Saturday, June 13, 2015

Thrift Audit: Two rummage sales, May 1-2

When my thrifting Spidey senses start to tingle, the best thing to do is give in to instinct.




It paid off back in March when I decided to drive to nearby Sidney to visit a shady thrift store there; and it paid off again last month when, on a whim, I swung by a local church on my way home from the grocery store (with my daughter in tow, natch). I wanted to sneak a peek at a rummage sale, thinking the bag sale was the following day. But imagine my surprise when I saw the sign out on the lawn that read "Bag sale today"! I slammed on the brakes and made it in there just before they closed up shop. The sale was pretty picked-over, as you can imagine, but here's what I found:


Total spent: $1
Items purchased: 7
Cost per item: $0.14

Vintage brown ankle boots


Keep or sell: Keep
The great thing about thrifting is that I give myself full permission to upgrade my wardrobe. Sure, I already have too many pairs of shoes, but if I find a pair that's better than one I have now, I give myself permission to buy the better pair and chuck the old ones. Unfortunately in this case, I'm afraid I'm trading in one shoddy pair of brown boots for another — these are extremely poor quality and will no doubt fall apart after a few wearings, just like my last pair did.
Good or bad buy: Bad buy

Vintage black long-sleeved dress


Keep or sell: ??
And then there are those times you say, "OK, I know I already have a zillion black dresses (which I hardly ever wear) ... but I don't have a LONG-SLEEVED one! So I totally should keep this." That being said, it's a bit on the small side, so the jury's still out.
Good or bad buy: Good buy either way — it's got class and style, so whether I sell it or keep it, I'm glad to have bought it

Vintage white pleated-collar blouse


Keep or sell: Sell
Normally I am too bored to look at white blouses (I know, I have a problem) but this one caught my eye — or, I should say, my fingertips, because the fabric is so lovely. It's one of those cottons that is at once crisp, and satiny soft. And, you can't see it in this photo, but it has a very faint watered-silk-like print to it. Then you add in the full sleeves and the unusual pleated collar, and it's really something special.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Deadstock vintage quilted bed jacket


Keep or sell: Sell
I found like three bed jackets over the course of a few weeks after NEVER having found one for the last several years. It's weird.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — how cute is this? And it's deadstock, which can't hurt. Saving it for fall, though ...

Batik print Loft skirt


Keep or sell: Sell
I'll be honest, I can't really remember if this is Loft or not, but I'm guessing it is because it literally seems like I find Loft at every rummage sale I go to. And my local consignment store ALWAYS takes it, so I always buy it if it's not stained, etc.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — it already sold on consignment!

Navy Ralph Lauren capris


Keep or sell: Sell
Quality fabric and well-made clothes stick out like a sore thumb (a beautiful, expensive sore thumb) amid most rummage sales. These were no exception. A quick check for stains and missing buttons was all it took for these to go in my bag.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — they are at consignment now

Slate blue fleur-de-lis fabric


Keep or sell: Keep
So of course the minute I started sewing, I started also buying fabric. You are definitely going to be seeing more of it in upcoming thrift audit posts! This fabric is a very slippery, semi-sheer synthetic that, to be honest, I have no idea what to do with. I am thinking that I will either save it for when my skilllzzz are a little better developed, or use it to make something very simple (i.e. not as many seams for me to butcher).
Good or bad buy: Good buy

All in all, a good haul. But I wasn't finished! The very next day I rose bright and early, packed up my daughter and headed for ANOTHER bag sale, this one at a church in nearby Hartwick Seminary that I had not visited before. It was in the basement (of course) and the only other people there were three older ladies who gossiped the entire time about everything imaginable, including the newspaper I work for! Which kind of made me laugh. At any rate, here's what I found:


Total spent: $2
Items purchased: 9
Cost per item: $0.22

Novelty print scarf


Keep or sell: Sell
I thought this was a floral print at first glance, but really it's people carrying umbrellas! The whole lettuce hem thing is not really my bag, but it's still pretty cool
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Cotton floral bandana scarf


Keep or sell: Keep
I have a serious thing for these large, soft cotton bandana scarves ... I can't keep my hands off them. I think I was wearing this within five minutes of getting it home. Love.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Red and white acrylic scarf


Keep or sell: Sell
Serious case of bag-sale craziness. This scarf is nothing special and I am not sure why I bought it. I have some dim memory of thinking, "Hm, I don't have a red-and-white scarf," but a) actually I do and b) this one is not that great anyway.
Good or bad buy: Bad buy

Vintage Rockmount Western embroidered shirt


Keep or sell: Sell
This shirt is in such good condition that I assumed it was a reproduction, but a look at the tag told me otherwise! I was pretty stoked to find it, and am hoping to sell it soon on Etsy.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Blue-and-white vintage skort


Keep or sell: Sell
I am not a skort person, but I have noticed that they are making something of a comeback, so I have bought a few recently to sell. It has proven to be a popular search term that draws people to my shop, so I'm hopeful this one will find a home.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Tan and blue vintage Western shirt


Keep or sell: Sell
This shirt totally reminds me of something my dad wore when I was growing up. It's in great shape and totally wearable.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Vintage Fair Isle sweater


Keep or sell: Sell
Being honest, I'm not sure if this is really Fair Isle because I know you have to have only a certain number of colors per row and so forth, but you get the point. I am not 100 percent sure why I bought this either and I predict it will languish in my "to sell" storage for way too long because I will have buyer's remorse.
Good or bad buy: Bad buy

Red sweatpants


Keep or sell: Keep
Believe it or not, this is the first pair of sweatpants I have ever owned. Weird, right? I have leggings, jeggings and pajama pants, but I have never really worn sweatpants. I ascribe this purchase to Pinterest craziness — I had pinned something about turning sweatpants into slim-fitting joggers and decided to try to find a pair. But the impulse passed and now I just have a pair of red sweatpants.
Good or bad buy: I foresee wearing these a lot next winter — they're super soft and warm — so it's not a total loss.

Vintage white trench coat


Keep or sell: ??
At first glance, I thought this was home-sewn — there is something about it that just hangs together a bit awkwardly, and the quality of the fabric is pretty poor. But, nope, it's just a cheaply manufactured coat. That being said, I am seriously thinking about keeping it, because my nice, contemporary, fitted white trench that I bought a few years ago is now too small to button up (sniff).
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Overall grade: A-

A few missteps here, but nothing completely unsalvageable, and some genuinely good finds. Rummage sales, I can't quit you! Stay tuned next week for some choice jewelry finds and more from my local Salvation Army ...

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