Thrift Shop Come-Ups

"I'm gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket....."

Er...I'll stop now, because I am not Macklemore. I do have something in common with him, though - we both love a come-up (that means a bargain, apparently).

Thrift shops are funny old places. Long gone are the days when you could waltz in to your local with a fiver in hand, rummage around a bit and emerge with a Mulberry handbag and enough change to treat yourself to a battered sausage from the chippy on the corner. (I know someone who did pretty much exactly this a few years ago). I often check out the second-hand shops around the Kings Road and Pimlico when I'm in London because I'd read that the capital's thrift shops were awash with high end bargains, and indeed they are. They just have price tags to match. I didn't find any bargains in particular, in fact some of the stuff was pretty much what you'd pay for it new. (One example I saw was a second-hand French Connection cardigan for £30. THIRTY POUNDS! For a smelly old cardigan! I mean, ok, it wasn't old, or smelly...but thirty quid is steep for a high street brand.)

Anyway, I'm going off on one a bit. There are still bargains out there if you know where to look, and there is also a growing number of online second-hand stores, meaning no need to wade through rails of stuff - it's all just a keystroke away. Woop! There are loads out there -  OxfamEbay, of course - or one of the US sites: Twice and The Real Real are two I've been loving recently. I hate to state the obvious but everything is a one off, so if you see something you like, you have to buy it. HAVE TO. Obviously you take a chance on the condition of the item if you buy online, but in general I've had really good experiences.

So, because I cannot refuse a bargain, I am constantly on the lookout for fabulous thrifty finds. Here are a couple of things I've picked up in the last couple of weeks:

Yellow Zara Jacket. I don't know what it is about boucle. Maybe it's my inner Coco Chanel (or Queen Liz). I just love it. I saw this jacket in my local Zara last year but practically (yes, I know, I had a weird sensible moment) how much wear could I get out of a £80 yellow jacket? Probably not much. Of course, when I spotted it again a couple of weeks ago on a thrift shop site for a tenner, I instantly managed to justify that. I'd have been crazy not to! This arrived a few days ago and I bloomin' LOVE it.

Kate Spade heels. I feel like I have a bit of a Kate Spade obsession at the moment. I blame Kate Spade Girl. I keep seeing the most gorgeous Kate Spade outfits on her blog, prompting me to trawl t'internet looking for a specific KS dress/cardigan/bag. I almost never find it, but I do often find LOTS of other lovely KS things that I just can't resist. These shoes included, found on Ebay. I love everything about them (apart from the fact that they pinch my toes horribly, but I'll suffer for purdy shoes), especially the fact that they are completely unworn and cost me twenty quid. Squeeeee!!

Banana Republic Dress. I wasn't looking for this, it just caught my eye, and I decided it would look perfect with the KS shoesies I bought. Plus it was $13 (around £9). When it turned up, I realised it's actually navy and pink, rather than black and pink, but hey ho. Until I find a black and pink one, this'll do.

I'm quite pleased with my bargains - although I have to be honest - this is actually just a few of them. I don't want this to turn into a massively long post, so I'll spread them out a bit. It also means I won't be tempted to buy more stuff in the meantime. ONLY JOKING! :)

Are you a fan of second-hand? What're your best bargains?


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