It’s that special time of the month when I confess how much I overspent share my purchases.  February is a short month but that didn’t mean I spent less.  Oh no sirree.  In fact, it was another double thrift haul month – for a good reason!  My birthday is in February so today I will share my “regular” thrift haul as well as my birthday haul WHICH DOESN’T COUNT SO THERE.  My monthly thrifted budget* is $50, but since I went significantly over last month (insert sheephish emoji), I started February with a balance of $41.90 and here’s how it went downhill broke down…

*#badatbudgeting

I was looking for a white tee but the thrift mojo provided me with a yellow one - new with tags, $4.
I was looking for a white tee but the thrift mojo provided me with a yellow one – new with tags, $4.
Cobalt heart print top $9
Cobalt heart print top $9

This suit is so beautiful! There's one teensy little problem...

I actually bought this vintage Christian Dior suit at the same time as the cobalt heart print top and it didn't dawn on me till I got home that they go great together! The Lauren Conrad top was more expensive than the suit - $9 and $8 respectively!!!!
Vintage Christian Dior suit $8
Cobalt leather belt $3
Cobalt leather belt $3 – you never know when you might need one!!
Green leather Banana Republic belt $5.60 - you never know when you might need one! Actually, I've been hunting for a skinny leather green belt for a long time so this was a score!
Green leather Banana Republic belt $5.60 – you never know when you might need one! Actually, I’ve been hunting for a skinny leather green belt for a long time so this was a score!
But am I a scarf person? HECK YEAH! Especially with all these gorgeous colours!! $4 at VV Boutique!! #thriftshop #thriftscore
Pastels scarf $4
Love these earrings from Salvation army $2
Love these earrings from Salvation army $2
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Black and silver hinged oval cuff of awesomeness $2
Aerosoles leather shoes $2.50 from Hope Missions Bargain Shoppe! AWESOME! (though unceremoniously photographed on my kitchen counter)
Aerosoles leather shoes $2.50 from Hope Missions Bargain Shoppe! AWESOME! (though unceremoniously photographed on my kitchen counter)
Strand of black glass beads (I think, what do I know) 50 cents from Hope Missions.
Strand of black glass beads (I think, what do I know) 50 cents from Hope Missions.

That’s “it!”  Ten items taking me right to my budget…

  • Yellow tee $4
  • Cobalt heart print top $9
  • Christian Dior vintage suit $8
  • Cobalt leather belt $3
  • Green leather belt $5.60 
  • Pastels scarf $4
  • Earrings $2
  • Black cuff $2
  • Aerosoles leather shoes $2.50
  • Black necklace $0.50
  • TOTAL: $40.60
  • Balance: $1.30!!!  (not in the red… yet)

If this was the end of the story, it wouldn’t be so bad.  BUT I had $50 of birthday thrifting money (thanks Hon, thanks Sis!) and then I had amazing thrifting luck and the 20% birthday discount, so I couldn’t possibly leave any of the following items behind, I’m sure you can understand, so I slightly exceeded my gifted funds.  Oops.

Polka dot top $
Polka dot top $4.80 – and YES I’m wearing this on Tuesday for the Tuesday Try!
Mustard skirt $7 - AT LAST my heart's desire fulfilled!!
Mustard skirt $8 – AT LAST my heart’s desire fulfilled!!
I wore this skirt with my chambray and a loose top but can't wait to wear it with something tucked to show off all the pretty details!
I wore this skirt with my chambray and a loose top but can’t wait to wear it with something tucked to show off all the pretty details!
Elie Tahari for $7 is a STEAL!
Elie Tahari for $5.60 is a STEAL!
I can't resist an ankle crop printed pant, especially for $6.40!
I can’t resist an ankle crop printed pant, especially for $6.40!
I don't know about this half-tuck business, but it was worth a try with my new $4.80 green chinos!
I also scored $4.80 green chinos to replace my beloved green pants which didn’t make the Konmari cuts!
BCBG Max Azria wrap dress for $9. So much I love here - wrap dress, green, pink, comfortable, great price! Could NOT say no to it!
BCBG Max Azria wrap dress for $9.60.  There’s so much I love here – wrap dress, green, pink, comfortable – all in one designer dress at a great price! Could NOT say no to it!

These shoes!!! Swoon! They were part of my birthday thrift haul (comind soon) and retail for $400-500!!

Look at the heels!!
Birthday shoes #1 – Stuart Weitzman iridescent slides for $10.40 – retail for over $400!
These shoes ought to get me into any country club around! They retail for more than $400!
These Stuart Weitzman shoes were in perfect condition and though relatively “expensive” for thrift at $20, they are a classic and retail for more than $400!  Birthday shoes #2!
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Red leather boots $13.60 which I HAD to have, obv.  Birthday shoes #3!

I know, I really gifted myself for my birthday but, in my defense, I was looking for a white t-shirt (!) and ended up finding quality pieces worth hundreds of dollars that spark joy and will have some longevity in my closet which makes it good decision-making, for realz.  I have a bit of a contingency fund of earned money for occasions such as these… and, er, solo parenting shopping… and er, Plato’s closet shopping… the point is, that well hasn’t run dry yet so it’s all good… though I may have to start running home at lunch to put on a new outfit like a thrifting diva!

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4 Comments

  1. Shannon Ebbesen Reply

    I love this post…I laughed out loud obv U0001f496U0001f352

  2. Leah Storrow Reply

    The red Dior suit / the pastel scarf / and the skirts!!! February was HUGE

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