Stepping Out with Frugal Style

Finally a post that isn’t about food! Yippee! As promised, this post has nothing to do with food! It’s about finding super cheap clothes at the mall and some really great thrifting finds!

I stumbled on this skirt while spending some birthday money at the mall last week. I had a little more than an hour to myself to return/exchange/buy items before I had to get home to my kids. I hit all the stores I needed to, even tried on some red skinny jeans (almost bought them, still might go back for them!) On my way out of Smart Set I stopped to check the sales rack, I grabbed a super cute deep teal tank top that was on for $9.99, and a huge stack of silver bracelets that were on for $6.99 (I have two weddings to attend this fall, I’m wearing dresses I already have, but I though a few new accessories would be nice) Before heading to the change room to try on the tank top, a linen skirt caught my eye. It was a navy linen pencil skirt, so gorgeous, but had no price. My fear was that it was placed on the sale  by mistake, but I tried it on anyways. Both items fit perfectly, so I hit the cash to ask the price of the skirt before purchasing. Answer: $14.99! Total steal! The sales lady then informed that all the clearance items were an additional 50% off! All of my items were half the price I was already willing to pay. HUGE WIN!

I could not wait to wash it and wear it to Church this weekend, and since we decided to go out to dinner before heading to an evening Mass, I thought I would take a picture to share with you all:

It even has pockets! It looks almost black in this picture, but trust me it’s navy. Also, sorry for the dirty mirror, it’s hung at the perfect height for both my kids to make a mess of it on a daily basis)

Necklace: Reitmans (from like 6 years ago, no idea how much it cost)

Top: Jacob (clearance for $6.99, which is a steal for that store)

Skirt: Smart Set (clearance for $7.49)

Belt: H&M (set of 3 for $12.99, bought last summer)

Perfect with a cardigan for Church

Cardigan: Reitmans (brand new, thrifting find from earlier this year)

I also had a pretty successful thrifting experience on Friday. After searching stores, both in person and online, for a couple of weeks, I decided to hit up the children’s second hand shops to try to find some shoes to fit my daughter. She has crazy tiny feet, like the size of a 6 month old even though she is almost one. They are so narrow that any shoes I can find to fit her don’t tighten enough around her ankle, so she pulls them right off and throws them across the van/park/grocery store. I was going to settle and just buy some Robeez until she needs actual walking outdoor shoes (I just wanted something that would stay on her foot and keep it warm on cool mornings and nights). Instead I bought these:

The top two pairs are brand new (Robeez boots $6.50, sneakers $5.50), and the bottom two are only a little worn (Robeez leather slippers $5.50, white dress shoes for Church $4.50)

And I couldn’t leave the store without these (trust me, I wanted to buy so much more, but she just doesn’t need it with an over flowing closet and dresser and a Birthday next month):

Brand new tights, still sealed in the boxes: $1.50 each (the red ones are cable knit, the white ones have black ballerina shoes on the feet!). like new Old Navy sparkle legging $3.50.

Unless I can get amazing deals (like I just did at Smart Set) I tend to lean towards buying second hand. If it’s in great condition, and way cheaper than the brand new price, why buy new?! Those Robeez slippers sell for $25.99 brand new, and I don’t even want to know how much the little Robeez boots would cost. My kid will most likely out grow them in a couple of months, and at that time, I will go back and dig through those second hands bins again!

This post is linked up with  Harper’s Happenings

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