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This is a continuation of last weeks haul from the new Goodwill in Hampton… These are all items that were from the Outlet Center, which is clothes that have been removed from the stores after being there for a certain length of time and not selling.  They are taken to outlets and put into big blue bins you have to dig through and are sold by the pound…

First are sweaters that went to my daughter





These next two sweaters

went to my neice



These two sleeveless sweaters and the short sleeve one I’m keeping for myself. The pink one is Loft while the short sleeve one is Ann Taylor.




Now for Tunics and Tops

Second one is by Loft and I’ve already worn it with denim capris…




Posted this one yesterday

with a white skirt




The Next two

went to my daughter



Skirts and Dresses

This first one I gave to a friend whose style is bohemian





And Finally,

 a jacket for me


 Dear Readers, I love that I was able to provide things to my daughter, neice and best friend from this haul…My daughter really is starting from scratch and I hope to help her as much as possible.  I won’t be going back there any time soon… My heating and cooling system is shot and we have to come up with money for a new one… so my no shopping has to begin now!!!  


I am so beyond grateful to the wonderful woman who took the effort to roll down her window and tell my neice and I that we looked great!  It made my neices’s day… She was wearing a pink dress with the brown shrug shown above and a white seed beed necklace with dashes of brown in it… I was wearing brown shorts, a print top and a pink sweater (will show tomorrow).   

I am grateful to my son’s for cleaning up their room today!

I am grateful for the walk to the Dollar store and Bank with my neice 

I am grateful for the laughter and love among my children!  

I found this tunic while thrifting last spring and it just didn’t quite go over my hips, but now does so time to bring it out..


I felt really fun and spunky in this look , something I don’t always feel in pants…I think the combo of the larger floral print and  the shooties are what created that great feeling… I wore this grocery shopping at Bj’s and noticed a few admiring looks from fashionably dressed women in their late twenties to thirties, so guess I din’t look to wacky…


I think I might restyle this again with a grey shirt underneath or for warmer weather with just a tank top and maybe dark wash jeans.  All I know is that this tunic will get more use. Today, I needed the lightweight cobalt sweater underneath as temperatures were only near 50 today… Going to be in the mid 40’s tomorrow…Spring just teased us!   IMG_3022Dear Readers I am feeling much better and hope that is the end of it… I am mentally focused on losing these last ten pounds.  For those who don’t think I need to lose another ten please understand that I am just trying to get back to the figure I know and love that disappeared due to anxiety and depression over losing a store I loved and watching dementia in my mother.  I like the current body, but just feel short of loving it and the ability to like myself in pants with the shirt tucked in.. Once there I will feel confident in everything I wear and be back to myself..In the interest of full disclosure, I am 5 ft 3 inches and 140lbs.  That is the highest weight WW’s recommends as a healthy goal weight for my height. The lowest is 113, so I am aiming for near the middle.  Now off to exercise, doing my fluidity ballet bar and toning with weights.   

Gratitude:  I am grateful to be feeling better and to have gone out and done some much needed grocery shopping.  I am grateful that I ate really well today and exercised.   I am also grateful that I bought great things to keep me on track.

Money was extremely tight this week and I absolutely love my husband for taking my change jar to Kroger to cash it in to give me a budget to to thrift shopping this week… 


I found this Michael Kors all white dress, with POCKETS for just $6.99.  So many possibilities to style this one are swirling in that creative brain of mine!


On my wish list right now are some full skirts as I love them in place of shorts for the summer... Not to say I won’t wear shorts, just like the variation in my wardrobe…  I love the three colors here that offer me 3 choices in tops without even having to think about it… Actually there are two shades of pink I could do… With a price of just $2.50, this was a no brainer!


Another full skirt for just $2.50.  What I loved about this one was that it has belt loops which is perfect for adding a pop of color.  I already tried it with a yellow, pink and green belt!  Another versatile piece to play with!


This burgundy Aigner purse was just $4.00 and is in excellent like new condition.  This brand was a favorite of my mother’s and I now own three in this brand , all of which have been thrifted for just $4 each…

And Last but of all is the DVF dress that is new with tags and a thrifted find and gift from a friend!


It is no coincidence that while in the Carribean,  I mentioned that it was a dream of mine to own a DVF dress!  

Dear Readers, I consider this a very successful thrifting week as all items have been on my wish list.  Do you have a running wish list?  My current one involves shopping retail, not thrift and includes, pointed flats, edgey sandals, faux leather vest and other vests, (which can be thrifted finds) Any favorites???  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with laughter, family and friends!

I just  purchased this vest on Ebay and hope I like it, never been a vest wearer by going to try this for spring/summer...

Black and White Punk Goth Gothic Halter Vest | eBay

Gratitude:  I am grateful to my friend for fulfilling my dream of owning a DVF dress!  I am grateful that I purchased the Fluidity Ballet Bar last year and still love the workouts and look forward to them. I am grateful to my husband for surprising me with flowers for no special occasion.  I am grateful that after being woken up at 4:30 a. m. and 6:30 a.m. by the dog that I fell back asleep and that just by chance my homeschooling child slept in late as well!  I am grateful for the test preparation and the opportunity for Connor to see that his instincts in spelling are really good (something I noticed years ago, but he didn’t trust in himself).  I am grateful for the weekend and my Saturday plans to hang out with a friend.   

This week I went thrifting for a single mom friend of mine to help create a style that she feels is more her, bohemian…. It was fun since it is not at all my style.  I hope that she likes my interpretation.  Going to have to wait to deliver the goods and see how I did. No photographs,but would love to do a photo session with her once we get her a great wardrobe that she feels is her.

Giving to others brings me much pleasure, but when thrifting, it’s almost impossible to not indulge and buy a few things for myself.

This J. Crew dress is such a fabulous color and a very flattering style.  Ready for a vacation to warmer climates or may just have to wait until summer….This cost me just $3.50. The color isn’t showing up well, so imagine it as “watermelon”.


This navy sweater by Ann Taylor Petite is so thick and warm that I just couldn’t pass it up, after all it was half price day and was only $2.00.  I love heavy sweaters!


This ruffle grey sheer blouse is just the thing for my romantic side and I have a perfect cami to wear under it.  It is a Mossimo and was just $1.50.


Last is this sweater that literally felt like it called to me.  The colors are all ones that I am drawn to and the added button detail just takes it up a notch.  It is by Tad b and was just $1.50. Not knowing this brand but feeling like it was good quality, I looked it up and found that it is carried in Dillards, Norsdstrom  and Lord & Taylor.



I love thrifting and had great conversations with other thrifters who all say after starting this that they can not see going back to full retail… I am not of that mindset.  While I love the ability to get really well made items for less, I still will want to shop retail.  I think it will just be a matter of adding a few things each season that follow the trends once I sift through and keep only what flatters me and that I love…

I do have one major complaint about Salvation Army thrift store as they staple the price tags onto the clothing, making it very difficult to remove the tags without putting holes in cotton shirts…I used a pair of tweezers to remove them,but still had problems…

Gratitude: Glad for the weekend and break from blogging, was a busy week… Looking forward to first weekend with all 6 of us home….Most grateful that my daughters school thought outside the box and really tried to take the stress out of exam week by bringing  dogs on campus, creating an ice skating rink, adding a tent into the library with tactile activities such as legos and playdough… So grateful that all the pressure of taking GRE, applying to grad schools, doing a senior project and just higher level classes, all are gone and my daughters light is shining brightly again!

Dear Readers, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and will come back next week to see what I am up to… Take care and take time to enjoy family!

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