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Early Fall Purchases , Steals and On-line Thrifting

I have always been a careful shopper. I don’t typically buy things at retail. My brothers have both been buyers in the fashion world and I realize the mark ups are out of this world! However, at the same time, I realize what is a fair price and i also love to find deals. This is where some bargain shopping comes into play as well as thrifting.

As you know, I have EDS. I can’t stand for long periods of time, without shifting my weight from one leg to the next, often still resulting in trigger points. I don’t go to the mall. I actually get quite anxious when I am in a Mall and there are loads of people. I much prefer shopping or thrift shopping in the comfort of my own home. Thrift shopping on-line is quite fun, and I like to think I am helping by buying secondhand.

Traditional thrifting is all about going to shops, consignment stores, Goodwills etc. to find the “deals”. In the age of technology, there are shops now, considered thrifting on-line.   I have been an avid shopper of Poshmark, for years,  a wonderful US based, on-line thrift store with gently used and new items at a fraction of the cost. I have bought many items from Anthropologie there and many other designer and popular labels.  Lots of popular brand names at discount pricing. The downside, I suppose, is the time it takes riffling through items and reading descriptions. If you were at a thrift store, you would be at the racks, pushing one garment aside, reading and inspecting other garments in intention to purchase. If you missed my post, How to Shop at Poshmark, have a read, it would help you get started and know what to do.

I love buying from buyers on Poshmark, as you make an offer, and often find wonderful pieces discounted. I have begun to read about the REal Real. A designer on-line thrift store who has gently worn or new merchandise as discounted prices. I love the deals! The measurements are there as are the discriptions. If you missed my post from last year, What is Poshmark and How to Shop There, have a read . It will benefit you before making your entrance into the world of on-line thrifting. Plus, I find shopping on Poshmark and like sites a lot of fun! A bit of a challenge to see what kind of deal I can score, and happy when I do!

Another site, Thread Up, has become popular over the last several years. Another on-line consignment store, you can find pieces that are gently worn for much less than retail. I am looking at all of these sites, in hopes that I can shop “slow fashion” in addition to one of my favorite stores, ( deemed fast fashion) Zara.

In the meantime, I thought I would share with you items I have purchased for FALL, deeply discounted, just from knowing the sales, and thirfting opportunities.

Bloggers and Non-bloggers alike, have gone “goo-goo-ga-ga” over the annual Nordstrom Sale. I chose to not wirte about it a ton, as many other bloggers were, and there was oversaturation. I thought that there were some “good deals” but that you could also find some fab deals elsewhere.

1 First buy and only buy from the #Nsale- Burgundy Suede Moto Jacket  Last year I did purchase I cognac brown spice leather jacket from the same company on sale. I have worn it often int he Fall. When I went to look at a Moto jacket, this particular one was the sale of the season and the more popular one was the olive green, which looked a littel “dull brown” on my screen. Nevertheless, the rich burgundy, or “Ruby” caught my eye and would go with much in my closet for Fall. I bought this jacket for $125, reg. $188 on sale. My one purchase from Nordies. With a medium to lighter weight it is perfect for the N.C. climate.

  1. AG Jeans- Another goo goo Ga Ga item, I really have wanted to try AG jeans for some time now. I don’t want to pay $150 on sale from Nordstrom, even at the sale price. But rather, found “The Prima” style, very soft and stretchy legging straight leg jeans on POSHMARK, one of my favorite aforementioned thrift sites from get this- $33 SHIPPED!  You aren’t able to try them on in advance, so I took a chance and ordered my designer denim size- 27. and they fit great !!! Let me tell you.. they feel like buttah! 

  1. Madewell Sweater Dress– about a season old, the Madewell sweater dress in Camel caught my eye. Hard to think of sweater dresses in this heat, but they are among my favorite items to wear in the Fall-winter, and i couldn’t resist the classic camel color.  I am a sweater dress lover all the way. So soft and comfy, I loved the tie details at the wrists. Madewell is one of those brands that is what they say… Made well. and i was dying to try them out. I bought this dress on POSHMARK for $ 31 shipped.

  1. Boots Many bloggers listed lots of cute booties that were on sale for the Nordstrom sale. They were good buys, often $150 dropped to $100 .. Brands like Sam Edelman, Vince Camuto, Vince, Via Spiga, Jeffrey Campbell etc. I didn’t buy boots at Nordies, but instead, went to one of my favorite sites- 6pm.com.    6 pm does not have free return ship, so if you don’t know your size you have to pay return shipping, but otherwise, it is a great resource! I bought a pair of Franco Sarto leather Over the Knee boots listed at $225 for $67!! Many times on 6pm it is inventory that is a year or more old.. what did not sell on Zappos or Nordies. But you get the savings! These are a rich leather boot with a stacked heel- shown on Anthropologie last year for $225!


5. Booties- My one other fall purchase that was a great savings was a pair of brocade booties in jewel tones by Marc Fisher. I had looked at the very SAME booties last Fall on Nordstrom when they were $225 retail. I couldn’t bring myself to pay that much, so they were at 6pm.com, for a whopping $68 dollars shipped!

  1. DKNY Velvet mustard blazer. The color, the ruffles, the velvet. Yes, please! I had this jacket in my ‘favorites” on Poshmark for awhile and decided to take the plunge. $50 was worth it, and i can’t wait to style it in the Fall.

So between using sites like POSHMARK, 6pm, and also exploring The Real Real and Thread Up, you may be able to find some great deals! The downside is having to spend a bit more time to search and knowing your size so you don’t have to lose money. Poshmark is individuals so you can’t return, so asking for measurements is very important when dealing with on-line thrifting or consignment. If you are interested in learning more about thrift shopping on-line and would like to see future posts, let me know in the comments section, i’d love to write more about it, as it is quite fun and wonderful for deals and shopping second-hand. 

So go forth! Get the deals, and I hope you do check out on line thrifting and shopping at the sites I mentioned.

I also wrote about Poshmark here- Lilac Spring Outfit and Poshmark Deals

Id love to hear your experience getting deals or thrift shopping. Do you know about POSHMARK?


  • Suzanne Smith
    Posted at 08:36h, 30 August Reply

    I haven’t shopped Poshmark or Real Real yet, but I’ll definitely look into it! I’ve looked at the websites several times and you are so right…they have some amazing deals! Love the pieces that you got and can’t wait to see how you style them!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:55h, 30 August Reply

      Yes, I have bought from RealReal and POshmark. I need to look at Thred Up too- I have just have to learn to navigate the site. I look forward to styling them and cant wait to wear the boots! xx

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 23:02h, 25 August Reply

    I’d love to see more posts on this, this was a great read! 🙂

    I find it tricky to have time to browse the opshops (what we call thrift stores) here with the boys in tow, but I find online it’s hard to get a good bargain as I can stumble across something for a dollar at the opshop but if I looked on ebay it would be a dollar, plus 10 shipping. Not as wallet-friendly. I agree though for accessories it’s the way to go, an item I’d usually spent more on anyway!

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend 🙂 We are getting some much-needed rain here which is fantastic. Does mean we aren’t doing what we had planned though, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:53h, 27 August Reply

      Thank you Mica. I will see what I can do when I shop the sites in the future. I do enjoy a deal! I understand what you mean by Ebay. I prefer other sites too. thanks for stopping by! xx

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 02:25h, 25 August Reply

    You sure found some amazing pieces Jess! Bravo! I LOVE shopping ThredUp, I find the best pieces there. I love traditional thrifting as well as PoshMark and Real Real. One of the plusses of THredUp is you can return items that don’t work out, which is a big win for me! You can also return on RealReal but the shopping charges clock in higher. If you know how to maneuver Poshmark that is where some real deal lie – just ask all questions including measurements before buying. The boots you found are amazing and I love that velvet blazer. All these pieces are amazing and I can’t wait to see how you style them!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:03h, 25 August Reply

      Thank you Suzanne! Yes, I have been shopping PM for years and learned about asking for details and measurements, I wrote a guide to help shopping on there for ladies.I will have to check out Thred Up more and use their filters. any of these sites can be overwhelming if you don’t narrow things down. I look forward to styling these too . xx

  • Neti
    Posted at 13:05h, 24 August Reply

    You got some great deals and I have admired your straw bag that you got from Poshamark. I also have a closet there, but have not purchased anything yet.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:11h, 24 August Reply

      Hi Neti,
      Thank you! I have been shopping there for a few years and I really enjoy it. I have bought quite a few things there, I ill say it is easier to buy there and get a deal than it is to sell. I have a closet as well. I saw the straw bag almost identical on Anthropologie, and not wanting to pay retail, went on the hunt. My bag is nearly the same, and i have worn it a lot! 🙂 xx

  • versatilestylebytracey
    Posted at 12:29h, 24 August Reply

    A great Haul For Fall! I love 6pm.com for great shoes at decent prices. I love your new fall motto jacket a very on trend color for the season. I have been gearing up to start blogging again and purchasing for a Fall. I love QVC & HSN because I can quite often get items from last season on clearance or new items on special prices. Sweater dresses are such a classic fall piece and one I love. Looking forward to rejoining the blogging world after this 20 months of deep mourning.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:39h, 25 August Reply

      Hi Tracey, I am glad to hear you are getting back to blogging. Thanks so much for commenting, I have never shopped on those sites, but it sounds good! I love a great sweater dress an boots, so comfy and fun. xx

  • Ronnie
    Posted at 10:04h, 24 August Reply

    Wow, Jess! You got some really fabulous pieces! I would drool over that velvet jacket except that I could never wear that color – though I’m sure it looks amazing on you with that gorgeous hair of yours! I’ve been on Poshmark, but never actually done any purchasing. I HAVE, however, become a ThredUp junkie lately. The advantage there being that I’ve been able to consign my old clothing with them and use the credit to purchase new items. It’s worked out really well. Though, after seeing your great pieces, I may have to look more closely at Poshmark, again!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:40h, 25 August Reply

      Thanks Ronnie. Yes, if it usually a piece I am eyeing, then i love it. I was glad to get these deals as a headstart to Fall. Yes, check out PM! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:53h, 24 August Reply

    I find all of these venues so convenient. Think about the money you save just in gas going to different stores otherwise!!

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 08:04h, 24 August Reply

    These are some really good deals! I see Poshmark pop up all the time but didnt realize it was an online thrift store. I guess I need to pay more attention. I love to shop at the GoodWill. I have found some really good things there. Have a wonderful Weekend.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:41h, 25 August Reply

      Hi Lisa. Thank you! Yes, PM has alot to offer, but you need to use the filters or choose brands you are interested in to narrow it down. Goodwill has some good buys, i just don’t shop in stores often. xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 07:48h, 24 August Reply

    You found such great pieces! I’d love to get a pair of AG jeans for under $40! I guess the key is knowing your size. i am so excited about the mustard DKNY blazer and I cannot wait to see how you style it! Have a wonderful weekend beautiful friend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:42h, 25 August Reply

      Thank you Kellyann! I am excited about these pieces and dressing for Fall. I get to be more creative with layers! The jeans were an amazing find. xx

  • Wendy
    Posted at 07:05h, 24 August Reply

    I absolutely loved this post. Great information not only on resale
    I’m general, but I live that you included a how too link for Poshmark. I look forward to reading that as I become so overwhelmed when I am on that site. So thank you so much for taking the time to create that for us.
    I would love to see more posts on resale shops and shopping. Anyone who lives in Pittsburgh if you don’t know
    About the amazing resale
    Shop Clithes Line DM and I will send you the detsils😊

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:43h, 25 August Reply

      Hi Wendy, thank you. Yes do go and read my how to shop at PM post, asking for measurements, using filters.. things will help you shop there. Great! xx

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