Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thrift Audit: Rummage sale, Sept. 25

Mid- to late September is a crazy time for rummage sales around here. I actually had a schedule of them written out that I kept in my wallet because I was worried about missing some! But after all the hype, I didn't end up actually buying that much at any of them.




Items purchased: 6
Total spent: $8.50
Cost per item: $1.42

My cost per item was a little high, mostly because of one thing:

Vintage blue gown with rhinestone belt buckle


Keep or sell: Sell
Isn't she dreamy? I love the belt/wrap detail and the pleated skirt.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — it was $5, but I feel like it was worth it

Home-sewn floral sundress


Keep or sell: Sell ...?
The print of this dress isn't my usual style, but I love the cut so much that I'm at least going to try this on before selling it.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — it's very cute and wearable, although it will have to wait until spring.

Anne Klein orange shirt dress


Keep or sell: Sell
I love the color and cut of this dress, as well, and am purposefully not even going to let myself check to see if it fits! It's in lovely condition, and I feel confident that I can sell it on consignment come spring (the fabric is pretty lightweight).
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Zippers and elastic


Keep or sell: Both
This kind of stuff is only exciting if you sew. But since I do, I was thrilled to find some like-new elastic, and a mess of vintage zippers. I'm keeping the elastic and selling some of the zippers (you can see some of them here) because, well, there's probably a limit to how many zippers I need. Right?
Good or bad buy: Good buy — it's cheaper than buying new, and the less money I spent on this completely frivolous hobby, the better

Vintage kids' cowboy boots


Keep or sell: Keep
I snagged these thinking they might be good for a Halloween costume for my daughter. Turns out they're a little large for this year, but I'm keeping them around for fun/dress-up.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — they're actually nice, well-made boots, if a little scuffed up, so she could actually wear them out of the house.

Overall grade: A

No major missteps here. I don't feel bad at all for picking up some sewing notions on the cheap, and I really do feel like the gorgeous blue gown is worth the slightly higher price tag. Stay tuned next week for a rummage sale that yielded some fun fabrics! 

2 comments :

  1. It's so funny how different our price points are -- to me, anything under $10 is worth it (although usually I put stuff back if it's more than $5), but my local thrift stores rarely price clothing cheaper than $2 (except for my favorite $1 store) so finding things under $10 is okay to me. But that blue dress! SO pretty!
    And I need to hunt for sewing notions at thrift stores -- I'm kind of hoping I can find some knitting needles there so I can start knitting (teaching myself via YouTube) especially since I have some really pretty thrifted yarn that I could at least try making scarves from!
    Hannah actually sent me a dress REALLY similar to that blue one -- only it has sheer sleeves and rhinestones around the collar. I'm hoping to wear it soon!

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    1. Yeah, my definitions of "cheap" and "expensive" have definitely changed since a) moving to this town and b) going to so many bag sales! I'm definitely spoiled. I feel like it's just in my nature to look for the lowest possible price, which is not always a good thing, but it has definitely helped me not over-spend on things for my shop.

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