A few weeks ago, when I arrived to my parents for some lunch and catch-up, my mom asked me to follow her to her bedroom, where she pulled out a bag of goodies. She was clearing out her jewelry and wanted to offer it to me. Little did she know I was just thinking about wanting to expand my jewelry collection a bit, and little did we both know this pink flower hiding at the bottom of the bag would be the perfect compliment to this outfit. In fact, when I first spotted this necklace in the bag I was a little concerned. Can a pink flower be worn without looking to Kindergarten-ish? Pairing it with the outfit proved my concerns wrong. It was the perfect touch of whimsy to an otherwise simple outfit.
Being a thrifter means that I not only enjoy a little retail therapy, but also that I often donate a lot of my clothes to thrifty places. It's like the circle of retail. One woman's trash, is another woman's thrifting heaven. Whenever I find great items, I tend to donate a few in return. Sort of like planting seeds. Well, at least that's how I justify it to myself. Plus donating means I have more hanger space for my new finds, and who doesn't need more hanger space? I took a bag recently to Plato's Closet, a local consignment store that buys gently used clothes, and advertises them towards a younger teenage crowd. Sadly, the rejected all of my items, (" we're mostly full, and those boots had a small scuff on the toe". Really Plato's Closet??) but I didn't walk out empty handed. I hoped to walk out of there $10 richer, and instead walked out $16 poorer. They had a great collection of belts, which is another element of my wardrobe I've been meaning to expand on. 4 new belts, and $15 later I left a happy woman. The Circle of Retail often gives back to those who have the patience to thrift. Just don't forget to leave a few seeds in their place...
Shirt: Target $6
Skirt: Goodwill $3
Necklace: Free from Mom's Collection
Shoes: Target new via Goodwill $6
Gray Tights: Dollar Store $1
Belt: Plato's Closet $4