The b-thrifty challenge

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Jackie has a serious talent for pattern mixing!

On Saturday, my friend Jackie and I woke up early to head out to the grand opening of the first b-thrifty chain to open in the area. The kind folks at b-thrifty gave us $100 each to spend so we could share just how much great stuff you can score. How much great stuff can you get, exactly? On my end: 4 dresses, 2 jackets/blazers, 2 skirts, 3 bags, a pair of earrings and a bunch of pretty housewares including a ceramic dish that would look at home on One Kings Lane.

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One of my dresses is a forties polka-dot number that I can’t wait to wear early fall; I also scored a sporty-minimalist neon Byblos dress that I can’t wait to wear with black turtleneck and leggings. My new teal blazer will look really graphic with my new rag + bone cobalt cords.

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A few tips for the novice thrift-shopper:
* Most thrift chains do not have dressing rooms (b-thrifty does, though), so wear a form-fitting first layer so you can slip things on and check them out in the mirrors at the end of the aisles.
* Don’t spend too much time trying to decide if the item is a keeper; throw it all into the cart and edit later!
* Sorry if this grosses anyone out, but smell the garment! If something is very musty, you’ll need to weigh whether it’s worth risking a purchase if the smell doesn’t come out with a washing.
* As with any shopping experience, check the washcare instructions! If it’s dry clean only, factor that time and money into the decision.

Happy shopping!

B-Thrifty
13412 Jefferson Davis Highway
Woodbridge, VA 22191-1211

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