Monthly budget adventures (August 2016)

My monthly posts about shopping and monthly budget adventures have been pretty boring lately… because I haven’t been doing much shopping! Most of that has been because I participated in the “Let’s Be Shop Free for 3” no-clothes-shopping challenge over the summer, and because I was in the middle of packing and moving. I simply had no energy (or funds) to go shopping.

Discovering a (new-to-me) resale shop in Tacoma

But after unpacking and getting the house in a livable kind of order, Sam and I have started exploring Tacoma a bit more. I posted about this last week on my Facebook page, that I think I found my new resale shop in Tacoma! We recently came across Megs & Mo, a resale shop in the Proctor neighborhood of Tacoma, and both Sam and I went, “Yesssssss!” when we walked in. It reminds me of my beloved Here We Go Again resale boutique in Portland, with its excellent selection and good prices. I also laughed at its slogan on its Facebook page:  “Upscale resale for the reformed full-price shopper.”

Megs & Mo label

We didn’t buy anything the first time we wandered into the boutique, but my mind was still on these Franco Sarto patent leather heels that I saw, so we went back to get them. Exactly my size, a brand I know and love, and in excellent condition (I don’t know if these have ever been worn, they’re in such good shape!)… I couldn’t pass them up!

I don’t know that I’ve seen heels quite like this before. I mean, ankle straps, peep toes, d’Orsay style, patent leather (always a good idea in this rainy climate) and color-blocking all in the same shoe. Yet with all these design details going on, the shoes still manage to look classy and kind of subtle. It’s like they’re saying, “Who, me? Why yes, I am fabulous, thank you for noticing.” Sam said my face lit up when I saw them, which I don’t doubt.

And they’re now in my closet along my row of high heels! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Newly thrifted shoes, patent leather Franco Sarto peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Newly thrifted shoes, patent leather Franco Sarto peep-toes

Sam also spied this interestingly patterned top and insisted I try it on. The print is like a paisley floral, but most interesting of all is the horseshoe-shaped neckline. So unique! And Sam LOVES it when I buy something he’s found. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | New print tunic, thrifted

Librarian for Life + Style | New print tunic, thrifted

  • Print tunic top, INC International Concepts, thrifted {similar top by same brand}:  paid $14 (original resale price $19, 25% off sale. Original price, approx. $50}

Yay for thrift and resale shops!

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $37 {includes tax now that I live in Washington state}
Total savings for this month:  $96

Total spent for this year:  $124
Total savings for this year:  $485

Jewelry gifts

I also received a couple of jewelry gifts this past month, which also happened to be my birthday month!

When my husband visited Vancouver, BC, recently with his parents, he brought me back a scarf pin from Granville Island. So sweet! You can see more polymer clay art on the Joan Tayler Design site.

Librarian for Life + Style | Clay art scarf pin closeup

For my birthday, my good friend Stephanie gifted me this lovely set of jewelry, a porcelain necklace and earrings dipped in white gold from Texas-based jewelry designer Zoë Comings. Gorgeous! It’s got that subtle yet striking combo I love in jewelry!

Librarian for Life + Style | Birthday jewelry

Looking ahead to next month… I have a couple of gift cards for use at Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic, so I will most likely be going shopping at one or more of those places in the near future, for a bit of back-to-school shopping.

Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.


14 thoughts on “Monthly budget adventures (August 2016)

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Erin! I think these shoes will pair nicely with pencil skirts AND with wide-legged trousers… those are the first things that popped into my head when I spied these shoes. As they say, it’s always a good idea to be able to picture a new purchase with at least 3 outfits, right? 🙂

      1. Nicole Mölders

        Summer clothes are much cheaper than winter clothes and people spend more time outside. Because it is warm they don’t need several layers. Yes, they only look at blogs in summer when they can’t get outside or are waiting for the bus, a meeting, or whatever.

  1. Brenda N.

    Those Franco Sarto pumps are such an unusual & fun color combo, looking forward to see what outfits you pair them with! 🙂

  2. Cassie (@theminuteglass)

    Those porcelain earrings and necklace are just beautiful! They’re understated, but still eye catching. Those shoes were also a find as well. I think you’re right, aside from being tried on they don’t look like they’ve ever been worn!

  3. Lola

    Those heels are super cute, and such a great price! I love finding brands that I know will always work for me – it makes secondhand shopping so much easier.

  4. Pingback: Jeans + blazer combo with statement heels | Librarian for Life and Style

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