thrifty.

as promised, this post is going to be about my mission clothes. 
(I'll post pictures of some outfits a little bit later... when I have someone to take the pictures. I'm not a huge fan of the bathroom pictures. [but I'm also not saying I've never taken a bathroom picture either. high school... *embarrassed sigh*])

I went to three stores and was quite pleased with my loot by the end.
the three stores I went to were:

Nordstrom Rack
Deseret Industries
and
Downeast Outfitters

now, I know what you're thinking. "You went to D.I. to buy your mission clothes?"
this is what my dad said before we went, "Just remember, you're going to serve the Lord." (he wasn't too impressed with my store selections either) 

for all you naysayers, I have two words:
stop. hating.


I saved a BUNCH of money by going to these three stores and found really cute clothes and accessories (okay, okay... belts). I pinkie swear I will do a post with pictures later! But really, I feel like you all should join me in awe as we take a gander at what people actually pay for clothing and then take a peek at what you could be paying if you gave frugality a try!

Here is a list of everything I got with the [closest] original retail price [CRP] and then the actual amount paid [AP]:
Nordstrom Rack
Clarks [shoes]: CRP- $75.00............................................... AP- $49.97
Keen Boots: CRP- $159.95................................................. AP- $99.97
Velvet Heart Wool Coat [WITH A HOOD!!!] CRP- $179.90........... AP- $89.97
Total Retail Price: $414.85
Total Money Spent: $239.91
Total Money Saved at Nordstrom Rack: $174.94

Deseret Industries 
[be prepared, I found a BUNDLE of good things here, so this list is long]
*Christian Dior Women's Suit: CRP- $250 (when it was first sold)............ AP- $12
#Valerie Stevens Silk Blazer: CRP- $129................................. AP- $7
#Carnaby St. Blazer: CRP- $68................................................ AP- $8
#Ann Taylor Cardigan: CRP- (between) $48-$68...................... AP- $7
Allen, Allen USA Cardigan: CRP- $68...................................... AP-$5
Fred David Cardigan: CRP-$34............................................... AP- $5
Dress Barn Blouse: CRP- $36................................................. AP-$3
*Neiman Marcus Silk Shirt: CRP- $160.................................... AP-$7
Max Studio Dress: CRP-$45.................................................... AP-$8
Have Skirt: CRP- $15.............................................................. AP-$5
bentley a. Skirt: CRP- $18........................................................AP- $5
Chequers Skirt: CRP: $20....................................................... AP-$4
*Nordstrom Pleated Skirt: CRP-$250..................................... AP-$3
Levis Skirt: CRP-$20............................................................... AP-$5
Supre Skirt: CRP-$15.............................................................. AP-$3
Studio Y Skirt: CRP-$20.......................................................... AP-$3
Evan-Picone Pleated Skirt: CRP-$76....................................... AP-$5
Four Belts: CRP- (roughly)$12 ea.................................................. AP-$2 ea.

Total Retail Price: $1342.00
Total Money Spent: $103.00
Total Money Saved at Deseret Industries: $1239.00
*BIG SAVINGS!!
#Brand New

Downeast Outfitters
Jane Tee: RP-$9.99................................. AP-$3.50
The Pretty Tee: RP-$14.99 ......................AP-$8.39
The Pretty Tee: RP-$14.99...................... AP-$8.39
Wonder Tee: RP-$10.99.......................... AP-$6.29
Wonder Tee: RP-$10.99.......................... AP-$6.29
-Classic Tee:RP-$11.99........................... AP$11.99
-Classic Tee:RP-$11.99............................ AP-$11.99
Mini Camisole: RP-$5.99......................... AP-$3.50
Mini Camisole: RP-$6.99........................ AP-$4.89
Subtle Nuances Skirt: RP- $32.00............ AP-$16.09

Total Retail Price: $120.92
Total Money Spent: $80.17
Total Money Saved at Nordstrom Rack: $40.75
- this item was NOT on sale

IN ALL:
I went to three stores
I bought thirty items
I spent $423.08
The Grand [closest] Retail Price was $1877.88
The Total Amount Saved was $1454.69



I understand when people don't always want to shop at thrift stores. New clothes are always fun. (and they smell good too!) But for me, shopping at thrift stores is like a game. I know what styles I am looking for and what I want and then I have to find them. And trust me-- finding them is like finding a pot of gold! I just get so excited and I honestly can't wait to go home and start a load of laundry so I can wear my "new" item! And for less than ten dollars, I'm totally in! 

I'll be the first to admit, shopping at thrift stores takes a lot of time. You have to really search to find true gems, but I've learned that after a little while, the search isn't so hard. Practice really does make perfect! And with savings like these, why wouldn't you want to practice??

I am beyond stoked to start my mission! Getting my "new" clothes was just another thing to check off the list! 

St. Louis, here I come!! 50 days!!