6.23.2010

My Dream Clogs

I remember back in early spring when Rhiannon first proclaimed her love for Swedish Hasbeens on her blog. She let us all in on the Endless.com discount secret and caused a Swedish Hasbeen uproar in the blogging world. For months after that (and even still) it was Swedish Hasbeens, Swedish Hasbeens, Swedish Hasbeens everywhere I visited! There were so many times I regretted not making that purchase when they were priced at the all time low of $130, but then again, that's so-not-my-style to spend that kind of money on anything that's not electronic. I was convinced that I could find a pair at the thrift store for much, much cheaper than that. I kept my eyes peeled for any sort of wooden platforms, but after months of searching I had almost given up. 

I think it was when Rhianon posted her ugly 90's bit about Chloe Sevigny's line for Opening Ceremony that I finally decided to give in to the hype. I loved the ridiculously high wooden platforms from that collection and the fact that they were done in my favorite accessory color, cognac brown (you know,  a tan color; do you call it something different?). I did a couple of searches and narrowed my picks down to this pair from Free People and this pair from pair from Jeffery Campbell. Both were around $135 (still way out of my price range), but I figured both would be able to carry me through the fall. Since it was such a big purchase, I decided to think about it for a day before selecting the pair I was going to buy.

For some weird reason, I decided (out of nowhere) to go to the thrift store on Sunday. I had tons of things to get done at home and really didn't need to make the trip, but I ended up going anyway. When I made it to the shoe section, I couldn't believe my eyes! There they were, a pair of size 8 (my size) wooden platform clogs in cognac brown for $6.99. Needless to say, it was like a mini party for one in the shoe section of the store. I couldn't have been happier that I waited to make the online shoe purchase!


Vintage Blouse: Saver's $6
Levi's Cutoffs: Goodwill $4
Clogs: Saver's $7
Bag: Saver's $6
Vintage Hat: Thrift $1

In other news, today had been a REALLY fantastic day for me here on the web. I've been featured as Delightfully Tacky's Blogger of the Moment, I was featured on the Chictopia homepage for the very first time, and I'm holding a giveaway on Amanda's blog, The Upside of Wonder. It's been a very cool day to say the least!

Congratulations to Alice Kingsleigh, you are the winner of The Upside of Wonder clutch giveaway!!!

52 comments:

DearBeatrice said...

Lucky girl!! It was meant to be ^.^
They're really cute, I love the shape of the clog.

Cat said...

You know...I never thought I would be into clogs but there are so many amazingly cute styles out there today!!! Love your find!!!!

xo Cat

moonshinejunkyard said...

YYEEESSS! if you keep telling these kinds of stories, i'm never buying anything new again. haha that's the plan really, i love the idea!!! these are rad clogs and i love chance and synchronicity especially when it comes to thrifting. amazing luck lady! i love the way these look but for me they're definitely going to have to wait for fall, my feet would be sweating their little brains out in there. all summer long for me it can only be light breathy sandals cause i'm like a damn horse and very hard on shoes!

Ashlee said...

i looove when that happens!
i was close to buying a little bow necklace from my work for 20 bucks the other day and then I stumbled across a similar one at goodwill for $2.
not a big of a price jump as your clogs, but it made my day.

starcakeastrology.blogspot.com said...

pretty pics!

amanda said...

man i love it when that crap happens!! i've done that before, been wanting something and about to talk myself into dropping a load on them and then find something similar in a thrift that just makes my day. congrats on your savings!! and the amazing shoes. love this photo shoot too. you are a photographic genius!!!

Justice Pirate said...

You've been a blogger of the month all month everywhere! It is really awesome too!!! congratulations to you!
Those are probably the only clogs I really like. . .and I used to wear clogs as a kid and got mocked for it, and I loved them, but these take the cake!! Great shots!!

meganbarkley said...

Really!? Those shoes are the best find ever! And that Hat! Man, I need to get be one of those :) You look is adorable.

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Audrey J. said...

Congratulations for all the success! And yay for that sweden shoes i can't pronounce xD. I love how your photography looks like if it was revealed from film!

cb said...

i love the clogs! i was at the thrift store and found some that looked like that too and i am kicking myself for not getting them! oh well i will find others!

xo,

avalonne lou summers said...

I noticed that you were everywhere today!!! I saw your feature on Delightfully Tacky and The Upside of Wonder and really??!?! First time on chictopia's homepage? I'd think you would have been on the homepage before. I noticed you on the homepage this morning, great outfit and loving that petal hat of course!!! Congrats on your amazingly affordable clogs! Love your outfit and the photos, the colors and lighting, the photos look very vintage! I'm glad you're having a fantastic day! :)

Sarah said...

I'm dying to get those Hasbeens but looking everywhere for something similar because I'll feel really guilty spending $205 on the ones I really want. You're so lucky!

Carys said...

Those clogs are amazing, what a great find!! I love your outfit, that hat is so nice!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Meghan said...

The thrifting gods were smiling upon you lady! What a great find!!

cody said...

your outfit is so cute.
such a great blog.
codyjune.com

bee. said...

those clogs are gorgeous! what a great find, well done (:

Giselle said...

The colors in these photos are stunning.
What camera are you using?

Rosie said...

SHUT UP! I thrifted the same ones a while back!! Love it! The brand is MIA right?

MOUSEVOX VINTAGE said...

You are a STARR! Loved reading your interview.

Nicole said...

What a great find! Those clogs are wonderful :)

Mitzi Cocoa said...

That is so awesome!!! The universe must have wanted you to have sweet clogs! I continue on my clog search while not wanting to spend $135, too! :)

kathy said...

Those clogs are great! I really do belive that if you want something enough it will magically appear infont of you in a thrift store for 6.99! xx

Jenni said...

Such amazing thrifting karma! These are the perfect clogs! I just bought two pairs at Goodwill the other week for $4 a piece... The thrifting gods are generous right now!

nancy : The Sway Report said...

Holy Thrift Store Magic!

I LOVE IT when things like that happen. Once, I was about to blow $100 on vintage Ferragamo equestrian boots at Flashbacks, when the very next day I found them at Savers in my size for $6. Voodoo, I tell you.

Congrats!!
xx
nancy j

An Adorable Cliché said...

wow, cute clogs! You're so lucky to have such a nice pair, I can't even walk in them :(

xx

Rebecca said...

Well done you! A clear case of shoe serendipity.

Cams said...

wow. great blog. i came upon your blog through Delightfully Tacky's :) Cheers!

Robin said...

crikey those are some awesome clogs I can't believe you found them for so cheap they look really exspensive and good quality, your lucky you wear a size 8. don't you get a thrill when you find something so sublime I have a size 10 foot its very rare when I go into a thrift store and can find a great pair of shoes once I found the most amazing pair of lace up leather boots but they were a size 8.

Robin said...

Oh btw after reading some of the comments on here it looks at as if everyone is looking for swedish hasbeens, well I don't know if they are the same name brand but at urban outfitters they are selling them or knockoffs of swedish hasbeens for $65 , so yall might want to check it out

Sarah said...

Thanks Robin for that tip on Urban Outfitter's Hasbeen-look alikes. Unfortunately they're a little too high for me (4.5 inch heel). 3 inches is my personal cut off for comfy shoe wearing. Anyway, for those that are interested if you use WELIKEYOU code during checkout you'll save 20% so they're only $68 with shipping.

Q's Daydream said...

Amazing story! I too have been waiting to get a pair of clogs. Every time I go thrifting I hope to find a pair...not yet.
Love the outfit and congrats on all the great things happening in the internet world today!

JBalloon said...

I love the hat!

Tori said...

what a badass find!
I'm loving your blog/shop, especially knowing that someone is doing great things for fashion in my neck of the woods! (i live in central AR)

Hayley said...

must. go. to. saver's. that blouse and those clogs are to die for. not to mention the $1 hat whaaaaat

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the Citizen Rosebud said...

All sorts of congrats your way. You deserve it. And those clogs = LOVE.

Mamushka Marie said...

so cute and casual. love the pop of red in your ring too!
<3
mamushka marie

alya said...

Gah, so jealous of your thrifted shoes! I love when you find what you were looking for in single digit prices.

And congrats on all the recognition! You certainly deserve it, you have a beautiful blog and a wonderful flair for vintage. I actually visited via Delightfully Tacky's feature - I can't believe I wasn't following earlier!

Another's Treasure said...

Those clogs are awesome! I love finding things at thrift stores for practically nothing- especially if they are usually expensive! My best find so far is a pair of authentic Ray Ban Wayfarers for $4 :)

Always,
Amanda

isanotherstreasure.blogspot.com

nab said...

great clogs! :)

B said...

I guess sometimes you just need to be patient and wait it out. I've had some thrifting incidents like that as well. I found the item of my dreams and it fit perfectly! Ah, destiny!

I am so happy for you, Starr! The clogs are extra awesome because they were cheap too! That brown is my favorite for footwear as well :)

Anyway I saw chictopia and I was like 'it's Starr'! Then I saw your giveaway on Amanda's blog and read your interview on Elizabeth's blog! Congratulations on all! The interview is my favorite.

B from A plus B

Casey said...

Wow! I've been stalking the Hasbeens online, trying to find a pair cheap (like you, even at $130 they were a bit pricey for me), but this gives me hope that maybe the thrift stores will eventually offer up some sort of clogs that fit the bill! What a great find!!! :)

♥ Casey
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The Daily Fashionista said...

I love to find those kinds of amazing things when I go thrifting. It's like the stars lined up perfectly or something:) Love the outfit and the clogs are pretty awesome! Thank goodness you saved all that money!

Nico said...

wow, how amazing to find those clogs at such a great price! you're so lucky to have a good savers near you.

Arielle said...

I am beyond jealous of those clogs! I've been hunting for months now for the perfect pair of vintage wooden platform sandals but have had no luck. Who knew it would be this hard or this long to find some?!

Archives said...

im so glad elizabeth interviewed you! love your site! :)

Paige said...

What a great find!!
Those look like they are perfect and will go with absolutely everything...
Lucky girl :)

~Paige
http://littlenellvintage.blogspot.com

Sara Lynn said...

Omg how cool! They look perfect on you! I did the same thing a few weeks ago, I almost spent 30 bucks on a denim vest at american eagle, but found one at the salvation army for a dollar! It was so great! I really wish we had a saver's here in MI.

April said...

That's a great outfit, and those shoes look very nice on your feet. Glad to see you got to have an outfit shoot! Hope it wasn't too unbearably hot.

Amy said...

They really are perfect shoes! Lucky girl.

Eli said...

I found some clogs the exact same way...dare to be different!

but I still want swedish hasbeens too

Jasmine said...

what an AMAZING find dear! i love your hat and top..okay i just love everyhing :) congrats on all your features--you really really deserve them!

KatherineCierra said...

I like your clogs even more than the ones you were looking at online!