The other day I went shopping, looking for Halloween inspiration for the upcoming holiday for my REAL costume...and also for any other possible video tutorial looks I could quickly come up with. Well, I don't know about you, but I really didn't want to fork out hundreds of dinero this year (or any year, to be honest) on that super fun glamour and seasonal attire. So I went shopping around. I didn't expect to find what I found...
I found a scary sight.
So good and scary that you will scream with delight.
Okay, so maybe not so extreme, but if you are a fashionista, or a slave to the world of makeup and fun, fierce, fabulous looks, then you too will be super excited.
I went to a thrift store...and no, not to national franchises such as the Goodwill or Value Village, but rather to a local thrift store that tends to have lower prices than those big stores. It is also non-profit, but more localized, which I love. I really like supporting my local businesses.
Now before you get your glued-on vampire fangs bent all out of shape thinking, "Eeeew," just think for a moment. Most thrift stores have very strict rules and regulations regarding what is donated. They will not place an item for sale if it is obviously infested with some sort of life-form, and many owners will not even place something on a shelf that they wouldn't purchase themselves...at least that is how it is at this one particular thrift store I stopped at practices their business...I believe that is particularly mind-easing and makes it so much easier to love my bargain purchases. As with even the brand new items, one must jimmy with them to make the items exactly what we need them to be, but that's what makes this dress-up game so much fun. All that creativity and craftiness. So much fun!!!!! I cannot say it enough...but I could shout it out super loud!
that is so completely awesome and fun!
So, sit back and enjoy my picture montage of all the fun items I got for super cheap at this my local thrift store! (And stay tuned for the 'scary' grand total cost at the end!)
their site). You would die if you know how much I paid for this at a thrift store...I think it adds to the business man look, or even to a high fashion androgynous look for women. Yay!
And last, but obviously not least by far is this wig that I fell in love with. I feel very jazzy and full of razzamatazz here...can you guess what look I just might create for you using this wig? Oh yes. You can guess. It may be cliched now that so many YouTube beauty gurus are out there doing makeup, but you know what? I don't care. I do what I do for you guys who read my blog and watch my videos exclusively. That makes me the bees' knees, right? ;-) A wig like this sells for $10. (Pst! Here's a little secret I'm sharing with only you blog friends: this wig color is almost the exact shade of my natural hair...so different, isn't it?! Which do you prefer? Blond, blue, pink, black, or....
|Before I chopped off all my hair in 2010.|
Well, my hairstyle changes all the time, so I will save that for another blog day.
So let's go back and add up the grand total cost of these new costume items if purchased full price:
$170.00. One hundred seventy dollars. That's a lot of moolah! *GULP*
Obviously I wouldn't spend that kind of money on silly items, so how much did I actually spend?
Feather boa: $3.50
Witch's hat: $1.50
Blue wig: $0.95
Pink wig: $3.95
Purple veil: $0.75
Fedora hat: $1.25
Silk scarf: $1.25
Silk tie: $0.10 (YES, only a DIME!)
Black wig: $0.75 (didn't have a price tag, so the lady made up a price on the spot)
add in an 8.6% sales tax and the grand total is: *drum roll*
a measley $10.91!!!!!
I saved $159.09 by purchasing gently used items at a thrift store. OH YEAH BABY! That means that the money I saved can be used for other, more necessary things...like the laundry detergent and groceries I bought the other day. haha
What was your biggest and scariest steal? Tell me about the best deal you have found at a thrift store!
With a big HA HA HA HAaaaapy grin on my face and a big bag full of goodies,