This time of year I find a lot of people start to dump their closet in anticipation of Spring. As I get older and more selective I pick up more quality than quantity, and of late I've picked up a few gems.
I teased this image last week on Instagram :)
And no, that's not a Chanel, it's a Morris Moskowitz LOL. I do have to say the details are actually very impressive. It has similar details to Chanel's reissue and the quality of the leather held up beautifully considering this bag is probably older than me. Judith Leiber actually got her start working for him in the 60s. Did I mention is was only $8?
There was something about this pin. I didn't have my reading glasses with me so I couldn't make out the brand but it looked special. I keep hoping to find Chanel jewelry. This time I found a Benedikt for $2. Howard Benedikt made high-end costume jewelry from 1955 to 1973 and his store was located on 5th Avenue. Most of his pieces go for $20-50 (some higher) on eBay these days.
Then there are my $6 navy leather gloves. I usually wear a 7 or 7.5 in a glove but somehow I was able to just get into these 6.5s. They are no-name, made in Italy, and wool lined so they are super warm. I love vintage gloves because they just don't make 'em like they used to.
The same day as the Morris Moskowitz I also thrifted this large Sondra Roberts hobo for $6. It's a big beautiful bag and there is something very special about it. Feels very Alexanger Wang to me. I stopped wearing hobos when I had kids (these days I'm all about a cross-body) but I just couldn't leave this one behind. Not sure what it originally retailed for but Lyst had the last available (probably sale) price as $248 at Nordstrom.
This linea pelle brownish-green studded leather belt was $6 and it probably retailed for around $100. I got it to belt my coats. The studs are very heavy - very Miu Miu, right?
And if you haven't figured out by now I'm a little accessory obsessed. I'm not all dresses LOL. This leather clutch was $4 and the sunglasses were $1.
These J.Crew shoes were half-off so I got them for $5. Yes, a lot of my accessories are blue.
Marc Jacobs for $7.50? Yes, please! They need a little cleaning up but I snap up any designer shoe for less than 10 bucks in my size :)
I have picked up a couple dresses too :) The delicate lace on my Bill Blass dress needs some repair (and the waist taken in) but pieces like this are the reason I thrift. It was half off for $12.50 - I can't believe it wasn't snapped up at $25. Based on the tag and other pieces that I researched it looks like it's from the 70s. I seriously live for vintage designer pieces.
I also have a thing for the 80s and there was something about this $20 George Anthony knit Mohair dress. Not so sure it's me but I always like to try new things. Now all I need is a wide red belt.
I've been collecting American Girl pieces with my girls for over 4 years now. My first AG thrift find was almost 10 years ago - I picked up a set of Bitty Baby twins and a set of doll-size pottery barn chairs. I almost just took the boy doll for my son (who liked to push around a doll stroller) because I didn't really know what American Girl was yet. You really don't discover AG until you have girls :)
This is Samantha's retired commode with the top broken off. It was $5. I found it hidden with the jewelry boxes. At first glance I knew I had something - especially with the big Coconut the dog sticker on it.
That day they also had Felicity's foul, Patriot for just $3!!! The cashier looked at me and wanted to know what I was going to do with it. I told her my daughter likes horses. Never tell them anything about what you find otherwise next time it won't make it out of the back room.
I find Bitty Baby stuff all the time - people get rid of it faster than the big girl stuff. I actually saw two of these wagons but I took this one because the door worked...until my daughter kept sitting in it and broke it off. No matter, it was only $4.
This pram was only $6! I've seen these go for $100+ on eBay.
My daughter probably has around 20 Bitty Babies by now LOL. This one was in amazing condition and only $4.
We've also been collecting the matching girl and doll sets - we like to wear them every time we visit the store. We already have this set and now we have the girl dress in larger size :)
And that's all folks! I keep meaning to check out some new thrift stores but Fashion Week popped up. Don't worry, I'll tell you all about it in my next post :)