When Savers asked me if I wanted to participate in their $60 fall fashion challenge, I couldn’t type “yes” fast enough! I love Savers, I love fall, and I love a challenge, so this was definitely meant to be! The rules? Savers would send me $60, and I had to put together an outfit for fall using that money. That’s it! Seems easy enough, right?
Yea well… I kind of failed.
First of all, I couldn’t wait until a 50% off day, which would have made things much easier. I also didn’t have any coupons (spare the $3 off a $10 or more purchase from donating) and just couldn’t wait until any discount day. That $60 was burning a hole in my pocket like you wouldn’t believe! I shopped the same day I got it at the Hoffman Estates Savers, which is like, 2 miles from my house. If I was patient, I for sure would have been able to get even more stuff for $60 than I did having shopped “full price”.
I failed because I spent more than $60. Here’s my receipt…
That’s right… I spent a total of $118.77. All in all, I got ten items. If you divide my total spent by ten, that’s just $11.88 per item! Now, sure, that’s technically not a failure. But it’s certainly not $60!
Now, to be fair, there’s one item in here that I didn’t get to be part of this challenge. It’s definitely not a fall piece, and is something I’ve been thrift-hunting for ages (not the exact piece, but something similar). It’s this sheer Free People babydoll tunic thing (which is apparently a dress).
I paid just $9.99 for this piece, which, according to my research, was $88 when it was new. Not too bad… I saved about $78 by snagging this piece at Savers! But, since it’s not a fall piece, I’m going to knock $9.99 off of my total. Which means I really only spent $108.78 on fall stuff (give or take… I’m not re-adjusting for tax–that’s too much math for me).
“Uh, Rach, that’s still over $60…”
Right, right… I may be bad at math, but that much I know. Let’s look at everything else I scored during my trip though, as well as what buying new or similar pieces would have cost if I hadn’t shopped at Savers, starting with the piece that cost me the most at Savers.
A new-with-tags Calvin Klein sweater dress for $12.99. I was able to find this one on Amazon for $69.99, with a list price of $129.99. There’s no price on the tag that was on my sweater, and while the item numbers don’t match, the color and shape is similar enough that I’d say the one on Amazon is a good “replacement”. So for $12.99, this was a $57 savings off the current list price (or $117 off the list price). Not bad for a new-with-tags item!
A textured, short sleeve H&M dress for $9.99. There’s nothing available that’s like this right now in terms of texture, but as far as shape goes, this Short Jersey Dress is pretty similar, and it retails for $24.95. So we’ll go with that price, which is probably close enough, and say I saved $14.96.
An H&M Sleeveless trench coat for $9.99. While this was another piece I’ve been stalking thrift stores for for ages now, it’s definitely a fall-friendly piece, so it’s for sure in with the rest. H&M doesn’t have this piece available any longer, but there are a few similar vests online right now. This one is more like a sleeveless suit coat and is $34.95. This one is a little more like a trench, but definitely lighter weight, and retails for $49.95. And this black one is adorable, and looks like a very similar shape to the one I got. It sells for $69.95. It would be a safe bet to say the vest I scored was probably around $40 when it was new. So that’s a savings of about $30.
A Tahari shirtdress for $9.99. This was the hardest to find a price for, but I found this similar one sold out on BlueFly. Retail price is listed as $398, and it was listed on BlueFly for $239. It looks like this piece turned out to be an even better deal than I expected it to be, with a savings of $229 based on the BlueFly sale price (or a whopping $388 if you go off what was listed as retail). A pretty darn good find, that’s for sure!
A Rena Rowan plaid pencil skirt for $7.99. This appears to be an older brand, possibly vintage, so finding an exact match online to compare pricing is pretty much impossible. But regardless, you’d be hard-pressed to find a lined, wool pencil skirt anywhere for under $8 (here’s a similar one at Loft for $59.99, for example)! I’ve been looking for one of these for awhile too, thanks to Pinterest, so I was pleased with this find.
An Old Navy oversized, chunky cardigan for $5.99. A similar Old Navy cardigan is currently available for $36.94, currently $34 on sale. Going off the sale price, I saved about $28. This is another item I don’t think you could find this cheap, even at Old Navy.
And finally, Simply Vera Vera Wang leggings for $4.99. Regular price on a similar pair at Kohl’s is $26, which means this was a savings of about $16. You’d be hard-pressed to get them new for that price, even at Kohl’s!
All that stuff totals 61.93, which is not under $60, but with my $3 off coupon, it came up to $58.93. Tax would have put it over, but it’s high here… though I suppose putting the leggings back would have fixed that problem.
Before I tell you what put me over though, let’s look at what I would have spent if I bought all of it new.
I added up all of the prices I was able to find, and got $433.94! And that doesn’t even take the plaid pencil skirt into account! I saved over $300 by buying second-hand stuff, and one of my items was technically brand new. This is why thrifting has “ruined” regular shopping for me (that doesn’t stop me from shopping at regular retail stores… I’m just a lot pickier now).
Now, back to why I ended up spending nearly double my $60 budget.
I thought I’d made up my mind about what I was going to buy… but then I decided I wanted to see if I could get an entire outfit for $60. So I looked at shoes. I found a pair of booties that were ok, but had seen a pair of black lace up boots in the case up front on my way in. I decided that I’d see how much they were. I figured if they were $20-25, I’d nix the H&M dress, the Tahari dress, and the Old Navy cardigan ($25.97 total) and I’d stay under the $60 mark and have a head-to-toe look (and some “stuff I’ve been hunting for forever” extras). Turns out, they were like-new Steve Maddens.
Knowing Steve Madden decently enough, I knew they were going to be a decent deal. Even at $39.99. These lovely boots have leather uppers, a heel that wouldn’t kill me, no tread wear at all, and a size 8 (so no toe-pinching, even with thick socks, which I love wearing in fall and winter). The list price on Amazon is $160, with the current price being $87.99. So yea, $40 was a pretty darn good deal, especially considering the lack of wear.
I splurged, and I refused to pull $40 worth of other items out of my cart to do so.
So that’s why I went over the $60 amount. But it was totally worth it! Now, I could have just gotten the boots for $39.99, the trench for $9.99, and the Tahari dress for $9.99, less $3, and come out at $56.97. Tax would have put me over $60 by a couple bucks, but it would have been close enough. Or I could have done the boots, the trench vest, and the plaid pencil skirt, less $3, and I would have been at $54.97. But at that point, I wasn’t willing to budge on anything, so it all came home with me. Thanks to the $60 Savers giftcard I was sent, I still kind of only spent around $60, with just $58.77 coming out of my own pocket. But I don’t think that was the point of the $60 challenge, haha!
On the plus side, I can put together some great fall looks when I incorporate these pieces into my existing wardrobe!
Since this post is already kind of long, I’ll be working these pieces into my outfits gradually this fall. What’s nice is that I did actually purchase a couple of complete outfits, but I can also easily do a little remixing with some existing pieces I already had in my closet. So keep an eye out for some great looks with these super-awesome thrifted finds from Savers!
Are you up for the challenge?
If you think you can find a fall look for $60, hit up your nearest Savers and let me know how you do! I’d love to see some of your thrifty finds! And if you’re not too far from Hoffman Estates and want to shop together, you know I’m always game for that!