I Got it from my Mama

IMG_6587This girl is quick witted, tender hearted and the love of my life. I want the best for her, but I can’t always afford to give her everything she deserves. I shop smart and this is how we afforded this darling outfit.

The white graphic t-shirt I purchased at The Children’s Place – $4.99

Blue hombre plaid shirt and the rhinestone accented jeans were both bought at a thrift store for $0.99 x2 =$1.98

Blue bandana scarf used as a headband from Walmart fro $0.99

Grand total -$7.96

Shop ahead.

Shop the sales.

You got this mama!

 

Ellaray’s Thrifty Threads

img_6781Don’t believe you can dress your kid to be on trend and on budget?

Here is the breakdown of this cute outfit:

Leopard print dress: $3.99

Faux fur vest $5.99

Cap: Last years clearance at Walmart $1.00

Aqua leggings: The Children’s Place $5.00

Nine West boots: $4.99

Necklace and watch: Gifts

Unless noted everything was bought at a thrift store.

 

 

My Obsession and Passion for Ebay

Over a decade ago I set out on a mission to start selling on EBay. It took me many years to figure it out. The basic concept was like the stock market buy low sell high.

There are so many different niches on EBay. I found mine with clothing, mainly for the sole reason that it made it convient to shop for clothes for my own family a the same time. I am by no means rich but my children have worn some of the top designer’s clothes that only cost me a couple of dollars.

A few years back I had the opportunity to be filmed about my EBay business. It was such a fun experience. The best part was that I ended up becoming friends with the news anchor. She is just as sweet as she was on television. I thought it would be fun to give you a chance to see me in action, shopping and explaining my EBay business.

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Still a Little Chilly in Colorado

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This high end thrifty find cost less then you can imagine. Here is the breakdown.

Versatile denim dress $5.99

La Donna Italian made brown leather boots $12.99

Hat $1.99

Burberry light-weight khaki jacket $7.99

Grand Total: 28.96

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I get to wear authentic Burberry for the price of a few cocktails! Hope this inspires you to dress thrifty. I would love to see your thrifty fashions. Be sure to tag me on Instagram with your thrift store outfits @upcycled_goddess.

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Model I’m NOT

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I tried my best to model this thrift store outfit but balancing in heels with 30mph winds is not my strong suit. I have don’t have any desire to make a career out of modeling. Now onto the price breakdown of this casual thrift store style.

Gray V-neck t-shirt – $0.99

The comfiest and softest sweater I’ve ever owned – $5.99

Seven for all Mankind jeans – $9.99 (more then I usually spend on jeans but they make my bootie look great).

Franco Sarto black and silver studded heels $3.99

Grand Total: $20.96

Hope this inspires your thrift store style.

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Upcycling a Woodshop Reject

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I found unfinished what I can only assume is some sort of tool toting box.I imagine that a young middle school boy made this in the hopes of suprising his dad for Father’s Day. Fortunetly I was able to find this gem at my local thrift store for $1.99.

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The first thing I did was to stain the entire box. I just needed a small amont of stain for this project. Buy the smallest container of stain at your local hardware store. Trust me a little goes along way. I just used paper towels and smeared the stain all over the wood. I made sure to rub the stain on going with the natural grain of the wood. Make sure to wipe off any excess stain and then let dry for 1-2 hours.

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After the stain has dried I painted the outside of this box. I chose a neutral flat color. I actually got this paint for free by entering a Behr’s online contest. I left the inside unpainted for contrast. After the paint is completelty dry (about 1 hour) I roughed up the edges with sandpaper so the stain would show through, giving this piece a shabby chic look.

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I then used a soft cloth and rubbed Feed-N-Wax on the inside and out. I let this sit for about 20 minutes then buffed it out with my rag.

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This is the finished project. You could use this as a planter or portable silverware holder. Now I know that you probablly wont find this exact item at your thrift store but keep your eyes open for small wood items that you could use this technique on.

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Is that a Zebra?

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I always forget whether it’s vertical or horizontal stripes that make you look skinny, so I combined them. Believe it not the top and skirt were bought at different thrift stores. Here is the breakdown of this thrifty find:

Skirt: $3.99

Top $0.99

Shoes: $3.89

Tommy Hilfiger purse $4.99

Total: $13.86

Hope this inspires you to be head to toe fabulous!

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