Thrifted lately

You guys seemed so intrigued by my uncanny ability to wear other people’s discarded clothing and sit on their rejected furniture without gagging, so I thought I’d give you a peep at my fall wardrobe ala Saver’s.  Ready?

First up: long chambray tunic, on me, New York and Company, $7.99. Children’s place flannel, on Joey, $2.49, Baby Gap sweater, on John Paul, $3.49. Baby Gap jeans, on both boys, $3.99 and 2.99, respectively. Stride Right shoes on John Paul, toddler size 7, $4.00.

Check out Voboril Photography if you’re local, her work is stunning (and fast! Some proofs hit FB hours after our shoot)

 Next a tiny tot piece: Children’s Place flannel worn by Mr. President, $2.49.

Banana Republic boatneck pullover, with a little bling, $5.99 (this one had literally never been worn. (Sorry I’m such a weird selfie poser.)

Nude cutout flats, women’s size 8, Ivanka Trump, $7.00
(I googled these and they allegedly retailed for $120 back in the day. I don’t advise anyone to google “Ivanka trump nude cutout,” for the record.)

Cheetah print blazer, Ecri, woman’s 10p, $8.00. Dave isn’t sold on this, but I promise it’s darling in person. A little big, but it’ll layer well.

The chambray tunic agin. It’s SO flattering, and it’s lined with spandex or something on the inside. Come to think of it, so are my jeans…

Ralph Lauren floral tunic, women’s M, $5.99. Ugly on the hanger, super cute on.

I’ve also picked up a few more items for the kids recently that aren’t pictured, including a toddler size 4T Columbia jacket for $8.00, a Baby Gap denim jacket for Evie doll in size 6 mo for $4.00, and some Converse low tops for Joey in a toddler 9 for $5.00.

A few takeaways: these items were purchased from 2 different Saver’s locations over a period of a week and a half or so – so be prepared to pop in a couple different stores and to take a little extra time to find the pieces you’re looking for. And be prepared (sorry, honey) to find something on a day you’re not looking for yourself, per se, ala my darling new ballet flats.

Thrifting is not as convenient as hitting up Target, but it’s a lot cheaper and (for me) a LOT more fun. I love stopping by even when I have all three kids with me because I can bribe them with a trip to the filthy used toy aisle for some unstructured free play time at the end of a visit if they give me 15 well-behaved minutes up front.

I vastly prefer in person thrifting to the e-variety, but I live in a city with a plethora of thrift stores to choose from. I like to try on different brands in person because every designer fits so differently, and I also like to see a bold or unusual piece in person because I’m kind of a conservative wallflower when it comes to embracing new trends. However, if you live in the wilds of Canada or have 9 children under the age of 12 or if you just hate stores, I could see how Twice, etc. could be vastly preferable.

Hope you enjoyed!

And p.s.,  thanks for all your prayers and comments about Evie. At printing time we’ve seen a physical therapist, a pediatric nutritionist, a chiropractor AND had a full panel of labs drawn and so far there’s a seemingly random assortment of little things that she’s behind in, and other things that are looking just fine, and then some really weird stuff like one hip socket being super flexible and one leg coming up shorter than the other (due to muscle tension, not because they’re actually different lengths. So…I don’t really know.

Right now she’s seeing a chiro and a PT regularly and we’ve got all kids of at home exercises to practice with and…we’ll see. Maybe she’s just a short princess who has been waited on hand and foot her entire life (ahem) and therefore hasn’t paid her tummy time dues. Maybe she has a thyroid problem or is low in some important vitamin or mineral which might be inhibiting skeletal growth. Maybe she’s a late bloomer who will simply be darling and short and rock a 28-inch inseam and therefor need to purchase expensive, custom denim her whole adult life.

All I can say is, thank God we’re in the US of A because this would NOT be a fun process in bella Italia. And thank God this isn’t a regular occurrence in our house. I have so much empathy for parents whose children face serious health issues after spending just a handful of hours in children’s hospitals these past few weeks, and I’m so grateful we haven’t been called to that particular challenge thus far.

She’s precious and she knows it. Lookit those short femurs.


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