good summer finds

June 25, 2013

summer dressmy summer must havesThese are some recent thrift finds that are perfect for summer. I had one pair of denim cut-offs that I have had for about 10 years and I wear them like crazy every summer (except for the summers when I’m pregnant). They’re getting to the point that the areas around the buttocks are really worn and starting to tear (like majorly to the point of can’t be repaired), so I thought I had better go hunting for a new pair before these completely bite the dust. Luckily, I found these great 3 pairs for about 2 buckaroos each! I did the little stick the fist and length of my forearm check into the waist area to see if it would fit, and lo and behold, they all fit, so I knew they’d fit my waist (and it did!). They were all a bit longer in length, but a pair of scissors quickly fixed that. Then, a throw in the wash and dryer and there you go, I had a couple new (to me) pairs of denim shorts.

So even though I was eyeing a pair of these, I knew I didn’t need to spend those dollars. You could most definitely snatch a few good pairs at the thrift for just a few bucks. Oh and that white, gauzy dress is just perfect too, isn’t it?! Thrifted for just 5 bucks. I’d say I’ve had some pretty good luck lately. We’re heading to New Mexico for vacation soon, so I’m taking all these (and these) with me for sure!

13 comments on “good summer finds”

  • Micha says:

    The fist/forearm trick? Please enlighten! And I love the dress.

  • mycakies says:

    Yeah! It works so that I don’t have to try on pants, short, and skirts at the the thrift store! I don’t know if I explained it right when I wrote it out, but I’ll have to get Ben to take a picture of me to demonstrate it. A picture would probably explain it better.

  • pam says:

    that dress is the perfect summer dress! a great find!!

  • Cait says:

    Yes, you must share the trick! I leave so many things because I don’t want to bother trying on with a baby in the cart 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    I love LOVE your blog! So many creative posts!!!

  • Blast that thrifted summer dress!!!! It is perfect, and I am pretty sure I am the worst at thrifting EVER. Please be sure to post a million pictures of you wearing it. In love with your style…and so in love with your beautiful family! xoxo

  • Rachel says:

    What the heck is the ‘stick the forearm and fist’ thing??? If you’re about to tell me that I no longer have to try on 100 pairs of jeans at every thrift, I’m gonna cyber hug you for a year!


    PS: LOVE that dress. OOOH – second question – your fave clog boots – what brand/style are they? I’ve searched the interwebs for pics to match up bc I adore them, and I can’t quite figure out which style they are. Not sure if they’re still made, either. 🙁

  • Stephanie says:

    Woo! I’m in New Mexico! You will love all the sites. So fun here. 🙂

    • mycakies says:

      Oooh! We’re going to stay in Taos Ski Valley, if you have any recommendations of things to do or eat, I’m all ears!!! I’ve been to Taos once and I can’t wait to go back. Ben went camping in Tres Ritos for years with his family, so we’re going back to the area to make new memories with our own family (and his sister and mom are meeting us there too!).

  • heather says:

    that dress is amazing!!!

  • Danielle Bentley says:

    So cute! LOVE that dress x

  • jess says:

    Do you have any suggestions for thrift stores in the LA area? I have always loved thrifting but moving to LA recently have found most stores a total let down – either entirely picked over or WAY over priced. I miss my southeast thrift stores! Would love any tips you might have. 🙂
    Thanks Rubyellen, and I must say, I love your blog and your honesty. Visiting here always brightens my day! 🙂

    • mycakies says:

      I don’t live in the main city, but I heard the ones there are better than the suburbs! I say the OC ones are always pretty great. Savers is a definite must visit!

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