The very fun folks from Young House Love challenged folks to see what they could find at a thrift store for $20 or less. That kind of challenge is right up my alley– here’s where you can add your own post to the challenge if you choose to join in too. I had a great reason to go thrifting this week. Some of the ladies in our church are putting together a formal banquet this weekend for the young ladies in our church, and a formal banquet means my two teen daughters needed formal gowns.
We set out with some trepidation. Shopping with teens can be challenging, more so if you’re limiting yourself to thrift store items. Then add reasonably modest formal wear into the mix. For two different girls. Yikes. I don’t ask for much, do I?
We ended up going to four different thrift stores in a couple hours’ time. (I totally forgot to take pictures of the trip– sorry!) We found a deep red dress that was an almost perfect fit for my 17 year old. We’re going to add black ribbon straps and a couple tucks and it will be perfect. It had a $15 tag, but was a pink-tag item. Pink tags happened to be 50% off that week. $7.50. Sweet.
The next two stores netted nothing. (For some reason I couldn’t interest any of my girls in a gaudy 90’s-style wedding dressing with huge puff sleeves! ) On to the final store in town we went, and there we hit the jackpot. We found a gorgeous turquoise dress for $6 for my 15 year old. She loves it, and paired with a camisole or maybe a lacy shrug, it’ll be perfect! We also found a cute little-girl sweater and several little girl’s dresses.
Since the four items on the right side of the picture were all from the same store ($17), I’m counting them for my under-$20 challenge. But I had to include the dress from the other store in the photo so you could see how successful our little mission was! I’m very thankful we found items that answered our needs so perfectly, and made our girls feel beautiful and elegant. And all that in two hours time! Hooray for thrifting!
(And yes, I do still have twinkle lights on my staircase. In the winter I’ve gotta have LIGHT!)