Thrifting to Get Through It

 

THRIFTING TO GET THROUGH IT

 

Nobody told me how hard it was going to be to help my oldest go to college.  Well let me tell you, if it wasn’t for having to write a review on a thrift store near my daughter’s college, I would have been a basket case.

Besides being the first time I have stayed in a hotel by myself, I was feeling quite emotional.  Fortunately  I had made commitments that kept me very busy while Maddy was picking out all her classes and getting prepared to enter into the next part of her life.

Here is Maddy modeling one of her many thrifted outfits.  College Wardrobe on a Thrift Store Budget.

Here is Maddy modeling one of her many thrifted outfits.  

(click HERE to read about her outfit)

I don’t know if the thrifting thing is bleeding over into all parts of my life or I was wanting to suffer because of my parental sadness, but I stayed at the cheapest hotel I could find and got a foot long Subway sandwich that was both my dinner and my breakfast.  I think my total expenses for the night were less than a hundred dollars and that included some incredible treasures during my review of the thrift stores.

Goodwill, 13311 San Pedro (281 & Bitters)

Goodwill, 3401 Fredericksburg

Goodwill, 727 NW Loop 410

 

Staying busy and escaping into my thrifting world got me through the registration weekend.  That was a few weeks ago.  Things haven’t gotten much easier.  The house is a lot quieter with one less kid, and I have a new closet to put my thrift treasures in.  It helps when she calls and wants us to come see her.  That will happen soon along with more reviews of thrift stores near you.

 

As always, Thrift with Style!

 

 

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

Spotty Dotty … College Wardrobe on a Thrifted Budget

 

College Visit and PERFECT outfit in polka dot cardigan!

College Visit and PERFECT outfit in polka dot cardigan!

We recently had a College Day visit and I was surprised at how casual most of the college kids dressed … as in “rolled out of bed look”.

With THRIFTING, you can afford to be cute and comfortable!   This outfit is a mixture of both thrifted and sale items.   The Fabulous woven purse was found on a trip to Guatemala (sorry, not thrifted)

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • Polka Dot Forever 21 Sweater    (Conroe Assistance League) ….. $4.00
  • Blue Button Up Express  Oxford Shirt   (Houston Goodwill)   …. $5.99

You can dress carefree and casual, have style AND be on a thrifting Budget!!!!!!!!!!!

Dress on a Thrift Store Budget

Dress on a Thrift Store Budget

 

 

Thrift Store Shop for College

Thrift Store Shop for College

 

 

 

Thrift Shop at Goodwill and Assistance League

Thrift Shop at Goodwill and Assistance League

 

Save Money on a College Budget!

Save Money on a College Budget!