Last month I stopped by the thrift store to see if I could find any decent work clothes. I used to find a lot of good work clothes about five years ago, but I was smaller then and wore shorter skirts. I wasn’t too sure what I would find now, but I knew even a few nice tops would help, because I already have some plain black pants I wore at my last school job.
I’m not one to share or enjoy “haul” videos or posts, so you’ll have to take my word for it when I say I got a great haul that day!
I got four plain tops that can be mixed and matched with several things I already have. I got two tank tops for layering with stuff I already have. I got a printed top (still work appropriate) and two solid cardigans, because I need to cover some of my ink at work. I got a casual dress, a long skirt, and a knee-length skirt I will most likely wear with colored tights or leggings I already own. Everything I got mixes and matches together and with stuff I already own, except the dress which stands alone.
BONUS: I got this dress at the thrift store back in 2013 and wore it a lot with a yellow tank underneath. That tank expired in 2015, so this dress semi-retired even though I love it. I wore a white tank under it sometimes but it looked like bra straps and I didn’t like it. I found a pale yellow tee at the thrift store once and wore it, but the yellows were off and it bugged me even though they were complementary. One of the tops I found this thrift visit was the PERFECT yellow! I am so excited and have already gotten compliments on how well the yellows match. Plus, the yellow shirt looks cute with the new skirt I bought.
I also got six frames of various sizes that I put photographs in to hang on a gallery wall, which looks great! I’ve been wanting to spice up this wall forever so I was glad to find cheap but quality frames at the thrift store instead of having to spend more for lower quality to buy new at a store like Michaels. Plus getting them at the thrift store made it a one stop shop!
Twelve articles of clothing and six frames cost me $40. Some shirts were a dollar or two, while the dress was closer to seven, and the sweaters about four. Still, everything was cheaper than buying new, plus better for the environment than buying new!
I know I technically could have done without some of these clothes, but I like having options for work. I never would have been comfortable buying myself this much new – t-shirts alone could be $8! But now the stuff I have can last me year-round with layering, so I don’t see having to buy anything new for awhile (knock on wood).