“Shopping at the shop-o-rama”

I’ve been having a wonderfully relaxing spring break.  I can’t believe it’s almost over.  It’s been great to catch up on little projects around the house, get some reading done and sleep in until the luxurious hour of 7:30 everyday (I normally get to work at 7:10 every morning).

I’ve also had time to do a good bit of shopping, looking for some new work essentials.  And I’ve noticed how my shopping habits have changed.  I tried going to the malls several times this week, looking in various stores for some great blouses, slacks and dresses.  But in every store I went to, I ended up coming out empty handed.  Sure, I would find stuff to try on, but an element wouldn’t fit right, or I wouldn’t like the print, or it would be too expensive.  I’m very willing to alter or have altered cheaper items that I find, but if I’m already paying $74 for a dress, I want it to be perfect or almost perfect to start with.  Even though I have the money to actually buy things in the mall now, I still don’t find shopping there very satisfying.

Then I went to some of my favorite thrift stores, and found a few great gems at each one.  Like this tunic that I’m wearing today – it was a mere $6.  Sure, I had to sew up the neckline a bit so that my girls don’t fall out, but that wasn’t a big deal.  I found some great work dresses too, and some shorts that are long enough to wear to the field day coming up at my school.  So I guess I’m starting to find that I really, truly love second-hand shopping more than mall shopping.  There’s not anything wrong with mall shopping, I just often find it unsatisfying.  I like it when I already know that the store will have exactly what I want, like my Gap Curvy jeans.   But other than that, I like the thrill of the hunt and the excellent deals that come with buying second-hand, in real life or online.

(And of course, I love shopping at local boutiques and buying handmade as well.  I like it when I actually know who I am supporting with my money.)

Do you prefer shopping at the mall or second-hand shopping?  If money wasn’t an issue, would that change your mind?

Blouse: Tammy Mars (thrifted)
Capris: Express (altered be me)
Sandals: Clarks (via 6pm)
Necklace: Kira Ferrer
Earrings: Mackie Jewelry
Bangles: Jill Popowich
Purse: Morelle Oyster

Nail Polish: Essie Calypso

Quote: Llama Llama Mad at Mama, by Anna Dewdney


About Diana

Style maven, knitter, crafter, seamstress, one who does not walk the beaten path.
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12 Responses to “Shopping at the shop-o-rama”

  1. Meli22 says:

    Based on where I live, I am forced to shop in stores or online more than I can thrift. I live in an area with a lot of people who live below the poverty line. The thrift stores around here are usually extremely poor pickings. I could go to the bigger cities (2 hours or more away) and try better neighborhoods, but gas is expensive and I am also living frugally. So far online shopping balanced with in-store shopping when there are sales has been the only real option for me.
    .-= Meli22´s last blog ..What I Wore 04/15 Feels like a monday =-.


  2. Kendra says:

    I prefer mall shopping, and esp. outlet mall shopping. I have never once had luck at a thrift store. I think thats because I get too overwhelmed by the huge, disorganized selection. If I could find a boutique style consignment near me I would love to try it though!
    .-= Kendra´s last blog ..Mood Ruffles =-.


  3. I love them both, but I am with you 100% that if I’m going to pay very much money for something it needs to fit me really well. I don’t mind spending money to have something that I thrifted for a few bucks altered, but I resent having to do it with something that took a bite out of my budget already.


  4. EvaNadine says:

    i do have some trouble at thrift/consignment/second-hand stores sometimes because of my size — i find plenty of adorable pieces, but so often, they are just way too small for me. i DO however have quite a collection of amazing shoes i have picked up thrifting!
    that said, im more open-minded to altering thrifted pieces — its such a low cost most of the time that if the project goes awry, theres no huge loss. thanks to the academichics, i have been thinking of finding some pants to turn into bermuda shorts…
    .-= EvaNadine´s last blog ..A Toe in the Water… =-.


  5. Sally says:

    Wow, chica, look at you catching some air in your awesome new tunic!
    .-= Sally´s last blog ..Makeup 101: Cheeks and a Healthy Glow =-.


  6. Kristin says:

    superbly executed jump!

    I’m pretty new to the thrifting scene, but I must say that having the combination of both thrift and retail shopping is the best of both worlds. I sure won’t be thrifting underwear and running shoes, for example.
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..Plumage – Swathed in Jersey =-.


  7. Shybiker says:

    You sound so relaxed and happy! How nice.

    The tunic is perfect and your leap is delightful!


  8. I find I’m in the same position as you: I really don’t like shopping at the mall any more. I love the thrill of finding a super-expensive high-end item for a ridiculously low price, and I love the treasure-hunt aspect of sorting through all the dross! For the most part, I’m very dissatisfied with the cost-to-quality-and-originality ratio of the goods currently on offer at most stores in the mall.
    .-= fashiontheorist´s last blog ..Rockabilly =-.


  9. tiffany says:

    sounds like you got some great finds! That red looks great on you. I wish we had some sun like in your pictures, it looks fabulous!


  10. alechia says:

    The red looks wondrous on you! Well I did spend a fair amount in the mall with you the other day and I was glad to have you along for assistance for sure! I like mall shopping but that’s because my only thrift experience has been with you- and being from a big ole’ city like Boston, I never really got out and about to thrift stores. So I cannot really say- but I always enjoy shopping!!!
    .-= alechia´s last blog ..C’s those Girls =-.


  11. Natalie says:

    That top was a great find! I’ve only done a little thrifting myself and haven’t had much luck. I don’t know if it’s just the area I live in or me being too picky? I’m still learning what works for me and what doesn’t, so trying to find something in a thrift store feels like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Maybe I need to be more willing to alter something to make it fit.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..What I wore today =-.


  12. Amy says:

    Wow, chica, look at you catching some air in your awesome new tunic!
    .-= Sally´s last blog ..Makeup 101: Cheeks and a Healthy Glow =-.


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