Thrifty Threads

Welcome to Thrifty Threads, AKA Most Stylish Compact-y outfit, where readers model their favorite secondhand clothes.

A compact-y outfit is used or recycled, from Goodwill, a thrift store, a consignment shop, ebay, Craigslist, a yard sale, a clothing swap, or anywhere else you find used clothing.

Today’s models are Katy and her 3-year-old daughter Gracia. It’s a mother/daughter Thrifty Threads, I love it! Gracia looks absolutely adorable in her 99 cent Goodwill jacket. And she looks happy too! Katy says she loves to go to the Goodwill with her and play in the toy section.

Katy also got her jeans at the Goodwill for $4.99 and a belt that we can’t see for just 99 cents. Those are all fabulous bargains that are perfect examples of why it’s so smart to shop secondhand. Katy says that seeing the cute outfits other people get on Thrifty Threads inspires her to shop at Goodwill more often, and that she’s gotten a coffeemaker, thank you cards, and a cute basket there in addition to clothes.

Katy blogs at Purposely Frugal, where she writes about food waste, and shares recipes, crafts, and tips for frugal gifts, from the perspective of growing up as a MK, which stands for Missionary Kid. She and her husband and daughter now live in West Texas, where they are pursuing mission aviation so that they can realize their dream of being a missionary family with her husband as a pilot. I like the series Katy posts on the blog, Frugal Fitness and Lessons in Laundry.

Katy, thanks so much for that excellent photo! Those jeans fit you perfectly, which can be difficult, so I consider those a particularly great find.¬†I never cease to be amazed by what people find at Goodwill. Readers, it’s your turn! Put on your favorite secondhand outfit, snap a photo, and send it to me at Please put “Thrifty Threads” in the subject line so I can sort it from the spam. And don’t forget, we all love to see your fabulous finds! Young, old, male, female, large, small – all are welcome on Thrifty Threads.

Are you a thrift store shopper? Please share your best tips plus compliments for Katy and Gracia in the Comments section. And click here to check out all previous installments of Thrifty Threads.


  1. Hilda says

    It’s a really cute picture. You’re teaching Gracia, at a young age, the value of a dollar. I’m proud of you and your dream.

  2. says

    Angela, you know I love your Thrifty Threads series :) Great finds, Katy, it sounds like you’re definitely on your way to being a hard core thrift store shopper, lol. I know I’m always excited when I find a pair of great-fitting jeans!

    I just posted about the $10 holiday outfit I put together for my husband’s work Christmas party. I find those types of outfits tricky to put together, so I thought I’d share my success! You can see a pic here:

  3. Maureen says

    My favorite story is about a dress that I bought for someone else. One of my favorite thrift stores regularly has “everything’s a dollar” clearnace sales. I was checking out with an armful of clothes, when I spied a cute pink dress hanging up on a display. I went to see it and it was an adorable, pale pink Ann Taylor dress – for $1.00! Even though it was a size 4 and too small for me, and I don’t wear pink, I knew a friend that it would be perfect for. I took it to her and that day happened to be her birthday, and she was so excited, she stripped right in the living room to try it on. She loved it and it fit perfectly. Another time, at the same store I found a beautiful Ann Taylor blouse for just a few dollars, size 0 (I have small friends!) and it went to another friend, who is a single mom who probably doesn’t get to shop at Ann Taylor very often. She was thrilled and it fit perfectly, too. So I guess my tip is, if something is a real find but not your size, see if anyone else comes to mind that you could bless with that treasure.

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