Archive for January, 2010:
This post is inspired by Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s frugal fashion show. I don’t pretend to be fashionable, but I do think I’m pretty thrifty if I put my mind to it. Here are some outfits that I’ve put together that are 90% from thrift stores — everything except for the shoes.
I’ve never been able to find good shoes at thrift stores in my size. So hey uh, stylish Pittsburghers who wear size 10-11 shoe: feel free to donate your goods at my favorite stores.
Oh, and I wanted to mention that although I’m not wearing tights in either of these pics, I recently did find several NEW IN PACKAGE tights/hosiery at a thrift store! We’re talking less than $0.50/pair. Some package designs look like they were from the ’80s. Not exaggerating.
I thought I’d show you some skirt and dress outfits, since my thrifted jeans are pretty basic.
- Vest: $2
- Mauve top: $3 at Salvation Army — Ann Taylor Loft
- Houndstooth skirt: $1
- Black & white patterned skirt: $1
- Shoes: TJ Maxx several years ago. Less than $20, but I can’t remember exactly.
The houndstooth skirt is a “petite” size. I am the opposite of petite (5’10”) so on its own the skirt is too short for me. I layered another skirt underneath for added length and interest.
- Houndstooth dress: $1
- Black pleated skirt: $1
- Belt: $1
- Shoes: TJ Maxx
This dress is also for petites. Since it fits fine everywhere but the length, I just layered a skirt underneath like I did in my first outfit.
This year, we’ll be joining a CSA for the first time. A CSA, or community-supported agriculture, is a fantastic way to eat local (and maybe organic) produce, support a local farm, save time and money, and eat more healthfully.
My friend Renee suggested a particular farm which offers a variety of share sizes.
We’ll probably get the “small” share which costs $300 for 22 weeks. That’s a mere $13.64 per week. A large share costs $475, or $21.59.
We’ll get 6-8 varieties of fruits and veggies each week, and on occasion, they’ll toss in some preserves, flowers, baked goods and other treats.
Sounds like a deal to me!
I’ll have to drive just a short distance to my pick-up point each week. I like how I won’t have to stop at a farmers’ market or spend a lot of time in the produce section at the grocery.
And, since I’ll know what types of produce I’ll get each week (it’ll be listed on their web site), it’ll help me plan menus a little quicker.
I’ve never been so excited about produce!
The $300 price tag is a good deal, but it is a lot of money upfront. Since payment isn’t due until May, I’ll set aside some money each month until then to cover our costs.
If you’re thinking about joining a CSA this year, why not start researching your options now? You can choose your CSA and find out how much it’ll cost. Be prepared to add it to your budget now, and enjoy a lower grocery budget during the summer.
Find a CSA in your area by visiting this site.
Have you done a CSA in the past? How was your experience?