Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thrift Audit: Aug. 3, Salvation Army

Whew, what a couple of weeks! But fear not, I'm back with another thrift audit, because as busy as I get at work, I always manage to find time to drop by the Salvation Army for some retail therapy.



Items purchased: 14
Total spent: $20.15
Cost per item: $1.44

Two consecutive weeks of more than $1 per item! I gotta step up my game. But I did find some good stuff, as you'll see:

BCBG gold and black cocktail dress


Keep or sell: ??
I was so excited about this dress, because it's super cute (yes, that is my daughter's tiny finger pointing at the "shiny sparkles" on the skirt). But I broke the cardinal rule of thrifting — Always Inspect the Merchandise — and realized after I brought it home that the sides are COMPLETELY shredded. So this one's going in my mending bag, and I have a feeling it's going to become a refashion project of some kind (although, it's like a size 4 so it will be interesting to see what I can do with it).
Good or bad buy: Bad buy! I should never buy unwearable clothes without a game plan

Black and white asymmetric hem dress


Keep or sell: Sell
I've been going back and forth with myself about whether this is vintage or not, and I haven't yet reached a conclusion. But on the bright side, it's absolutely beautiful — I love the inset panels of the skirt
Good or bad buy: Good buy — if I can't verify its age, I feel like I can definitely sell it on consignment in the spring.

Vintage violet satin dress


Keep or sell: Sell
Have been stalking this one for weeks! Something about the vivid color of the satin, plus the waistband lace detail (which also has a navy ribbon run through it that ties in the back, by the way), just does it for me. Now I just have to work up the courage to iron it ...
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Men's T-shirts x 3


Keep or sell: Keep
Not wanting to bore you completely, I condensed these three basic cotton Ts into one item here. They're for my husband; he needed some new T-shirts. The funny thing is, when I shop for him, I throw all my rules out the window (I have even been known to pay retail prices for him! Horrors), so I paid like THREE OR FOUR DOLLARS EACH for these. Crazy, right?
Good or bad buy: Good buy, if they fit. If not I'm totally turning them into dresses for my daughter, ha ha.

Vintage kelly green sheer scarf


Keep or sell: Keep
So, let's just admit it: I have a scarf problem. It hasn't been too much in evidence in recent weeks, but ... yeah. I just see them and convince myself that OF COURSE I need a kelly green scarf. Right?
Good or bad buy: I don't even know! I mean, I will probably wear it. I guess I better wear it!

Thread and zippers


Keep or sell: Some of both
Seriously, it is like the universe WANTS me to sew. This peach zipper is the exact color of some fabric I thrifted when I was visiting my parents out in Oregon. But I am still playing with the idea of launching a side shop to sell sewing and knitting goodies.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — I mean, it's not like thread is expensive. But I still paid less for them here than I would at my local W*lmart.

Vintage rose print fabric


Keep or sell: Sell
I love this big, bold floral print, but realized immediately that it's not for me — this one is definitely going in the "sell" pile.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — it's a lovely fabric for basically pennies.

Vintage red calico fabrics


Keep or sell: Sell
I saw these two fabrics together — there is about a yard of the fabric on the right, and several yards of the fabric on the left — and immediately envisioned a super crazy peasant dress, with the larger print on the bodice and the smaller print on the skirt and sleeves. I was enamored of the idea for, like, a week, before I realized that as awesome as it sounded, I would probably never wear it. So I'm letting the fabric go.
Good or bad buy: Good buy, I think, once I figure out how I want to sell it!

Keep vs. sell ratio:
Keep 9 / Sell 5
Overall grade: C-


Way too much hesitation and uncertainty in this shopping trip! There's hardly anything here that I can just quickly turn around to sell. And I paid too much for everything, boo. But my luck is turning around! Stay tuned next week for a much more frugal and fortuitous thrift haul, and in the meantime, feel free to make me an offer on anything pictured above!

2 comments :

  1. How many yards are there in that vintage rose fabric? Because that is TOTALLY my jam, and if there's enough of it I would definitely buy and use it! It's gorgeous!

    Heh, and I am the SAME way about shopping for my husband -- for me, I'm really critical and cheap. For my shop, pretty much the same although I have made exceptions. For my husband... well, maybe because he's pickier than I am about how things look, I am not as frugal. Also he buys less than I do, so there's that...

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    1. There's about 3.5 yards of the rose fabric (at 35 inches wide), and it is SOOOO soft and lovely! It's a pretty substantial cotton (i.e. not sheer or see-through). Make me an offer and it's yours!

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