26 12, 2019

My Resolution: Be Super Stylish!

By | 2019-12-26T15:24:33+00:00 December 26th, 2019|1 Comment

Hello lovely friends/thrifters,

I hope you’re having a great holiday season! I know I am. A few days ago I had the pleasure of modeling for Goodwill on FOX 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay morning show. The segment was about how to dress for less for the holidays. This outfit and all the others featured that morning were from Goodwill. I think my outfit would be perfect for an evening Christmas church service or a fancy holiday dinner party. It’s a classic!

full outfit

The A-line Kardashian Kollection dress from the Goodwill in Oldsmar was priced at $5.98. I must admit, I was not over-the-top excited when I saw the dress until I tried it on. The cutout back and the gold shimmer makes the dress more fun and irresistible, and adds just the right touch of PARTY!

See what I mean?

With the indecisive nature of Florida weather, you  never know when some chilly weather might sneak up on you. So I matched the dress with a BCBG cape coat I found at the Tampa Goodwill. The Goodwill price was just $9.98! Say what?! Yup you read that right.

BCBG is an expensive brand I can only afford from Goodwill! The coat is almost new and a steal at a fraction of its regular retail price. (To be honest, I feel like I cheated Goodwill on this one, but that’s what makes thrifting fun!)

Feeling warm and fashionable!

An outfit like this isn’t complete without some great shoes! Again, Goodwill for the win! The sparkly gold heels are by Enzo Angiolini, and I snatched them up from the St. Petersburg Goodwill on Gandy Blvd. Enzo Angiolini shoes can be found at Nordstrom, Dillards, and Macy’s. You can guess how high of a price they retail for. But Goodwill never fails! These extremely comfortable and like-new high heels were just $9.96! Catch me on the dance floor for New Year’s Eve in them!

How much more dazzling can you look for just under 30 bucks? Thank you Goodwill!

20 12, 2019

Thanks, it has pockets!

By | 2019-12-20T20:11:39+00:00 December 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Hello lovely thrifters!

On this week’s hunt, I came across a dress that would be perfect to wear for a holiday gathering with friends and family! It’s really comfy, and best of all it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Plus it can be worn in the summer and winter (Florida winters anyway!) And who doesn’t like an outfit that can multi-task, right?

From a distance the color made it seem a little worn, but it isn’t! Best of all, the price at Goodwill was just $5.98, which is what most dresses are sold for at Goodwill.

dress on hanger

Did I mention it has POCKETS? Sign me up for any dress with pockets! It was one of the main reasons I chose it. It reminds me of this meme!:

For our cooler “winter” weather, I decided to pair the dress with a light sweater turtleneck I already owned.

blogger in outfit
Cute right?

To make the outfit a bit festive, I also threw on a pair of red earrings and matched them with a cute red bag. An outfit is almost never complete if I’m not wearing a ring. All the emerald-colored rings I’m wearing here are from Goodwill, and they usually sell for around $6.98

blogger wearing dress

A friend invited me over for a Christmas party dinner and I can’t wait to attend with my super cute dress from Goodwill…with POCKETS! I’ll be stuffing all the yummy desserts in them!

21 05, 2019

A Tricky Wall

By | 2019-05-21T14:13:14+00:00 May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Hello Everyone! I’m Mercedes from Tampa, a Goodwill-Suncoast guest blogger. I hope you enjoy this post and some inspiration.

I absolutely LOVE to decorate and can’t wait to show you what I did over the weekend with my awesome Goodwill finds! You can usually find me at the Oldsmar superstore on the weekends searching for treasures.  Don’t forget the color tag sales!  I find things half off all the time.

Let’s jump right in and see what I got! I have been wanting a small gallery wall and I found the perfect items this weekend.

This was my cart at the end of the trip.  There are some items in the cart you will see the next time I post on the blog.

cart of items

First up is this cute sign with the arrows.  The Goodwill price was $2.98 but it was originally $15.99 from a department store.

framed picture

Next, I found these.  They were both less than $4. at Goodwill.

wooden wall decor

Here is the wall I’m working with.  It’s a bit awkward because there are vaulted ceilings so the wall comes in at a slant. It made it hard for me to picture everything straight. Still, I really like the way it turned out.  I already had the “Home” letters and the wreath.  Don’t forget to shop from other rooms in your home if you need more items. Thanks to my awesome hubby for leveling things out for me. 

living room

Let me know what you think!

27 11, 2018

An Amazing Fall Haul!

By | 2018-11-27T20:19:36+00:00 November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

I know spring cleaning is a thing, but hubby and I recently did some fall cleaning and that made more room in my closet for goodies!

Let me tell you what…I just love Goodwill’s Color of the Week program! It’s like a little extra bonus when you find something you love with that special little tag.

I went to the new location at 2550 34th St. N in St. Petersburg and came away with this whole lot for $57! Let’s count…

…that’s 12 things. TWELVE! And numerous things still had store tags!

pile of clothes

This might be my favorite new shirt. I love florals. Check! I love things I can wear with multiple colors. Check! I love sleeveless things because I’m always hot…lol. Check! Ann Taylor and less than $5! A cheery look with this previously purchased LuLaRoe skirt from Goodwill!

Huntress in outfit

I know for a fact this skirt originally came from Bealls Outlet because I’ve eyed it there before. I even know how much it is, and it’s twice the “boutique” price I paid at Goodwill. This was a $7 splurge, y’all! I paired it with those Vince Camuto studded heels and a plain white tee. Perfection!

Huntress in outfit

This White House Black Market shirt didn’t have tags on it, but the fabric looked suspiciously new to me…

This was a steal at only $4.48! Their shirts run about $50-100. Please ignore my less-than-enthusiastic sick-as-a-dog expression. I promise I’m jumping for joy inside!

I paired it with yet another LuLaRoe skirt that I can never match ANYTHING with and a chunky heeled Nine West slingback.

Huntress in outfit

I have another Goodwill haul to share with you all soon! Until then, Happy Hunting!

21 09, 2018

My Endless Summer

By | 2018-09-21T18:34:36+00:00 September 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Oh my! Can you believe summer is coming to an end already? Even though it’s 90-something degrees outside and perpetually sweaty?

I recently got a little bored with everything I’ve already paired in my closet and thought I’d try something wild. Ok, not that wild. What better to tie together an old Target navy and green tee and Goodwill acquired New York & Co. coral capris than floral pumps?! I snagged these at Goodwill a few years back and they are still some of my favorites. Since all of these items have been in my closet for while, I can’t give their exact price to you, but you know how I shop. Share the thrifty love!

floral pumps

One of the pluses of living in Florida is the constant ability to wear brights and florals even as the seasons change. I plan on taking advantage of that as long as I can.

Here I am feeling myself in a sleeveless Papaya top that I got for $4 at Goodwill and a Tommy Hilfiger khaki pencil skirt for $6 (also from Goodwill) with some White House Black Market rose colored pumps for less than $10 (!) at Goodwill. Even though these pumps are rose, they almost are a neutral in my opinion. What do you think?

I love this top and have worn it plenty of times both casually and professionally. A great snag!

We are just gonna pretend I never swore off the bathroom mirror, ok? I can’t be snapping selfies in an elevator full of people, y’all!

What matters here is the Goodwill prices anyway! Liz Claiborne sleeveless blouse $4…generic green skirt $4…studded Vince Camuto putty colored heels that have just enough *kick* to add a little flair to anything $12! That’s a cool as cucumber professional outfit for a mere $20!

(Sad to report this skirt ripped this very day and had to be retired. RIP, fun color. Thanks for being worth your price. <3)

Have you found anything good lately? Looking forward to next time, Hunters!

 

 

29 08, 2018

Red,White & Thrifty!

By | 2018-08-29T17:19:06+00:00 August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

I’ve come to realize my promise of no bathroom selfies just isn’t feasible. One only has access to so many full length mirrors in their daily lives.

This next little patriotic outfit will definitely be on repeat in my closet even though I’ve had all the pieces forever! I paired this Liz Claiborne navy peplum top with a LuLaRoe bright red skirt and a pair of suede Jessica Simpson heels. Everything from Goodwill except that awesome necklace–that comes from my mama’s stash of cool stuff she’s given me over the years.

The white is obviously my pale skin. America!

outfit selfie

Story time! On a recent trip to the Goodwill store on Gandy Blvd, it seemed like all of St. Pete had come out with me. There were people everywhere. I loved seeing so many people finding deals! While we were waiting to check out, a cute little girl was entertaining herself by trying on all the sunglasses. She tried on this next pair, grinned, and put them back. So I snagged them. Who wouldn’t snag brand new Foster Grants for just $3.99?!?

Full disclosure, on the same Goodwill trip I didn’t end up buying these next shoes, which I may end up regretting. They were super, super cute but I just couldn’t see myself wearing them with much AND they weren’t exactly the most comfortable. They were only $7.96 but I decided to save my closet for something I would both love and wear often. Plus I’d never heard of the brand. Lots of cons, not many pros. But look how cute…

I’ll leave you with this photo of me obviously feeling myself in head to toe Goodwill. Goodwill blouse. Goodwill skirt. Goodwill shoes.

You guys know I love the bright cheery colors in office settings! I did just donate this skirt too, so it’s up for grabs if you guys really like 😉

outfit selfie

10 08, 2018

Boots, flats, tops and capris!

By | 2018-08-10T12:55:37+00:00 August 10th, 2018|0 Comments

On big laundry days, I laugh because my wardrobe is so similar when I see it all in one place. Here’s a recent “dry-cleaning” session in my bathroom. Notice a trend?

hanging clothes

Can you pick the new stuff?! Five of those nine hanging pieces are new additions to my closet after an incredibly successful day at the Gandy Goodwill at 10596 Gandy Blvd. in St. Pete. Those five items cost me less than $20!

  • American Eagle top $2.98
  • C&E printed top $4.48
  • Violet & Claire peplum top $4.48
  • eci floral pants $4.98
  • Dana Buchanan capri pants $4.98 but 50% off because they were the color tag of the week!

I also found two new pairs of shoes (gasp…not heels!) on that same trip! This pair of Bamboo nude flats was only $3.50 after their 50% off deal. I took a Magic Eraser to them at home and you can see the difference below. Someone gave up on them too soon! And they allowed me to donate a pair of nude heels in my closet. It’s the Circle of Goodwill Life!

pair of shoes

I also found these amazingly soft leather Sam Edelman ankle boots for $6.96 on that same Gandy trip. Maybe I can’t wear them for a few months, but they will be worth every morning I pass them by in my closet. This brand of boots retails for quite a bit more (check out Nordstrom and the like) so I was super excited to find them.

ankle boots

After Goodwill, I scooted across the bridge and checked out this little nugget, my friend Whitney’s new kid Finnegan! I can’t promise you’ll find anything like him at the stores, but I thought I’d share him anyway. Happy Hunting!

sleeping puppy

 

30 07, 2018

Rainy Days & Mondays

By | 2018-07-30T19:02:56+00:00 July 30th, 2018|0 Comments

My GOODNESS it’s been raining a lot lately! I’ve killed a lot of rainy hours this month inside Goodwill. Whenever that happens, I end up looking at all the goodies I would normally breeze past. New home goods! Ooo a cat toy. And you just know you’ll find something good in the art bin. Something like, a needlepoint monk, perhaps?

needlepoint monk

(And no, you can’t have it. One friend has already requested that I go back and purchase it for her.)

I also found this nifty shelf-mirror which I sent to my husband as a hint but he was either too slow to respond or very smart. I suspect the latter.

On a recent rainy Sunday, I visited the new Goodwill at 2550 34th St. N. in St. Pete. My cousin Sarah came with me (a fellow GW Enthusiast!) and we listened to it pour while we wandered. I didn’t leave with much, but I did find these (brand new?!) Nike sneakers! $6.96! Woohoo! Sarah left with a cart full of various home decor and made me promise to keep my eyes peeled for dining room chairs. I’m on it!

I also brought home a new casual T-shirt from American Eagle that I paid less than $3 after Goodwill’s Color of the Week discount! I have already worn it while eating and dropped food on it. I am a mess.

In all reality, I’ve been doing the 9-5 grind a lot lately with an event thrown in here or there. I recently figured out a way to pair two items from Goodwill I’ve worn separately a million times and I got SO MANY COMPLIMENTS on my “cute little set.” News flash: not a set. And not a name brand. (Except those Aldo pumps I’ve featured before.) But let’s not let them know that.

 

Looking forward to sharing some more of my new pairings with you! Happy Hunting!

6 06, 2018

Shoes, Skirts, Repeat!

By | 2018-06-06T11:35:17+00:00 June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

First off, I have a confession to make. I didn’t buy this shirt at Goodwill. I bought it at Target more years ago than I will admit here and it is two sizes too big. BUT it’s great for days you feel like wearing something light and blousy and no one knows a thing once you cinch it with a belt!

I paired it with a LuLaRoe skirt I found brand new a few months ago. I’ll admit I’d always been curious about the hype of this particular brand but I wasn’t willing to spend the amount of money required to buy….anything from them. It was super convenient to find my favorite article of clothing to test out for less than $5!

The faux-leather Jessica Simpson heels are my go-to rainy weather shoe. While I prefer leather, it’s a great idea to keep something synthetic in your closet for those (ever-present) Florida rainy days. I never worry about ruining them. And the day I do…I’ll go find another pair!

I had to work for these next shoes but they are oh-so-worth-it. I bought them for $9.98 with stars in my eyes a while ago. I didn’t inspect them well enough and when I got them home I discovered

A BROKEN STRAP

that I somehow missed in the store! I had a wedding to attend recently and they were the absolute perfect shoe…so I sewed. And I sewed. And I sewed some more. And in the end, you couldn’t even tell and they held up all night.

Considering they retail for over $100, I’d say it was a good save. They’re pretty funky but I can’t wait to find something else to wear them with!

shoes and skirt

Happy Hunting, my friends! I hope you’re leaving some pencil skirts and heels for me!

2 05, 2018

New Raves & Old Faves

By | 2018-05-02T16:49:01+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

I was sooooooooo excited when I found this next skirt: a combination of all my favorite things! Stretchy! Black and white! Colorful! A print! It’s not any particularly well known brand – Sunny Leigh, but I’ve already worn the heck out of all $5.98 of it. My favorite color to pair with it is black since it’s a little busy, but part of its glory is that it could go with so many colors.

The faux-suede red Jessica Simpson heels from my closet were a perfect complement and the high sides on this little back tee are both flattering and let me show off a little more of the fun print.

Side note: breakfast is the most important meal of the day and as you can see…I drink mine!

While we’re on the subject of color, let me tell you a little funny story. I was wearing this next outfit when I walked into a luncheon…late…where everyone was wearing black and white business attire. OOPS. Can’t help being myself!

My favorite jacket paired with a highlighter yellow blouse and a floral printed top. Nude Nine West T-strap heels finish it off. Head to toe from Goodwill for around $25. Jealous yet?

With my concentration on the new job, I haven’t been to Goodwill in a few weeks! This is a situation that needs to be rectified immediately…

Have you guys been snatching up all the good stuff in my absence? I hope you’ve left some for me!