Saturday, June 20, 2015

Thrift Audit: Salvation Army, May 4

Welp, I had meant to get another outfit post up this week, but that didn't quite happen. So let's just proceed with our regularly scheduled thrift audit, shall we?



Total spent: $3.43
Items purchased: 7
Cost per item: $0.49

This is a pretty vanilla haul, which is honestly what I've come to expect from my local thrift store. Nothing fancy here, folks. Seriously, I get all my kicks at rummage sales these days. But this is the bread and butter of my thrifting life: the tried-and-true, "I can sell this on consignment (occasionally on Etsy) for sure" items that grease the wheels of this whole crazy operation of mine. So, it may not be sexy, but it pays the bills!

Vintage men's plaid shirt

Keep or sell: Keep
Honestly, I bought this because the colors are pretty and it's soft. But when I got it home, I realized it would probably fit my husband, who pretty much lives in short-sleeved plaid button-downs in the summer. So, voila.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — he seemed to like it

J. Crew silk blouse

Keep or sell: Sell
The texture of this blouse caught me off guard — it's a super lightweight blend of wool and silk, which isn't something you see every day. I've sent it off to consignment with high hopes.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — it's timeless, and good quality

Gray pencil skirt

Keep or sell: Sell
This is officially my "I'm not sure why I bought this" item of this shopping trip. It's really nothing special, and it was rejected by the first consignment store I took it to. Fortunately, the hippie/hipster/college kids consignment store took it in, so there may be hope yet.
Good or bad buy: Not a great buy

J. Crew lemon print khaki skirt

Keep or sell: Sell
Here's one style/trend I have never played with: the preppy embroidered print. It has its charms, to be sure, but nothing has ever crossed my path that made me say, "Oooh, I have to have that." That said, let's hope someone says exactly that about this skirt, which is already at consignment.
Good or bad buy:  Good buy

Vintage LL Bean silk dress

 Keep or sell: Sell
Silk is such a chameleon fabric. It can be light and ethereal, buttery and sensuous, or, as in the case of this dress, down-to-earth and almost rough. The dress feels more like linen than silk, but it has that lightness that only silk can have. It is a bit of an odd dress in terms of its cut, but I'm hoping that I can list it this fall on Etsy.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Vintage dress with cutout back

Keep or sell: Sell
In general, I try to stay true to myself when buying stuff for my Etsy shop and not let my head get turned by trends, but sometimes you can kill two birds with one stone, like in the case of this vintage dress. I love a good shirt dress, and this one has a cutout back, making it all the more contemporary and charming.


Good or bad buy:  Good buy — it's in my shop now

Vintage tribal print dress


Keep or sell: Sell
This dress is kind of the same story as the cutout back one — the colors are great, it has a matching belt, and I feel like the particular wackiness of this print puts it over the top. This one is super soft and looks like it would be really comfy (plus it has a matching belt). I'll probably hang onto this one until fall to list (is it just me or am I saying that a LOT lately? Remind me to schedule some vacation time for the end of summer).
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Overall grade: B

A solid outing, nothing extraordinary but no major gaffes either. Tune in next week for a combination yard sale/rummage sale post, wherein I bought nearly everything but the kitchen sink ...

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