My comfort zone for frugal fashion has been located at TJ Maxx, Concord Mills and Goodwill for quite some time now. While I stand loyally by these concepts, my horizon has recently broadened and I have to share!
The two shopping destinations I have added to my favorites:
2.) Talbots @ The Shoppes at University Place
Last Saturday I grabbed a couple of my friends and we headed to NoDa for a FROCK Shop TRUNK Show located in the Espada/CUSTOM Gallery. This was my second TRUNK Show in the past 6 months and for my friends, a first. We had tons of fun shopping the racks, drinking pretty pink drinks made with Vitamin Water and eating yummy little cupcakes made by Proper Cupcakes.
I enjoyed a conversation with Caroline Cook, owner of the traveling FROCK Shop. She talked about how busy the earlier part of the day had been (we didn’t make it there until 9 p.m. and the previously brimming racks were looking very sparse), about her upcoming online boutique and her quest for a great location in UCity for upcoming TRUNK Shows.
(So if you know of a great yoga studio or restaurant to host FROCK Shop, email me email@example.com, and I can pass the word on to Caroline!)
Although the selection had been obviously ‘picked-through’, each of us scored great deals. My choice this time was a Tricot Jolie striped knit tank for $16. The bold primary colors remind me of 1980’s Rainbow Bright and I am SO excited for a chance to wear this piece! I can pull it down and wear with skinny pants or leggings; or let it sit loosely around my waist and wear with wide leg pants or a skirt.
My discovery of Talbots actually occurred the same evening as the TRUNK Show. Before we left my friends’ house, their mother brought out some Talbot’s merchandise she had bought for herself and her daughters (my friends are sisters). We scrutinized each piece, all spring apparel in lovely colors and fabrics.
“So tell me, blog girl, how much do you think I spent on these [9 items]?” she asks me. My first guess$250. Nope, lower.
I ask my friend, “Does your mom shop sales or full price?” “A little of both”, she answers.
We played this game for a few rounds and I had gone as low as the $100 mark. I had to give up! If the total was under $100 that would mean she had only spent $10 per item!
The total was $91. Original prices on each item went as high as $100. Wow. I was totally and completely floored. So, kudos to Michelle Marsh for finding such amazing deals and kudos to Talbots @ The Shoppes at University Place for hosting such fantastic sales! I will be hitting their racks hard very soon
I will be satisfied with these two places for a while but stay tuned for new discoveries!