My Latest Thrift Haul & How I Decide What Items To Buy

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For a blog called Tales From The Thrift Shop, it’s been slacking in the thrift tales category. I’ve been sharing so many different sustainable brands and shopping tips that I thought it would be fun to switch things up. It’s time to go back to showing just how much fun secondhand fashion can be. My latest thrift haul items were supposed to be saved for vacation. I got a little too excited and styled some pieces early though. WHOOPS. I want to show you how I blended my new items with what I already had in my closet.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my live thrift haul on my stories. I go into the thrift store and post in real time what I find. I even let my followers decide if I should but them or not. My latest thrift haul — and all the rest of them to come — will be hiding in my “thrift” highlights.

There were two particular items in the thrift haul that I didn’t even ask if I should buy. The first was a pair of simple black sandals. Next came a sage green, floral shirt. As soon as I slipped these items on, I knew that they belonged in my closet. This, my friends, is the closest that I’ve ever come to love at first sight.

There are three things that I ask myself before I decide to buy an item…

1. Where will I wear it?

2. How many ways can it be worn?

3. Can I wear it with items that I already have in my closet?

thrift haulThe most important question of that to me is the last one. It’s the question that brings to light whether or not there is purpose to my purchase or if I just really like it. Of course, it’s not bad to buy items that bring you joy. But sometimes that can become an excuse for adding a new item to your closet. That’s why I don’t add the option to the list.

Let me walk you through what I mean. This floral top was a favorite of mine as soon as I saw it. I threw it into the cart immediately. Honestly, I didn’t even check the price or whether or not it was my size. That’s how much I loved it. Then I kept shopping.

The key is to not ask yourself the pass of fail questions until you get to the fitting room.

When you have the item on, you can truly see if it’s worth adding to your closet. This goes without saying, but if it doesn’t fit, do not add it to your closet. You are not dressing for the size you once were or might me. You are dressing for the you standing in front of the mirror.

As soon as I slipped this item on, I was in love. But the thrift haul item still had to pass the test. I knew that I could wear this on vacation or to the upcoming graduation party that I had. It’s also causal enough to wear everyday.

This might look like your average shirt, but I was styling it so many ways in my head as soon as I slipped it on. I knew that it looked good left open. It also looking really great tied in the front. I pictured it with jeans and a tank, over a black dress, and even slipped over a bathing suit. The second question was a pass.

Lastly, I could wear this with items that I already owned. All of the outfit scenarios from above were items that are already in my closet. The shirt passed with flying colors.

Oh, and the floral top was only $4.

Before I look at the price tag, I like to imagine how much I think the item is worth. Even though thrift shop items are mostly all affordable, this is still an important part to me. For instance, sometimes I think a t-shirt is only worth $2 and the tag says $4. I pass on it, because that’s not worth it to me. I knew in my head that I would pay up to $6 for the floral print top. Because it’s functional and that’s how much I loved it. When I saw the $4 mark, I added it to my “yes” pile immediately.

thrift haulThen came time for the shoes. Now, I’ve been on the hunt for a black pair of sandals that I actually like for a while now. I ted to stick more to browns, but I was in desperate need of a staple to match my other colors.

Instead of taking these shoes to the fitting room, I slipped them on right at the shoe rack and walked over to the fitting room mirror.

Other than making sure the shoes are in good condition, I like to make sure that I can actually walk in them.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve slipped on a sandal that has pinched my toes. Or tried on gorgeous heels and then stumbled over to the dressing room. Those are two signs of a purchase that should not be made.

These shoes were comfortable, fit me perfectly, and could go with a ton of items that were already in my closet. I saw them looking great with slightly more formal outfits, casual attire, and everything in between. These were exactly what I was searching for.

The black shoes from my thrift haul cost me $2.50.

These two items passed the test with flying colors. But even more importantly, they would last me a while. Both are in great condition and will get tons of use. That’s more important to me than having a ton of likes on Instagram or showing off a new shoe every day. Yes, I am a proud outfit repeater.

I honestly forgot how much I loved to share my thrift finds with you guys. I love hearing about the items you’ve found too. Here’s to all the thrift hauls out there, just waiting to be added to our closets.




  • Invisibly Me

    I’ve had a few good buys from thrift stores (charity shops in the UK) too, but with prices inching up quite considerably it’s harder to find a bargain these days (when you can find the same thing in a sale for a similar price brand new, which seems like a shame). I totally agree that styling and accessorising something, wearing it a different way (like with your shirt), can really make a bargain buy even more practical and amazing. Great finds & lovely photos! 🙂
    Caz x

    June 18, 2018 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Gluecksgeist

    I went to the thrift store again today. Didn’t found anything but this place makes me really happy xx

    June 18, 2018 at 4:36 pm Reply
  • Sophie B.

    I love the floral top, it looks great on you! These questions are great, I should definitely keep them in mind the next time I want to buy something !

    June 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • don't give a jam

    such great tips! when you get that good of a deal it’s hard to say no lol. I love that you ask yourself if you can style it with other stuff that’s already in your closet, cuz I feel like that’s huge on whether or not it actually gets worn!

    June 18, 2018 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • kittyp0p

    Great buys!

    June 20, 2018 at 7:21 pm Reply
  • Daniela Soriano

    I looove those shoes Kali!! <3

    June 21, 2018 at 5:41 pm Reply
  • miasouthertonx

    In love with those shoes, I have seen them everywhere recently and you snapped them up for such a bargain Xx

    June 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm Reply
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