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A lucky day

August 22, 2011
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I had been thinking about going thrifting all week last week, so on Saturday, I took the plunge and found myself at my local Salvation Army. I love the Salvation Army near me because they color code all of the racks (and I’m OCD, so I like that), and I’ve always had good luck there. Last time I went, I found these awesome blue and white vases that now adorn my new apartment.

I head there looking for one thing in particular — more colored blazers to add some pop to my fall wardrobe. I was on the lookout for both a mint and/or a lapis hued blazer. While no luck on the green, I did find this beauty.

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It is this gorgeous lapis/indigo blue color which is exactly that I was looking for. I like the lapel-less color and I love the gold, knotted buttons. And of course…it fits me perfectly. C’mon fashion gods…how can I resist the perfect find? I think the shoulder pads might be a bit much, but not sure if I want to go to the trouble of removing them.

After working my way through the blazer racks, I made my way over to the dresses. I have never had much luck finding thrifted dresses at my area Goodwills and such. I found a few at Rag-O-Rama down in ATL and have picked up a few off Etsy, but that’s the extent of my finds. But while sifting through the dress rack on Saturday, I happened upon this.

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This is such a good piece to transition from the end of summer to fall and winter. I love color and the polka dots are adorable. It hits me just below the knee. I contemplated hemming it, but I rather enjoyed the length after I wore it for a bit. I plan on wrapped a gold belt around the waist when I wear this, because navy and gold is one of my favorite combos.

So then I began to aimlessly wander around the store. It was pretty crowded since it was a weekend, so a lot of the aisles were jammed with people. I was trying to kill some time before hanging out with a friend, so I went and checked out the housewares and the purses and some of the jewelry before making my way back to the clothing. I was walking around not really looking for anything in particular, but then, I found some gems.

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First up was this Ann Taylor printed tie blouse. It is white with this awesome taupe detailing. I think it will be cute with a black pencil skirt for work and with jeans and a cardigan or blazer come fall and winter.

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This sheer black polka dot top (also from Ann Taylor) was actually stuffed away near the jeans. It’s a bit baggy on me, but I figure tucked in to a skirt or pair with a belt and I’ll be golden. It has this super cute ruffle detailed at the collar which really doesn’t translate in this image.

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This blouse was hanging on the end of one of the racks, as though someone just placed it there after trying it on. I was really attracted to the bright print and the pleat detailing on the top part. I think the hot pink-orange-brown color scheme will definitely work come fall as well.

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The last shirt I grabbed was this gray and navy striped top. It cinches in at the waste and is baggy and open on top, with dolman-type sleeves. I am wearing it today with a cream cami underneath and I looooove it. It’s so comfy and definitely works for work and will be cute with jeans too.

After showing you my haul, I should add one caveat. I broke a huge thrifting rule on this trip. I didn’t try on any of the last four items. When I went to try on the first two items, there were a few dressing rooms open, so I popped in and tried them on. By the time I gathered the rest of this lot, the line to try things on was insane. I’m a very impatient person, so I decided, eh why not take a gamble. I did hold them up to me and look in the mirror but that was it. When I got home, I tried everything on…and they all fit pretty perfectly. I was thrilled. But it was a risk seeing as I couldn’t take the items back.

But yea, that’s what I got. I know I say this every post…but I’m done shopping. I organized my closet on Sunday, and the amount of clothing I own is ridic. I don’t need anything. The only thing I can see myself purchasing (or will allow myself to purchase) is some new black and gray tights for winter.

Have you had any awesome finds as of late?

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