Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thrifted Treasures

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june 3
works cited: dress c/o five bamboo; thrifted cardigan; urban outfitters flats

Sometimes I find trips to the thrift store frustrating because I never find the particular thing I'm looking for. Last week when I was dying to find braided belts and espadrilles (entirely without luck), I stumbled upon this bright blue short-sleeved cardigan, which I decided to take home with me. After I washed it, I realized that it's superfine merino wool (so finely woven that the sweater is as soft as cotton) and when I googled the label (elie tahiri), I realized I had accidentally stumbled on a ridiculously fancy, expensive sweater. For $2. In my size. Though there was nary as espadrille to be found, a designer sweater for the price of a popsicle did help soften the blow.

34 comments:

Monique said...

I am definitely going to try this look, putting a belt over a cardi and dress! You are a wonderful inspiration Tania! xx

April said...

I've found that I have to go into thrift stores with no expectations, or I get frustrated. In the back of my mind I have a list, of course, but I can't look for anything specific.

I really like how you paired the yellow flats with this outfit.

Kat said...

Ooogh, I do love thrifting! I found a $400 dress last weekend for $6.

That cardi is a great color too!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Your braided high bun is ridiculously cute and OMG an elie tahari sweater for $2???? JEALOUS!!! :D
xxx

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Sarah said...

Cute outfit - the sweater is a great color.

I had a similar lovely thrifting experience this weekend at our local Salvation Army - a lightweight merino J Crew cardigan for $2!

Liz said...

I love those great thrift store finds you don't realize are great finds until after the fact. And the blue sweater with the yellow flats is such a lovely color combo :)

Style Journey said...

Love the blue sweater with the yellow shoes.

If I go to the thrift store with no expectations I usually find great things. If I go with something specific in mind, no luck!

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

I absolutely love the blue and yellow combo - and great score on the cardi!

XO
Lenore

Bethanne said...

My professional suits are all Elie Tahari - what a find! And such a pretty color, too. :)

Eclectic Flair said...

Love that blue color too, specially paired with the yellow!! :D

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Allison said...

Ooh, what a lucky find! I stumbled upon a Tahari skirt once while thrifting. Like you I didn't recognize the name in the store, but I was pretty happy once I got home and Googled.

KM said...

That cardigan is gorgeous! Congrats! you have a great eye for thrifting.

I find that I make silly purchases at thrift stores when I get hung up on the label--even though an item isn't quite my style, I'll think, 'but its by X and its only $2, what a steal' and buy it but never wear it. I don't think you'll have that problem with this sweater, though, its perfect.

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

Ooh, yeah, Elie Tahari is good stuff! I used to sell it when I worked retail right after college. You got quite the deal!

Cadam said...

Love it when that happens. We have a Goodwill Outlet where I live, so you have to dig through piles of clothing to find the worthwhile pieces. I always feel like I've uncovered buried treasure (and at $1.59 a pound, it's always worth the digging).

Penny said...

blue+yellow is such a summer happy combination!
regarding thrifting- i ve only managed to find one beautiful skirt so far but the journey continues :P

Val Fox said...

Awesome find! I wish we had more thrift stores where I live so I could try to do the same!
-Val

http://aTexanOdyssey.blogspot.com/

Aimee said...

Your bun looks great!

SoFashionistica said...

That blue cardigan was an awesome and if i might add, lucky find! For $2....score!
Oh and I really like the yellow flat touch, makes me want to bring mine out again but unfortunately since it has been raining and gloomy in california, I don't want to risk getting them dirty.Guess I'll have to wait till summer comes...if it ever does!

Julie said...

That is my absolute favorite shad of blue! You definitely scored with this purchase!

Virginie's Cinema said...

I can't believe I never thought of googling my thrifted finds, what a great idea! I love love love the braided top bun (and Joanna's DIYs!) and the yellow flats add the perfect kick of colour :)


Virginie

Ashely said...

What a spectacular thrifted find! I love it when you find a treasure like this, and the color is amazing!

ash
www.countrygirlcityworld.com

Cel said...

I'd found a beautiful Free People dress at the thrift store on Sunday, but it was not in my size, lucky you finding the item that fit!

abby | ybba said...

I love cardigans! I actually have a pretty bad luck finding them in thrift stores though!

BTW you look so lovely! ^__^ I have a friend who thinks that if you buy something in thrift shops, it's bad luck, but I don't think it's bad luck at all! Picking the right items for your style just makes you look super good! {:

-Abby

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Laura Hanson said...

If I remember correctly, you didn't even try on the sweater ... looks gorgeous =)

becoming teacher misty said...

Beautiful little braided bun!

Emily said...

It always cracks me up with the thrift stores price F21 & Merona stuff high and then leave and Eli Tahiri sweater at $2.

Artful Daydreamer said...

you're hair is adorable in this post!

Emily said...

Isn't buying something for cheap and then realizing it should have been expensive the best? Congratulations on such a great find!

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Amber said...

I love thrift store magic! Great find! The blue is such a beautiful color for you. I've always found that patience is a virtue where thrifting is concerned. I'm sure the perfect pair of espadrille's will show up soon. :)

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Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

Love the little dashes of yellow in this outfit!

Jul said...

This outfit is perfection! I love blue + yellow.

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shelby said...

I love it when that happens with thrift finds! xx

HailesHeartsFashion said...

wow I love your hair here and the outfit is pretty cool too. Love the choice of colours - really individual and has the geek chic kinda feel. Great post :)

http://hailesheartsfashion.blogspot.com/

Willard Green said...

Brilliant! Was at temple today and people were wandering around wearing white sheets, green aprons and bakers hats and some were in a swimming pool baptising corpses! I asked this fool behind a veil what was going on but he just mumbled put his hands through a slit in the veil and started washing me whilst mumbling some tripe! Can you tell me are these people sane?

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