Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Dec. 2016


Hello, everyone! With 2017 well underway, it is time to play catch-up (yet again, sigh). This is the last—and very belated—Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store of 2016, and I don’t know about you, but I’d say I had a pretty good year of thrifting, over all.

In December I didn’t do a whole lot of thrifting, but I did do a little secondhand shopping through Poshmark, which is kind of the same thing but from the comfort of your own home. (Are you guys tired of hearing about Poshmark yet?)

 

Before Christmas, I popped by our Salvation Army and snagged a retro-looking wicker purse with red accents (about 1.50 at the Salvation Army 50% off sale). I’m really exited about this purse because it’s perfect for summer! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it for you guys. Sorry 😦 I will try to add one later.


I took my sister thrifting at Goodwill while we were home for Christmas and gave her most of my thrifting good luck. She doesn’t really understand shopping thrift stores, but she had major luck when I took her and gave her a few pointers. Safe to say, I think I converted her!

I didn’t score nearly as much as her, but this is what I did find:

  • vintage floral maxi dress—It had a hole in one of the side seams, but nothing I couldn’t fix myself! -pair of black Ferragamo-style flats
  • men’s flannel for myself (the red and white one on the left)
  • two flannel shirts for my husband—one is L.L. Bean, perfect condition, and I got it for $5.99!

Living in the Pacific Northwest is a dream come true when looking for flannel, I tell you what. I’ve had a lot of luck, as you can see.

Keep your eyes out for the belated January thrift haul soon!

Poshmark: The Next Leap for the Avid Thrifter

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It was only a matter of time before the avid thrifter made the leap to online thrifting, right? Now I can thrift from the comfort of my own secondhand couch (not purchased through Poshmark, thank you), and it’s addicting as all get-out.

Poshmark advertises itself as a hub for buying and selling brand-name clothing, accessories, and cosmetics. And sure, there is a plethora of big names. But there is also an abundance of vintage and lesser-known brands of clothing. Now that’s my kind of shopping!

But what is Poshmark (you’re probably still wondering)? It’s an app (and a website) where users can buy and sell gently used or brand new clothing. If you Pinterest or Facebook, you’ve probably seen ads for Poshmark while scrolling through your feed. And maybe, like me, you’ve ignored them, until you’re looking for a good bridal shower dress and Google takes you to Poshmark.

Fine, ok, that’s probably just me.

“That’s all fine and dandy,” you’re probably thinking, “but isn’t eBay the same thing?”

Not quite. On Poshmark there is no listing fee, and the listing is up indefinitely—which means a lot less work for you in the long run. Poshmark receives $2.95 of any sale below $15 and  20% of any sale over $15. I think this is a pretty sweet deal, since on eBay you’re typically charged a listing fee, plus eBay takes a cut of your sales, and then PayPal takes a cut on top of that. Yikes.

When selling, you’re only allowed four pictures per listing (though there are creative ways to combat this), and sharing items from other “closets” (your seller profile) is strongly encouraged—almost as strongly encouraged as meticulously packaging your sold items in cute paper with a thank you card. It’s a very social experience.

Another difference between Poshmark and eBay is that buyers and sellers can haggle. True, eBay also has an offer feature—but only if the seller has added it to their listing. On Poshmark you can offer on anything. The seller can accept, counter, or decline your offer.

I’ve been using Poshmark for 6 months now. In my  journey so far, I’ve purchased a handful of items ranging from work clothes to eye shadow to my Halloween costume. And I’ve had a good experience, even though I only make one or two sales per week.

The money you generate from selling, by the way, can be used toward buying things from Poshmark, or it can be transferred to your bank account or mailed to you as a check.

So, what are the cons?

With the amount of sharing you’re expected to do to generate sales, I’m finding myself always on my phone, and that’s a gross feeling (not to mention it irritates my husband). And the app drains your battery something fierce. No thank you.

The four picture limitation can be a bit of a challenge, but like I mentioned earlier, there are ways around it. I wouldn’t call it a huge disadvantage, but it was definitely hard to get used to at first after being allowed to upload up to 12 pictures per listing on eBay.

Additionally, some people have listed things and abandoned their profile, perhaps deciding Poshmark isn’t for them. But their listings are still up, and that can be frustrating when they’ve listed an item that’s exactly what you’ve been looking for, but they haven’t used their Poshmark profile in, say, 6 months or so.

The last downside, in my opinion, is that shipping is always $5.99, which feels like a rip-off when you’re buying something small. On the flipside, the $5.99 shipping is also two-day shipping, so you’re going to get your purchase fast. It’s a double-edged sword (and if your item weighs more than five pounds, you may have to pay additional shipping).

That was a lot of rambling. So, what do I think?

Despite some of the negatives I mentioned, I love Poshmark. I have a handful of items “liked” so that I’m notified if the price drops, and I love that giddy feeling I get when something in my closet sells, or when I get a five-star rating.

So, should you give it a try? I think it’s definitely worth a shot. I’ve managed to sell 18 items so far, and I think it’s totally possible for you to sell some of your unwanted articles of clothing or unused cosmetics too. And it blows my mind that the stuff I thought was least likely to sell did, in fact, sell. You never know what someone is on the hunt for. Just because it might be unattractive to you doesn’t mean it’s unattractive to someone else.

If you decide to Posh, you can find my closet by searching my username, marglio, or by clicking the closet widget on the side of this blog. Use my code NKVFN when you register, and you’ll get a $5 credit—that’s almost free shipping! Score!

Happy Poshing!

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Sept. 2016

Hey everyone, it’s that time of the month again! (Not that time, sheesh.) I only made it to the thrift store once in September because of all the wedding stuff I had to do. And I didn’t get a super amazing haul—I only got two things.

I know, I’m as surprised as you are. But I am really excited about what I got!

I didn’t really need any more clothes, but I couldn’t resist a few new things for our honeymoon (even though I keep telling myself my wardrobe is fine because Ireland weather is essentially Portland weather & I have everything I need).

After meandering throughout the store for nearly an hour, I decided on this cute plaid dress (Jordan calls it my PB&J dress) and this fluffy sweater—the pearl buttons sold me!

The dress I will wear with leggings and rain boots, most likely, and probably a scarf. The sweater will be nice with dark jeans, sneakers, and some red lipstick (obviously).

What did you thrift last month?

Fanny Packin’ It (You Probably Hate What I’m Wearing)

I’d like to give a shoutout to one of the most hated accessories of the ’80s and ’90s but beloved by me: the fanny pack.

Am I in the minority here? Totally. I don’t know anyone in their mid-20s who even remotely thinks the fanny pack was a good invention.

Key point: they’re ugly. It’s like wearing a tumor filled with life’s little necessities around your waist.  It doesn’t, in the least, fit with my spooky pinup babe aesthetic(link)—making me look more like a mom on a field trip—but sometimes we must sacrifice style for functionality..

Functionality, in this case, is for walking my dog. Please don’t draw any parallels here between dog moms and field trip fanny packs. Pet parenthood is a completely different thing, and I don’t pretend to or even want to be a mom. I have enough issues with the terms “dog mom” and “fur baby” as it is (though I love my dog an abnormal amount and admit to referring to myself as a “corgi mom” from time to time).

Glad we got that out of the way—parenthood aside, I’m now going to get to the point: Women’s pants have tiny pockets that can’t accommodate house keys AND dog treats AND poop bags AND a cell phone, etc. And carrying a purse hurts my shoulder after romping through the park after a while.

This functional hip pouch is the solution to all my problems, and I’m embracing it—dare I say digging it? It’s perfect for the beach, or for hiking, or for theme parks, or for music festivals, or for road trips. You can find them in a variety of colors and styles—from plain to patterned to patriotic—perhaps even one repping your favorite sports team.

And if you’re really into the recent resurrection of grunge and all things ’90s, then this is the perfect accessory to complement your glitter jelly shoes.  Admit it: You’re considering one. They’re mot the spawn of Satan like you’ve been brainwashed to believe.

Okay, fine, if you won’t admit it, then I will: I don’t think fanny packs are totally, completely, ALWAYS ugly (otherwise I wouldn’t wear one, right?). I think they can be cute and trendy in sort of an under-the-radar kind of way. Mine is black faux leather with a gold-tone zipper—classy in a sort of yuppie way, and it matches practically everything.

Will it take the place of my regular handbag? Never­—I’m an oversized handbag (read: suitcase for purse) kinda gal. I like a big bag that will make a statement, and that statement is: HERE I AM. AND SO IS ALL MY STUFF.

Spoiler: I’m not great at packing light.

What I’m trying to say is that there is a time and a place for the fanny pack, and that time is now — summer 2016. Laugh all you want, but I’ll be the functionally hip one at the beach, simultaneously walking my dog and eating an ice cream cone while the memories of juggling a heavy purse drift into the clear blue sky.

And also looking like a mom. With all my stuff. Let’s be real.

You probably hate what I’m wearing. But that’s okay, because I kind of hate it too probably hate what you’re wearing, too.