This past weekend one of the local bars here in Orlando hosted a Homecoming dance complete with a fake high school, DJs, decorations, and photo booth – it was amazing! They played music from all the past decades are encouraged people to dress from their favorite. Our group of friends had decided to go all out for this fun event, so I decided that the 1980s was the way to go. I knew that they only way to make this happen was with the help of my local thrift stores. I was so right!
I lucked out that the day I went dress shopping one of my favorite stores, OMG Thrift, was having a delayed Labor Day sale. Certain colored tags were 75% off, so I had my fingers crossed that I would find a dress with one of those tags. I tried on a handful of dresses and decided on the last one I tried on. Guess what? It was the right color tag! So I ended up spending FIVE BUCKS for a sequined cocktail dress.
Side Note: The night of the dance I went to put on the dress and found the original price tag was in the dress. It originally came with a jacket (which I wish had been with it because I’m sure it would have been amazing) and was priced at $129. Yes, you read that right. I paid $5 for a dress that was originally $129. Score!
I had some killer glitter gold Steve Madden platform heels in my closet that I knew would be perfect with this dress. I bought them at Goodwill ages ago and I was excited to put them to good use. The heels were amazing and made me feel like an Amazon woman. I actually had to take them off to drive because my legs were hitting the steering wheel.
The next thing I needed was a purse. My go-to black clutch met an untimely death at the last event I went to so I needed something new. I went to a local thrift store right by work a couple of days before the dance and found not one, but TWO fabulous clutches that had to go home with me. I picked up a black clutch to go with my dress for $2.99 and a vintage silver clutch, just because it was too cool to leave behind.
The last piece of the ensemble that I needed was the jewelry. Since the dress was strapless I knew that I needed a killer necklace to finish things off. I searched for awhile but on the day of the dance I still hadn’t found the right necklace. I decided to make one last attempt on my lunch break. Fingers crossed! I lucked out and found the perfect necklace. It was only $5 as well, but I still laughed about how my necklace was an expensive as my dress.
I spent a grand total of $13 on my entire outfit. If you add in the shoes it was probably around $20 total, but I feel like those don’t count since I’ve had them for ages. But even at $20 that is a great deal for a super fun outfit. This my friends is why I LOVE thrift stores!