$20 Thrift Haul: This or That? | Thriftanista in the City

10.22.2013

$20 Thrift Haul: This or That?

Like a lot of Thriftanistas, I have my thrift store maximum. It's rare for me to actually stick to my thrift store budget of $20. Besides, times have changed. $20 isn't what it used to be out in the thrift streets.

thrifted bottega veneta clutch from estate sale $20

There are still good deals but sometimes you have to make decisions. Should I buy this or that? At a recent estate sale adventure, I spotted an oversized clutch a portfolio. I looked inside and discovered it was Bottega Veneta - a luxury italian brand! It was $20! These bags are in the $1,000+ range. Nice portfolio but with $20, I can buy:


Two gold stretchy belts. One with sequins and one with cute little flower buckle. Those are only $2 a piece.

thrifted gold stretchy belts one with sequins and one with flowers

I could also throw in two Judith Leiber wallets. You may remember her jewel encrusted cupcake purse from the Sex and the City movie. She's known for the sparkle! These little wallets are in the $30+ range on eBay and they're so dainty and cute. I paid $3 for the pair and I still have more in my thrift budget.

thrifted judith leiber wallets from an estate sale

Enough to buy a reversible leather clutch. Metallic bronze on one side and white on the other. Two purses in one and only $3 from Goodwill.

thrifted goodwill clutch

No thrift haul is worth a damn without some animal print thrown in. An animal print leather mini bag fits the bill. It can hold my keys or my cell phone so I do mean mini but so cute and hard to resist at $1.

thrifted mini bag with tiger print leather

How about shoes? Yes, I can get a pair of Seychelles wood heel loafers from Unique Thrift Store adding $3 to my tab.

seychelles wood heel oxford shoes

I still have $6. That's just enough for a vintage leather jacket marked down for missing a button but guess what? The extra button is still attached inside just have to sew it on, baby.

vintage leather jacket

Which would you choose? The $20 Bottega Veneta or the other? I chose both. What can I say? I'm weak.

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22 comments

IAmToniLakeysha said...

You are the queen at this thrifing stuff! I love all your finds and I as well can never stick to my budget of $30 its impossible some days!

Yanira Garza said...

I'm glad you said both because had you left that portfolio behind we would no longer be friends. LOL

Whitney James said...

The animal print clutch and those Seychelles are my fave!! Great items!

~Whitney
www.whitneynicjames.com

Girl...get a life! said...

I would have gone with the portfolio, though the belts did me in. Budget be damned!!!

Vintage Nut said...

This was a great Sale! I love everything but the Portfolio is my Fav!
Vintage Nut
www.vintage-nut.com

Ashleigh said...

I'd buy that bag AND the rest. Then skip thrifting for a week. I think it depends on the item. My budget is usually $20. I spotted a great Fur coat the other day but it was $30. And it would need dry cleaning. So i passed, but I'd buy that portfolio all day long.
-Ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

ChickPool said...

wow! i love everything! i'm thrifting more, thanks to you. went just last week and found some awesome buys. i'm inspired now.

Juliet said...

$20 sure doesn't go as far as it used to, but I started frequenting Village Thrift Stores instead of Unique. For me they are less picked over (or organized) with lower prices. I often couldn't go to Unique on "everything half price" day, so I've been pretty happy with what I've paid, even if not at half the tag price. But then again, if I ever found a Bottega Veneta anything at Unique, I would keep shopping there!

LeTroy Cooke said...

Thanks Toni! $30 budget? Big spender...

LeTroy Cooke said...

lol! Right? I have a Bottega Veneta purse that I thrifted ages ago that I recently unearthed too.

LeTroy Cooke said...

Thank you!

LeTroy Cooke said...

Good thing I got it all! You can come over and play with my belts. :)

LeTroy Cooke said...

Thanks Cess!

LeTroy Cooke said...

Fur is so tempting. That friggin cleaning though. It would have to be amazeballs!

LeTroy Cooke said...

Yay! Glad to enable you in your thrifty pursuits!

LeTroy Cooke said...

I went to Village today! I love the one on Roscoe lots of hidden treasure.

K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy said...

Love the animal print mini bag and the leather jacket!!

Megan, TfDiaries.com said...

uhm, we need to go thrifting together

LeTroy Cooke said...

Thanks!

LeTroy Cooke said...

Anytime!

Kym said...

That is exactly how I work $20 are you my sister from another mother. Lol
www.styleoverboard.com

Dell Cove Spice said...

How about "all of the above"?!?! LOVE the portfolio. And the shoes. And the reversible bag...*longing sigh*

Great finds!!

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