Nifty, Thrifty, and Awesome!

I am currently here visiting my Mom as the semester is over and staying at home for a month with nothing to do does not appeal to me. I can stay here, have a good time with my Mom doing absolutely nothing, and of course – visit a few thrift shops along the way!

Most of the thrift shops down here in southern NJ aren’t bad, and dare I say are actually better than NYC ones just for the sheer fact that all of the hipsters don’t get to everything before us regular folks do. That and it is mad cheap here! As I had mentioned in an earlier post, most of this area is a retirement community, so the older ladies and lads unleash their older clothing to the many choice thrift shops around town. Of course, any time I am down here I just ITCH to go to the many thrift shops around. As of late, my Mom and I have been ill will some sort of stomach bug from some dip we ate at her friend’s house New Year’s Eve. But, I still pulled myself together to go to this thrift shop that I saw as an advert on TV a few days prior. It looked like a fabulous place, and boy was I on the mark!


It is called “Off The Racks”, and most of the clothes come from a sister consignment shop that has not sold the clothes within thirty days. The layout and look of this store is gorgeous! You really don’t feel like you are in a typical thrift shop, but more like in a boutique. Everything is extremely organized, from dresses to pants to sweaters and everything in between. They are all even subdivided into sizes, from XS/S through 3X. They have sale racks too and everything is $1.99. Everything else is the store, no matter what, is all $4.99. How amazeballs is that? Just check out how well organized this store is:


They had some fabulous items there, from the high end to designer to rare names and everything in between. They even had a pair of designer shoes worth well over $500 there selling for only $10! Can you believe that?! I am so disappointed that I have such huge feet that I couldn’t buy any of those gorgeous shoes – and most had a vintage inspiration to them! Poo poo 😦

But what did I buy? I still snagged some fabulous things! Take a gander below:


1950’s inspired bolero – $4.99


High waist ’40s inspired work/swing pants – $4.99


What we’ve got here is a polka dot bolero with a chiffon tie – $4.99; blue nautical inspired shirt – $1.99; black wool cardigan with embellishments (see photo of detail below) – $4.99


This photo of the detail on this black cardi does nothing for how wonderful it looks!


I LOVE these pants! They have quite a wonderous 1940s/1950s ladies jeans type feel, including the high waist. Just as soon as I saw them, I immediately grabbed them. And, of course, for only $4.99.


Don’t you just love these? The top is a nautical inspired jean bolero with a Peter Pan collar and this super cute anchor design on the lining. The red cardigan is one I need anyway because for some odd reason I have no red cardis whilst most things I own have at least a bit of red in it – how did that happen?! Red is my favourite colour!

Of course, those two tops above were $4.99 as well.

Do you know what else they had that my Mom amazingly found for me?



I almost fainted. How awesome is that? I know it’s a CD, but my Bose DVD system will play CDs wonderfully, and I am beyond excited to see how fab it all sounds. The CD itself looks immaculate!

And how much did this incredible thrifting haul cost me? Thirty dollars! Yes, that’s right, 3-0 dollars. And the absolute best part? The proceeds go to helping abused, sheltered, and milled puppies! OMG I literally screamed with glee when she said that. I would have bought the whole store just to help the little puppies. I’m a total softie for animals 🙂

Want to check out more? Head over to their Facebook and see what’s up! And if you are ever in the area, head to:

950 Route 9 North
Bayville, NJ 08721

Have any of you gone on any great thrifting hauls lately? Any shops you are dying to visit?

2 comments on “Nifty, Thrifty, and Awesome!

  1. *Books flight to Jersey* 🙂 What thoroughly terrific finds! Minus my Freddie’s jeans and overalls, I’ve had lousy luck over the years with vintage and repro trousers, and have grown leery of splashing out on them now. I’d happy take a $5 gamble on a vintage appropriate pair anytime though, especially if I could try them on before buying (something that online shopping does not afford). I think they’re my favourite find of this lot, but I really like everything (that cardigan is stellar!) and am thoroughly impressed by how reasonable the prices were.

    Wishing you a beautiful Sunday and rest of your visit at your mom’s,
    ♥ Jessica

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