10.03.2014

So, I Bought Some Stuff...

You know I hate to pay full price for anything. It's un-American!

And technically I didn't pay full price for this new dresser, but it was still a splurge for us. I mean, 80% of our furniture was purchased at the thrift store or flea market, so anything we buy at a real store feels like a major investment.

This classic beauty was purchased at a local furniture outlet for $600. I know, I can't believe I paid $600 for a dresser! But hey, it was on sale from $900 so I figure that's a little win in the grand scheme of things.


When I showed a picture of the dresser to my best friend, she said it was more traditional than she expected. I guess that's true. But I believe that investment pieces should be classics, and I hope to have this one forever. Plus, it's a versatile piece; it would be equally gorgeous as a dining room buffet, nursery changing table or an accent piece in an entryway.

When I showed a picture of the dresser to my best friend, she said it was more traditional than she expected. I guess that's true. But I believe that investment pieces should be classics, and I hope to have this one forever. Plus, it's a versatile piece; it would be equally gorgeous as a dining room buffet, nursery changing table or an accent piece in an entryway.

The best part is that I now have adequate storage for all my clothes, which makes the husband very happy. He's not a fan of my messy tendencies. I'll consider this purchase an investment in our marital happiness!

If you're wondering what happened to the thrift store fail that was doomed to smell bad, I sold it in our garage sale this past weekend. Farewell, stinky dresser!

While I'm talking about shopping, I figured I would show you some of my favorite recent bargains!

How cute is this backpack from Aeropostale? I've been wanting it for some time, but I waited patiently for the price to go down from $60 to $18. It's better quality than I expected, too!


Have you ever been to Clothes Mentor? I tried it out for the first time last week to sell some of my clothes before the garage sale. I was so impressed! I not only received $110 for the clothes I brought in, but I found some great stuff to buy, like these pristine Cole Haan shoes for only $30. (They retail for $250 online). I'm a huge fan of Cole Haan shoes but they are normally out of my budget. They're so comfortable because of the Nike air technology in the sole. I have black and grey Cole Haan flats that I wear to work almost every day, so I knew I would love these heels.


My local Clothes Mentor also had a great selection of nice workout clothes, include this Lululemon pullover for $16. Lululemon is another brand I love that I normally can't afford, so I get excited to find great pieces at secondhand stores!


If you're familiar with Plato's Closet, I would say that Clothes Mentor is the mature version of Plato's Closet. This particular store had very nice clothes and told me they have really high standards for what they buy from customers. It has to be less than two years old and in nearly impeccable condition. They only have women's clothes and accessories, unlike Plato's Closet, which also has men's clothing. Anyway, you should check out Clothes Mentor if you're not above shopping secondhand!

Speaking of random purchases, do you think I am too old for this little girl's shirt from Target? I'm a sucker for graphic tees and hearts. I like to joke that this is one of the few perks of not being "well endowed" on my top half – I can still fit into children's shirts (size 16). Haha!


And how cute is this miniature gold tea set I found at the thrift store? This was such a lucky find because it was packed away in this nondescript cardboard box on the dishes aisle, and I have no idea why I decided to open the box. I'm so happy I did though; I was instantly smitten!

So, do you love shopping as much as me? Have you bought anything fun lately?

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