Remember my full confession of why I stopped posting my Frugal Fashionista series? All the doubts and never perfect pictures? Well, yes, this is one of those.
It’s a “I’ve been running around all day and now it’s 7:30 at night” kind of post, but I don’t want you to miss out on this amazing game day opportunity. My camera girl daughter happened to mention, “Mom, you’re not having me take a picture with your hair like that, are you?”
Why yes, yes, I am. 🙂
Because this is a game day post and I am a total sports mom. With that comes a total rite of passage.
Well, quite a few actually, but let’s start with the essentials: acquiring an incredibly large amount of sports paraphernalia in all the right sports colors, plus having to sit through outdoor sporting events in 90 degree humidity, as well as freezing temps.
So yes, this is more than likely what my hair looks like on game day. Nothing to write home about. 🙂
I do like to look cute on game day, though.
Yes, I accessorize to the fullest and you may even find me with football earrings or a basketball hoop necklace now and then, but most likely you’ll see me decked out in team colors and quite possibly my $2 yard sale wedges above because they are so comfortable.
But I do have a secret to frugal fashion game wear.
Hit up your local thrift store and JUST look for items in your favorite team colors.
Can you guess what color I’m on the hunt for now?
This has been a fun new challenge, but you know I’m up for it.
Years ago, our first football team and then basketball teams were both red and white. Since thrift stores are often organized by color, it’s so easy to spend a few minutes searching for your team color.
You will find shirt, sweaters, blankets, vests, coats, pretty much anything you need to sport your team colors each and every time you take the stands, watch the practices or hit the field.
When the kids became avid Tar Heel fans, I searched the racks for Tar Heel gear and wow, did I rack up through the years. With everything from clothing, towels, decorative pillows and flags. Every Tar Heel fan’s dreams can come true for pennies on the dollar. I even got an authentic warm up for our son which retailed for $150. My cost? $5. Yes, it still had tags on it and he got it for Christmas one year.
I’ve been using this strategy for so many years and have gone through so many team colors that I can’t even keep up, but now we’ve reached a whole new level – COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!!
Purple is our new color and I’ll be wearing it proudly for the next four or five years.
Let’s envision the scenario.
Last spring, our son verbally committed to a full Division 1 football scholarship at Furman University (SOCON) and while we were there for our official visit, I hit up two of their local Goodwills looking for any kind of Furman shirts, sweatshirts, shorts etc. I knew the only place we’d find those items second hand was locally. I crack up just thinking about it because here he is visiting a school that costs $58,000 a year and I’m taking our hour break to check out the thrift stores.
Guess what? Every time we visit now, my husband wants to pop in with me. We ONLY look for Furman items and we’ve hit the jackpot many times. I found our 17 year old golfer son, two Ralph Lauren Furman golf shirts that sell in their bookstore for around $80. Yep, I scored them for under $5 and he was thrilled. We’ve found lots of t-shirts and a few sweatshirts, but now I’m on the hunt for a jacket.
Lest you think we don’t support their bookstore as well, think again. Once our son made the official decision, my hubby let everyone pick out an item.
Drum roll…..for five kids, the bill came to $200. Yes, I know that is typical, but when have I been typical? That is why I pop into the thrift store. It’s hit or miss, but when we hit it, it’s so worth it since I do not want to have to wear the same one bookstore shirt every week. 😉
Since football season weather in the South begins in the 90s and ends in the 30’s, it’s vital that I purchase an entire summer and fall wardrobe in my purples. 🙂
I can’t wait to wear this super comfy purple sweater that I got at Goodwill for $4. I’ll have to get a real picture of it when I’m actually attempting to impress you with my fashion prowess because it’s really cute. The jacket is a long time yard sale find.
I love when I find really flattering T-shirts like the purple cotton one I’m holding or the Game Day tshirt I’m wearing. They are perfect for layering and this one will be adorable with my 7 strand beaded necklace that you see me wearing above.
(PSSST: OH MY WORD!!! PACKER COLOR NECKLACE)
Anyone who has read me for a long time, know that we are HUGE PACKER FANS!!! WOOT! Yes, born and raised in WI, but my hubby is actually from Green Bay, so it’s in the blood….deep. My heart pretty much skipped a beat when I saw this Packer color necklace. You do know that most people do not make green and gold necklaces, right?
Yes, this made my day.
Anyhow, implement my strategy of shopping for your team colors second hand and you will never be shy of team spirit. 🙂
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