{phfr} Ellen Can Be Thrifty!

SK recently (finally!) dropped her morning nap, so we’ve been exploring new and exciting ways to spend our mornings together.  Today, I decided to check out Savers (that I recently discovered was one town over) and then head to my favorite kid’s consignment store which is aptly named Fancy Pants.

We’ll start there.  Fancy Pants is in Chestnut Hill.  I don’t think you need to be a local to pick up on the fact that Chestnut Hill is a prissy place indeed! And Fancy Pants is that magical establishment where all the rich Mommies (or more likely, the nannies or housekeepers) bring all of their lightly used or never used(!) clothes, shoes, toys and gear.  You can imagine the pretties that can be found there!


Isn’t this the most precious Christmas dress? OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The smocking, the corduroy, the sweet embroidery, I can’t even handle it!  And the tags are still on!  This dress wasn’t even worn! I looked up the brand when I got home and found that these dresses retail for $75-$100! I got it brand new for $15!

I also picked up this cute corduroy Gap dress.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The shoes I got at Savers.  They soles are a bit… orthopedic for my taste.  But heck! They’ll do the trick.


Those little crotched flowers are hair clips!

Sigh… it’s a weakness of mine, this endless pursuit of pretty clothes for me and my kiddo.  I’m really trying to cut back on it for myself, but I just don’t like a lot of the clothes (mostly cheaper options) out there for little girls.  They’re downright garish with the neon colors and stupid writing on the chest.  I like classic looks like these, and I’m glad I was able to find some gems that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.


SK the little girl is emerging more and more these days.  IMG_1766

She ran from mirror to mirror at Savers.  And then I encouraged her narcissism. Doh!

IMG_1763This is my real happy!  I found this hand embroidered Sacred Heart at Savers for $3!  The fabric is a little stained, and I initially thought I’d just get a new frame with a matte, but this frame is really old and has a yellowed old stamp from “RH White Company Artistic Picture Framing”.  And it has that brown paper seal on the whole back.  Anyway, I wonder whether I should leave the frame alone.  What do you think?


Remember when I told you of my blue blazer search?  I think I found a winner!IMG_1764


I got SK’s first pair of galoshes at Fancy Pants and she started using them right away…IMG_1773IMG_1770

for her crayons.

Thank you to Like Mother Like Daughter for hosting the Prettiest Happiest Funniest Realist link-up every week! 

12 thoughts on “{phfr} Ellen Can Be Thrifty!

    • I know, I thought of that… Maybe baby boy McAvoy (I love how it rhymes!) will get a special present from Aunt Ellen when he arrives…

  1. Love it. 🙂 The galloshes. My girls use theirs (and their brothers’) for everything from storage to princess transporters. Chestnut Hill, Philly? Yes, very lush. My family used to live in Germantown (before I was born, so going back over 30 years at this point), but my mom loved Chestnut Hill. There are a couple of places in Upper Montclair (to distinguish itself of couse from lowly Montclair) that won’t even take stuff from “common” stores or labels, like Gap, or Gymboree. I love that my sister-in-law and a friend tend to overshop and then send me the leftovers. 🙂

    • Hi Bridget! Thanks for the comment 🙂 It’s actually Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, but it sounds like Chestnut Hill PA is fancy too! With a name like Chestnut Hill, it has to be highbrow! And yay for leftovers! I’ve been on the receiving end of many lovely leftovers and hand-me-downs from my sisters.

  2. I’ll have to visit you so that you can take me to Fancy Pants. Since you found such a bonanza at The Purple Cow, maybe I’ll have that kind of luck out there!

  3. my favorite is that corduroy dress from baby gap, that is the cutest dress ever! I love getting beautiful clothes for a little bit of money. good job!

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