My thrifted charcoal gray sweater with metallic silver threads has been a part of my fall/winter wardrobe since late 2011 or early 2012. I purchased it from America's Thrift Store in Pell City on a girl's day out with a former co-worker and very good friend, Judy. Judy is no longer with us, but I think about her each time I wear it. In the past I've worn it with black dress pants or wool skirts, but this year I'm wearing it a different way. The silver metallic works well with a silver evening maxi, another Nappy Model favorite! And oh, I remember what Judy purchased that day, a pair of Harley Davidson jeans!
Long gone are the days when you could fill up up your shopping cart with quality thrifted deals. Now, second hand clothing is mostly junk and it's a very sad day when I leave the store empty-handed. Is it because I'm a snob and refuse to pay even $2.99 for a Rue 21 top or I'm disgusted by outrageous pricing of items that are one wear away from needing to be thrown away? Yes and yes! That's why I'm holding on the good buys from previous years and wearing them until they are transparent. But seriously, not much has been added to my wardrobe this season and I see absolutely nothing wrong with wearing last year's clothing. On the other hand, I see everything wrong with the madness going on in thrift stores and it's being done in the name of charity.
Check out last year's (or the year before) thrifted pieces.
Quilted leather front, elastic back and side panels vest
Fitted black turtleneck
To anyone unfamiliar with store brands, AE is synonymous with American Eagle clothing. At a local thrift store though, the letters a and e take on a new meaning. Check your ticket, those two little letters in the left hand corner have a meaning. If the first letter is an a, that means that particular brand is considered top quality. From viewing several different tickets, Banana Republic, Gap, and Express fall under the a category. If the first letter is a b, then that reflects what the thrift store considers to be mid-range, such as Maurices or maybe even Cato. If the the first letter is a c, the thrift store considers that to be the lowest level which may include stores such as Walmart and Kmart brands. Well, what about the 100's of different designer labels found in Saks, for example? How would they know? That's what the computer is for, the label is entered, and high end store pops up and the price goes through the roof!
Now, let's move on to the second letter, which could be an e or g. E means the item is in excellent condition and g means in good condition. I've personally never seen anything other than e or g, and believe me, and a lot of items should fall in a p category, poor. Poor items are stained, ripped, hems needing repair, sweaters that are full of fuzzy lint balls and have holes, and so on.
So, now you know why that sweater in poor condition has a high price. It comes from a high end store and in the thrift store eyes, everything on the floor is either good or excellent!
He's all over the news, flaunting his billions and with promises of making America great again. We've heard that one before, right? Well, if we had more quality clothing manufacturers in the US, maybe I wouldn't be stuck with this shoddy Old Navy sweater (probably made in a sweatshop in Bangladesh before being sold in a thrift sweatshop in Alabama) with colors that faded even after following the manufacturer's instructions. And, by the way Trump, can you bring more clothing manufacturing jobs back to the US and since you're a billionaire, can you refund the $3.99 that I wasted on this patriotic sweater? You might just get my vote!
Why do makeup artists wear all black? My guess would be that they use magic potions and wands to transform women into the most beautiful creatures on earth and we all know that good witches and magicians wear all black. Right?
According to theglamsquadfiles.com:
The real reason why Makeup Artists (and work crews) originally started wearing black was because in the live theater world backstage the crew wore black so they could still keep working backstage and not be seen by the audience while working.Crew would blend into the background with the black curtains and walls and usually everything backstage is black.
I like my theory better!
I'm getting really good at this. I mean, I can almost get a vibe when I pull into the parking lot of a thrift store as to whether or not some goodies are inside. My vibe told me that the Goodwill at Lily Flagg (Huntsville) was not a good thrift store, but I decided to look anyways. I headed straight for the belts and noticed that they all had a Target brand. No offense to Target lovers, but I have yet to see a leather belt made by Mossimo, Merona, or Xhiliration. Then, I searched for the purse section, but only saw the remnants of what was once a purse hanging on a round rack. I already know that if the accessories are a bummer, then the majority of the time, the clothes are too. I was right again. It appeared to be a Target closeout store and mind you, it was not the best of Target either. I searched through some old albums and exited the doors without a purchase. I really would like to give this store the lowest score possible based on quality items, but that wouldn't be fair. It was clean, fairly organized, and the prices were identical to local Goodwill stores which is reasonable, and the staff was friendly. Though I wouldn't recommend it to other snobby thrifters, I'm giving it a 2.5 out of 5 stars as not to totally offend Target lovers..... (Smile)
I visited Loris in Huntsville for a few days this past week. While she was at work during the day, my youngest daughter and I camped out at Belk's Parkway Place Mall location, selling Belk charity event tickets and secretly crushing on all the bags and shoes that entered those doors; Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Brahmin, Coach, and more. It appeared that most every woman carried a nice bag and wore nice shoes. Even though my outfits were thrifted, I still received many compliments and even shared fashion tips with a few. Check out my pieces. How would you wear them?
Poor Dude. On his last event to Alabaster, he needed a new belt and the selection of men's belts in the thrift store looked pretty bad. So bad, until an Italian leather belt for $1.48 was the only one that would fit his 36 inch waist. Good price, right? Wrong! The inside of the belt was in such poor condition that I'm surprised that it ever made its way to the sales floor. But desperate times call for desperate measures...thrift store owners know that! Hey, anybody wanna buy a belt buckle?
Loris' studded peep toe booties have seen better days. Great for creating rock and roll looks, these babies have rocked themselves to sleep. Should we donate them to charity? Based on what I'm seeing the local thrift stores, these shoes could easily bring $5.99 or much more even though the heels are wobbly and the insides are cracked. So, are we donating? No! These shoes deserve a proper burial in the nearest dumpster!
Nappy Models love to feature thrifted pieces combined to make a fierce outfit. Today's grouping is our "First Lady" look with a floral, foil print peplum top ($1.99), slim fitting trousers ($3.99), and laser print cut out pumps ($2.99). Complete outfit for less than $10.00. Now, that's a smart way to spend your money for a first class look!