Friday Favorites: My Favorite Vintage Finds


Happy Friday guys! This week has been all about thrift shopping, vintage treasures and how you can take something old and make it into something special and ‘new.’ 

On Tuesday, I teamed up with my favorite blogger bestie, Madisen from Madisen on Madison for a thrifting challenge, where we both thrifted a complete outfit for under $100 at Buffalo Exchange. Yesterday, I dove into my vintage story and talked about why thrifting and vintage has always been a huge part of my life, and  why I love celebrating National Thrift Day. That brings us to today, for our Friday Favorite’s segment on my favorite thrifted pieces! Each thrifted piece in my closet has a little story behind them, so you can see that below and then click through on the title to visit the original post. I hope you enjoy learning about my favorite vintage pieces! xo

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I picked up this fur trimmed suede a couple years ago at my favorite thrift shop in my hometown. It was in perfect condition and I got it for $2! One of my newest favorite thrifted finds was this ‘Prescott’ tee – it’s my hometown and was perfectly distressed and worn in. The shirt was originally from my local rodeo, which I also found at my favorite store, but I love having a little piece of home with me wherever I go!

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There are four main things that I always look for while thrifting – coats, graphic tees, dresses and blazers. Vintage blazers from the 80’s and 90’s have impeccable construction and fit, and the styles are so trendy now. When I started collecting them, the shoulder pads were dated and I looked like a walking billboard for thrift stores, but now big retailers are copying the styles I already own. This plaid blazer has shoulder pads (they’re back in style ya’ll!), a velvet collar and acrest on the pocket. It’s the perfect piece for fall.

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Ok, I’m going to say this about probably every piece in this post, but it’s one of my favorites! I got this jacket from my friend’s store – The Fashion Foundation and it’s my go-to jacket during the winter. I was always a little cautious about my fashion choices, especially my thrifted pieces in Arizona, but once I moved to NYC, I said screw it and embraced the crazy. This coat is basically a neutral in my winter wardrobe and I love that it’s oversized because it’s that. much. better.

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I was just about to move to New York when I adventured to Goodwill and found this black fur coat. It was in perfect condition and about $8. SCORE!

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I found this vintage Liz Claiborne denim dress at my go-to spot for 50 cents. It was a little dated at the time, but I fell in love how retro it was. Fast-forward to 2017 and I’m seeing these everywhere! Fashion really does rotate in circles!

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This skirt was one of the first vintage pieces I collected! I quickly realized that clothes from the 80’s/90’s fit my body really well because it wasn’t mass produced cheap fast-fashion stuff and the cuts complimented my curves. I instantly started gravitating towards vintage midi and pencil skirts, and have now collected a few drawers worth. They’re a great feminine touch to my wardrobe.

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This floral blouse will forever be one of my favorites. It’s a silk boxy blouse that I picked up for a quarter and the first piece I styled for SAK. It has remained in mint condition and a classic piece that I can dress up or down. I also love these blue trousers and midi skirt that I also thrifted over 5 years ago for about 50 cents each.

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I found this vintage Wrangler men’s jacket at L-Train vintage, one of my favorite stores in NYC and got it for around $20. It was the most I have spent on a thrifted piece (major difference of AZ vs. NYC prices) but it was a great investment. It was distressed but still in great condition and I wear it at least a few times a month.

The Vintage Floral Culottessimplyaudreekate-samkelly_dsc7200-11.jpg

One of my bolder pieces I’ve thrifted are these floral culottes. When I first picked them up, I thought I would cut them into shorts but I’m so glad I didn’t. I love that they’re oversized and so feminine and on-trend at the same time.

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This camo jacket is another L-Train find and it was about $8. If you’re looking for a classic army jacket, go to a military surplus store or check out your local thrift store. I liked that this one didn’t have any patches, and I’ve been able to style this jacket so many different ways the past year.

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This is a never-been-worn vintage London Fog blush pink trench that I got at my hometown store for $2. It was a major score and a complete fraction to the cost of one today. I have looking for similar coats online to see the cost difference and cannot find one!

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As I mentioned before, I love picking up vintage blazers while thrifting. This abstract printed blazer is a fun addition to my wardrobe and I can easily dress it up or down with a graphic tee and jeans.


Can someone say Clueless throwback? I love this vintage checkered blazer with funky gold buttons. It’s a classic piece in my fall wardrobe and it was only about $1.

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My favorite thing about thrifting is that you never really know what you’ll find. I found this vintage tartan skirt a few years ago and thought it was perfect for the holiday season. It’s a lightweight cotton fabric with a high-waisted cinched waistband, and was only about 25 cents.

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I have a thing for vintage floral midi skirts, can you tell? This one is seriously the cutest thing ever – it buttons all the way down the front and has belt loops for a belt of your choice. I got this skirt for about 50 cents around three years ago.

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My Thrift Shopping Guide: How I Built a Blogger Wardrobe with Only Spending a Few Dollars


Happy National Thrift Day! 

My father collects old radios and various other antiques, including old cars at some point in time. I think that’s where I grew my adoration for vintage shops and thrifting. My next door neighbors growing up were this elderly couple who had their house bursting with antique radios and record machines. Through the years, they gave us a handful of them, but my dad also filled the house with vintage Pepsi and Coca Cola machines, a velvet barber chair, a telephone from the early 1900’s and countless of other knick knacks he acquired from family, antique stores or garage sales. We spent our weekends following cardboard garage signs or going to our downtown area with the ritzy antique shops. Antiques weren’t really my thing as a child, but I did love looking through the vintage jewelry, coats and clothes. 

I remember when I was growing up, my mom took me to thrift and consignment stores to shop for special occasion pieces, costumes and more – she taught me how to be thrifty with my money and what was worth buying at a retail store brand new versus the value in something at a thrift store. Today is National Thrift Day and I think it’s the perfect holiday to celebrate on SAK! 

In high school I really started to embrace fashion and take a bigger interest in clothing; but I also faced a challenge – I had no extra money to spend on clothes. The most expensive items I bought were on the clearance rack at Forever 21 or H&M, and I occasionally splurged on sale items from Ross or Target. Owning a piece of clothing over $15 dollars was absurd in my mind. In order to feed my desire to shop and add “new things” to my closet, I started thrift shopping again. I would do consignment shopping with my mom at boutiques around town and in the Phoenix area, but I also took a different approach and started shopping at a few thrift stores in my hometown where I could get items for 25 cents. My dad introduced me to this one store and it became our father-daughter bonding activity – he would look at antiques and house goods while I got lost in the clothing racks for hours. 


Now a side note, because I’m sure some of you are thinking this – what is the difference between a thrift store, a consignment store and a vintage store? Aren’t they the same thing? No, they are radically different. A consignment store is like Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet, Beacon’s Closet, etc. – you can sell your clothes there – normally brand new, slightly used and a higher fashion label. The stores buy the clothes from you and you get a percentage of the sale back. These stores are nicely put together, look like a retail store and the prices vary from $5 to $300. Thrift stores on the other hand, are all donation base, typically stuffed with clothing, it’s rare if it has a label and prices range from 25 cents to probably around $50. The last tier are vintage stores. These are antique stores with high-end vintage items, typically designer label and are from an Estate Sales or donated from a customer; prices vary upwards of $50 and more. If you’re looking for a deal, try a thrift store!



I would go to my hometown thrift store about every other week and I would walk away with 2 or 3 bags full of items for under $10. Everything was about a quarter, but higher ticket items like blazers or coats were 50 cents or a dollar. I managed to immensely grow my wardrobe by only spending a few dollars here or there, and I never really made a huge dent in my fast-food paycheck. I started collecting skirts, blazers, dresses and coats. I started fairly simple and stayed safe with items, until I felt more comfortable with wearing this vintage items to school or out in public. After many years of thrifting and learning the lay of the land, I’m here to share my secrets on how I successfully thrift shop – GASP! 

Thrift shopping is “now trendy,” – which I love because people are starting to understand why I thrift and how my personal style has grown over the years due to these hidden treasures. In today’s post I’m going to talk about how I walk walk through a thrift shop, what I look for and how I don’t get overwhelmed. Let’s get to thrifting! xo



1. First things first,don’t make a shopping list, give yourself time and don’t go in with any expectations.

I have so many friends who don’t understand how I can walk into a thrift store and walk out with so many things. It’s not always like that – sometimes I walk in and only find one mediocre piece. Or, I have friends that feel completely overwhelmed by the idea of sifting through disorganized racks. Personally for me, thrifting is therapeutic and my “me” time.

Don’t set any expectations that you’re going to walk in and find the most badass fur coat, your graduation dress or everything your fashion hearts hope for. You never really know what you’ll find, so don’t stress out. Also, make sure you allot yourself a decent amount of time so you can leisurely browse through the racks; you don’t want to miss any treasures!


2. Shop in this order: Accessories/Jewelry, Shoes, Outerwear, Jackets/Blazers, Dresses, Graphic Tees, and then everything else.

I always follow this order, and it’s proven to be the most successful. It might seem weird, but here’s why – accessories, purses, jewelry and shoes are always more scarce in thrift stores, typically higher value and the most unique pieces. These items will go fast so make sure that’s your first 10-15minute priority while shopping – also it’s easier to try on and look at things before you have a stack of clothing in your hand. You can always leave these finds at the cashier desk until you check out, or  carry a shopping bag while walking around.

Next, make your way down the unique food-chain of clothing. Coats are first of my clothing stop because they’re great finds and unique! After coats, I make my way to other outerwear and blazers. You can try these items on without a dressing room, so #SCORE on saving time and effort.

P.S. Dress simple while thrifting so you can try on items as you go. Most thrift stores don’t have dressing rooms, or they’re always packed, so I typically wear jeans and a simple tank or tee so I can throw stuff on over. Don’t worry – no one is judging.


3. Don’t pay attention to sizing, gender or what it looks like on the hanger.

Next, make your way to the beast of crowded racks of everything else. I make sure to flip through every shirt or pant to make sure I’m not missing any hidden gems. Don’t pay attention to sizing because things that are vintage are very different than sizing in 2017. For example, I’m normally a small/medium or size 4, but in vintage clothing, I’m a size 8 or 10. I also go through the men’s department for jackets, graphic tees and sweaters. And remember, it might look quirky or bad on the hanger, but once you try it on, it can be a gold mine. For instance, I didn’t really think too much of this vintage yellow kimono when I picked it up about 6 months ago, but now I think about how many times a month I can style this thing; I’m completely in love!


4. Be creative!

The beauty of thrifting is that you can create anything you want. I have bought plenty of items that I altered into a different piece – pants into shorts, dresses into shirts and vice vera – don’t take anything at face value. You can belt it, take out the shoulder pads, add embellishments or tailor it. Altering the pieces will still only cost you a fraction of what it would cost if you bought it brand new. I take this rule to heart when it comes to “on-trend items”. Remember when those cut-off denim shorts with lace trim were really popular in 2012? I thrifted the denim and added lace trim from Walmart to save money and I’m so glad I did because they left my closet in 2014. And I feel the same about so many other trends. I thrift to find unique well-made investment pieces like coats, jewelry and fur, but I also find my trendy pieces for a couple bucks for the season.


5. Have fun!

If you’re expecting to walk into a thrift store and walk out with your basics and a one-of-a-kind vintage designer bag, I say you should probably just call it quits and go to the mall. Even though thrifting is currently the “cool” thing to do right now, remember to make it your own. If you hate it, that’s okay! The mothball smell and crowded racks are not for everyone; but for those people who love it, I say cheers! I personally love thrift shopping. It’s a part of my personal brand, my history and my story. It defines who I am as Audree, and Simply Audree Kate.

So no matter where you stand on thrift shopping and vintage stores, I hope you enjoyed today’s post, maybe learned a thing or too, and just in case you’re wondering – yes I do wash everything I buy before I wear it. I mean…like 80% of the time ;).



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National Thrift Day Blogger Challenge


Hey guys! I’m super excited to share today’s blog post with you! I teamed up with Buffalo Exchange and my blogger bestie, Madisen from Madisen on Madison for a National Thrift Day Challenge. National Thrift Day is on Thursday, August 17th and it’s one of my favorite National Day Holidays! If you’ve been following my blog the past few years, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I love thrift shopping and vintage clothing; and in order to celebrate this fun day, I wanted to do something a little different on the blog. Madisen and I both went into Buffalo Exchange last week and set out to find a new outfit for fall. We originally set a budget for under $50, but we ended up going over budget due to so many good things (oops!)…but it wasn’t a bad problem to have!

With school starting up and fall just around the corner, it’s time to change up your look and add some great pieces to your closet; but don’t feel like you have to break the bank to freshen up your wardrobe, check out your local thrift or consignment store – Buffalo Exchange has over 30 locations across the country. You’ll save a few dollars, find unique pieces and have the opportunity to buy some pieces that no one else will have.

Madisen and I have similar, yet very different styles, so I thought it would be fun to see what pieces we pulled and how we created a full outfit with the limitations of one store, a budget and time crunch. Let’s see how we did – keep scrolling to follow the journey!



I have my vintage shopping routine down to a science. I have specific characteristics I look for while shopping, I don’t ever bring a shopping list, and I just embrace the craziness of the store. I’ll be writing about my vintage shopping routine this Thursday on the blog, so make sure to come back and read that!

When we arrived to Buffalo, the store was busy with shoppers and immediately dived into trying to find unique pieces. I found this fisherman trench coat in the men’s section and immediately snagged it. The color red is really popular this season and I thought it was different than anything I have my closet at the moment. Next, I  browsed the graphic tees and found a handful of band tees (you know how much I LOVE oversized graphic tees). Madisen actually found my skirt for me and I picked up the sunnies, clutch and shoes along the way. Both of our outfits ended up being around $80 each. The only pieces that were from my closet for the final look, were these vintage stud bangles and my vintage Gucci belt. We originally thought we would hit the mark of under $50 – and I definitely have when shopping at thrift and consignment stores in the past, but we couldn’t part with any of the items. We both got 3 pieces of clothing, shoes, purses and accessories – in my book, that’s a steal!

I feel like both of our outfits really speak to our personal style and we loved collaborating on this challenge together! Thank you Buffalo Exchange for teaming up with us on this National Thrift Day Challenge, and make sure to visit Madisen’s blog to see her post and follow her on Instagram! xo









































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Visit Madisen’s blog to see the full post

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Thank you Buffalo Exchange for collaborating with us on this post!

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to New York


Good morning guys! This week I hit my 2-year anniversary of living in New York City! Seriously, where did the time go?! I actually landed in London this morning for a spontaneous trip, and I feel like it’s pretty ironic that I’m currently wearing a I ❤ NY shirt on the blog.

New York City has taught me new things; I have grown up, been challenged and I feel like an even better version of myself now. Living here isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, but I love this city and still pinch myself that I actually live here. I just moved into my second apartment and I feel like I’m entering a new chapter in my life. The first two years of adulthood and New York were a great learning experience, and I’m excited to see what Year 3, 4 and more have in store for me.

Today, I have rounded up 10 things that I have learned while living in NYC. To my New Yorkers, what do you wish you knew before moving here? And to everyone else, do you like my NYC content? I’d love your feedback! xo


1. NYC Doesn’t Wait for Anyone

If you’ve visited New York, you know that things move fast. Everything is at a faster speed – from people walking to the job process – New York isn’t for the faint of heart. I learned that I had to be more aggressive in all aspects of my life, from pushing myself onto a crowded subway cart, to moving here without an official job offer. New York has made me more confident, assertive and stronger.

2. Your Dream Job Might Not Be Your Dream Job

I’ve talked a little about this on the blog before, but coming into New York, I had a very distinct idea for my career. I thought I would work at a print women’s fashion magazine for the first portion of my career and rise through the ranks, then once established and much older, I would leave and do styling on my own. I assumed the blog would dissolve and I would be a corporate fashion editor. About a year in, even though I absolutely loved what I did, I had the opportunity to leave and pursue my dream 10, 15, even 20 years earlier than I thought. Now, I’m still doing what I love, just on my own terms – plus I never imagined that SAK would make it this far.

I had a really hard time coping with the idea of leaving stability and something that I thought was my dream job; I thought I had given up, threw in the towel and was making a stupid decision. I wish I knew that life still existed outside of that job and everything happens for a reason.

3. The Hustle is Hard

I have always known that the New York competition was tough. There are so many talented people that live here, but living in Arizona, I always kind of felt like a big fish in a small pond. Once I moved to New York though, I quickly realized that if you don’t do something, someone else will, and they’ll possibly do it even better than you. There were people who would stay later just to prove a point, people who knew more about the industry than I did, or have more connections or experience. I was officially a small fish in an ocean – but realizing and hustle was hard, made me work harder to compete with those other people.

4. Living on a Budget Is Doable

There are so many people that I meet, and first thing they say are, “Wow, New York is so expensive. I don’t have the type of money for that” – ok true, New York is expensive, but I, and so many others, have lived on a budget. I moved to New York with about $100 to my name. I learned where to shop to save money, what was necessity vs. desire and how to still save money and have fun. Money is a factor in everyone’s life, but it doesn’t have to dictate or ruin your way of life.

5.  Some Things Are Worth the Money

Although I’m pretty thrifty, there are some things that are just worth the money. Whether that be the unlimited metro pass, hiring movers to move you up and down 6 flights of stairs, or splurging on the occasional happy hour or Broadway Show – some things are worth the money and experience. I feel very fortunate that I live in NYC and I have learned that I also have to enjoy it!

6.  Friends Are Family

I’m completely across the country and at least a 6 hour flight from my family. But there are also a lot of my friends that are in the same boat as I am. My friends have basically become my family here. They understand the highs and lows of New York City, the industry and everything else in-between. I’m very grateful that I have so many people in my life here that made the move to NYC easier.

7. Pause and Soak It All In

When I first moved here, I kept my head down, tried to fit in and just embrace the New York life. Within the past year though, I have learned to take it slow (sometimes), step back and unplug. I moved to New York because I love the city so much, and sometimes I forget to even stop for a minute, take the long way home and soak it all in.

8. Embrace the Weird

New York is weird. I’ve had some funny subway stories, weird encounters with people and even better people watching. There’s so much going on in the city at once that I love looking around me and seeing what’s happening. New York isn’t going to change into what you want it to be, so just embrace the weirdness, the crazy and the beauty of it all.

9. You can always go home

When I first moved to NYC, I thought I would maybe go home maybe once a year, or not even at all. I’ve always been pretty independent, but I was nervous that this move would pull me away from my family and friends back home. I learned that just because I moved away, it doesn’t mean that I can’t go home. I love visiting home, seeing everyone and getting my desert fix. It doesn’t mean that I don’t love NYC, but it’s nice to take a city break every once in awhile.

10. You’ll fall more and more in love with New York each year

About every 4-6 months I need a break from New York – whether it be a mini weekend getaway or a vacation, I need a little mental break; and it’s so funny because once I’m out of the city, I fall more and more in love with it. I still get excited thinking about the rush of the city, how I’ve paved my own way here and that even with the two years I’ve lived here, there is still so much that I haven’t experienced. New York City is a world of it’s own and I love it more and more every day. Who knows how long I’ll be here – or where I’ll go next – but for now, I’m a proud New Yorker and I like the sound of that.









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