clearance racks + thrift alternative

blue and white with pop of color - thriftingdiva.com In today’s outfit post, absolutely nothing comes from a thrift or consignment shop.  However, please believe that this outfit still cost under $50 from top to bottom.  Let’s talk CLEARANCE RACKS!  This blog is about all fabulous things, THRIFTY.  To me, this means getting fabulous items at a bargain.  Yes, of course you will find bargain prices at thrift and consignment shops, but also understand that a clearance rack should not be be forgotten.  In fact some clearance racks are great thrift store alternatives for me.
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blue and white with pop of color - thriftingdiva.com Heading to the movies, I wanted a simple but still stylish look.  Although, still quite summer, the movies are always freezing, so sleeves are my best friend when I enter the freezer theater.  I bought this semi sheer chiffon shirt from Charming Charlies on their end of season clearance rack last year, for $9.99.  It was marked down from $29.99.  I did actually see it earlier that season and definitely noted that I was not going to pay $29.99 for it — yup, it’s that real for me folks.  When I returned, I was very happy to see that they had come to their senses and marked it down.  Scooped it up immediately.
blue and white with pop of color - thriftingdiva.com blue and white with pop of color - thriftingdiva.com blue and white with pop of color - thriftingdiva.com The blue and white printed pants came off the clearance rack at Macy’s.  Side note here.  A lot of people wonder how I have the patience to wade through clothing at a thrift store.  They would rather head to a retail store and find what they want.  However, I have to say that if you venture into the clearance rack sections in a store, and find things that you like, and LOVE the markdowns, then you can easily go thrifting.  The Macy’s that I found this little beauty had a large section devoted for clearance.  But, it was messy, unorganized and certainly packed with a lot of things.  I have definitely been in thrift stores that were more organized than that area.  However, I know that I am not there to buy realty in the section, I am there to unearth some great finds — which I did.  During the summer season, these pants were marked at $59.00.  But, it ended up in the clearance section and I walked away with it for $11.45.  They are comfy, different and CUTE!
blue and white with pop of color - thriftingdiva.com If you know me or if you have been following this blog, you know that I am all about COLORS.  I first opted to complete the outfit with some white sandals, but at the last minute really wanted a pop of color.  These Jessica Simpson’s pumps came from a Ross Dress For Less clearance rack.  I purchased them for $9.99, marked down from $59.99.  Yes, that is a steal!  There you have it.  I am a walking clearance rack – but looking much better than the way they normally keep the section.

Tell me about your clearance rack finds.  Some stores definitely do a great job in marking down their items for sure!

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46 Comments

  1. Haha, I am a walking clearance rack as well. If it ain’t in your clearance section, I want no part of it. Most of the times anyway. I very very rarely buy things at full price.

    For me a big part of what makes thrifting fun is precisely the fact that you can find some great things inside heaps of well trash. On my latest trip to the flea market I found a Jil Sander blouse for 3€ at the bottom of a cardbox I had to dig through.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

    1. Alex,
      You are absolutely right. Digging through and finding treasures is half the glory. I honestly hope that my blog allows people to see that you can still look fantastic without going broke. There is nothing to be ashamed about when you save money!

  2. I’m also a walking clearance rack/thrift store, haha. I always go straight for the sales sections in stores and rarely ever buy something full price. Love this outfit!

    1. Love getting a good deal!! Clearance items + coupons = happy shopper.

      I just got back from shopping at the grocery store here in Canada where they have an amazing clothing line called joe fresh (dead serious, I love their stuff) and I got $92 worth of tees and pj’s for two bucks and some change! Mind you, that was me using up my store credit points, but I was still pretty happy about it!

  3. This outfit is fabulous! Yay, you for being able to find such amazing deals. It’s a talent that I wish I had. I honestly think its a patience issue with me.

    1. JoAnn,
      Thank you! Yes, patience is definitely a key factor in finding deals. You have to be able to give yourself to search around, or even to wait until prices drop. However, it is so worth it don’t you think.

    1. Lyddiegal,
      Thank you!! Yes, shoes can sometimes be tough, but, it’s all about knowing where to go and when. Macys tends to ALWAYS have something on their clearance rack that I can walk away with it if I truly loved it.

  4. You are ROCKING those pants chic!! LOVE that you went for the red pumps instead of white! Just the right pop of color. I also like that you kept the accessories to a minimum so that the pants just steal the show! Very cute movie outfit…I’m always freezing in the movies too!

    Robyn
    http://feelgreatfashion.com/

    1. Robyn,
      Lol…glad that you like how I styled them especially you were there when we found them. Those pants were definitely a great purchase. Yes, they might be my go to movies outfit from now on. Freezing moving theaters are my pet peeve.

  5. Every time I get something on sale and someone compliments it, I HAVE to mention that I got it for super cheap. Like, I pride myself for that haha. Also, all your outfits are always perfect!

  6. I love the clearance racks at JCPenney’s as that is where I get most of my pencil skirts. I still don’t understand how some people can pay extraordinary outrageous retail prices? The pop of color with the Jessica Simpson pumps are perfect and I love shopping shoes and bags at Ross as well.

    1. Antionette,
      You know I have never really hit up the JCPenney’s but you have given me something to think about. I can’t discriminate… a clearance rack with cute things at great price is always a winner. Yes, Ross is such a great place for shoes and bags. Thank you for stopping by.

  7. i LOVE this whole outfit! The fact that you got it at such a great price makes it even better. I’m kind of lazy when it comes to picking through the clearance section but I know that you can really find some great stuff in there for SO cheap.

    1. Brita,
      Thank you!!! The price definitely makes me smile for sure. Don’t be lazy, give it a try. You don’t have to spend the entire day searching, but give yourself about an hour. The money you save will be worth it.

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  9. You have so many gorgeous pairs of printed pants. These are no exception and I love the new chiffon blouse and the price you paid for it. I own a similar one I also got on clearance last year. I also own similar pants which I included in my 30 for 30 challenge, currently. You look Tres Chic and those curls!

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