Monthly Archives: January 2014

The gift of thrift

I’ve been a thrifting MACHINE lately. Driving out to BFE every chance I can get to see what I can find for the change between my couch cushions. LOLOK. I’m still perplexed as to how these thrift stores are selling DONATED TARGET CASTOFFS for more than 99 cents. Every time I come across price tags that say $20 or more I just blink repeatedly. TRULY?! You funny, Goodwill.

BUT THERE BE TREASURES, YO.

Found this amazeballs Crea Concept dress for $12. I’d never heard of the label before. I thought it looked odd on the hanger, with the knit overlay and the silky skirt, but once I touched it I immediately thought HELLOOOO. The fabric felt RULL GOOD. AND THERE BE POCKETS, YO!

I didn’t expect it to fit so perfectly. This is so not the type of dress that I’ve ever gone for, but that’s what makes thrifting so great. Trying out things (cuz of the cheeeap, let’s be real) that you would normally never try out under ordinary circumstances. Making things work when you would normally give up.

As Thomas Aquinas once said, Somebody’s trash is probably your treasure. Or was that John Locke? Anyway, you get it.

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Now I just have to find some place to wear it.

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Quiverfull of potential!

  When I showed Andy the dress that I found at Value Village for $5.99 he said it looked like something that Quiverfull women wear. YEESH.

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SAM_1330What sold the dress for me was the collar and the sleeves, but it is true that the rest of the dress looks kind of…dowdy.

I started playing around with the belt and came up with three ways to potentially wear it:

SAM_1335The most obvious conclusion, cinched waist and straight skirt: a clean look. Andy liked this one the best.

SAM_1337Tying the belt frontwards gives it a nice silhouette, made the skirt look fuller.

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Cinching the belt higher brings to mind a regency gown  (totes Pride and Prejudice).

In conclusion: IN YOUR FACE ANDREW!

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More like Laura Smashley

So I found this vintage Laura Ashley at Value Village a couple of days ago. The pattern and the quality of the fabric is what reeled me in, and for 7 bucks I thought: “WHAT COULD IT HARM?”

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Let’s pull things in a bit, make it look a little less sloppy.

SAM_1246Pushing up the sleeves greatly improves the look of things, don’t it?

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To add a bit of shape let’s button it up a tad.

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Ah, getting better. Hey, where my Norwegian Wood harness at? (Oh, did I mention that there’s pockets? Indeed.)

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I made the mistake of buttoning the topmost button. It hurt like the dickens.

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Voila.

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So many possibilities!

Thrifted Laura Ashley dress, Norwegian Wood harness, HUE Fair Isle sweater tights, Frye boots

 

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P.S. Here’s another dress I thrifted for 7 bucks:

SAM_1260Isn’t she lovely?

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