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In this series, I’ll show you why an outfit didn’t work and the steps I took to fix it! I love this topic because we all run into this issue when we’re styling ourselves and sometimes all it takes is a simple fix to go from nay to yay! I encourage you to follow Dina’s Days on Instagram to catch these posts on my stories.

Before:

I really wanted to wear the bell sleeve top with the vest because I thought it would add an interesting element to the look. I also grabbed my comfy bootleg pants because they feel like pajama pants. However, the look was so frumpy, that I didn’t bother to put shoes on to complete the outfit.

The Fix:

Those pieces were doing nothing for that vest or for my frame. I knew I wanted to keep my base black so the camel vest could be the focal point of the look so I swapped my bootleg pants with a pair of fitted black ankle pants, swapped the bell sleeve top with a simple black blouse, and added a heel to elongate the look.

The details:

Vest: Target (2016)
Shirt: thrifted (many years ago)
Pants: Rafella ankle pants via Burlington
Shoes: Soda (via amazon, sold out)
Necklace: Allie M. Designs (local boutique)

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Finding a balance between fluff and function in my closet is an ongoing battle. It’s never perfect, but through trial and error over the years I’ve learned a few lessons (sometimes the hard way) on how to be more intentional with my purchases.

I love my fair share of bold, funky, vintage and trendy pieces, but nothing feels better than knowing I have a trusty uniform to fall back on week after week. The term ‘uniform’ almost gets a bad rap sometimes. Why? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with knowing what works for you, what you feel comfortable wearing, and owning things you’ll actually wear. My “uniform” adapts as my style, body, and age, and lifestyle changes (for example, my uniform looked a little different before I became a mother) but for the most part it’s pretty consistent.

Here are 10 things I have been wearing lately on a weekly basis:

Chambray Shirt

Anything from a classic button down to a bell sleeve shirt, I love chambray! Best part is that they are a thrift store staple. I can almost guarantee that you’ll find one on the first or second try. Two of my favorite denim shirts in rotation right now: Old Navy and Philosophy.

Black ankle pants

I wear black ankle pants to the office so much that once I find a pair I love I will buy 2-3 of the same pair. Favorite brands for short girls: Rafaella and Old Navy in Harper.

Large tote bag

I’ve had this bag for five years and it’s still going strong. I use this for my laptop and everything else I need to lug around from day to day like post office packages, etc.

Boyfriend jeans

My all time favorite pair: Old Navy boyfriend straight jeans. They don’t make this exact style anymore, but they have plenty of similar styles.

Tummy tuck leggings

I got these at a local boutique and let me tell you, I’ve never owned a pair of leggings more durable. I wear them multiple times a week to lounge around the house or run a quick errand. I’ve washed them dozens of times and they still feel brand new.

Three staple necklaces

I own a lot of statement jewelry but the three pieces I wear repeatedly week after week are: a custom necklace with my daughter’s name (etsy); long bee pendant necklace (Allie M. Designs); and a simple bee charm (amazon). If you couldn’t tell, I like bees.

Denim mules

I wear them to work with ankle pants, with dresses, jeans – everything. I thrifted these Charles David mules for $3 and have a backup pair saved on Poshmark just in case I wear them out!

Nude flats

Nothing saves the day quite like a pair of nude flats. To keep my feet from looking bare, I always look for nude flats that have a little extra flare – but not too much because I want them to still be neutral. So I look for styles with perforation, bows, pointed toes, or maybe leather accents.

Black flats

I feel so lost when I don’t have a pair of black flats in my closet. I will not sacrifice comfort for style when it comes to black flats. They MUST be comfortable because I wear them all the time. I try to find comfy ones that are also chic like a pointed-toe.

Black crew neck blouse

I got this top for 75 cents years ago at a thrift store and I can honestly say I wear it at least once a week to the office. It’s a brand I don’t usually buy (Chaus) but the fit is just perfect.

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I’m so excited to open the doors to my online shop. Inspired by my favorite thrift store -related puns, I designed Secondhand Swag for the fun and colorful secondhand shopper. Show your penny-pinching pride by wearing my favorite thrifting-related puns, including the best from our thrift podcast, Allow us to Re-thriftrodeuce Ourselves. Show us how you wear your secondhand swag by using the tag #rethriftrodeuce on instagram. We will be rolling out designs periodically, so keep an eye on this space! SCROLL DOWN FOR GIVEAWAY!

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My mission on my blog Dina’s Days has always been to encourage others to embrace the world of secondhand shopping. Realizing that doesn’t come easy to a lot of people and understanding that secondhand stores still leave many people feeling overwhelmed, I try to think of new ways to ease my readers into the process of thrifting – it is a learned skill after all!  With that in mind, we transformed a corner at the Goodwill Waterloo location and filled it with hundreds of items I handpicked (literally) for women, men, and kids from Goodwill Akron for you to shop and enjoy. The goal of the event was to encourage customers (especially new and beginner thrifters!) to see the potential at thrift stores. Best part is that all of the items were regular Goodwill prices, with the exception of one small new goods rack.

As I selected items for this event, I sought inspiration from some of my favorite brands, celebrities, and magazines. I searched for everyday, wearable pieces with a little extra flair like unexpected accents, beautiful silhouettes, bright colors, and airy fabrics.

Dozens of customers shopped the event this past weekend and went home with some great finds.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support secondhand and thank you to Goodwill Akron for trusting me to curate your store! We have plans for another event this fall, stay tuned!

There’s so much more to see on Instagram, tap on the Handpicked circle on my profile to see more. instagram.com/dinasdays

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When is the best time to shop at Goodwill? What happens to my stuff after I donate it? How does Goodwill feel about resellers? Has the increase in our fast fashion consumption had an impact on Goodwill’s inventory? What about Marie Kondo? We sat down with Dee Dee Collura, VP of Retail Operations at Goodwill Akron’s headquarters for an in-depth behind the scenes look at Goodwill for these answers and more. PS) this is our season finale. We will be back in a few weeks for Season 2!

Click here for the episode show notes.

Click here to sign up for our mailing list. Follow on Instagram @dinasdays and send us comments, questions, and your thrift finds to rethriftrodeuce@gmail.com. For more about the podcast visit dinasdays.com/podcast

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In episode 11 of the podcast, we sat down with Dee Dee Collura, VP of Retail Operations at Goodwill Akron to get an in-depth, behind the scenes look at Goodwill. We asked Dee Dee a bunch of questions: When is the best time to shop? What happens to my stuff after I donate it to Goodwill? How does Goodwill feel about resellers? Has the increase in our fast fashion consumption had an impact on their donations? What about Marie Kondo? Keep reading or listen to the episode to find out what we learned.

The best time to shop the half price item is on Friday and Saturday

Goodwill uses a color rotation system to track their inventory. After an item has been on the sales floor for four weeks, it gets marked down to half price. Sales start every Friday of every week so the best time to shop the sale is Friday and Saturday before it gets picked over.

Myth: Goodwill employees get first dibs on the best stuff

Goodwill Akron has strict policies in place that do not allow employees to shop when they are working. Also, an item has to be on the sales floor for a certain period of time before they are permitted to buy it in order to allow customers an opportunity to shop first.

The busiest day of the year is New Year’s Eve

People are in a rush to get their donations out the door before the December 31 tax donation deadline which results in an influx of donations and treasures!

You can shop Goodwill online at ShopGoodwill.com

Shopgoodwill.com is an auction-style site where shoppers can find everything from antiques to brand name items from Goodwill stores across the country. Click here to see Dee Dee’s Russian Doll collection that we mentioned in episode 11 from ShopGoodwill.com!

New items are put on the sales floor roughly every 15 – 30 minutes

When is the best time to shop? Always! The key is to go often because new items are rolled out on the floor all day, every day.

Shopping at a Goodwill in an affluent neighborhood doesn’t mean you’ll always find the best stuff

If an item is donated at a specific store, it usually stays in that store. However, items that are donated to their Attended Donation Centers (the big trucks you see in church parking lots) are distributed among their entire agency. For example Hudson and West Akron don’t have retail stores in those neighborhoods so all of their donations are distributed among the entire Goodwill Akron agency (Summit Portage, Media, Ashland, and Richland counties). So you could find something donated from Hudson in Brunswick.

Goodwill loves resellers

Goodwill’s VP of Retail Operations tries to engage resellers to help them find the brands and items on their lists.

Furniture is sterilized with the same chemical used by exterminators

Goodwill is required by law to sterilize anything that has a stuffing. They use a chemical called Steri Fab, the same chemical used by exterminators. If an item has a big yellow tag on it, that means it’s been sterilized.

Younger people are thrifting more now than ever before

Goodwill is seeing an influx in younger, college-aged shoppers, including young men.

Goodwill will recycle your unwearable items

Goodwill will recycle items with rips, pilling, and some stains by placing it into the salvage stream. Put them in a separate bag and mark them as SALVAGE when you drop them off to Goodwill. Items placed into the salvage stream can be recycled into stuffing, insulation, rags, and more.

Click here to listen to episode 11. Follow @dinasdays on IG for more.

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The #RealSimpleThrifting style challenge is back! I took some time off to focus on the podcast but we’re back just in time for spring style. Are you up for the challenge? Grab a magazine, go to a thirft store and try to replicate your favorite looks! Share your finds using the tag #RealSimpleThrifting. Seeking inspiration is one of the most powerful and essential tools to a successful thrift trip. This challenge is an easy way to help you cut through the clutter and find what you’re looking for at the thrift store. Plus, being intentional about your purchases helps you save money!

The Look: Classic trench with a burst of yellow Eddie Bauer trench couldn’t find a feather dress so I layered the sweater with the ruffle dress new with tags Ann Taylor vintage coach
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It’s our thriftversary! We take a walk down thrifty lane in honor of our 10th thriftisode and share lessons learned, the meaning behind our podcast name, and which host basically thinks she’s Beyonce. Also, ‘tis the season for outdoor sales and we’ve got bargain fever. We kick off garage sale season with a round of Bargain Glossary 101 and school each other on the basic terms every beginner and seasoned treasure hunter should know. Then, Shannon shares her best tips from parking to haggling to help us navigate garage and yard sales like pros.
Click here for episode show notes, photos, links, and more. 

Click here to sign up for our mailing list. Follow on Instagram @dinasdays and send us comments, questions, and your recent thrift finds to rethriftrodeuce@gmail.com. For more about the podcast visit dinasdays.com/podcast

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In episode 10, we take a walk down thrifty lane for our 10th thriftisode and reflect on lessons learned, the meaning behind our podcast name, and share which host basically thinks she’s Beyonce. Also, ‘tis the season for outdoor sales and we’ve got bargain fever. We kick off garage sale season with a round of Bargain Glossary 101 and school each other on the basic terms every beginner and seasoned treasure hunter should know. Then, Shannon shares her best tips from parking to haggling to help us navigate garage and yard sales like pros.

Keep reading for show notes from this episode.

New listener? Find all of our episodes here

Like lists? So do we. Dina has her thrift planner down to a science. Making thrift lists and prioritizing items helps you save money and stay focused while secondhand shopping. Download Dina’s free Thrift Wish List planner and get organized today! Already signed up? You’ll get it in your email soon!

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In this segment of Thrift it Fix it, a cropped moto jacket comes to the rescue!

The Pieces

• Faux suede moto jacket (shop exact)
• Fuchsia ruffle sleeve blouse
• Polka dot ankle pants
• Fringe block heels

Before

I paired my ankle pants with a flowy blouse and added a duster cardigan because it was still a little chilly outside and in the office. Since the shirt was already an oversized style, the loose cardigan made me look a little sloppy.

The Fix

I ditched the duster for a cropped moto jacket which made more room to let the outfit “breathe” a bit. I will sometimes tuck my oversized top in but the waistband on these pants did not lend itself for a tucked-in look. The closed-front heel (shop exact) took away from the fact that these pants are actually ankle pants and so it all sort of blended in together. Swapping them with a pair of open heels made room for the ankle pants to shine! I added a simple long necklace to break up the oversized fit of the shirt and I was out the door!

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