I went to find three skirts and two pairs of jeans; four hours later, I almost left with Kenneth Cole shoes and a chandelier. And I did leave with $342.96 in estimated savings.
This was my most epic Goodwill trip yet. You might remember my other posts about Goodwill shopping when we lived in an apartment with a Goodwill just down the street. I was really sad when we moved away, but last November, a brand-new Goodwill opened just down the street from our house! Saturday was the first time I'd had a chance to check it out.
I was looking for three skirts in denim or khaki to wear on the missions trip to Mexico I'm planning to go on in March. They have a dress code, and my only denim skirt isn't long enough, and skinny jeans aren't allowed, hence the two pairs of jeans.
Once I filled my cart with skirts, I headed to the dressing room. On the way, a few shirts and shoes caught my eye, so I took them along with me.
None of the skirts really worked for me, unfortunately. But check out these nude heels!
I looked online, and Kenneth Cole leather heels range around $178 new. These were in excellent condition, no scuffs or scratches, but used, and were $5. Unfortunately, they didn't fit me. So I put them back.
These actually did fit me, and they were very comfortable. They looked unworn, and I recognized the brand, ecco, but I didn't know how much they were worth. I kinda wish I'd bought them, because I looked them up online, and ecco tennis shoes are around $120 new.
On my way back to the skirt aisle, I spotted the chandelier. It was metal, no crystals, but a beautiful elegant leaf design. It just needed a coat of white paint and some distressing, and it would be good to go. For $12, I almost bought it. But, I decided that since we live in a rental house with no where to put it, it probably wasn't the best idea. Brian agreed.
But enough about what I didn't buy. After I filled my cart for the second time, I was more successful. Here's what I did get:
This scarf first caught my attention because it felt higher quality than many of the others. Then I noticed the signature.
I hadn't heard of "Ralfeaux" before, but a little sticker left on the scarf from a garage sale said "Designer."
For 99 cents, it was definitely worth it. I looked up Ralfeaux, and found out that this scarf is probably a vintage designer scarf worth around $15.
I finally found a skirt! I looked it up and found an identical one at Target for $24.99. I paid $4.99.
If you know me, you might have notice how much I love stripes. I caught a glimpse of this tee in passing, and when I saw it was my size and since yellow tags were half off, it was in my cart before you could blink.
Similar Old Navy Tee, $14. Price for this Old Navy tee, $2.50
At first I thought these would make good work jeans for our projects during the mission trip. But now I'm not so sure.
These army green pants were SO comfortable, they're flared and a little loose fitting. And, they are New York and Company brand, and while I couldn't find any similar pants online, New York and Company sale jeans go for around $30. These were half off, so I paid about $3.50.
Ok, here's the REALLY exciting part. Speaking of New York and Company, I also bought this blazer.
It is a New York and Company blazer, and I actually found the identical one online, for $69.95. I paid $7.99!
I couldn't decide between that blazer and this one, so I bought them both. It's a little wrinkled in this picture.
I first noticed the unique stitching and buttons, and then I noticed that the sizes were in European and American. I knew that was a good sign.
And then I saw the brand. It's a Zara blazer. I was first introduced to this brand by Wendy's Lookbook fashion blog, and when I looked online, Zara's black blazers cost between $89 and $99. This one had a yellow tag, so it was half off. I got it for $4.
I also scored a pair of GAP 1969 "Essential" jeans. I looked them up online too, and they sell for $69.99. I paid $7.99.
And then, THEN. I spotted this little basket!
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It's a picnic basket!
The dishes are white plastic, and they're cute too. I found a similar one on Etsy, with green plaid inside, for $65.95. I paid $10 for this one.
So let's summarize all this goodness.
Vintage Designer Scarf, paid $0.99 Valued: $15
Denim Skirt from Target, paid $4.99 Valued at $24.99
Old Navy Tee, paid $2.50 Valued at $14
New York and Company pants, paid $3.50 Valued at $30
New York and Company blazer, paid $7.99 Valued at $69.99
Zara blazer, paid $4.00 Valued at $95
GAP jeans, paid $7.99 Valued at $69.99
Picnic basket, paid $10.00 Valued at $65.95
Total spent: $41.96 Total value: $384.92
Now, that's what I call epic!!!
I told Brian after I finally checked out, "I think I could make a nice income finding designer and high quality items at Goodwill and selling them for more on ebay."
"Well, why don't you then?" He asked.
What do you think? If I sold the Zara blazer for even half of a comparable Zara blazer, for maybe $50, I'd still make quite a bit from it, considering that I bought it for $4. What do you think? Should I go into business? If anything, maybe it could fund my penchant for shoe collecting!
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