Thrift audit: Salvation Army, April 24

I don't really believe in fate. But I do tend to take a fatalistic attitude about shopping if it means saving a few bucks.

Total spent: $5.50 

I am perfectly content to let vintage pieces sit on the rack at my local thrift store, in the hope that I will be able to snatch them up when they go on sale. And I have to say, this particular shopping trip netted me all the spoils I had been hoping for. Seriously, I have been stalking most of this stuff for WEEKS! 

Vintage Op Art knit skirt

Keep or sell: Sell
I would totally keep this (even though I have one that's very similar) but it is too small, so off to the (extremely overstuffed) box of Etsy fall/winter items it goes. 
Good or bad buy: Good buy, I think, because Op Art

Silver woven bracelet

Keep or sell: Keep
Jewelry impulse buys are my downfall at the thrift store. This one just called to me, so I bought it. I make no excuses. It will probably give me a rash (I'm allergic to a lot of metals/alloys) and I already have a few silver bangles so ... yeah. But, PRETTY! And SPARKLY!
Good or bad buy: For now, it's still a good buy, because I'm still in love with it. But ask me in a few months. 

Vintage peach sequined skirt

Keep or sell: Sell 
My magpie tendencies are showing again. I was totally overwhelmed by the sequins and missed the facts that a) this skirt is not as "vintage" as I thought (it should be vintage enough for Etsy, but it's more likely 90s than 70s) and b) the waistband is super stretched out.
Good or bad buy: Bad buy. It's going to be pretty hard to sell in its current condition.

Vintage peach pajama set

Keep or sell: Sell
I took about 87,000 photos of this set to try to capture its true color, and finally gave up. In person, it's a vivid, almost electric/neon coral color, but in pictures, the hue just goes flat. Anyway, this is a lovely set ... with a missing button. Sigh.
Good or bad buy: Dubious. My struggles to photograph it, and the missing button, may make it a hard sell.

Vintage flowered jumper dress

Keep or sell: Sell
I love me a good sack-like dress (is that weird?), and the print on this one just made me smile. It feels perfect for summer, and in fact I styled it two different ways in my Etsy listing just to show how versatile it is.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Christian Dior silk patterned skirt

Keep or sell: Sold
Prints and patterns, people. It's all I care about. I actually grabbed this skirt thinking it was a typical cheap polyester no-name number, so imagine my surprise when I saw that it was a) Christian Dior and b) silk.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — it sold within days of being listed, which always makes me feel good.

Vintage 1970s floral print dress

Keep or sell: Sell
I always make a point to dig through the "plus-size" section at my local thrift store in search of vintage, and I almost ALWAYS come up empty-handed. I had a run of luck with it when I first opened my shop, and actually had a section dedicated to it (which I'm trying to resurrect now). So I was thrilled to find this dress among the Lane Bryant and Fashion Bug apparel.
Good or bad buy: Good buy for sure. "Plus size" is still one of my top keywords on Etsy; I know there are a lot of people looking for vintage in larger sizes. Although the more I look at it, the more I want to keep it ...

Pale blue Gap chinos

Keep or sell: Sell
This was a tough purchase, because these pants toe the line between "broken in" and "worn out." But I'm hoping my local consignment store will see the former, rather than the latter. I tried to give them a really thorough inspection before I bought them.
Good or bad buy: We'll see!

Overall grade: B-

I picked up some things I had been eyeing for a while, but I am STILL faltering when it comes to thoroughly inspecting before I buy. Stay tuned next week for the Rummage Sale of Amazing Dresses (which, I think I promised you last week, but I had forgotten about this little side jaunt, ahem)!


  1. Oooh, that sparkly skirt! I would have fallen for it, too, and probably tried it on and decided to keep it (if it was my size) despite the flaws. SO SHINY. Do you think you might be able to replace the elastic? It's really easy to do if there's a seam in the waistband somewhere.

    I can't wait for the next installment! Dresses are my favorite. Also, that sack dress is adorable!

    1. I am scared to try to replace it - it is that kind of waistband where there are several seams stitching it down, and the fabric is a really fine chiffon. :( If it doesn't sell, I may try a refashion of some kind ...

  2. What a great haul! I especially love the vintage flowered jumper dress. It looks so different each way you styled it, and I can imagine many more ways! I am so jealous of your great thrift store prices in the US - where I live in Australia we are lucky if we can get one item under $5.50! Looking forward to the next instalment :)

    Emily -


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