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I found what I didn’t know I was looking for.  And did not find what I was looking for.  (Surprise!) My sister is celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary this winter.  And I am “matron of honor” for her vow renewal ceremony.  This is a tricky outfit situation.  I need to find a dress (black by suggestion) that is formal, but fun and also not too bridesmaidy.  As this dress will most likely be worn on only one occasion (my stay-at-home life does not call for too many formal gowns), I’d like to find a bargain.  Best place for bargain formals-that’s right, GOODWILL! The trick here is that I have to find a specific color, so I’ll need to make several trips to many different Goodwill’s between now and the actual event to find just the right dress.  And if I don’t, there is another dress I’ve been eyeing on the JCPenny’s web site that I believe falls under the prom category, but as it is black, it also looks sophisticated enough for those of us who really need to be in the misses category.  And it definitely is fun!  (Visit and type in Morgan & Co. Beaded Cross Back Dress to see for yourself.)  The only drawback with option two is that it is $90.  Too much to spend on a one-time dress.  So, while I wait to see if it goes on clearance, I’ll shop the Goodwill’s! There I am searching for a formal black dress that was not to be found on this particular day.  As I dove through the four isles of dresses, I also hit the blazer racks which sat just perpendicular to the dresses.  And I found some wonderful purchases!

Favorite purchase of the day- a cream brocade blazer with a faux fur collar.  This will be so lovely at Christmastime and pair so nicely with my new winter white dress pants! Other blazer purchases:  simple light purple tweed and a new-with-tags black blazer with extra buttons and fabulous shaping darts.

Dresses purchased:  a white JCrew sundress, mint green sundress, a purple print wrap dress, and a new-with-tags grey satiny dress with blue and pink flower print on the bottom!  Perfect for a summer wedding or other dressy occasion.

And a red satin shell I’ve been looking for!

All for under $40!

Finding treasures that I did not know I was looking for, serendipitous!


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