08 January 2011

goodwill hunting and also a giveaway

I have like five posts saved in my drafts before this post but I am antsy about not posting for such a long time (me! Saying a week is too long!! THE WORLD IS ENDING THE BIRDS ARE FALLING OH MY GOD SCREAM) but I have kind of made it an informal resolution to post at least twice a month -- hopefully four times a month!! Because blogging makes me happy and I want to get back into it. My writing in this post soudns franticl (you see what i did there im so funnny right). Sorry. So. Here is a post. Hi.


This is the interior of my favorite Goodwill store!! It is basically a second home to me. My parents worked here before I was born, and a lot of my first memories of anything ever are about the people who (used) to work here or what have you. It's in the middle of nowhere and outside of this store is a burned and destroyed white limo and a bunch of abandoned warehouses... it's kinda creepy. But the inside!! It is gold!! Thrift store gold, I tell you! I have seldom left this store without a few trashbags filled with clothes and a hundred dollars less in my pockets. Or my parents pockets. They usually go with me and buy more than I do. Being cheap about clothes runs in the family.


Whenever I do interviews for magazines or whatever and they ask me where I shop, I feel really boring when I saw Goodwill. And by 'Goodwill' I really just mean this one store. I have not stepped foot into any other clothing store in years.  I mean, besides Bergdorfs and Comme des Garcons, and those are more like religious outings to me than an actual shopping experience. Although this month I was hoping to go buy a CDG dress for myself (I'd saved up enough!!!) but that's not going to happen (again) because I spent too much in December so now I have to wait awhile. Bummer. I used to be so good at budgeting..... hahasob.

1. Marc Jacobs RTW Knockoff skirt from Target that didn't fit me but I took a picture of anyway because it's gorgeous
2. Elasticized purple deadstock vintage pencil skirt that matches my hair perfectly
3. Floor length green velvet skirt
4. Plaid schoolgirl skirt
5. Jones New York Blazer (I must have like 8 Jones blazers. I have no idea why)
6. Pendleton blazer!!! I love Pendleton. My most recent cape is from Pendleton!!
Anyway this is a clothingrack!preview of what I got at Goodwill today. Shopping to me is a very meticulous pursuit... I don't like shopping with anyone really, because I shop very slowly and go through literally every rack: even the children's section.  I don't ever really set out with a theme of what I want, but inevitably a color scheme or whatever pops up in my final purchases and it's always fun to see. Everything goes with everything else! And I always buy blazers.... I swear to god I'm going to end up a cat lady in my 70's with about a thousand blazers of all different patterns, because I already must have around 30 blazers..... and that is after selling/giving away 20. TRUE LIFE: I'M A BLAZER HOARDER.


So bummed I couldn't fit into the skirt on the left. It was sooooo best. I didn't even bother trying it on because I knew it wouldn't fit me just by doing the neck test. (wrap the top part of the skirt around your neck, if the ends don't meet around your neck it's too small. This also applies to jeans.). :( :( :(

hi dad.

This is my dad, blogfriends! If you have read this blog for awhile, you've seen lots of pictures of him when he was cool and in a band or whatever. But now he is an old wolf-like man who cannot not make creepy faces at the camera and wears leather trenchcoats 24/7 while he plays the guitar in the basement. I love him a lot. When I came out to my parents my dad was super supportive and still is. He is my favorite person.

mirror smug shot!!!

And of course this is me! I am sorry I could not show you properly all of my purchases from today but I will do so in a HUGE MEGAPOST very soon of ALL of my purchases from the past month... which there are A LOT OF. I will probably do it in video form with my d90 instead of my webcam so you can see the clothes properly though. Be excited!!! It is gonna be great. In any case here is a pic of my freshly died hair in naturalish lighting. More blue based than my old hair which bums me out but it's pretty nice I think. Also I am wearing my Yokoo scarf which I love to death.

random webcam picture because I am vain

P.S My very good shop!friends Hello Again Vintage are hosting a giveaway that ends exactly on my birthday/this blogs anniversary!! I asked them to end it on that day special so I can direct you guys there sort of like a celebration of this blog...or something. I don't know. I wanted to feel special. So go enter it because the prize is awesome and Hello Again is one of my favorite stores ever.



Sammi said...

Goodwill is such an amazing place to go! (and such a clever post title)

Maddie said...

your dad is awesome hahah

Cara said...

Irish charity shops are NOTHING compared to this. They are like the size of Goodwills section of clothes that nobody wants. And probably twice as expensive. Can't wait to see what you bought :)

Your dad sounds the bestest ever <3<3

JordanMayTwigs said...

Thrift tripping oh how I love theee!!
Where is this goodwill at????
I MUST GO!!!!!!!

I'm actually planning on a huge thrift trip in Philly with my good friend in the Spring.
I'm uber amped to go!!



Lori said...

ahh looking at those racks of clothing makes me so anxious! you're lucky your parents take you goodwill shopping, every time i go there i have to "hide" my purchases because my parents don't like second hand clothing :/ i could seriously spend 5 hours at goodwill looking through everything.
i'm a blazer hoarder to! everytime i go to goodwill its the first section i go to

Kat said...

your goodwill IS very good. i have to go again. the velvet maxi & pendleton blazer are dope. and your dad seems like a cool man. haha..


Kaiami said...

Thrift shopping yeahyeah! Giggling. A couple of your photos have backwards text.

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Ria said...

I always feel lame when ANYONE asks me where I shop, because I just shop wherever I run into online. Whoever has a good deal, or a must have. I can't. I need to be shopping at Goodwill since I'm so broke and you goodwill shoppers always find better shit than me. :((((

Trifting and stuff scares me though because I have a weird fabric phobia so I think I'd have to go shopping with someone.

Can't wait to see video of your goodies. Love your vids.

josephine said...

I feel the same way, I don't feel the need to buy new cloths from stores when you can find cheap quality clothes from thrift stores. I literally don't go shopping in malls anymore, I'm afraid of them. Oh and you dad is so cool, I would love to have a dad who was in a band. Then I can sit and listen to his rock stories all day long.

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...


(Why am I shouted? I don't know. 'pologies.)

But yes, I totally love this post. Except for it's with Value Village, which is like the Canadian version of Goodwill. It's rows of smelly clothing and old ladies. It's wonderful. xx

Looking forward to more blogging!

jamee dyches. said...

i tried on that tucker for target skirt in a size 5 (i'm usually a size 2) and it was ridiculously tight. so i don't even WANT to know how small that size 1 was! yikes.

Arabelle said...

jamee -- hahaha it didn't even fit over my knees. you should have seen my face, it was a kodak moment of rage

Floz said...

that looks like a pretty cool goodwill shop full of nice clothes unlike some, which are full of slightly odd. Also it's nicer but things from goodwill etc., because not everyone will have what you have unlike the common conundrum with topshop.

Laura. said...

love all your purchases!

charity shops aren't the same here, don't get me wrong you can find some gems but this is epic.


amanda archambault said...

If you really search, you can find some fabulous pieces in good will. One mans trash is another mans treasure!
Thanks for sharing the post. Lovely!
Visit my blog and follow. I'll do the same in return.
xoxo, A

Julianne said...

my goodwill looks like nothing compared to that! i love that thrifting is a family event for you! your dad seems pretty rad too.

personal stylist shopper said...

Goodwill is nice.
Love your post.

Liane from SampleSaleSites.com said...

Check consignment shops too for great bargains! BTW, are you interested in any other blogging positions? We have one on our site currently!

Ms.Fashionista said...

so true! you find the best things at places like goodwill and the salvation army.



Melissa said...

wow. that goodwill looks amazing. and by what you found, is probably better than what's in my mind right now!


Kaila P. said...

what camera do you use, arabelle? you commented on my buddy's blog about 3 days ago and we freaked. you are like god anyways, if you reply to this i will go insane probably because that means that god is real and then my mind will be blown and i'll go on talk shows late at night and talk about religion. blehehe.

m.corbett said...

we have no where like this that i know of in london :( :(
x x x x

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