Sunday, July 20, 2014

There's No Place Like Home Salvo Wednesday

I was a little short on time this Wednesday, so I decided to just go to one of my normal, local Salvos. I headed up to Greece and was not disappointed!

As always, I headed directly to the dresses upon arrival. I was there right as the store opened, so it wasn't too crowded yet and there were plenty of shopping carts to go around (not usually the case when I get there later). The dresses are currently being hung on large circular racks near the front of the store. Imagine my surprise as I found FOUR other women on the same rack as me after I started it alone. They seemed to keep expecting me to move to accommodate them as all four of them went willy-nilly around the rack. I didn't. I don't give way in the dress section. I WIN AT DRESSES.

In fact, that's what my cart looked like by the time I was done with just the dresses. Those are all dresses. I didn't buy all of them, but still. I could have. I WIN AT DRESSES.

Collection by Cherokee, $2.50

For instance, I won with this surprisingly comfortable sheath dress.

Express, $2.50
 I also won with this stretchy knit dress from Express!

Bailey Girl, $3
I won with this magenta, loose-fitting dress!

Sandra Darren, $2.50
 It's always winning when you find stuff in this shade of blue!

Top, Ambiance Apparel, $2.50
Pants, Willi Smith, $2
 I've been looking for black dress pants with a skinny or at least tapered ankle to wear with some of my more loose-fitting tops. Loose fitting tops and wide-legged bottoms seem like a bad idea to me. However, the only thing more difficult than finding loose-fitting tops instead of just-plain-big tops in unsorted racks is finding good quality dress pants in a sea of black pants that happen to have a tapered leg. I finally succeeded! 

I own one other top from Ambiance Apparel that is one of my very favorite shirts. So happy to have another!

Top, Forever 21, $1.50
Skirt, Ann Taylor Loft, $2.50
Cute top, cute skirt! More school year preparation.

As I was leaving, they wheeled out one more rack of clothes. I decided to check it out, and found this gem:

Calvin Klein, $10
Not half price and I don't even care. I WIN AT DRESSES.

Sometimes, there's no place like home for a really great Salvo hit.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Salvo Wednesday Road Trip!

For several years now, I've been meaning to drive out to Syracuse (about an hour-ish drive) to check out their Salvos. I'd heard from a student that they have a huge one, but I've been putting it off mostly because I hate driving. This week I bought a new car, so I thought it was a great time to take it for a spin and check out the stores in our neighboring city.

The first one I visited, on Erie Blvd., was HUGE. And surprisingly, I was able to get a shopping cart right away. I looked around and realized that it wasn't nearly as packed as the Rochester area stores are. Maybe they aren't as excited about half-off Wednesdays as we are here! I don't know why....

$9, Tommy Hilfiger
In case you've forgotten, on Wednesdays at every domestic Salvation Army Thrift store that I've ever visited (and that's a lot), four out of five color tags are half off. The colors are usually hanging from a sign in the store. I glanced up and thought that I saw a yellow tag, but the yellow turned out to be white instead. So I bought this thinking it was half off (and left behind several other items I probably would have taken home if I'd realized my error). I probably wouldn't have bought it if I'd realized it would be the full $9. But, it's work-friendly and has pockets, so it wasn't too big a regret.

Mossimo, $3.50

I decided it was time to make sure you could see the details on a dress rather than just saying "you probably can't see it, but...", so here's an up-close of the neckline of this lovely concert-appropriate dress. I think I'll probably be all set with new concert dresses next year.

Forever 21, $2.50

I've started noticing that most of my delightful drape-y style shirts are all gray or black. So I'm happy to throw some blue into the mix! I have to say that finding shirts in this loose-fitting style is a bit of a challenge. There's a fine line between a classy, drape-y shirt and one that is just plain too big, and it's not easy to pick out on the hanger in a store that refuses to sort by size.

American Eagle Outfitters, $2.50

So I added a little purple in there as well.

J Crew, $2.50

The color really didn't come out as well as I'd have liked... this is a 100% silk, deep purple top. Lovely!

Express, $3

It really pains me to buy fall clothes, but it has to happen sometime.

Express, $3

This isn't another fall item. This is an indoors-surviving-air-conditioning item.

Old Navy, $4

Decided to add a picture of the (very wrinkled) detailing at the neckline again. Beaded starbursts! But really... I'm really all set with concert dresses now, even casual ones.

There were four thrift stores listed in the Syracuse area, but even I can't shop that long, so I just chose a second. One of the stores, in North Syracuse, was listed as new, so I gave it a shot. And it was new - even the building, not just the store! It was hands-down the nicest Salvo I've ever been in. And it had a couple of nice finds inside.

Lauren Conrad, $3.50

Soft gray lace...this will look great with tights and boots when that thing happens that I don't want to talk about just right now.

Ann Taylor Loft, $2.50

You can always use new black dressy shirts!

Old Navy, $2

Loose and comfy for the rare days that I choose to wear a skirt/tank top situation instead of a straight up sundress. Rare. Of course, there's a teeny tiny hole on the back from the stapling. This store found it necessary to double-staple everything right on the fabric. Because clearly once doesn't do enough damage.

Ann Taylor Loft, $2.50

Another nice dressy shirt for work. A lot of great stuff this time around, but way too much of it is for fall or at least for the school year. I'm really yearning for some new summer finds while there's still some summer left to go!

Final verdict: Syracuse was worth the drive! I'll have to try it again next year!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

It's finally HERE!!! Salvo Wednesday 2014 #1

I don't think I even need to tell you how excited I am that summer is here. Let's put aside the fact that I'm on summer vacation, which means a lot of relaxation and some lazy mornings (not counting the ones where I'm getting up at the crack of dawn to run with a friend before she has to go to work). Let's instead focus on the fact that this was a brutal, cold winter, and it's finally hot again. Not just warm: HOT. Hot enough for this:

 and this...

....and this...

...and thank goodness, this:

And blessedly, the return of summer means the return of Salvo Wednesdays. For my first time out, I went to Dansville Salvo.

Maurice, $5
I am always hesitant about stripes, but this is so comfy and cute. I've been told to pair it with a red cardigan, but it turns out I don't own one. Which means I'm going to start looking, and also means I'll find everything BUT a red cardigan.

Anne Klein, $3.50
 New concert dress! I decided last year that I was sick of all of my concert dresses, which left me scrambling at concert time. Not this year!

Banana Republic, $4
Comfy, stretchy, Banana.

Top - Talbots, $0.50
Skirt - Ann Taylor, $2
The top is wrinkled but will be very cute when pressed. It pains me to buy fall clothes already, but it has to happen sometime!

Kirra, $1.50
 The best part about this top (aside from the fact that it's my favorite soft, stretchy knit) is the detailing on the sleeves. It's ribbon-like and beaded!

Decree, $1.50
 Drapey and not black or gray or white! Which seems to be the only colors I can find these things in.

Awesome back!

Vicky Vaughn Junior, $3
 This dress is a vintage circa-70s dress. I'm probably going to try to sell it on Ebay as it's a bit too big for me. There's a brown trim on the side that you can't really see, and it's all held together with thick ropes. Go 70s!

Randon flapper dress, $8
More than I usually pay, but this is a really well constructed costume piece. It's got silver as the base layer, and as you can see, that fringe can really fly. And who doesn't need a flapper dress once in a while?

 The last thing that I bought was intended to be sold online, as this dress is A) a tinch too tight on me and B) selling on Neiman Marcus for $165. However, I looked on Ebay and no one is buying these dresses. I guess it's to the consignment shop for this...

Laundry by Shelli Segal, $3
Anyway, a very good beginning! I have a few weeks of Salvoing here at home, and then I'll be off to Spain for a wedding for two weeks. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some thrift store finds there!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Salvo Wednesday: Is It Summer Yet?!?

If you live in the Northeastern US, particularly in Western NY, you've been on one heck of a roller coaster ride lately. Winter was a real jerk this year...bitter cold and blustery for a really, really long time. Then it got warm. Then there was a blizzard. Then it got warm again. Then it snowed again. This last weekend, it hit 80 two days in a row... and then snowed the next day. I want to say "make up your mind, Mother Nature!" but what I really mean is that she should make it up in the way that I want. And obviously, that's the summer way.

I always long for summer. This is an eternal truth. Even in the dead of summer, when I'm happily sweating in the sun, I'm nervous about winter returning and want it to be summer again before it's even over. I'm that crazy. But this year, in addition to the usual heat-loving-insanity, I am just plain sick of my winter clothes even more than usual (probably because I've been wearing them longer than usual). I don't want to wear sweaters. I don't want to wear scarves. And for the love of all that is good and holy, I don't want to put socks or tights on EVER AGAIN. I want to wear things like this:

Aeropostale, $4

Sundresses. I got to wear one last weekend, and it was EPIC. There may or may not have been tears. I'll never confess. The joy of maxi dresses is that you can wear them on untrustworthy summerlike "spring" days. It may feel warm enough for a sundress, but then the sun goes behind a cloud and you're freezing again. Lucky you - you're wearing a maxi dress and it covers your legs and you were smart enough to bring a cardigan along as well. Problem solved!

Mimi Chica, $5

The flowiness of this one is not shown well in the photo. It drapes perfectly and moves well. Enough that these were the only two dresses I bought. There were other lovely ones, but not worthy of my precious closet space. My closet is crammed and if I'm going to add new dresses, something else has to go. These were worth giving others the bump. The rest weren't, so they stayed at the Salvo.

Ann Taylor, $3.50
It's tweed and it's brown and it's lovely. It's very fall, and God willing, I won't have opportunity to wear it until at least next October.

Wet Seal, $3
I can't stop buying these loose-fitting, drape-y things. I've also learned that there is a huge difference between a loose-fitting shirt in your size and a shirt that's just too big. I can't tell you what that difference is, but one looks great and the other looks like you're a little kid wearing your mom's clothes. I can also tell you that they're next to impossible to differentiate on a hanger at a quick glance. This is making my browsing take a lot longer... but it's totally worth it. 

American Eagle Outfitters, $2.50
Drape-y AND a sweater! Again... I hope I don't have the chance to wear this till next fall!

Apt 9, $4
Shiny and drape-y! Fabulous! Now I just need slim-legged black dress pants. Because obviously this loose-fitting top trend doesn't work well with full bottoms of any kind.

Bandolino, $2
I have been looking everywhere for gray heels. I didn't really care what form they were in as long as they were gray and had heels. There are so many outfits that require this! The shoe gods finally smiled on me this week!

It's looking sunny and nicer for the next week, so my hopes are high. I think everyone's are, if the entire winter's worth of Facebook posts are any indication. I kept my mouth shut for almost all of it, but I have to warn everyone now: I will probably punch the first person who complains about the heat this summer. It had to be said.

So hopefully, the next post I make, it will be summer for real! I don't know about you, but I'm ready. Bring it, sunshine!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mid-Winter Delight!

It's been a long, cold winter here in Western NY, and I would never be so naive as to suggest that it's anywhere near over. However, after weeks of below-freezing and often below-zero temperatures, the sun made a very welcome appearance. The temperature climbed above the freezing mark. Things started to melt and people came out of hiding. 

Which means that the stores were packed today. It's a good thing I got to Henrietta right at the opening - it was already full of people, but I beat enough of the crowds to make some really good finds. I was not so lucky in Greece. I was late enough there that I didn't find one single thing. Fortunately, my earlier finds made up for it!

         Shabby Apple, $10
 I'd never heard of this label before, but based on the style (lace and hinting at vintage) I assumed it was ModCloth. I googled it to find a whole new delightful website dedicated to vintage-style clothing. I found what appears to be the dress - The Peony Dress - although the neckline is higher on mine. This was the only thing I bought that wasn't half off, but I figured $10 for a $96 dress is worth it!

American Eagle, $5
 Now, this one was half off. More lace - although of course we're 2 for 2 of stapling the pricetag directly to the lace - but while the last one was very sophisticated, this one is definitely more fun. Won't work for a concert dress, unfortunately (those are my uncovered knees!) but I'm sure I can find another use for a black dress!

Elle, $4.50
 I love maxi dresses. This one screams summer, and if it hadn't been nearly 50 and sunny today, it would probably have made me cry with longing. Came dangerously close as it was. There's a completely nonfunctional zipper on the bodice... only it can actually zip and unzip. WHY???

NY & Co, $6.50
The belt didn't come with it but it definitely needed a belt. Not sure that's my final choice, but it still helped. Fun colors, nice soft material!

One Clothing, $3.50
 Nice soft material, cheery coral color. Spring!

Kenar, $3
 Here's a sentence I've never had to type on my blog before: I had to remove shoulder pads from this. *shudder* But I love the drape and the shape of it.

H&M, $3
 You can't erally make out the cute cutouts along the neckline, but I swear they're there. At least you can KIND of see the beige piping along the neck, since I have been experimenting with a tan-in-a-bottle, so I'm not my normal shade that exactly matches the belt.

Max Studio, $3
A new maxi skirt! Hurrah! I love the layers, too. Soft, flowy, comfy. COME ON SUMMER!

Life is good, $3
I don't know much about this brand but it feels very yoga-y to me. Upon my usual research, I found that they do also sell yoga wear.  This skirt (in different colors, but the exact same style) is on the website for $46. Maybe I should start tracking how much I've saved...

Charter Club, $3
Shiny. Fitted. Gorgeous! (and according to eBay, since it's not at Macy's anymore, originally $59!)

I also bought a new, thick, squishy (LEI) winter coat for $3. I've learned that sometimes the best way to get winter to end is to buy great new winter stuff. Come on, coat. You can do it!