So this post is long over due but I’ve been on vaca, so that entails doing as little as possible. So back in August (it’s September now AGHHH!!!) I attended the Housing Works Buy the Bag Sale. Now if you don’t know, Housing Works is a New York community agency that helps individuals with HIV/AIDS. Apart of this organization are several thrift stores around the city. This summer, a few Saturdays in a row, they open up their thrifting warehouse to die hard shoppers willing to spend an entire day searching for a diamond in the rough. Now I’m definitely a shopping Diva but THIS was a whole new experience. The concept is: bring a bag (or used the provided ones) stuff it till it may explode, then pay $25 and ride off into the sunset. Simple right? Not so much. After traveling and hour and a half to Long Island City (departing from the BX), I then waited an hour in line. As I stepped through the threshold, swelled with anticipation, I saw this:
I immediately wanted to cry. How could I possibly find anything of value in this mess. Determined to make the best of the situation I gathered my thoughts and decided I needed to develop a strategy. The organizers wanted us to make an attempt to get the clothes off of the floor, so I started picking up pieces one by one putting them back into the bins. The first discovery I made was this lovely green cardigan/jacket:
(pics aren’t great cause I use my phone)
I loved the color and the gold accents. I would pair this with a silk shell maybe nude/cream/blush some dark skinny jeans and a serious stiletto or maybe a bodycon skirt/dress. Once I made my first find, I became encouraged and the shopping became addictive. Next up I saw this awesome corduroy vest for the S.O. I wish he would have come (was not going to happen) they had so many great menswear pieces with no tags in them that he would have needed to try on. I just guessed on this vest and it was a perfect fit:
There were just so many great finds. Thirfty Diva tip: I have lovely little furbaby, Delilah May, who is more a Diva than most, that likes to stay stylish and warm during the Chicago winters. Well she can get thrift items as well. Sweaters, shirts, even jackets sized anywhere in the 0-6 months range usually fit pretty well and no other puppy on the block will have it:
(J Crew Holiday sweater)
Now my sister has this beautiful mink Russian hat that I am so envious of, but guess what I found:
It’s rabbit and smaller, but a similar look. So cute! I love the pompoms. This brown leather clutch was pretty awesome too.
The coup de gras that made it all worth while was this custom trench coat I found (the tag says “specially made for Mellissa Somebody”) I’ve wanted a trench coat since last fall and this one fit like a glove:
So I’m done gushing. I also nabbed some scarves, ties, a vintage skirt, tops, and more cardigans. In total 16 items coming to about $1.50 a piece. Not bad right?
So if this is a sale you want to check out click here.
However, I am warning you this sale is not for the faint of heart. Here are some things I learned from my experience.
Well that’s it. Buy the Bag was a great experience and I may do it again, but for now I will just enjoy my great finds! I may post some outfit pics, depends on how I feel.
So Divas, have you been to Buy the Bag? Will you go in the future? Are you just not into thrifting? Or is this type of shopping just too much for you? I want to know your thought.