Hello Blogland!!! How is everyone this lovely evening???
I stopped by the Goodwill yesterday to look for a hideous purse for a birthday gag gift this weekend. Didn’t find anything truly heinous so decided to peruse the other goodies while I was there.
The thrifting angels smiled upon me (pic of some of the haul later in post). There’s been a bit of interesting discussion in Blogland recently about brand names and their influence. The impact really hit home for me on this shopping excursion.
I’ve never really cared too much about brands as a whole. I was raised wearing hand-me-downs and the whatever from the discount store. Even as an adult their allure has eluded me. Especially-why should I pay a ridiculous amount of money to parade someones logo on my person for free advertising for the “brand”. Totally stupid and I try to avoid anything with an obvious logo on it.
I am somewhat oblivious to brands when thrifting. I do look for brands such as JonesNewYork, CJBanks, LandsEnd, White Stag (WAL-MART!) Clarks, among others only because I know thru past purchases that they are good quality and their sizing/style/cuts will fit me well. I also know brands to just leave on the rack like Croft&Barrow, FashionBug, Liz&Co, etc. because their sizing/style/cuts just don’t work for me. I’m always open to try anything if it looks like it might fit irregardless of label or size.
Anyhow, yesterday as I was cruising the racks I came across an emerald-green (supposedly THE color for 2013 and one I love) Vince Camuto knit tunic in my size. I know from reading style blogs that Vince Camuto is a “brand” and a well-known pricey one with some cache. It was seducing me with its name…..
So I tried it on. It had a scoop neck and short sleeves. It was made in the front of multiple textures of emerald knit in a patchwork pattern. It had a “mullet hemline” or high front, lower back hem line. It FELT pricey and something similar runs around $100 on Nordstrom’s website. REALLY–for what is essentially a t-shirt. And this one was priced at $5.81.
It looked like CRAPOLA on me. Too big through the shoulders–kinda a bit big overall. AND the two shiniest patches on the front sat on each boob. But the siren song of “it’s a VINCE CAMUTO!!!!” kept playing in my head. I stared at myself in the mirror and thought-“If I had unlimited money would I buy this new off the rack?” And the answer was “HELL NO!!”
I think I learned an excellent guideline for thrifting—-it’s not a “DEAL” if I wouldn’t buy it new. So I spent the money I would’ve wasted for a brand name closet orphan on a gorgeous sweater by White-Stag (why does Wal-Mart not carry this brand anymore–they were great!) that probably cost $15 new off the rack. And I got it for $3.81!!!
I’m going to start just categorizing my outfits when I post with just what is thrifted or not and to hell with the label unless it’s something I think needs to be shared!
This week , as opposed to the last couple of weeks, has no theme except “I can’t go to work nekkid so…”. Here’s Monday’s ensemble:
Thrifted-everything but the undies!!! We are being photo-bombed by Queen Misty as she heads for her throne under the tree!
Here’s todays outfit. The sweater is the White Stag one I got yesterday!! I had tons of compliments on the pants and the sweater (took the jacket off at work). The shoes are brand new with tag Clarks I thrifted for $4 yesterday. SUPER comfortable!!
Thrifted-everything (except undies!)
I remembered to take a picture of the jewels:
Bracelets & necklace-thrifted, Earrings-DIY from vintage buttons
I want to share some more pictures of the Christmas decor. This is our guest room/office.
1. wreath made from vintage plastic candle rings and a vintage bell
2. Vintage candle holder and pixie
1. My sister & my childhood stockings and a vintage elf
2. Some of my vintage Lefton holly stuff
1. Peppermint Christmas Tag garland from a swap I was in
2. More vintage Lefton holly stuff. The “ball” tree is made from a collapsible radio antenna in a wood base with some of my vintage solid balls threaded on it with a vintage topper. The Santa is thrifted.
Plastic Fantastic tree with vintage 50’s & 60’s plastic ornaments and pine cone elves. The vintage plastic nativity is from my childhood.
Here’s some Christmas decor in the Craft Palace:
1. Wreath made from hubster’s grandmother’s vintage xmas corsages. The plastic holly wreath backing it is from my childhood.
2. Craft Palace tree-full of vintage wooden german ornaments and assorted bits and bobs.
Well- it’s almost time to hunker down in the recliner with the doggies and some crocheting and spend some qulaity time with Mark Harmon/NCIS!
Tell me–has a brand name ever seduced you into buying something???