13 02, 2020

For the LOVE of Thrifting!

By | 2020-02-13T16:12:46+00:00 February 13th, 2020|2 Comments

Hello friends,

This week’s thrift hunt was exciting! You might even say I LOVED it! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and Cupid knocked on my door and asked that I devote this week’s blog to a Valentine’s day fashion outfit.

It took me some time to score anything red that would fit me, but I managed to find some gorgeous, yet simple outfits from the place that has my heart – Goodwill!

blogger in outfit
Not bad for $10, right?

This first outfit is a plain white distressed sweater paired with a bold red floral wrap skirt. I decided to pair them together because the distressed sweater gives off a stylish street edgy vibe and the skirt gives off a bold and gracious vibe.

sweater with tag
skirt with tag

As you can see, each piece was under $5 at Goodwill! Be still my heart! This outfit is perfect for an afternoon lunch with your date on Valentine’s day or a Sunday brunch with your girls.

Now for my second outfit — I like to think that this dress chose me before I could choose it! I found it for just $5.98 at Goodwill. It has a knot front and an open midriff.

dress with tag

The open midriff style is a bit outside my comfort zone, but I was in love and couldn’t leave it on the rack. I figured there HAD to be a way to style it so it was in my comfort zone without taking away the fashion sense or identity of the dress. And I found a way! I decided to wear a white tube top to cover the chest area and still look fabulous.

blogger in dress
Happily in my comfort zone!

This dress is fun and flirty and is totally perfect for a date night!

I have no plans for Valentine’s Day, but you can certainly bet I will be dressed up in my newfound favorite dress watching my favorite movie (Catch Me if You Can), on Netflix.

 

blogger smiling
I hope you enjoy all the Hershey’s kisses and love!
3 02, 2020

Work It!

By | 2020-02-03T18:11:04+00:00 February 3rd, 2020|6 Comments

Hello my lovely friends,

Since it’s the start of a new year, there have been a lot of meetings at work lately. I work part- time at a bank and I usually dress business casual. This week, I had to meet with my department manager, so I had to look professional. Of course, Goodwill was my go-to! I love to wear long sleeve blouses; they provide me with warmth and comfort, especially when it is freezing cold at work. I decided to wear this super cute Ann Taylor top; which cost me just $9.98 at Goodwill.

shirt with price tag

The material is so soft and easy to iron.  I also love the lace and neck details on the top. The label kind of felt a bit stiff and I thought it would make me itch, but that was not the case at all. It is a large size. Although I love to wear loose-fitting clothes, I was a bit skeptical about how it would look on me. But as you can see, it made me very happy!

smiling selfie
A selfie on my way to work!

I paired the top with trousers from White House Black Market. These pants were also $9.98 from Goodwill, which is a GREAT price for that label! I don’t own too many trousers with patterns, so I was excited to have them. I love that the ankles were not a loose fit. The material is also stretchy. I hope to wear these cuties for a long time.

pants with price tag

For shoes, I usually opt for flats. But this time I wanted to have an elevated look. I decided to pair the outfit with these simple yet stylish shoes which I found for $9.96 at Goodwill. They’re like brand new! Even with a heel they were very comfortable. On my way to work I grabbed a pair of black flats in case my feet began to hurt, but truth be told, I could have just left them at home and spared myself the extra load.

shoes with price

This $30 outfit, all from Goodwill, was all I needed to rock my day at work. It also helped me exude more confidence while executing all my tasks! 

sitting down in outfit

I hope you have a lovely week friends!

standing up in outfit
See you next week!
27 01, 2020

Longboard Fashion

By | 2020-01-27T16:02:44+00:00 January 27th, 2020|2 Comments

Hello lovely friends,

I cannot believe we are almost done with the month of January. I hope all has been well with you. School has been great so far and not too stressful. (At least not yet haha). I’ve been managing my time well, so I decided to get back to an old hobby – longboarding. I haven’t been on my board for about 6 months.

I decided to fashionably debut my first longboard ride of the year, courtesy of Goodwill.

shirt with tags on

On this longboard thrift hunt, I spotted this button up shirt from Vans. It was originally marked as $39.50. Goodwill priced it at $7.98; which is a steal! But to top it off, it was a red tag discount week, so I paid just 4 BUCKS for the shirt. Although I shop at Goodwill all the time, I’m always amazed at the inventory and the prices!

blogger wearing shirt
Super cute, right?

The other item I found was also brand new with tags on! Old Navy jeans, with a stretchy, super skinny fit. I paid $9.98 for these.

jeans with tags on

I always opt for a high waist skinny jean because low waist jeans pull down when I bend low. These pants are perfect, giving me comfort and mobility while I cruise on my board.

blogger sitting on longboard

My thrift hunt was incredibly terrific. I wanted to literally purchase the entire store. Getting back on my board felt nice. I had fun riding my board while looking fashionable at the park. I would totally love to know how you spend your leisure time, and what hobbies you have. Drop a comment below!

blogger standing with longboard
See you next time!
15 01, 2020

Campus Chic

By | 2020-01-15T16:08:35+00:00 January 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Happy New Year, my lovely friends and fellow thrifters!

I hope the holidays brought you more joy than you could ever imagine. Mine was great. I got to catch up on some much needed sleep. School resumed for the spring semester and I’m excited to get it done and over with. I decided to you show you my super casual (yet stylish!) on-a-budget school outfit. The lecture rooms are always cold and I hate shivering to my bones. So I decided to wear a sweater.

I came across this Express sweater from Goodwill. It is unbelievably soft and light weight. It had a little stain on the arm, but it was in a great condition. The price was $7.98, which is amazing, but I asked for a discount because of the stain. The manager was incredibly sweet and offered it to me for half off! Say whaaat?!

On the first day back from the holiday break I wanted to look a bit stylish and chic. I decided to pair my outfit with these heeled “flats” I found at Goodwill, just $7.96!  I usually opt for a pair of flat shoes since the lecture halls and buildings are quite a stretch from each other, but these shoes felt like walking on clouds and they did not make much noise either!

My first day back to school was amazing! I liked all my professors. This simple outfit gave me all the comfort I needed. I felt cozy, comfy, and cute – which contributed to an effective learning day for me!

 

(It’s also good to learn you can look great while dressing for less! I give myself an A+!)

2 01, 2020

TWO party outfits for $22!

By | 2020-01-02T14:27:22+00:00 January 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

Hello lovely thrifters,

It’s 2020 already! I hope all your dreams and plans worked out for you this year. I never have any concrete resolutions, but 2019 has been a year of personal growth for me.

On this week’s Goodwill hunt, I want to show you my New Year’s Eve outfit ideas. I saw a shimmery black miniskirt from Goodwill for $4.48 and I suddenly had lots of ideas on how to style it.

During my shopping week the Goodwill Color of the Week was purple. I was in luck! I found a beautiful blush mini dress with the original Goodwill price of $9.98 – with a purple tag it was a steal for 50 percent off! The dress originally sold at Macy’s, and still had all its original Macy’s tags. I thought it could be a perfect color block if paired with the sparkly skirt.

The other item I found was a nice 100 percent silk top with a beautiful neck design. It looked brand new and was just $4.48 at Goodwill. (For now this shirt is my absolute favorite.) The color and the style has stolen my heart.

While shopping I almost gave up hope on finding shoes, but the Goodwill guardian angels were beside me! I found the coolest and most comfortable silver platform shoes. I was super excited when I found them and they fit just right! Best of all, the Goodwill price tag was just $7.96!

Say bye bye to partying in heels. I’m jubilating into 2020 with the comfy shoes!

So after spending about $22 at Goodwill, I came up with these two party outfit ideas! That’s $11 an outfit, friends!

Here I tucked the blush-colored mini-dress into the sparkly skirt – I LOVE the color combination (and the shoes!)
This is the sparkly skirt paired with my beloved silk blouse – and the awesome platform sneakers!

Which outfit is your favorite? Drop a comment and let me know!

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!

10 12, 2019

Joy to My Wallet!

By | 2019-12-10T13:41:22+00:00 December 10th, 2019|2 Comments

Hello lovely thrifters,
I’m Esther Bemah, also known as @thriftybesther on Instagram. About a year ago, I realized I could share my thrifted outfits and style with my friends on Instagram. I want people to know you CAN look your best on a budget! Nothing is more exciting than wearing your favorite brand labels at inexpensive prices while looking your absolute best! I’m super excited to use this space to share my love for thrifting and hopefully encourage you all to keep up the thrift life.

So, this past weekend I had the privilege of attending a Christmas party. I knew Goodwill would be the best place I could find the outfit I wanted to wear to the event. Lo and behold, Goodwill never ceases to amaze me! I found a brand new cute black mini dress from Zara. The original price was €39.95: which converts to about $44.00. But guess how much I purchased it from Goodwill?

dress and price tag
YUP, just $5.98 at Goodwill, brand new, tags still on!

I was able to pair the dress with red Calvin Klein heels, which were $14.96 at Goodwill, but the original price on Calvin’s website was over $100! You can see from the picture, the are like-new and super festive!

Also, since the evening weather was a bit chilly, I threw on a black London Fog jacket I thrifted over a year ago from Goodwill. I accessorized the outfit with two rings I purchased from Goodwill as well.

My outfit was incredibly comfortable, especially the shoes. I was able to dance the night away; which made me thoroughly enjoy the event! Below are some pictures of how I styled my new outfit.

I cannot wait to share more of my future finds!

Happy thrifting and Merry Christmas!

12 07, 2019

Porch PUNCH!

By | 2019-07-12T14:17:56+00:00 July 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Hello everyone and Happy Summer!
I hope you all have found a way to stay cool this season!  It has been a hot one so far.  Speaking of summer, I have been wanting to re-do our back porch for a while now.  We have been trying to re-paint the house and porch as well but have not had much success with all the rain.  I didn’t want to wait any longer to put my Goodwill finds to use so, here is what I found to spruce up the porch. Enjoy!

BEFORE – my porch was just a dull area with some seat cushions and nothing else.

porch furniture

So, I made a trip to Goodwill to see what I could find to spruce things up and add some color and life! First I found this table decor that was only about $2.16 on Goodwill’s half off color tag sale.
The faux greenery I already had.

table vase decor

This glass vase was just $4.98!

glass vase with rope

I also picked up the bar stool-turned-plant-stand for $2.98, again with Goodwill’s half off color tag sale!

bar stool with plant

The finishing touches were two throw pillows I found for $2.98 each at Goodwill, and a rug for $9.98. Here’s my “after” porch…with a PUNCH!

decorated porch

I hope you’re inspired to go take a look at your local Goodwill and see what you can find to change the look of an area of your home.

Most of all, have fun with it!

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!