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blogger dinner + selling at avalon exchange

blogger dinner + selling at avalon exchange

As I've mentioned before, I'm lucky enough to be a part of a great group of local bloggers who meet regularly to catch up and talk life and blogging.

L to R: Liz @  Will There Be Cake , Sara @  Running from the Law,  Jessica @  I Want Adventure,  Alyssa @  My Husband's Watching TV While I'm Watching the Baby,  me, Lindsay @  Itz Linz , and Liz @  Ellie & Addie.   (Unfortunately, not able to be there was Meg @  Meg In Training )

L to R: Liz @ Will There Be Cake, Sara @ Running from the Law, Jessica @ I Want Adventure, Alyssa @ My Husband's Watching TV While I'm Watching the Baby, me, Lindsay @ Itz Linz, and Liz @ Ellie & Addie.  (Unfortunately, not able to be there was Meg @ Meg In Training)

We got together last week and most of the conversation revolved around pregnancy since five out of the seven of us who were there are pregnant! I'm telling you, there's something in the water. School administrators, you better hire extra kindergarten teachers for the fall of 2019!

Necklace - Avalon Exchange, sweater - thrifted, jeans- thrifted, boots - Steve Madden Intyce

I thrifted this J. Jill (I know, not a brand I thought I'd wear, but they have some cute things!) sweater at Savers. It's a shape that I love, and I don't have anything similar in a light color, however, it had several small stains. Luckily, even though the sweater is a cashmere blend (well, 95% cotton and 5% cashmere), it was machine washable. I took a chance on it and was glad I did since the stains came out with no problem.

I'm also wearing maternity jeans that I thrifted from Red Racks and altered. The ankles were a little more straight-leg than I preferred and so I just narrowed the leg from the knee down, a simple fix. These are from the brand Indigo Blue and they've been my favorites so far. I was lucky enough to find them right after Meg mentioned this brand in a comment on this post.
Not bad for $7.

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I got my necklace with store credit at Avalon Exchange. I often talk about cleaning out regularly and if you have clothes that are in great condition, but were just mistake purchases (see this post), it's great to try and get some money out of them. There are several higher end resale (Women's Closet Exchange) and consignment (Byrd) stores that I love, and eBay is always the best way to get the most money. However, if your items aren't a designer caliber and you don't have the time to spend listing things on eBay, Avalon is another good option. They will take items from Forever 21, H&M, Target, and even some vintage, if they are in great condition, the right season, and very current trends. Having said that, they are still very picky, and you have to go in knowing that they'll probably take 1-2 out of every 10 pieces you bring in. For the items they take, you get 30% of the price they'll sell the piece for in cash, or you can choose to get 45% of the price in store credit.  The cash amount is usually very small, so I often take the credit.

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Having store credit is great for those times when you are really feeling the shopping urge, but know that you shouldn't be spending any money. I don't always find something, but when I do (like the Jeffery Campbell snakeskin pumps above), I always feel so virtuous that I was able to get something nice from the act of cleaning out my closet.

How about you? Do you resell your clothes - and if so, how?

designer on a budget: zero+maria cornejo

designer on a budget: zero+maria cornejo

Zero+Maria Cornejo is one of my absolute favorite designers, but one who is not within my budget. However, several months (yes, months) ago, I set up an alert on ebay that tells me when pieces by her get listed and this morning snagged a dress that *was* within my budget! Fingers crossed it fits and that my patience pays off...

Zero+Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2013

Zero+Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2013

 (This is not the dress, but omg, how gorgeous, right?)

june clothing budget

june clothing budget

In April and May, I felt a little gluttonous in terms of my shopping. I stayed within my budget ($200/month), but just felt as though I was buying a lot. I gave it a bit of a rest in June.  

Here's what I bought (from top left): two necklaces from Goodwill: $4.50 total; Michael Kors shibori tie-dye caftan top: $30 at TJ Maxx; necklace $6 at Savers; Michael Kors beaded maxi dress $50 secondhand at Women's Closet Exchange; necklace $7 at J.C.Penney. You guys know that I could pretty much wear only black, denim, and cool necklaces for the rest of my life, so I was excited about these thrifty finds. I also spent $49.50 on underwear and sleepwear (exciting, I know), for a grand total of $147. If you don't count the underwear (which, really, it's so not fun!), it was only $97.50! I'm really itching to invest in some quality pieces soon, so it's good that I stayed under budget to give me a bit more next month.


Of course, as always, there were a few try-and-returns. Next month is my birthday month and I am going to splurge a little on a gift for myself (subsidized by the husband), so I ordered this pouchette from Loeffler Randall and this Vince shift dress from Ebay. The pouchette was gorgeous, but I wanted something to use everyday and the snakeskin was a little too delicate. I still want this Vince dress, but it's sold out everywhere and the one I ordered from Ebay was too small. The hunt continues!

Check out Franziska's budget (my inspiration for this series), as well as the rest of the budgeting bloggers here

Here are my May and April budget posts. 

How did you do? 


P.S. Hey readers, have you liked the mindful closet Facebook page yet? You'll see all the posts right when they go up plus other interesting fashion tips I see around the blogosphere.  Go here!