CUTE Teen Style ~ Back to School outfit found @ San Antonio Goodwill

 

CUTE Teen Style ~ Back to School outfit found @ San Antonio Goodwill

This time of year is expensive if you have children in school!  School supplies, new shoes, new clothes, backpack, doctor visits, medical exams for sports, money in the lunch account, extra school supplies for the classroom, lab fees, book fees, and everything else.  Looking for ways to save here and there, shopping at Goodwill sure does help the budget!

We found a GAP cotton crew sweater and HOLLISTER skirt … both in perfect condition!

Drum roll please …. this entire outfit for under $10!

 

Back to School outfit found for under $10

Back to School outfit found for under $10

 

shhhh ... do not tell her that I actually got a picture of her smiling :)

shhhh … do not tell her that I actually got a picture of her smiling 🙂

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So Preppy so Pink! Polo and JCREW ~ Thrift Store Style

 

So Preppy so Pink! Polo and JCREW ~ Thrift Store Style

Now maybe it is my age but I grew up being enthralled with “preppy”.  My grandma would get the Lillian Vernon catalog and that was my Preppy Bible!  Remember we did not have the internet, the TV shows were more like “Bewitched” or “I Dream of Jeannie”.   One of the hottest movies was “The Breakfast Club” and James Spader was ALL THAT!

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Unfortunately it wasn’t in my budget and you couldn’t really find these items in a thrift store … if I would have only known about “recreating” an outfit from a magazine or catalog.

I was so excited when I found this pair of JCREW chino shorts for my daughter @ San Antonio Goodwill for only $2.99 (retail $45) and to complete the outfit, I found this pink, sleeveless POLO shirt for $3.99.  (retails $89.50) … let me say that I almost fell over when she said “Yes, I will wear pink!”.  A grand total of $6.98 from GOODWILL .. how awesome is that!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hold on ... she even had her nails done in PINK!!!!!!!!

Hold on … she even had her nails done in PINK!!!!!!!!

I KNOW I am dreaming when my daughter decides to wear PINK after 3rd grade.

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I can’t even tell you how happy I was she wore a pink shirt. and it is a complete DREAM that she would ever wear a Lilly Pulitzer dress, but I can dream … it is my blog right!

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Shopping Thrift Stores: Should I get that item?

 

Shopping Thrift Stores:   Should I get that item? 

How many times have you found a fabulous item at a thrift store that you just aren’t sure what to do with or if you will wear it or what to wear it with?

or even a small stain (I will share my secret that works 9 out of 10 times!)

“How to style a fabulous thrift store find?” …

I found this curtain panel for $2.99 and I wasn’t sure what it would look like as a table cloth.  I typed in “blue white tablecloth” in Pinterest and found this … I LOVE IT!

This curtain panel was $2.99 and I use it as a table cloth!

This curtain panel was $2.99 and I use it as a table cloth!

Here is a “boho” style blouse for $3.99.   Its not really my style, I thought my daughter might like it so I typed in “boho top”.

Boho linen blouse for $3.99 @ Goodwill

Boho linen blouse for $3.99 @ Goodwill

 

I found this huge bulletin board for $4.99, I have paid $40 for this size @ Office Depot.   After looking through Pinterest, I decided it was a good make-over project!

Bulletin board for $4.99 ... perfect for a make-over!

Bulletin board for $4.99 … perfect for a make-over!

 

This dress is a perfect example of trying a “trend” for pennies on the dollar!   Radiant orchid is the color of the year and for $5.99 I can be right on trend!

Color of the year ... Radiant Orchid!   Dress for $5.99

Color of the year … Radiant Orchid! Dress for $5.99

If you want to get more ideas about thrifting on Pinterest click HERE to follow me and HERE / Goodwill San Antonio for lots of inspiration!

Oh yes ….. now for my secret formula to remove stains 9 times out of 10.

I pick up awesome clothes at thrift stores and I am not afraid of a stain (which is usually why the item was donated).   I put Dawn on overnight and it is amazing!

Folex is another miracle worker!

These work for me 9 times out of 10!

These work for me 9 times out of 10!

 

I love shopping at San Antonio Goodwill stores because they have fantastic prices (and clean and organized!).

Fantastic prices!

Fantastic prices!

Clean and organized

Clean and organized

Be sure and check out my  San Antonio Goodwill Store Reviews:

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

Just remember all Goodwill does for the community.  Every 14 seconds someone gets a job because of work done by Goodwill.

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Bow Bracelets! Ugly fashion or wrong size, but COOL Fabric … What to Do

 

Ugly fashion or wrong size, but COOL Fabric … What to Do!

How many times have you come across a super ugly dress, or the wrong size blouse or pants at a thrift store, but darn they are made out of great fabric!    Of course I always put it in my cart, pushing it around the entire time, hoping I can think of a way to make this item work for me … ha ha!    Now I have found the perfect solution … make a Bow Bracelet!

Preppy Bow Bracelet

Preppy Bow Bracelet

Here is a great example … this Lilly Pulitzer “house dress” is not the cutest thing or even close to it.   Maybe 30 years ago a house dress was in style?

 

Lilly Pulitzer House Dress

Lilly Pulitzer House Dress

 

Or this little girl dress (my little girl is 14, this won’t work!) …

Lilly Pulitzer dress for little girl

Lilly Pulitzer dress for little girl

Soooo on Pinterest (here is a link to my Thrift Store Board) I found this awesome idea of making “bow” bracelets out of fabric!   Make them from different clothing that has fantastic fabric or from men’s silk ties.  The prices of clothing @ San Antonio Goodwill stores are cheap!!!!  Silk Ties only $1.99, Dresses $5.99  @ San Antonio Goodwill stores … AMAZING prices!

Here are some ideas:  I think you could make 50+ bow bracelets from one dress!   Sell them, eeek …. they sell from $20 -$40 each or give them as gifts.  What a fun way to use adorable fabric.   If you know me … you know what your next gift will be 🙂

Whale Silk Tie Bracelet

Whale Silk Tie Bracelet

Cute Bow Bracelet

Cute Bow Bracelet

 

Striped Bow Bracelet

Striped Bow Bracelet

I always love stripes!

I always love stripes!

 

Lillly Pulitzer bracelet

Lillly Pulitzer bracelet

Lillly Pulitzer ... more ideas of what to do with great fabric!

Lillly Pulitzer … more ideas of what to do with great fabric!

More extra fabric ideas .....

More extra fabric ideas …..

 

Thrifted Mens silk tie

Thrifted Mens silk tie

 

 

Cute Lilly Pulitzer dress!   ...  fun fabric!

Cute Lilly Pulitzer dress! … fun fabric!

 

Goodwill makes thrift store shopping soooo easy!!!!

Goodwill makes thrift store shopping soooo easy!!!!

Be sure and check out my  San Antonio Goodwill Store Reviews:

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

 

Just remember all Goodwill does for the community.  Every 14 seconds someone gets a job because of work done by Goodwill.

 

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Stunning Graduation Dress for $5.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

 Stunning Graduation Dress for $5.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

Maddy, graduated this past spring and to celebrate this momentous day, I wanted her to feel beautiful and took her to the mall to pick out a dress.

We bought her a dress that looked amazing on her but when it actually came down to the event she decided to wear this dress I had found for her at Goodwill, in San Antonio, for $5.99.

Dress for $5.99 @ Goodwill (she was nominated for best legs at her High School)

Dress for $5.99 @ Goodwill
(she was nominated for best legs at her High School)

Don't you love the back of this dress!

Don’t you love the back of this dress!

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This experience taught me that it doesn’t matter where you buy something or how much it cost … what does it make you feel like when you put it on?

She felt and looked like a million bucks!   Plus I would feel like that everyday if I had her legs 🙂

Her graduation gift was a trip to New York City  (cute as can be, wearing almost all thrifted clothing)

I am always impressed with the prices at the Goodwill stores in San Antonio!

Here are my reviews of a few of the San Antonio Goodwill stores:

Goodwill, Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

Goodwill, 12322 West I-10

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Goodwill and your Dorm Room ~ Thrift Store Style!

Planning her college dorm room has been so much fun the past few months!  Both Maddy and I have spent hours on Pinterest looking for ideas.  Of course while thrifting we would pick up things here and there.   She decided to go with an eclectic mix of bright, yet subdued mix of colors.

If I would have EVEN tried to buy her a perfect “matching” room I think she would have died … that is soooo NOT COOL in college!

You would not believe how many people stopped by her room to “ooooh and aaahhhh” … they had not really planned on decorating but to do everything for way under a $100 is awesome!

(she just sent me a message, her friends want me to take them shopping to show them how to thrift!)

Dorm Room ~ Goodwill Thrift Store Style

Dorm Room ~ Goodwill Thrift Store Style

 

We found this HUGE corkboard at San Antonio Goodwill!   Score for $5.99

(we recovered it with fabric & a staple gun for $8.99)

 

Huge corkboard @ San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

Huge corkboard @ San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

 

Call me a dumpster diver … but I found the black table,  under the fridge, on the side of the road on garbage day.  FREE!

The white dresser was from a builder/model home throwing stuff away … I just happened to be there on the right day!

The pink tulle from local crafting store was only $1.29 a yard .. a HUGE statement for a little bit of money!

Tulle @ $1.29 yard makes a big statement!

Tulle @ $1.29 yard makes a big statement!

 

Next we found this Brand NEW still in package duvet cover from Bombay Kids, original price $99.99 .. Goodwill price $9.99

Brand NEW Bombay Kids duvet cover for $9.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

Brand NEW Bombay Kids duvet cover for $9.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

Goodwill thrift store shopping for dorm room!

Goodwill thrift store shopping for dorm room!

 

 

We had a quilt that we cut to fit perfectly in the NEW duvet cover!  I tacked it into place so it wouldn't slide around!

We had a quilt that we cut to fit perfectly in the NEW duvet cover! I tacked it into place so it wouldn’t slide around!

 

This was $9.99 @ Goodwill, we painted and added hooks inside!

This was $9.99 @ Goodwill, we painted and added hooks inside!

We added hooks inside to make this a jewelry cabinet!

We added hooks inside to make this a jewelry cabinet!

Maddy's idea to hot glue gun flowers, pearls and twine to the outside of this jewelry cabinet!

Maddy’s idea to hot glue gun flowers, pearls and twine to the outside of this jewelry cabinet!

Her little "kitchen" with ceramic "Pottery Barn" basket weave bowl to hold fruit and the large rectangle basket to hold dishes and food!  (both items from Goodwill)

Her little “kitchen” with ceramic “Pottery Barn” basket weave bowl to hold fruit and the large rectangle basket to hold dishes and food! (both items from Goodwill)

LOOK at these awesome “Pottery Barn” lights, brand new still in package we got for $2.99 each @ Goodwill!

Pottery Barn lights brand NEW for $2.99 each box!

Pottery Barn lights brand NEW for $2.99 each box!

Maddy repainted this old sign into something personal for her room!

Repaint something old into new!

Repaint something old into new!

We got this calendar, really nice and sturdy, in the frame for $3.99!  and a glass tumbler to hold markers for .49

Calendar framed eraser board for $3.99 and glass tumbler for markers .49

Calendar framed eraser board for $3.99 and glass tumbler for markers .49

 

I just found this cool Chinese lantern and lamp to take to her next time I visit!

Chinese Lantern from Goodwill thrift store for $4.99

Chinese Lantern from Goodwill thrift store for $4.99

Cute lamp that will fit perfectly in her room for $4.99

Cute lamp that will fit perfectly in her room for $4.99

 

 

Keep watching …. I will take pictures of our college dorm shopping trip!

As always, thrift with style!

Its official .... Goodwill Blogger for 2013