Welcome to September! As we head down the final stretch of 2017, I keep asking myself where the days have gone. It feels like just a few weeks ago that I posted my spring fashion finds. It’s actually been three months! I thought today would be good to share an update on my summer thrift fashion finds and related topics.
It might seem strange for a frugal living and personal finance blog to address fashion. I’ve been told before that I’m off-topic when I write about fashion on the blog. But one of the reasons that I like to share my fashion finds to show people that it doesn’t cost a lot of money to dress in style.
Another reason is to show that buying and selling used items including clothes is a viable side job. While you won’t grow rich doing it, you don’t have to have extraordinary amounts of skill to do it and it can be done in your free time. Finally, it’s fun! Who doesn’t like to see great bargains?
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I’ve been lucky this summer. Although I didn’t spend as much time thrift shopping as I wanted to, I found great items from Kate Spade, Madewell, Lululemon, and Anthropologie. Here’s a look at a few below. All of these except one of the dresses were $9.99 or below. I know that’s considered expensive to some people, but that’s how thrift stores are priced around here.
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I notice that when I shop, I stick to several brands that I know and like. There is so much out there that I’m sure I’m missing. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep expanding your knowledge of brands and in-demand items in order to improve your business and sales. I’m trying to branch out, although I’ve been slow at it. This summer I sold Nike shoes and Rocky gloves (below) and even some vintage Snoopy cups. I probably wouldn’t have picked those up before, but I’m glad I did because they sold. It’s an experience learning what sells well and what doesn’t.
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In June, I attended the GILT sample sale here in San Francisco. I’ve never attended a sample sale before so I didn’t know what to expect. And honestly, being as frugal as I am, I didn’t expect to purchase any designer goods for myself.
I lined up about 30 minutes before the sale opened and the line was already so long. There were at least 100 people ahead of me, if not a couple of hundred. When I finally got it, I did a quick survey of what was being sold on the first floor, then ran upstairs to take a look at the racks and racks of clothes. I found a beautiful jacquard dress by Proenza Schouler, but I couldn’t justify $400 even for that loveliness. I took some pictures of it for memory’s sake and went on my way.
What did I find? Some MCM backpacks at about $900 on sale. I passed on those for sure. After all was said and done, I walked away with a pretty Kate Spade pink purse. It must’ve been put back on the purse table because I didn’t see it there on my first time around. Forty-five dollars for a $348 purse? I’ll take it!
Goodwill Store Closing
On a disappointing note, the largest Goodwill store in San Francisco closed last month. It’s unfortunate because it was a source of employment and inexpensive clothing and household goods for the community. It was also a convenient place for me to go shopping. This is part of a growing trend of certain types of businesses closing in San Francisco.
Another Goodwill I frequented closed last year. I’ve heard that a separate thrift store in my neighborhood is scheduled to close within the next year. There are, of course, other places in San Francisco to find thrifted clothes. Still, I can’t help but be disappointed at the change and wonder if I will be able to keep thrifting as I do.
Finally, I have a few more posts on thrifting shopping and selling online in the works. I’m trying a few new strategies on Poshmark and elsewhere to see how that will affect sales. In the meantime, I want to hear from you. What questions do you have for me about thrift shopping and/or selling online? If I get enough questions, I will answer them in a future post.
And as usual, I love hearing about your fashion finds and thrifting successes. What did you find for yourself or to sell this summer?
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