needless to say I had an awesome thrifting day. I could have gotten much more but I TRY to pace myself ;). Check out the pictures below to see my amazing fall finds.

Until Next Time Smooches,

The “Thrifty” Fashionista

Beautiful tan Merona Coat $1.53

Cute Plaid coat $3.00

I can see me now with this jacket, a cute grey mini skirt and some hot tights. I see fashion in my sleep lol. Jacket $2.06

Max Studio Dress $0.78 (78 cent)

Forever 21 dress $1.03

Forever 21 dress $1.03. I can see this with mustard colored tights, my grey suede scrunch boots and my thrifted vintage gray leather jacket BAM!

Akira Sweater dress $2.56. I love me some thrifted Akira :)!!!!

Drumroll please……………. the GRAND TOTAL is $13.10. How can you beat it????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Know I Look GOOD!!!!!!

Hey my fellow thriftanistas have you ever had that moment where you rocked a thrifty look that was sooooooo fabulous you couldn’t take your eyes of YOURSELF? I had that moment last Saturday when I attended my high school’s all classes reunion party. First let me say that this was a white party (not people…….attire). So of course when I found out about the event the first thing I thought was what would I wear? I racked my brain trying to figure out what I had in my vast thrifty wardrobe only to realize I had nothing to wear. I know you are like sure YOU had nothing to wear? I swear it’s the truth. I apparently don’t thrift very many white items. This meant it was time to go THRIFTING. My goal was to find a really  HOTTTT white dress. On my first thrifting excursion I found a really cute white dress by ZARA. However I wasn’t quit sure I wanted to wear it. In that moment I remembered that I had thrifted a beautiful pair of white Trina Turk Los Angeles pants at the Salvation’s Army’s 87 cent per pound sale. In my mind I could see me rocking them with a fabulous white fitted blazer………… so back to the thrift store I went. Unfortunately I didn’t find the style I wanted. I was a little bummed but I decided I would just wear the cute ZARA dress and pair it with some hot accessories. Outfit complete so I thought. Two day’s later I stopped in my local thrift store to kill some time and the when it happened. I was in the store 3 minutes when the most beautiful white corset jumped out at me. I could not believe it. It would go with my pants perfectly adding that HOTTTT element I would looking for. The corset was $4,99 and NOT ON SALE but I was SOLD. I paid for my new white corset and hightailed it out the store. I got home and put the corset with the pants and new I would look good kicking it with my fellow EAGLES. Party night rolled around and when I put on my thrifty white outfit I felt FIERCE. I had ditched my thrifted mommy flats and became a SEXY THRIFTANISTA. I LOOKED GOOD!!!!!! Check out the pictures below to see how I paired my thrifty finds to create one SMOKING HOTTTT outfit. Oh and I had a great time with my LINDBLOOM EAGLES.

Until Next Time Smooches,

The Thrifty Fashionista

FIERCE!!!!!!!!

I don’t know what better……….the FRONT or the BACK?

I LOVE THIS CORSET! Thank you thrifting GODS!!!!

Thrifted Trina Turk Los Angeles pants

I thrifted this fab purse to complete the look

Thrifty Look of the Day!

Good Afternoon my fellow thriftanistas. Back in May I posted a picture of me in a cute thrifted brown and floral peasant dress. The dress was a Village Discount Outlet 90 cent special. At the time it was still cool in Chicago so I paired the dress with a tank underneath and my favorite pair of moccasins. Now that we are in the fabulous warm weather months I put a new spin on an old favorite. Check out the picture below to see 1 fabulous dress with 2 different looks. I love transitional clothing :).

Smooches,

The “Thrifty” Fashionista

Look 1: Thrifted Dress $.90 (90 cent)
Thrifted Belt $.96 (96 cent)
Earrings Beauty Supply $1.00
Thrifted Necklace $1.00
Thrifted Tank Top $.90 (90 cent)
Thrifted Boots 2 years old $5.99 ( I Think)
Thrifted Cuteness PRICELESS!!!!!
Look 2: Same dress 90 cent, Thrifted hat Gymboree $2.00 (Yes I said Gymboree….I have a peanut head) Necklace and bracelets from the beauty supply store $1.00 a piece, thrifted L.E.I sandals $2.00. Cute summer look PRICELESS!!!!!

Thrifty Quote of The Day

Need I say more. Have a fabulous, thrifty day!

 

Smooches,

The “Thrifty” Fashionista

Fabulous Weekend Finds!

Good morning my fabulous, fashionable, fellow thriftanistas. As promised today I will reveal my fabulous finds from my weekend thrifting treasure hunt. The sales were phenomenal and I got some deals you just won’t believe. Spoiler alert……… I got a new pair of Yves Saint Laurent shoes for 45 cent. Close your mouth, yes I said 45 cent. I also got a pair of new Joan and David shoes for 45 cent. I know, I know you are wondering how I did it. Let me tell you the story. One of the resale stores I shop at is Village Discount Outlet. If you have never been to the Village let me just tell you they have some AMAZING deals. However you need to be a true thrifter to shop there. You don’t have to dig through the stuff but you truly have to take your time and look. Okay back to the 45 cent shoes. One of the great things about the Village is that they offer special tag items. What this means is that at any given time you may find an item that has a 90 cent special tag. Occasionally you may even find a 10 cent special tag. Stop looking at the computer like that, yes I am serious. Any-who there doesn’t seem to be any special rhyme or reason as to what gets priced at 90 cent but I love it. Back to this weekend, while perusing the shoes aisles two 90 cent tags jumped out at me. When I picked the items up I discovered they were a pair of Joan and David shoes and a pair of Yves Saint Laurent shoes. Did I also mention that the store was having a 50% off sale??? Yes be amazed my shoes went from 90 cent to 45 cent (I actually bought the shoes for my mommy). I was on a thrift high. In addition I found a Brooks Brothers shirt and a Ralph Lauren shirt for 45 cent and that was just the beginning of my day. The one thing about the 90 cent items is that the store takes the ticket off at purchase and keeps them. They have to keep track of how many 90 cent items they sale. So in the pictures you will see that my 90 cent items don’t have a ticket. However I was lucky in the fact that the sales girl missed taking one of my 90 cents tags off. There is a sample tag in the picture for you all to see. I just want to make sure when you shop at the Village you know what to look for :). Check out my other wonderful weekend finds below.

Until next time smooches,

The Thrifty Fashionista

FABULOUS FINDS!

Look at the price on the bottom.They had already been marked down. The Village marks down quickly.

These will be so cute with a nice blazer or cardigan. 45 cent BABY!!!!!

 

Two pair of sandals from Unique Thrift Stores 50% off sale

Vintage 80’s jacket Unique 50% off sale

Cute Forever 21 Military Style jacket 50% off. I’m getting my fall wardrobe together. I shop off season even when I thrift.

I love the way this jacket fits!

Another 80’s throwback

Jewelry Haul
Necklaces were $1.99 with 50% off, one pair of earrings were $1.99 and the other $2.49 both with 50% off

Learning tool for my baby and all the pieces were in the box. This would have retailed for $40.00 but I paid $1.45.

Happy 10th Anniversary Akira Chicago!

Happy Monday my fellow thriftanistas.I know your dying to see what awesome treasures I found at all the thrifty sales this weekend. However I will reveal them in my next post. Today I want to take the time to say Happy 10th Anniversary to a fabulous, fashion forward, trend setting boutique called Akira Chicago. For those that don’t know Akira Chicago is an upscale boutique that started in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown area in 2002. They have since grown to 17 stores throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Now I have to honestly admit that I have never actually been in Akira. I can hear you all saying “then why are you wishing them happy anniversary?”. My reason is two-fold. Reason one I love fashion, in addition I salute any business that has 10 years of longevity and continues to stay fashion forward. The second reason is because I own 6 fabulous Akira dresses (via my local thrift store). So although I am not an Akira shopper……….I am an Akira lover. Who know’s I may even have to stop at my local Akira store to see what fabulous sales they having going. You all know if I buy RETAIL it has to be on SALE :). Anywho check out the picks below to see some of my fabulous Akira finds.

Smooches,
The Thrifty Fashionista

Thrifted Akira Dress $8.90 with 50% off

Me looking fabulous in my thrifted Akira dress and thrifted Nine West Shoes!

Thrifted Akira dress $8.99 with 50% off

I love thrifty Fashion!!!!!!!

Thrifted Akira dress $7.49 with 50% off

Thrifted Akira dress $7.49 with 50% off

I love this dress but it’s a little baggy and a little long for me. I smell a give away coming :). Oh and I have on thrifted shoes by LAMB.

I know you guys have already seen this picture but it’s Akira and I LOVE IT!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale Alert, Sale Alert, Sale Alert

Good morning my fellow thriftanistas. I just wanted to let you all know about a fabulous sale going on today. Unique Thrift Store is having their

42nd ANNIVERSARY SALE

Friday, July 20th – Save 50% off all items, all day. (Save 33% or 66% on all items, all day at our Fullerton location only.)

Saturday, July 21st – Save 50% off all items, all day. (Save 33% or 66% on all items, all day at our Fullerton location only.).

You know THE THRIFTY FASHIONISTA will be in the house. Look for a post soon with all of my fabulous finds. I would also love to see what treasures you discovered. Please leave a comment on this blog or email me at thethriftyfashionista@gmail.com.

Happy Thrifting,

The “Thrifty” Fashionista

P.S. Unique Thrift Store is a chain and is in other states. Do some research to see if there is one in your area. Never miss out on a thrifty sale ;)

I am on my way to the sale………hope to see you there!!!!!!

The Look for Less: Nautical Edition

Hey my fellow thriftanistas happy Thursday. Last night I went to an event for my dad. He has been a  radio personality in Chicago for 43 years. For 25 of those years he has worked at WBEZ which is Chicago Public Radio. In celebration of this wonderful accomplishment the radio station threw him a party. Friends and family from all aspects of his life came out to support him and show their love. Did I mention the event was at Chicago’s Navy Pier? Of course you know me being “The Thrifty Fashionista” one of the first things I thought about was what would I wear. My mind immediately thought the pier, boats and an outside deck equals nautical fashion. The nautical look is a big trend right now so it can be found in every popular retail store. However you know my shopping destination was my nearest thrift store. I was on the hunt for the hottest nautical pieces to create a fabulous party worthy ensemble. Do you think I was succesful? Check out the pictures below of my nautical look for less. I event outfitted my whole family in thrifted red, white and blue fabulous fashion. The Gap kids have nothing on my babies. By the way the party was amazing and I am so proud of my dad. Pictures from the party will be available on my FB page Confessions of a Thrift Store Fashionista.

Smooches,

The “Thrifty” Fashionista

Navy Jacket $2.90
red and white tank $ $.90
blue and white skirt $ $1.90
navy blue belt $.99
red deck shoes $1.90
red, white and blue fish necklace $1.90
Grand total: $10.49= FABULOUS

 

Arriving at the party

 

My big girl in her thrifted red, white and blue fashion

 

My big boy in his nautical wear

 

My dad didn’t get the nautical memo but he happened to have on white and blue :).

 

 

 

Thrifty Look of The Weekend

This past Saturday I went to an event for an up in coming fashion magazine called HUSH Chicago. The event was to benefit and launch The Hush Kickstarter project. The who’s who in Chicago fashion were attending so you know The Thrifty Fashionista had to be in the house. So what was a thrifty fashionista to wear to keep up with the movers and shakers in fashion? Something FABULOUS and THRIFTY of course. Check out the pictures below to see my AWESOME look of the evening? What do you all think? Did I look like I could keep up with the fashion elite???????

Until next time smooches,

The Thrifty Fashionista

Akira Black Label Dress thrifted $2.00
Jewelry $1.00 a piece from my local beauty supply. (3 packs bangles, earrings, necklace and ring…… total: $6.00). Purse $3.50 thrifted. Shoes $9.99 Chernins Shoe Outlet.

Glam outfit $21.50………..Fabulous evening priceless!!!!!!

For more information on Hush Chicago Magazine check them out on FB at http://www.facebook.com/#!/HushChicagoMagazine

Even My Hair Cuts Are THRIFTY and FABULOUS!!!!!

As a teenager I stayed in the beauty shop. Every time I wanted a new look I would give my daddy a hug and ask him for the $50.00 it took to get my hair done. The funny thing about going to the beauty shop is that I never came home satisfied. There was always something about my hair that I had to come home and change. I had to put my Joslyn spin on it. I was just Joslyn then not THE THRIFTY FASHIONISTA. Fast forward to college. My Daddy loved me dearly but he was to busy paying tuition to pay for hairstyles. I had to figure out something else to do. What was a broke fashion student in Dekalb, IL to do about getting a fabulous hair cut on limited funds? I tried once to cut it myself but that didn’t go so well. What can I say I majored in FASHION not HAIR. In came my saving grace…………… SUPERCUTS. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first………………okay I was A LOT skeptical. Not to sound racist but there was not one black stylist that worked in Supercuts and I was concerned that they didn’t know how to cut black hair. I called my mom and asked her if I should try it. She said they all went to beauty school so they should know how to cut anyone’s hair. Made since to me so I took her advice and went to get my first hair cut. They did an awesome job and it only cost $9.99. My hair problems were solved. I have been a SUPERCUTS client ever sense. The moral of this story is that I am thrifty in all aspects of my life. I am THRIFTY and FABULOUS from my HAIR to my toes. I even visited my local SUPERCUTS today for a new hairstyle. The hair cuts have gone up to $13.00 but it’s still a great value. In addition if you go online and sign-up for their mailing list they will send you a $2.00 off coupon. Oh and they have something for you app junkies too. If you check-in on Foursquare while you are in your local Supercuts you will receive special offers. Check out the pictures below of my new fabulous $11.00 haircut. As always until next time my fellow thriftanistas, smooches.

 

Fabulous THRIFTY hair and thrifted JUICY COUTURE top

Cute side view and thrifted Twelve by Twelve Los Angeles skirt

Back view (yes it’s a mohawk)

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