Dolly styles 99 cent Sweater Dresses

Hello  once again, fabuless fashionistas. Vicky and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a new member of our Fifty Thrifty and Fabuless team. Her name is Dolly and she is a dressform. Dolly had been living in “garage apartment”,  just hanging around being idle.  Not much of a life, right?! So I rescued Dolly, brought her home and gave her a modeling job! Today she will be wearing sweater dresses. To tell the truth I am glad she got this gig as it is still warm here in the South, despite it being October.  This week the temperatures have been in the mid eighties! But that’s okay, Dolly  can take the heat! I currently have four sweater dresses in my wardrobe. Two were purchased last year and the others just in the past few weeks, but get this , all of the dresses were just 99 cents apiece! Now that is what I call fabuless! So with no further ado, hereeee’s Dolly!



Cream Color Cowl Neck sweater dress by ana A New Approach


Changing up the look with a brown belt.  Short tan lace up boots/Rampage. Red hoop earrings/Cato. Tan and red Betty Boop purse complete the look. Dress, boots, belt and purse all Goodwill purchases


The Black and White look with a touch of pink.  Black belt with gold buckle purchased from Goodwill. Short black ankle style boots/BG Aries were a gift. Pink symmetrical earrings from Cato.  Black and white striped bag with pink bow/Bestsey Johnson. The bag was a Goodwill purchase and was only $7.99.



Black, white and yellow look. Tall black patent leather boots/Franco Sarto. Black elasticized belt/No brand listed. Black and white polka dot earrings/Cato. Golden yellow/black detail purse/Kate Spade New York.  Belt, boots and bag all Goodwill purchases.




Purchased at Goodwill last year.


The 4th and final look of this versatile dress.  Red tri-buckled belt/Goodwill purchase. Red purse with white polka dots and bow . Black Suede fringed booties/gift. Red wool cap with floral flourish purchased from Kmart.


Bag by Roberta Gandolfi purchased at Goodwill.


3/4 length sleeved dress, tan with black stripes and pink trim by DESIGN HISTORY Tall Brown Suede boots/Madeline, a Goodwill buy. Pink droplet earrings were a gift


Added a black double buckle belt (no brand listed. Got it at Goodwill) and short black boot for a different look. Changed the earrings to the pink symmetrical ones for a funkier look.



MIA Boots purchased at GW. Love the back detail. Gives an outfit a “tougher” edge


This short sleeve tan dress by Extra Touch has black and white stripes with an asymmetrical neckline and trim with a cute button detail. This was purchased at Goodwill last year. White and silver earrings/Cato. Once again I have paired this dress with the brown suede Madeline boots.





Same dress new look.  Leather vest with silver zipper/MANART, purchased at GW a couple of years back. Black suede fringe booties by Breckcelles were a Christmas gift last year. To “top” off the outfit I added a motorcycle type brimmed hat.


A closer view of the hat I received from a friend.


I love this black and off white patterned dress. The tag had been cut out so I do not know the brand. Added a black elastic belt with silver buckle, silver jewelery and black fringed suede bag and black suede boots complete the look. This is my “anonymous” outfit, as the dress, boots, belt and bag all have no brand listed! All but the jewelery was purchased at Goodwill.


The silver earrings  were created and handmade by Vicky herself.  Her beautiful creations are called Transformations. The silver cuff bracelet was purchased at a yard sale. 

So that is it. My four fabuless 99 cent dresses.  I hope that you enjoyed seeing how I styled them.

My thanks to Dolly for “taking the heat” and putting on sweaters in our ever warm October weather.  You will be seeing more of our new friend. I think she is going to help us decide what costume to wear for Halloween this year. We don’t know yet what it will be but we do know that it will be  frightfully fabuless, and scary cheap!

Till next time be thrifty and stay fabuless!

Teresa and Vicky










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Weekend Fun/ Thrifting in Dickson Tennessee


Hello fabuless fashionistas and happy fall ya all! Hard to believe that Autumn is officially here.  Especially since here in our little Southern city, we have had temperatures in the high eighties! Not exactly sweater and boot weather, but that has not stopped us from shopping for some fall wardrobe items, namely at our favorite place, Goodwill!

This weekend my friend Kimmy and I headed out of Clarksville and traveled the short distance to Dickson to check out the deals at the Goodwill there. Much to my chagrin Kimmy outdid me in the thrifting department (this time), as she came away with several wonderful finds!  Though I didn’t leave empty handed I did find only one item, but it was funky and fun and fifty percent off so that made me feel a little better. Also I had already exhausted the three local Goodwill stores this week and luckily did find some beautiful things to start building my Fall wardrobe!

Well, I guess I may as well start with my one fabuless find.  This ” spring” green, (ironic, I know when we were  shopping for fall fashions), tote. There was no tag that had a brand listed so I have  no idea where it originally came from, but I absolutely adore it. I kinda have this thing about lip prints so I just couldn’t pass it up. Especially since at half price it was only $2.00. Since the weather here is still quite summer like I thought  perhaps I could carry it a few more times. In fact I carried it the next day pairing it with a pair of skinny jeans and a bright pink tee. Very casual, but the tote was my statement piece.


As I said, Kimmy was able to find more than me on this trip, (lucky girl!), and she got some great deals. Starting with a pair of gray patterned leggings by AB Studio, that were brand new. The original price tag was still attached. Retail cost $44.00! Kimmy’s cost $4.49!


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Look at this gorgeous black suede and leather skirt Kimmy found for only $4.99!  She will definitely have to let us do a photo shoot of her wearing this fabulous find!IMG952286



Brand tag of skirt

So as you can see I was not the ONLY one to purchase something that was not totally seasonal.  These adorable polka dot sandals by St. Johns Bay were just too cute for Kimmy to leave behind!


The plaque in this pic was a gift from me to Kim. Of course I had purchased it at Goodwill!


Love this beautiful tank with a diamond graphic high/low sheer draped detail.


Long sleeved scoop neck sweater by Ann Taylor Loft. The lovely green color is perfect for fall.



A better view of the AB leggings.

After our little shopping spree we were hungry! After all what is a girl’s day out shopping spree without a little lunch.  We checked out yelp to see what Dickson had to offer in the way of eats.   When we saw that there was a place called Little Bite of Everything, and that it offered BOTH burgers and cupcakes….well we knew we had found our place. Believe me it did not disappoint! We both ordered  their OC burger and decided to share an order of fries so we could save room for a cupcake.  Wise choice as the portion of fries was more than enough to share.Resized_20170923_150625

I will let you in on a little secret.  When Kimmy and I get together we LOVE to talk. And talk and talk and talk….  But from the moment we took that first bite of burger, our conversation came to an almost screeching halt. The most we could manage were some ooohs , ahhhs and yums!


All we could say was YUM!


Burgers AND Cake! What more can a girl ask for?  Kim’s floral skirt and royal blue top were previous Goodwill purchases.


Such a great selection. It was hard to choose.




The décor was cute and atmosphere friendly. White peasant tie up top by JW style, a recent GW purchase.


Our final choices. Me the Game Day on right. Kim , the Cannoli. Both delicious!

We have already decided we will definitely be making another trip so we can have another “Little Bite of Everything.”  Check out their website. for more info, including menu options, prices and more. Then go get yourself a burger!

Before we headed home we checked out this cute shop called High Cotton. It has a mix of antiques, furniture, home décor, jewelry and more. Definitely a place you will want to check out when you visit Dickson.

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Love their sign, Where the Junk has Funk!


You are here. Kimmy pointing to where we are on the map!


High Cotton had a nice variety of funny greeting cards also.  A great place to find a unique gift and a card to go with it , too!

So this concluded out little out of town thrifting trip. It was loads of fabuless fun and it just goes to show you  that you don’t have to travel too far from home to find new and fun places!

Till next time be thrifty and stay fabuless!


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Books, Book, Books! Reading on the Cheap

Priced BooksHello fabuless fashionistas, Teresa here. It is a rainy here today in Tennessee, the perfect kind of day to pick up a good book and settle in for a satisfying read. That is exactly what I have been doing up to this point today. I did have plans to go out and do a little thrift shopping , but then the thunder started, the rain came down and I decided just to be a little lazy and instead open the pages of the latest novel I am currently enjoying.

I love to read,  I like  strolling  through the bookstores and perusing  the shelves for anything that might pique my interest, (which by the way can be a myriad of things), but I have to say book store prices can be a little outrageous, especially if you are a  bookworm  on a budget.   But voracious readers don’t lose heart. It is Goodwill to the rescue!books1

In the past few months I have stocked up on some books, and have saved a ton of money by purchasing them on the first Saturday of the month, when our local Goodwill stores have their 50% off everything in the store event! On a normal day the price of books is so reasonable, $2.99 for hardbacks and 99 cents for paperbacks, but on these  1/2 price days I got them for $1.50 and 50 cents each.  I currently have a stack of 14 books by my bedside and just out of curiosity I totalled up the cost of what I would have spent if I had paid retail, and the total came to (gasp), $248.56!  My Goodwill total came to….(drumroll please)…$12.50!  What a fabuless deal!books

You can find books on just about any topic you want.  They have self-help, diet and cookbooks, fiction, biographies, science fiction, romance, you name it, you can find it!   Many times they have the same title if perhaps you and your friends want to read the same book and discuss it book club style. While it is not free like a library, it is by far cheaper than paying retail. And they are yours to keep for as long as you like, or trade among your friends. My friends and I love to do that! They also have a good selection of children’s books for 99 cents for the little ones in your lives. It is never to early to instill a love of reading!more books

So there you go, you nifty thrifty people. Get yourself to your local Goodwill or other thrift stores to get great deals on books. Still plenty of time for some warm weather reading, whether you are in a hammock in your back yard, poolside, or at the beach!  And don’t forget to stock up for those winter day reads!

Oh by the way, in the middle of doing this blog, the rain cleared so I did venture out to GW and found myself a beautiful white eyelet bedskirt for $3.99,( currently in washing machine, so no pic), and a cute off the shoulder floral dress by Tacera,  brand new with tags for $5.99!  Not bad for a random Tuesday.


So till next time be thrifty, stay fabuless and happy reading!




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The Fabulous and the Fabuless at the Hop A fun, fantastic night in the 50’s

h the fabulous 1950’s.  A bygone era when things seemed,  well just a little bit sweeter. Whether you were sharing that first awkward slow dance, (you know the one)  where you just slowly dance in circles while occasionally peering up at your sweetheart through your fluttering eyelashes, or cruising the strip rocking out to Chuck Berry, it was a simpler time. A time of good music, fun and fashion!  And this weekend my friend Kimmy and I had the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy a taste of these bygone days.  Murph’s Country Music Barn, (one of my most favorite places to spend a Saturday night), held their first very own 50’s style sock hop!

Stepping in the door we were transported back in time as the band, Murph and the Starliters were in full swing, playing Ruby Baby, by Dion. Lots of great music from the era followed and kept people “hoppin” on the dance floor!Resized_20170812_223825 (1)

Stevie Coleman guitar and lead vocals. Shelton Bissell on Sax. Eddie Young (sitting) guitar and vocals. Andy Simpson bass and Ted Nicholson, drums.


Murph Winters owner of Murph’s Country Music Barn on bass



Here are some pictures of all the fabulous people in costume!


Reba looks divine in her red poodle skirt. Reba was featured in an earlier blog post of ours  named Meet  Reba. She is always fashionable and tonight was no exception!



This cute couple is Mike and Marianna Tanner. Don’t they look adorable in their coordinating outfits.


It was very nice to meet Marianna and Mike. Such a nice couple and boy could they dance! They were lots of fun to watch . Thank you both for letting us share your picture, and thanks to Marianna for letting us know where she found her gorgeous dress.   It is from Black Butterfly. Check out their site they had some beautiful vintage inspired clothing.


Pretty in pink and polka dots! Tonya Hunter, (Murph and Lavonne’s daughter) in pink and cute as a button Charlene Shadoan Johnson in red and white polka dots!

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The Catch of the Day! (An update to a Mermaid Inspired Bathroom)


Hello once again, fabuless fashionistas, Teresa here with a short update . A couple of months ago I had posted a blog about home décor and thrift shopping and I shared pictures of my mermaid inspired bathroom which included practically all thrifted items. At the time I mentioned how I had looked for a mermaid shower curtain that fit into my “minnow” type budget but to no avail.  I had searched online and while there were many beautiful choices,( almost as many as there is fish in the sea), I wasn’t ready to pay retail for a mermaid tail! Instead I found a lovely multi colored blue shower curtain at Goodwill  that was very beach like and was a nice compromise until I could “fish” around and find the elusive mermaid  I sought.

Well, just last week I got lucky. On a whim I ran into one of our local Goodwill Stores just to take a look around and see what I could find. To be honest I didn’t even have home décor on my mind, but as I walked by the linens and curtains area,  something caught my eye.  Beautiful green and blues  the colors of the sea. Intrigued I went to take a closer look, and to my surprise when I unfolded it, there she was! A beautiful shining mermaid! What a lucky catch at only $4.99! So of course it went into my net/shopping cart and I went away happy as a clam.mermaid shower curtain

Of course I knew $4.99 was a great deal, but I wanted to find out just how well I had done. I looked on Amazon and found this exact item. The brand is Chez Max . It was on sale for $17.99, but that was 60% off. The original retail price was $44.99! I also checked on eBay and found one priced at $28.99 and another at $30.57. This definitely was the deal that didn’t get away , which made this Pisces woman, (hey maybe that’s why I like Mermaids so much) happy!

So I guess the moral of this fish tale is if you are willing to be a little patient, and check out your local thrift stores you too can come away with a great catch!

Till next time, be thrifty and stay fabuless!




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Chinese Food, a Movie, and a Photo Shoot (aka A Fabuless Girl’s Day In)

Hello once again fabuless fashionistas.  Recently Vicky, Kimmy and I decided to have a chill out kind of Saturday, instead of our usual hustle and bustle that are the norm of our weekend. But what to do? It had to be fabulous, fun and of course thrifty!

Easy decision. Let’s bring out the little girl in ourselves, dress up (in all our thrifted glory), and have a photo shoot! If you get a chance this is something that I think many would have fun doing. Grab a friend or two, dress up and “Vogue” for the camera! You can get as fancy, casual, or silly as you want. The point is that it is fun and FREE! You know how we love free!

After playing “model”, we ordered Chinese food and watched the Rogers and Hammerstein version of Cinderella on Netflixs.  This is absolutely hands down my very favorite version of this classic tale. We all sang along to the songs, remembering the words even after all these years. It almost seems “Impossible”, but things are happening everyday. If you got the reference to that song I know what you too are a true Cinderella fan! Of course we had to moon over the Prince, and  admire her gown!  And how about those shoes!  What fashionista wouldn’t love a pair of her very own.

So here are a few of the pics that we took on this fabuless Girl’s Day In!


Beige Wedge style heels by Saint John’s Bay purchased at Walmart



Dress by Karen-Catalina

Kimmy looking lovely in a black halter style dress with black bodice and polka dot skirt.  This dress was not  thrifted, it was free! Gifted from a friend who told me to see whoever could wear it. Kimmy was the first to try it on and looked so adorable that I am sure that Vicky and I will both have to give it a go. It may end up being a “shared” item, much like the pants in the book, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Who knows this dress may have it’s own magical qualities!

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Maybe he will turn into a prince!

Vicky looks gorgeous showing her “wild” side in a leopard print dress by Chico’s. Red heels by Jessica Simpson. Both the dress and shoes were purchased at Goodwill.

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Feeling summery in a blue and pink floral skirt  by Old Navy. Pink ruffled tank top by Gap. Sandals by Charlotte Russe. Buckle style belt brand unknown. Head to toe, Goodwill purchases!


Black spaghetti strap dress with slit by Just Love.



Black elbow length gloves found at a yard sale years ago.

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Kimmy and her pretty pup

One of our “silly” moments!  Recreating the Audrey Hepburn pose from the movie poster Breakfast at Tiffanys. We didn’t have a kitty cat so Kimmy’s pug,  Daisy worked as  body double. But don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the recreation of this photo. And for being such a good sport Daisy was rewarded with a treat afterward!


The Straw hat is a keepsake I kept from when my daughter was small. It was her Easter bonnet


Black sunglasses a gift from my daughter


Floral Sarong style dress by Snap purchased at Goodwill



Blue Sleeveless draped dress with ruffled bodice by Julian-Taylor New York


Close up of the beautiful bodice of the dress


Black Lace skirt by ilyza  New York


Zippered leather vest by Gorgio Fiorflini


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Hot pink skirt by Worthington



Multi colored top with ruching  by Dots

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Just checking to see if the grass is greener on the other side. Nope it’s not, we are having all the fun on our side of the fence!


Black&White striped tank by Lane Bryant Pleather skirt with cut out hem by Colleen Lopez


Just wondering how many thrift stores there are in the world and how we can get to them!


Vintage pink Angora sweater by Fully Fashioned of Angelon by Darlene  Pearl and Bow earrings purchased at Catos



Shoes by Reaction Kenneth Cole


Okay, I have to admit this dress by Rose Tattoo is one of the most “out of character” purchases I have made at Goodwill.  Vicky had spotted it one day while the three of us were out shopping, but none of us tried it on. After I went home I just couldn’t get the dress out of my mind. I kept thinking that the probability was low that anyone else I knew would have one like it, and it reminded me of an Andy Warhol pop art piece. So I went back a couple of days later, tried it on, and it became mine. Now to get up the courage to wear it out!


Red dress with white polka dots by R&K Originals Black Petticoat purchased at Southern Thrift in Nashville TN

Just so you know, I don’t normally wear the petticoat with this dress! It was just for fun for the photo shoot. (It made me feel like a Flamenco dancer!) I had purchased it last year as part of a Halloween costume.


Vicky and I had our annual Birthday Bash party in March at our favorite place again this year. That is of course Murph’s Country Music Barn. Check them out on Facebook! This time Vicky styled her black lace skirt with a pretty off the shoulder blouse purchased at Cato’s.

Vicky’s husband, Jim surprised Vicky by showing up to the party after telling her that he was not going to be able to make it due to his having to work.  You should have seen her face light up when she saw him come through the door!

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Vicky dancing with her sweet hubby, Jim

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Vicky feeling happy with her Birthday surprise!

The following pics were the last ones we did for our fun fabuless photoshoot. We found out you are never too old to play dress up!


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Vicky getting glammed up and looking lovely . Black Satin slip by Secret Treasures.

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It’s always fun playing dress up!

So that’s it for a fun and practically “free” Girls Day In. The only cost was our food which was only about 9 bucks a piece plus tip. But of course the best part was sharing a day and some laughs with wonderful friends. And of course that is PRICELESS!

Till next time be thrifty and stay fabuless!

P.S. Unless other wise stated all clothing was purchased at Goodwill!

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Remembering the Fallen

Remembering  those who gave their all in the fight for freedom for our country. Honoring the brave souls of those that served in the past  and thanking those who continue to serve today. Because of them we are the Land of the free and the Home of the brave. May we celebrate each and every one of them today.

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