Housing Works Buy The Bag 2011

November 21, 2011

Oh the thrill of the find! I was so excited for the Housing Works Buy The Bag event that I dreamt about it.  How crazy is that?  These sales only come around a few times a year and they are not to be missed. I went for the first time a couple of years ago and scored some great pieces. One of my favorite finds from that sale is this gold Ellen Tracy bag. I had to get it!

So the sale takes place at the Housing Works warehouse out in Long Island City.  They give you a decent sized paper bag, you stuff it with all your finds, hand them $25 and smile all the way home because you know you just got the deal of the century!  What’s also great is that the proceeds fund services like housing and medical care, for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.  Fashion, Frugal and Pay It Forward…it doesn’t get any better than that!

There are always lots of people so I was happy to find out that Housing Works was offering $5 “Power Hour” tickets this time around.  The doors would open an hour earlier for 75 people only.  I was sold! Now imagine the disappointment when I got there on Saturday and the man in charge tells me the website oversold tix for Power Hour and I would have to wait a bit.  Umm, sir…yeah, no!  But I was nice and few minutes later we were told that we could go in at 9am instead of 10.  Woo Hoo!! So I didn’t have to wait out in the cold and I literally had 2 Hours to browse with a limited amount of people. WIN! Here’s what I got!

  • Fell in love with this crossbody black bag as the leather was really nice and then I discovered it was Armani! Boom!
  • I literally was on Ebay the night before searching for a red handbag. So to find this one in perfect condition for $1…EVERYTHING!
  • Could not leave this alligator skin bag in the store.  I really love the shape! I did contemplate for a second though, as the strap is completely damaged but I figured I could replace it with little to no cost.
  • I’m on my way to Istanbul and Dubai in a few weeks and I thought this little leopard baby would be perfect for my trip. What’s really great about this is the detachable gold chain.

***If you look closer at the Armani bag, you can see I wrapped the chain around the existing strap to give it a bit more flair and I’m going to use it as the strap for the brown bag as well.  Issue resolved.***

  • J. Crew Sweater and a leopard scarf
  • Ruffled J. Crew blouse, Leopard nightie, Ann Taylor beaded blouse, Asian inspired slacks, Zara embellished leggings
  • Evan Picone argyle sweater, Beaded black cropped cardigan

***The black and gold sweater is actually for my mom.  Also, I didn’t find the cropped cardigan.  A lady near me saw it and thought I might like it. How thoughtful was that? Thank you thrifting angel!!***

  • J. Crew T-shirt, Pinstripe infant dress, 2 J. Crew button-ups
  • This is a closeup of the J. Crew t-shirt. It has the Eiffel Tower on it and says “One night in Paris is not enough!” The Francophile in me fell in love.

***I saw this baby dress and had intentions of giving it to a lady I met earlier but I never saw her again. Bought it anyway. LOL! I simply adore this Eiffel Tower shirt. Crazy thing is I lost it while shopping but would not leave the store until I found it again.  I was focused!***

  • Ruffled Cardigan – I am so in love with this sweater! It has 2 holes in it but who cares.  You can’t see them with all the ruffles. This is what I envision cute little soccer moms wearing.
  • This little top is so cute to me. It’s like a crop top with tails. I think it will be perfect for Dubai. It’s like a stylish diksha!
  • Calypso. Wrap dress. Raw silk. Enough said! Oh, I have to add that I actually purchased a dress from Calypso a few years back that I absolutely loved but I washed it and ruined it. Sadness! But this is a perfect replacement.
  • Same cardigan but I just had to take a pic of the back. I love the detailing!

  • Sheer polka dot blouse.  I like to think of this as my artist blouse.
  • Gorgeous green blouse. It’s old school and dainty.
  • Zara sheer blouse. So pretty and ladylike.

Now this little baby from Saks Fifth Avenue was calling my name.  From the pleating to the lace and the ruffles…this is all me! It’s a few sizes too big but that’s what that gold studded belt is for. Cinch that waist and boom, I have the cutest LBD. My boyfriend is not a fan. He asked me why I was buying moo moos. I laughed and told him he just needed a little vision.

Now for the Pièce de RésistanceThis dress is absolutely beautiful! Now like the cropped cardigan, someone else had this in their bag.  The difference with this is she didn’t want it as she thought the zipper was messed up.  She threw it back down!! I was in disbelief so I asked if she meant to get rid of it and she said yes. I immediately tried the dress on and it fit perfectly! Everyone around me nodded in approval including my new found friend, Astrid who I met in line that day.  This dress made the experience very special for me. I didn’t need to look for anything else as my thrifting heart was now full of joy.  I can’t wait to wear it!

I purchased a total of 29 items ( Not Pictured:  INC coat for my mom, polka dot blouse, lace blouse and a black cami for me) and only spent $30. At $1.03 per item, I feel like Heaven is right here on earth!!!

The next Buy the Bag event is on Saturday, November 26th. Will you be there?


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