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January 28, 2016

Set Sail with Goodwill!

Every couple of years, me and about twelve of my closest friends try to take a big trip together. While our lives have scattered us across the U.S., we always look forward to coming together when we can. In just a few weeks, I’m going to be here:

Don't be jelly.

Don’t be jelly.

This year, we (obviously) chose a cruise! We went on one a couple of years ago, and had such a great time that we decided to do it again! I’ve been super-excited, but the other day one of my cruise mates dropped a fly in my frozen mojito.

“What are you going to wear for the cruise?” he asked.

“Probably a lot of the same stuff I wore for the last one.”

“No! We can’t do that! Think about it: We went on a cruise a couple of years ago. If we’re all wearing the same clothes from the last one, people will wonder why we’re all sharing two-year-old photos again!” *

*He’s a very fashionable man.

Ah. First world problems. Since I had already spent a sound chunk of change paying for my vacation, I certainly didn’t want to spend even more on a new wardrobe. I decided to give my nearest Goodwill a try. I was not disappointed! There were many options to choose from for my tropical adventure.

This one has a nice nautical feel to it, doesn't it?

This one has a nice nautical feel to it, doesn’t it?

This would be a perfect swimsuit coverup.

This would be a perfect swimsuit coverup.

I could definitely see me dancing the night away in this colorful frock!

I could definitely see me dancing the night away in this colorful frock!

Perfect for a stroll on the beach

Perfect for a stroll on the beach

If only these Nine West sandals were my size!

If only these Nine West sandals were my size!

I'm not. But if I were...

I’m not. But if I were…

But wait…what is this?

Sweet!

Sweet!

You might be surprised to learn Goodwill has an amazing clearance section. Because they need to keep inventory moving in order to make sure the same stuff doesn’t stay in their store forever (thus boring their shoppers), they have regular markdowns throughout the week. My favorite day to shop at Goodwill is Sunday. Here’s why:

What!

What!

That’s right. On Sundays, the items in the clearance section are reduced to 50 cents. I don’t know about you, but I have NEVER found cheaper pricing at any other thrift store. Period. There were some really nice things to be found in this section as well.

Pair this with khaki shorts, navy deck shoes, and a glass of champagne!

I’d pair this Bob Mackie sweater with khaki shorts, navy deck shoes, and a glass of champagne!

I’m quite happy with everything I found in this trip. Let’s take a closer look at what came home with me!

That'll be $6.50.

That’ll be $6.50.

I’m a sucker for teal, and I love how light & flowy this dress is. It can work as a dress or a swimsuit coverup, so while it’s the most expensive piece I chose, I think its versatility makes up for it.

That'll be 50 cents.

That’ll be 50 cents.

You just can’t have enough maxi dresses when you’re on vacation, am I right? This one is super soft, and I’m digging the tie dye.

That'll be 50 cents.

That’ll also be 50 cents.

With the right shoes and accessories, this frock could go from poolside to the champagne bar without a costume change. I also like the dark navy hue and the tag inside that read, “Try me once. Love me forever.”

Gotta love a bold print!

J Crew. For 50 cents.

This T-shirt from J Crew is tissue-thin and an obvious match for my next piece.

Seriously. 50 cents!

Seriously. 50 cents!

This feathery mini is actually a good crossover piece for multiple seasons. I wore it the other day with a cozy twinset. Even if I only wear it these two times (Not gonna happen!), at 25 cents per wear, I think I’ve definitely found an amazing deal! Plus, it has pockets! Pockets!

50 cents!

50 cents!

A crisp white blouse is a staple for just about any wardrobe. This versatile piece is great for work or play. It’s timeless and sophisticated. But I got especially excited about this shirt when I took a closer look at those cuffs.

Oooh la la!

Oooh la la!

I have a special affinity for french cuffs. When my grandmother passed away, I inherited a few pairs of her gorgeous cufflinks. I cannot wait to wear them soon!

Aren't they lovely?

Aren’t they lovely?

100% classy!

100% classy!

In one afternoon, I found just about everything I need to outfit myself during my trip.

I'm ready to board!

I’m ready to board!

And what did this haul cost me?

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$9! for SIX pieces!

With all the money I saved, I can buy an extra daquiri…or three! 🙂

Do you ever shop Goodwill on clearance days?

8 Comments

  1. Good choice!

    • That inihgst would have saved us a lot of effort early on.

  2. Here in Manatee County Florida, we have Goodwill Clearance Stores, where most everything is 50% off normal Goodwill prices. Nice that I can shop there every day, but no 50 cent racks there. Sunshine Thrift, here and in cities nearby does amazing sales, though. I scored beautiful work separates there recently at 50 cents each. Ya just have to shop them all!

    • I went to tons of links before this, what was I thiinkng?

  3. Loooove that first teal dress you bought! Wish my Goodwill had a clearance section – although I did find some major scores today during their big 50% the whole store sale!

    • That’s a cunning answer to a chgnienallg question

  4. Love the choices. Can’t wait to see your vacation pictures.

  5. Do your thrift stores, especially good will smell like mildew?