Saturday, August 1, 2015

Thrift Audit: Rummage sale, June 19

Another two-parter from a rather lackluster rummage sale. But hey, you gotta kiss a few frogs, right?


Total spent: $4
Items purchased: 12
Cost per item: $0.33


First of all, excuse the fact that some of these photos are pretty bad; these shots are taken in stolen moments when my daughter is eating lunch or playing in the other room, so I take what I can get! These first few items are from Day 1 of the sale; the ones on hangers are from the bag sale.

Indian-style tunic and trousers


Keep or sell: Sell
Total impulse buy. I know very little about this style of garment and am not even 100 percent sure it's vintage at this point.
Good or bad buy: Bad buy — I should have tried to do a bit of research before I bought it.

Rainbow suspenders


Keep or sell: Sell
Iconic! I was going to say "Who doesn't love a pair of rainbow suspenders" but then I realized, well, lots of people probably wouldn't be caught dead in them. But if you are just the right brand of quirky, these are totally your jam, am I right?
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Vintage rose-embellished purse


Keep or sell: Sell
These is probably a name for this style of handbag, where there is an applied decoration beneath a transparent layer of plastic. But since I know NOTHING about bags, I have no idea what it is. Anyone?
Good or bad buy: Good buy if I can learn a little more about it.

Corduroy baby overalls


Keep or sell: Sell
THAT PIPING. Piping gets me every time. Never mind the fact that for some reason it looks like one leg is longer than the other ...
Good or bad buy: Good buy — they are pretty cute!

Banana Republic print T


Keep or sell: Sell
I think I got this in under the wire before they stopped taking spring/summer stuff at the consignment store, whew. I should know soon if it has sold, since they are gearing up for their annual sell-off of seasonal merchandise.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Vintage peach and white Pierre Cardin blouse


Keep or sell: Sell
Not sure why I find this so charming, but I do. Do you ever find that your taste changes completely in different seasons? I'm clearly in full-on Summer Mode right now.
Good or bad buy: ?? I can't really judge. Probably a good buy but I bet it will sell cheaply.

Vintage sheer scarves


Keep or sell: Sell
More stuff I know nothing about, i.e. scarves of any kind. But they're pretty!
Good or bad buy: Good buy if, again, I can do my research

Vintage men's-style pullover


Keep or sell: Keep, probably
In my universe, you can never have too many pullover sweaters (or as I call them, "weekend sweaters" because I basically never wear them to work). I seriously have scarcity anxiety about pullover sweaters, so I plan on hoarding this.
Good or bad buy: Good buy ... I guess?

Floral ... nightgown? 


Keep or sell: Keep?
You guys, I honestly do not know why I bought this. I think it was because I liked the contrast of the solid trim next to the print. THAT WAS NOT A GOOD REASON. I never wear nightgowns and there is virtually no chance I will sell this. So I think it's going into the rag bag and I may someday try to turn it into a dress for my daughter?
Good or bad buy: Bad buy! I had no plan.

Gap tab-front jeans


Keep or sell: Sell
Your basic straight-leg jeans, in impossibly heavy denim. If the consignment store gets mad about the crease in the right leg, I'm going to be annoyed.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Vintage coat with fur collar


Keep or sell: Sell
This is either the gem of this haul, or a new albatross around my neck, because no matter how desirable I think fur-collared coats are, I always have trouble selling them (prob. because shipping costs are so high). So, we'll see.
Good or bad buy: Good buy, still, for the price.

Overall grade: C-
Keep vs. sell percentage: 
17% keep / 83% sell


Not my finest work. There's not a lot good, and a whole lot bad, among the things I bought. Stay tuned for next week, where I bought EVERYTHING at the local Salvation Army ...
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Winning at Sewing: Striped 70s dress

There are clothes you like, and clothes you love. And then there are clothes that just feel like you.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Ol' Switcheroo: Interview at Daisy Disdain

So a couple of weeks ago, I reached out to some ladies in the blogosphere to see if I could interview them to be featured here at B&RV. (Which, p.s., if you'd like to be featured/interviewed, let me know!) And no sooner did I send my request to Rebecca at Daisy Disdain (one of my fellow Shaped by Style bloggers) that she not only responded, but turned the tables on me and invited me to be featured on her blog! Which I thought was awesome.


You can read the full interview here. Thanks, Rebecca, for featuring me! Look for my interview with Rebecca coming soon — I'm trying to stockpile some interviews for a weekly series that will start running in the fall.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Easy Going: Striped T + overalls dress

Simple is not usually my thing. But every now and then I'll fall for a more pared-down outfit, which was the case here.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Thrift Audit: Salvation Army, June 12

Is it really possible that I went all the way from May 31 to June 12 without thrifting anything? It's possible, I suppose ... and it does also explain why I went completely insane at the Salvation Army.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Doing My Best: Houndstooth trousers + print cardigan

When I was taking these pictures, I was imagining myself posting something self-deprecating about how this wasn't my best effort, and that this outfit is on the boring side, and none of it is vintage, and blah blah blah.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Style Bloggers' Inspiration Secrets

Just stopping in to invite you to check out Jen's wonderful post over at Fashionably Employed, featuring style tips from style bloggers, including yours truly. 


I was thrilled to be invited to share my thoughts with Jen's readers, and I have already discovered some terrific blogs from perusing the responses she got. Thanks, Jen, for including me! 

You can learn more about Jen and her blog in this interview.