Thrifting 101: Brands

Part of me wants to keep this a total secret, because I feel like I’ve hit a gold mine.  But the other part of me wants to share the wealth, so here goes!

That “wealth” I’m talking about is the plethora of great condition, brand names clothes at super inexpensive prices.  And I mean dirt cheap. Where, you ask?! Keep reading to find out!

I have found it to be such a fun little “hobby” to search sites like Swap and ThredUp, online second hand e-commerce sites, to find second hand items to fit into my capsule wardrobe.  And if I find gems that don’t fit into my wardrobe, I usually sell them on eBay or Poshmark.  I realize this may not seem like I’m doing my shopping habits any minimalist favors.  But I’ve also realized that my love for style will be inevitable.  I also love supporting second hand sites and fueling the desire in others for sustainable and eco-friendly fashion- so my thrifting continues!

The secret I want to share is how I search second hand websites and thrift stores.  I feel like this is KEY in sorting items!  There are way too many items selling second hand to just have a free for all and look through everything.  So the trick is, KNOW YOUR BRANDS! This is also important because once you find a brand you like, generally you will know the fit of the brands items so sizing will be generally easy. Thrifting online is tricky when you don’t know how an item or brand will fit!

I do realize that some people enjoy thrifting without the purpose of finding brand name items and instead are looking for the “vintage gems”- but brand hunting can be a safe starting point if you haven’t had good luck thrifting in the past!

Brands that I tend to look for are ones that Anthropologie sells, since I do love that place! Some labels are specific to Anthro, like Maeve or Holding Horses. Others, like Current/Elliott or Mara Hoffman are designer labels that Anthro carries but buys from the designer. Labels that are found in Anthropologie are usually the style that I tend to like, which is why I hunt for them. So here is the list I usually look for, although this isn’t a complete list so maybe head over to Anthropologie’s website to find more!

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So why not give it a try? You can even set alerts on ThredUp and Swap so they will email you when your brand of choice has items available in the size you’re looking for! Pretty cool, right?

Now it’s your turn to get addicted to buying second hand- enjoy!

Here is a $10 ThredUp credit if you haven’t shopped with them before!

Or try Swap out for 20% off your order of $20+!

This post does contain affiliate links. If you purchase through them, I may earn a small percentage of the sale or a commission. Thank you for supporting my thrifting hobby!

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My First Attempt at Project 333

Project333, fall capsule wardrobeTomorrow marks the beginning of the third (and final) month of my Fall Project 333 capsule wardrobe! I have to admit, I’m blown away by how little I have had to think of what I wear, but yet I still get to wear my favorite items everyday and I enjoy my outfits. I thought I would get sick of my clothes (and maybe at the end of next month I will) but I sure haven’t so far!

What is Project 333?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Project 333, it is a capsule wardrobe challenge founded by Courtney Carver- see my post here about listening to her at The Tiny Wardrobe Tour.  For 3 months, you wear 33 items (not counting lounge, undergarments, or workout gear). At the beginning of the challenge, I did not include outerwear, because I thought I’d need multiple different coats with our temperamental weather. But after listening to Courtney in person and hear her say to pick a number (any number!) and stick to it, I am including outwear now- and while my number is a little higher than just 33 items (try 40 items), it is what’s working for me.  Sticking to a number has helped me, because now I’m not compensating in that department for the limits in other areas.
 My Fall/Winter Project 333 Items:
  1. black sweater tank dress
  2. madewell black turtleneck dress
  3. madewell grey shirt dress
  4. madewell teal shift dress
  5. taylor stitch linen dress
  6. dark jeans
  7. black jeans
  8. black skirt
  9. navy pencil skirt
  10. denim skirt
  11. green cargo skirt
  12. anthro patterned skirt***
  13. black and white tiered top
  14. chambray button down
  15. blue plaid
  16. yellow plaid
  17. madewell black and white buffalo plaid courier shirt
  18. gray turtleneck sweater***
  19. white ruffle tee
  20. black chunky cardigan
  21. gray tee
  22. j.crew striped tee
  23. objects without meaning blouse
  24. green anthro coat
  25. black puffer coat
  26. gray blazer***
  27. black blazer***
  28. leather jacket
  29. clogs
  30. leopard flats
  31. brown booties
  32. black oxfords
  33. cowboy boots***
  34. black heeled booties
  35. jean jacket
  36. frye boots pair 1***
  37. frye boots pair 2
  38. anthropologie camo jacket***
  39. mustard scarf
  40. red scarf
What I’ve Learned:
In the first few weeks of implementing the challenge, I found out the black booties I had included were much to high and I could hardly walk in them- yikes! Talk about non-versatility right there. My goal is for the majority of my clothes and shoes to be able to go for work, playing with Lucy, and church. So too high of heels are definitely a no-go! I replaced them with a lower heeled option and have been pleased so far, except my new booties have zippers up the side, which are super cute, but they jingle every time I walk- the saying “with bells on” rings (get it? Ha) all too truly for me when I wear them. If you have ideas or tricks for me, please send a comment my way!  I have tried adding medical tape on the back side and it cut down a tiny bit of the noise but not much.
I have also learned that I don’t need 2 pairs of Frye boots, nor a pair of cowboy boots.  I love all my boots so much but I gravitate towards one tall pair and my booties.  Maybe my cowboy boots would be worn more in the summer when there are fairs and rodeos to go to, and sun dresses to be worn with them, so I will be hiding them until then to see if I wear them enough to keep.
I included a patterned pencil skirt that I don’t wear as much as my other more muted and basic bottoms.  I have found I prefer my patterns to be in my tops or fun accessories like tights.  I also think I included too many bottoms and not enough tops (my ratio of 7 bottoms to 11 tops is NOT ideal!)  Sticking to 3-5 bottoms would be better with at least 12 tops.  I have loved wearing dresses, even when it’s getting colder because I just wear tights and layer a jacket on top and am good to go!
Although I wear a “topper” item almost everyday (jacket or sweater), I do not think it was necessary for me to have 2 blazers, a jean jacket, a camo jacket, a leather jacket, AND a cardigan.  That’s a lot.  I wear my leather jacket the most, followed by my jean jacket and the cardigan.  Interesting that my blazers are worn the least, even though I’m working in a business setting!  (Items on my list marked with *** are the ones I think I could have lived without so far.)
The turtleneck sweater was included because the last few years we have had extremely cold Novembers- this year happened to be a November with days in the 60s instead of single digits.  So the turtleneck has been worn maybe three times, max.   I may wear it more this month, but I probably could have survived the whole three months without it.
How I Have Dealt with Shopping:
The only purchasing I have allowed myself are items that I have on a list I keep in my journal (like when I needed to replace my booties), or items for my online shop (which I have also not shopped as much for since I find that when I’m shopping for my “sales closet” some things like to migrate into my “real” closet).  This challenge has curbed my mindless and impulsive shopping for myself which has been freeing and cost saving!  But I will admit, I DID go Black Friday shopping (crazy, right?) but it was to get items for Lucy.  Her capsule wardrobe has shifted quite a bit because growth spurts have left her dresses looking like tops and everything else quite shrunken.  So on to 2T sizes we go, and off to the mall I went for 50% off Baby Gap at 6 a.m.
Takeaways:
All in all, this experience has been so fun and rewarding.  I am excited for the last month of the challenge and I’m not bored yet!  I will most likely give myself the first 2 weeks of the year to shop for any key pieces I need for the next round but let’s be real, I think I learned I can survive with less!
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What I Learned from Courney Carver at the Tiny Wardrobe Tour

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Last Thursday night, I got to listen to Courtney Carver herself, and learn a little more about her background and why she started Project333. It was an inspiring evening that made me want to pare down even more! The timing of the tour coming to Boise was perfect- I have been sticking to my FIRST season of “33” items that started in October and will run through December. I say “33” because my number isn’t quite there (I don’t count outerwear currently- keep on reading to see how that is going!) 

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