Second-Hand Score: Free People Hoodie

Frugal Shopping, Second-Hand Shopping, Thrifting

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Of course I must share when I find a fabulous thrift-sto’ find!

This hoodie is a recent favorite: A brand and style I’m obsessed with. FREE PEOPLE.

I’m not a ‘brand’ person. Meaning: I could truly care less what the brand name is as long as I like the style. However, my main exception is Free People because, well, I love every single thing they offer.

And, when I stumble across something of theirs second-hand, it’s mine! Mainly because it’s always adorable and I could never afford or be willing to pay their prices for their stuff.

So, this Free People hoodie set me back $6.99. #winning

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Ask & You Shall Receive

Minimalism, Thrifting

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Ask and you shall receive.

It’s been super hard for me to decide if I wanted to bring a rug back into my living room. I mean, I have to vacuum it y’all, and that ain’t cool. But, a few weeks ago, it became clear that we needed one because well, the floor is hard and we like to sit and play on it.

I refused to spend money on a new rug because they are outrageously priced. So, I’ve just been patiently waiting and praying to the rug gods that one would stumble my way.

And it finally did!

A massive, neutral, wool, handmade, solid, soft bottomed, deliciously perfect floor rug was found!

For free.

It is absolutely perfect and does the job fantastically.

Because I’m nosy, I found out to buy this new it’s around $700+.

This story sounds like it is about a rug, but it’s really about sticking to your guns, being patient, hoping, thinking, dreaming, holding out for greatness, leaving space to be filled with goodness: in all areas of our lives.

I’m always wanting something and going after and getting it that instant. That has served me well sometimes, but more often than not left me with half-assed decision based guilt.

And I have no room for that in my life anymore: from the non-serious stuff (a rug) to the hugely important stuff, my dreams and desired won’t be hurried and rushed. There will be space for growing, dreaming, and learning. Quality is welcome over quantity. Love is welcome over stuff. Freedom seeking always and working toward spreading my wings.

Shop Second-Hand: Free People Twill Coat

Capsule Wardrobes, Minimalism, Second-Hand, Thrifting

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I’ve been on a roll second-hand shopping lately.

Since I decided to begin with a fresh slate with my capsule wardrobe, I have only included second-hand items in my recreation.

All the clothing that no longer serves me or fits properly is gone. I am treading that fine line between saving money, but also creating a capsule that suits my every day life and style.

Last week, I found a Marc Jacobs leather purse second-hand, and this week:

A new-with-the-tags Free People twill jacket!

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I’m obsessed with Free People clothing, except I can not afford it, nor will I pay out-of-pocket full price for new. That’s why I am super stoked to score this brand new soft, twill coat for winter. It fits like a glove, looks adorable, and is really warm.

Some poor soul paid $168ish, and I scored it for $19.99.

That’s a win in my book – great price, perfect fit, and suitable as my capsule winter coat.

Second-Hand Score

Debt, Minimalism, Minimalist, Second-Hand, Thrifting

Human beings are hunters and gatherers. Although we have a lot of luxuries, and conveniences now, that primal instinct seems to flair every now and again. We have a true need to compete, mark territory, gather, store, and stock up. But, there is a fine line between enjoying what you need and going overboard.

My focus is simplifying my life. I spent the last decade climbing the corporate ladder, acquiring, and following the American Dream only to find that true happiness is not found that way. It’s the undoing of excess and focusing on the important things in life that is bringing me pure joy.

There are times, of course, that I need to acquire something new. But, I don’t want to break the bank because I am also paying off debt and spending less. My definition of minimalism isn’t doing without or counting items so much as it is about clearing the unnecessary to make room for importance.

This brings me to shopping second-hand for new items that I need or for things that I need to replace in my current stash. The reasons that I love shopping second-hand are pretty much endless, but I have a few reasons that make me passionate about turning someone else’s trash into my treasure.

  1. Second Chance Life: It is a beautiful thing knowing that an item someone else discarded can be used by me! I can bring that item to life again in a new and different way.

2. Saving Money: Purchasing something new from a store is going to have one hellacious mark-up price. Buying second hand is a severely discounted price for a used item.

3. Environmentally Friendly: A thrifted item can be saved from the landfill. We can choose to use what is already in circulation over something new.

4. Creativity: Second-hand items are a great way to explore style and fashion for less.

5. Charity: A lot of thrift shops donate to help the greater good.

6. Working Conditions: Just because you buy something from a clean, well-lit, fancy store doesn’t mean that the item came from that same environment. Sheltering yourself from the truth doesn’t mean it is OK.

My latest and greatest thrifted find

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A Marc Jacobs purse! Some poor soul paid full retail price for this, which was around $400.00. I scored it for $3.99.

It’s super cute and has a lot of life left in it. It is replacing my old, broken Fossil purse that I have been using the last few years. This Marc Jacobs purse is mine to now use up to it’s fullest potential.

While I am not completely against buying new, I do feel it’s important to shop smart for yourself, buying only what you need in the greatest of quality possible for the least amount of cost and heartache.