New flea market and thrift store recommendations are always welcome. Last month, I took on Dublin’s Savers and Walnut Creek’s Goodwill. It’s been years, since I’ve branched out from my local Goodwill, and there was never a comparable location, until now. Affluent cities have the best assortment of secondhand goods, and Walnut Creek is one of them. Unlike Goodwill, Savers is a chain I’m not familiar with, and it has a more “consignment” vibe. Everything is much more organized, but it’s also slightly pricier. It isn’t trend driven, like Crossroads or Buffalo Exchange, but it has a high quality standard. I didn’t buy much in September, but three new shoes, in one day, is definitely a my record.
1. MERONA DRESS
The main purpose of this thrifting trip was to shop for my Halloween costume. One of the items I needed was a navy sleeveless minidress. Goodwill’s dress section was right near the entrance, so this was easily done in less than 15 minutes. I chose this lightly embellished dress that will also be great for summertime. It’s always my goal to find wearable, everyday clothes that can double as my costume. This saves me a lot of money and prevents me from having buyer’s remorse.
2. MINNETONKA MOCCASINS
Moccasins are one of those styles I always see and admire, but have never possessed. With a suede shell and sheepskin lining, these Minnetonka’s not only look, but feel expensive. $55 may be an average shoe price, but these are just slippers. It has become the norm to wear slippers, as regular shoes, but I could never bring myself to get these dirty. Walking in them, is like stepping on clouds, and the materials are very fragile. If it wasn’t for thrifting, I probably would have never bought these. Slippers are a luxury I mainly thrift, since they make life more comfortable, but aren’t a necessity.
3. CRISTINA USA DRESS
This is one of those dresses that look questionable on the hanger, but great on the body. It has cutouts that hit all of the right places, and its black color is very flattering. The fabric is made of a poly spandex blend that’s both stretchy and breathable. This dress may look busy, with its many unique qualities, but it’s one of the most low-maintenance ones that I own. Its ease and comfort makes it the ideal going-out dress.
4. IVY + MAIN SWEATER
I’ve always wanted a sweater with a cutout back. They remind me of elegant ballet cover-ups and make winter outfits more fun and sexy. In sweater weather, we usually have to bundle up in thick layers and rarely get to expose some skin. Designs, like this, add some visual interest and keep me warm, but not sweaty, beneath my outerwear.
5. ADIDAS SNEAKERS
I only own one other pair of running shoes, but they unfortunately have bad traction. These Adidas have much better grip and are more suitable for hikes and runs. They are actually men’s sneakers that originally cost $140, but I got lucky with the price and size. I normally buy neutral-colored sneakers, like black and grey, but I’m more spontaneous when thrifting, since it’s so affordable.
6. UNISA MULES
I was drawn to these for two reasons. One, they looked like painless heels, and two, I’m really feeling muted neutrals, right now. Mules were my mom’s go-to shoes, but I’ve never owned a pair, myself. I like how these effortlessly slide on and can match with nearly anything. They may be simple shoes, but they can elevate any look.