I am on one of my regular trips to the Midwest to visit my family. My daughter had a whirlwind trip to Chicago (from Senegal) for a friend’s wedding, my sister is turning a significant birthday next week, and it’s been 8 months since my dad passed away and I wanted to check in on my mom. Enough to keep me busy for a week, with time-outs to shop and browse with my sisters.
We were visiting in Galena, IL this trip and had a lovely day of exploring on the Iowa side of the Mississippi. In Clinton, Iowa we found several antique, consignment and thrift stores. We dropped off some donations at the local Goodwill where I found these two fun pieces (skirt and jacket) on the 2 for 88 cent pile. I could hardly resist these finds. (The photos are not that great, owing for the new surroundings and my lack of talent!) The boots are new to me too. A well- curated consignment shop – Renaissance Consignment – in Clinton yielded the boots and stunning velvet top (unseen).
I’ve talked about shopping thrift in posts way back when I first started blogging. I buy a few things retail every year or so, chiefly underwear, socks, tights and shoes. But mostly I buy thrift or consignment. The value per dollar is strong. I bought four articles of clothing/shoes for a total of 36.00. Even shopping H&M isn’t that inexpensive. And because I prefer to cultivate my own style, I don’t mind if I’m not up to date with the latest issue of Vogue or NYT.
On our drive home, we stopped at a former school converted into a jam packed “antique” shop. We browsed quickly, and I found these lovely hats to perch on my head. The rest of the outfit was not quite “au courant” but the hats were enticing. Unfortunately, I had blown my budget on my four other purchases.
I also managed to pick up a few pieces from my sister, which will have to be featured another time.
Finally, an orange hat I purchased about a month ago found it’s way as a birthday gift to my sister. Orange is her favorite color. Happy Birthday Carol, and many more!