Thrift Haul

Hi everyone. So I recently went thrifting and found some great things. I’m super excited to share it with you all and hopefully if you don’t thrift, I’ll inspire you to start.  So in the past few years, thrifting has gotten really popular and so thrift stores have ridiculously started to raise their prices on the things that were DONATED to them. (I’m really mad about that if you can’t tell.) I don’t understand why they do that, but I guess it’s all business.  So, with the things that I purchased, I plan to either make some alterations or do a slight makeover to create something that is currently on trend.  If you follow me on Instagram @cheapbutchic, you will have seen one item I’ve already made over. Anyhow, let’s get started with the haul.

Ok. so when you first see this, you may be slightly scared and think, “What the heck was she thinking?” Well, the number one rule when thrifting is that you must think outside the box.  If you sew, you can take your thrifting up a whole new level because you can recreate and alter your finds. I bought this for $8.99 because I was inspired by this years hottest trend; the sleeveless trench coat. thrifthaul4Here is my inspiration: karla11 I love the way Ashley from FabEllis styled her sleeveless trench coat. ash1 My next thrifted find was this gray wool skirt.  The price for this skirt was $3.99. Wool skirts are a must have for Fall and Winter. This is such a classic piece and it’s must have for cooler weather because it keeps your bum warm.  I plan to shorten it to make it a bit more chic. thrifthaul1Here is my inspiration: Blake+Lively+Cinema+Society+BlackBerry+Bold+zI-FOU1F8eXl

My next thrifted item that I purchased was this long jean skirt. The price for this skirt was $4.99. I do plan on make some minor changes to this skirt as well…well, just a bit of shortening and distressing. thrifthaulHere is my inspiration: jeanskirt1So ofcourse I had to save the best for last.  The retail price on this coat is $220 found HERE. The price for this coat was $29.99, but I paid $22 because my thrift store has a sale every Monday.  This jacket looks brand new and it’s just plain beautiful! No alterations will be made on this coat because it’s perfect as is. I’ll just be dropping it off at my local dry cleaners as with all the rest of these clothes. thrifthaul3Here is my inspiration: plus-size-trench-coatWhat do you think about my finds?  Have you been thrifting lately? If so let me know what you’ve found. I’d love to hear.  Also if you haven’t been thrifting or never been, I hope I’ve inspired you. name

How to Style a Basic Tee

T-shirts are a “must have” in everyone’s wardrobe.  They are extremely comfortable, they can be dressed up or down, and they’re pretty much a classic staple that can be worn years to come.
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leopardsmall2leopard3lepcollageEarrings: New York// T-Shirt: HERE// Skirt: DIY (Tutorial HERE)//Purse:  Charming Charlie// Heels: Target// Lipstick: NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice
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Tshirt: HERE// Sunnies: Charlotte Russe// Earrings: Charlotte Russe// Skirt: DIY (Similar tutorial HERE…Use the underlining to the skirt in this tutorial)// Jacket: Don’t Remember// Heels: JustFab// Clutch: DIY (similar tutorial HERE) Lipstick: NYX Lip Cream in Morocco

So ….SOUND OFF!!! Which look was your favorite? Comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

(Special THANK YOU to Adrienne for collaborating with me. Such a ridiculously sweet person. Hope to do this again in the future!  XOXO)
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Modernized

 Have you ever walked into a thrift store and looked at something and think “Why would anyone purchase this?” LOL! I know I have…several times!!! Well, over on Pretty Girls Sew, we wanted to challenge you to think outside of the box and refashion a thrifted find.
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Here’s some notes on how I went about creating my finished piece.
1. I removed the sleeves, and bottom pleated skirt.
2. Using my bra as a guide, I created the top portion of the romper.
3. To create a nice and neat finish for the top, I cut out facings and neatly understitched it.
4. It took forever, but I ironed the pleats out of the skirt and turned it into shorts.
5. I really wanted pockets, but don’t have enough fabric so I made faux pockets. (LOL! Nope they aren’t real)
6. The waist was a tad large, but I didn’t want to take away any fabric because my hips are wide, so I added 2 darts in the back instead.
7. When hemming the shorts, I wanted the hem to be thick like most shorts are so that’s what I did.
8. I removed the old, gold buttons and added some nice rustic silver ones.
9. For the back, I created a drop back and added facing for a neat finish.
10. For the straps, I took the sleeves, and cut 1.5 inch strips. I stitched two together to make them long enough and stitched down the sides of each strap.  I made a total of four straps. I criss-crossed it across the back side of the romper attached it the front and side.

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High-Waist Pallazzo Pants

Pallazzo Pants were so popular way back when and they have came right back around again.  Depending on the fabric that you choose, they are very light, comfortable, and they definitely make a fashion statement.
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The pattern that I chose to make my Pallazzo pants was McCall’s M6515. I’m so sorry. I totally forgot what type of fabric I used for my pants, but it is light, it has a lot of movement, and it feels silky against my skin.
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These are great for day and night.  You can wear them to work with a button up, a fitted top, or a turtle neck.  If worn at night, a crop top would make it more appropriate for dancing at a club, hanging out with the girls, or a bar. However you wear it, keep it sexy.
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Enjoy the tutorial.  Please support my channel by liking the video. If you have any suggestions for upcoming videos or tutorials, comment below. I would love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. God Bless! XOXO


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From “Hallelujah” to “I Wanna Do Ya!”

Hi everyone.  So for Pretty Girls Sew (www.prettygirlssew.com) this month we had to shop our closets or the Thrift Stores and take 2 items from Drab to Fab.  And boy was that a lot of fun!!!
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When I heard the challenge for the month, I already knew what I wanted to create.  I wanted to make a romper with a heart cut-out in the back.  How cute would that be right?  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way for me.  It’s obvious that I had a lot of material to work with, but the way the dress was made, it was difficult for me to make shorts.  I was pretty discouraged….only for a few hours though. LOL!
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So this dress was pretty difficult for me to alter.  The dress was strangely made.  I had to do a lot to make the dress exactly how I pictured it in my mind.  This dress took me 3 days to fix.  Below are the steps that I took to alter my Grandma dress.from Drab

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1. Removed both sleeves and slimmed one sleeve to fit my arm.
2. Slimmed the body of the dress to fit the curves of my body.
3. Cut the top off at an angle to mimic the one-shoulder look.
4. When I cut off the top, I cut the zipper, so I had to remove the old zipper and replace it with a new one.
5. I slimmed down the arm hole so that I was able to place my arm sleeve in it perfectly.
6. I created a high-low look, so I hemmed the dress at two different lengths.
7. I had to add larger darts because the dress was originally made for a big breasted woman, which I am not.
8. Lastly, I just made a few small alterations to make the dress hug my body at the right spots.
To see the alterations I made to my shoes, click here: SHOES
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I hope to inspire you all to think outside the box when it comes to thrifting.  Comment below and tell me how you think I did?! I would love to hear from you. Btw, if you follow me on Instagram, you know how I came up with the title of this blog post. LOL! Thanks for stopping by!
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UpCycle an Old Desk

Hi guys!

So I have been wanting a Makeup Vanity for so long.  Obviously there are plenty out there, but the prices were killing me!  There were even some really nice ones on Craigslist, but I would have had to drive too many miles just to pick it up, and I know my husband wouldn’t be up for that. So I decided to try a desk when I saw this one in the store.  It was small enough to be a vanity and had enough drawers to house all my makeup.
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DSC_0035This desk was only $10! I purchased it at the Goodwill and it was on sale that week. So I thought that was a score.
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I wanted a really clean & classy look to it, so I decided to paint it black and white.  We purchased some inexpensive paint from Walmart and came out with something that was better than I could find in a store for the price that I got it for.
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 If you decide to upcycle some furniture or even make your own Makeup Vanity, send me a pic or comment below. I would love to see! Here are the steps that I took to complete this project.

1. Removed hardware and sanded old varnish or paint off of the desk.
2. Painted desk with a primer, preferably Kilz.
3. Paint desk with white paint.
4. Outlined each drawer with a paint brush and black paint (You don’t need much so you can purchase a sample size from Lowes).
5. When the desk has completely dried, I sprayed it with a clear protectant.
6. For the hardware, I spray painted it with a glossy black spray paint. Once dry, I sprayed a clear protectant over it and screwed it back onto the desk.

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Fashion Challenge of the Week

What better way to start off a new year than to THRIFT!!!  I’m sure that most of your New Year’s resolutions are to start saving money.  The love of fashion for a lot of us burns a lot of our cash so why not thrift.  I am all about thrifting.  You can save loads of money and you are able to basically find your self by recreating your own style by what you find in thrift stores.  If you have never thrifted a day in your life, start today and see what hidden treasures are in store at your local thrift store.  On Thursday, I will check up on you on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cheapbutchic) where you can post your fabulous finds that you found at the thrift store.  Alrighty then,  good luck and have fun.
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Thrifting Thursdays:BCBG

Thrifting Thursdays:BCBG

As most of you already know, I LOVE Thrifting.  You can find AMAZING things in the Thrift Store for dirt cheap and I love it. Today I would like everyone to post their favorite Thrift Store find.  It doesn’t matter when … Continue reading

October Favorites + Sneak Peek of next Home Decor Series!

October Favorites + Sneak Peek of next Home Decor Series!

Just wanted to show you my favorites for the month of August. And for those of you that enjoyed the Home Decor Series that I had on my Youtube channel, I will be giving you a sneak peek on what’s … Continue reading

Thrifty Thursday: Transform a Thrifted Dress

Here is another photoshoot that I did with my litte brother.  I kew I wanted to take a picture in a full skirt but unfortunately I was not able to find one.  When I walked into my local goodwill, I was amazed when I saw this dress.  I like it because I wanted to show people how you can transform something so hideous into something so beautiful.  I simply cut the top off and made a full skirt.  Thanks to my brother, the photoshoot turned out awesome. I hope you all are inspired to not turn your nose up at all thrifted finds.  Turn it into something AMAZING!