Unknown Brand / $19.99 / $150-$600 New
This coat caught my eye due to the mention of the Dolomites, an area of mountains in Northern Italy above Venice that I was able to visit in June of this year. I pulled it off the rack and admired all the cool patches, pockets, and the "Karakorum Dolomite" lettering on the back. I tried it on, and... it fit like it was made for me. (Probably helps that it's supposed to make you look like a marshmallow.)
In another size further down the rack was an Abercrombie and Fitch down coat, much like this one, even with an "A&F" patch on the shoulder. (It didn't look quite as cool, IMO.) It was priced at $39.99! This is another example of hitting the best deals when consignment stores don't know the brand. This coat of an unidentifiable brand (new with tags!) was priced at $19.99. So I got this one, super excited about it.
Took it home, looked it over, and did some research. One of the tags had a price tag in yen, which converted to over $600USD! Now, I'm fairly certain that was one of those fake price tags that make you feel like you're saving money when you buy a coat for $200 instead of the $600 on the tag, but I really don't know. It's got a lot of pockets, supposedly used real down, and an extra sew-on patch featuring the Dolomite Mountains that I sewed onto a denim jacket of mine.
Oh! And when I tried it on at home, I noticed it had a balaclava mask attached in the hood! I feel like I could go hike Mount Everest (or the Dolomites themselves) when I wear this thing. It actually made me excited for snow and cold.
Misc. Shirts / $6.99-$12.99
I work at a consignment/resale store called Uptown Cheapskate and love it. (It's kind of like a Plato's Closet, but... better.) It's hard not to spend paychecks there.
Levi Strauss & Co. / $12.99 / $100+ New
When thrifting, you make the most money when stores make mistakes, or don't know the brands. This is one of my best finds. It was $12.99, the same price as some dress shirts in this store. I'd bought a Forever 21 denim jacket at the same place for $14.99. This one is actual Levi's brand, and from what I can tell comes from the Netherlands / somewhere in Europe? It's packed with little details that I love, and while a bit big on me, and with some weird creases that can be ironed out, it's probably the coolest jacket I own.
Old Navy / $12.99 / $40+ New
If wearing a light olive jacket in the fall makes me a basic white girl, get me some pumpkin spice while you're at it. This is my adventuring jacket. Whether over a t-shirt on a summer evening, or over a hoodie and a flannel to some hot springs in January, this thing is crazy durable, has a bunch of pockets (including a zip pocket on the back hidden in the vent!) and is in a great, versatile color!