Fashion Over 50: Making Statements On A Budget

Last week, we began to discuss using color and accessories to make statements with your style.  We discussed how simple it is to add one piece to make a neutral outfit special.  But, you should not lament if you have little to shop with.  This post is showing some of the accessories I have found at consignment and resale shops…including our local Goodwill SA.One of the necklaces above still had the Nordstrom tags on it for $49 and I bought it for $8  This makes your statement shopping more fun! The clutch below is a vintage Betsy Johnson which I found a Goodwill SA and I paid $11 for it.  I love a treasure hunt!  Also, in San Antonio many of my special pieces have been found at Garment Exchange.

“Style is not about what you have or what you can afford. You don’t have to be young, rich, or skinny. You can be you and develop an incredible personal style that gives you great confidence and allows you to walk through the world with a sure step, and feel great about yourself.”   – Stacy London

Yes, it takes time to shop consignment and resale, but it is worth the time and you can discover some real treasurers….and style making statements!  Some small resale owners will even give you notice when a piece comes in they think you will love.

Has anyone else had success shopping this way?  What do you think?  Please share and then………………………………………………..


Another fun way to shop is on this blog!  Let me share with you some fun discoveries below!




  1. I love thrift store shopping! Almost all the books,fabrics, clothing & jewelery I purchase come from thrift stores(what jewelery I don’t make that is).
    Here in N. FL
    Goodwill will call you when an item your looking for comes in. I also shop a thrift store that benefits our local animal shelter, they’ll give me a call as well.
    I’m not into designer clothing always exceptions especially hand bags & shoe.
    I can sew just about any design there is & have begun drafting patterns myself thanks to books I’ve picked up thrifting.
    Yard & estate sales are another good place to pick up nice items for a fraction
    of there original cost.
    A good wash or dry cleaning is a must before wearing
    Thrift, resale,estate & yard sales are a great way to reuse & refurbish items that might end up in a land fill. With the cost of clothing, accessories & home furnishings sky hi
    & landfills filling up it only makes sense to take care of what we have & repurpose, re use what we buy.
    Ok I’ll get off my soap box. LOL

  2. Another fun and inexpensive way to shop is via EBay. I ordered some scarves that I had seen on a blogger’s website that she was selling for $80-they were $8 on EBay. Great way to make a statement. I have also found name brand purses and jewelry (New with tags) for fantastic discounts. Also some unusual vintage items that I like.

  3. I love shopping at thrift stores. I have found some beautiful things from jewelry to a kitchen island! It amazes me what people donate!

  4. Love the local goodwill stores. I shop on Wed. to get my SC discount. Recently got a designer handbag for .99 and left doing the happy dance. Enjoy your blog so much. Carole

  5. Thanks Carole…I would have done a happy dance over a great handbag at that price! I need to remember Wednesdays…I tend to forget about it.

  6. Dee is right about EBay. You can find all manner of things including interesting jewelry if you have the time. Some items are brand new with original tags. I have found the sellers to be honest and accurate.

  7. Thanks so much, Jill. My favorite consignment shop I mentioned in the post, Garment Exchange is also on EBAY.

  8. My closet contains many wonderful finds from our local thrift stores. My most recent purchase was a classic beige trench coat for $4.00! I’ve also found shoes, boots, scarves, and other accessories. Not only is it an economic way to shop, but I love the hunt!

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