Thrift Audit: Salvation Army, Sept. 30 (part 1)

What do you do when your local thrift store has a "50-percent-off-everything" sale when all the Halloween vintage is out? BUY EVERYTHING, of course. In fact, I bought SO much stuff that I'm breaking this thrift outing into two posts. Today we'll look at Part 1: The Fabric. (If vintage fabric is not your bag, please come back next week for what I promise will be some amazing clothing finds.)

So the prices you can see on the price tags are before the 50-percent markdown; I paid half of whatever price is shown.

Total spent: $24.45
Items purchased: 9
Cost per item: $2.72

Vintage 70s striped polyester knit

Keep or sell: Sell
Keen-eyed readers will recognize this fabric from last week's refashion post — I used it to make the bodice of a dress for my daughter. I was going to keep it at first, but now that I got it out of my system by sewing with it, I think I'm going to sell the remaining yardage.
Good or bad buy: Not sure — the print is a bit crazy, but maybe there is someone out there who will fall in love with it like I did?

Vintage 70s psychedelic knit fabric

Keep or sell: Sell ...?
I want to make a maxi dress out of this SO BAD, you guys. But it is for sale in my shop instead. The print is just perfection, in a crazy, over-the-top way.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Vintage tropical / jungle print cotton

Keep or sell: Sell
I have been eyeing this fabric since the day it came in, months ago. I chickened out on buying it one previous time when it was marked down, but this time I already knew I was going to break the bank, so I just went for it.
Good or bad buy: Good buy — it is AMAZING. I love the color palette so much, and the print, I could just get lost in it. You can see the listing on Etsy here.

Paisley print cotton lawn

Keep or sell: Sell
I wish you guys could feel how amazingly soft this fabric is. I want sheets made out of this. And pillowcases. And dresses. And pretty much anything that touches my skin. If the color palette were different, I would totally keep it, but these particular shades are not really my thing, so it's in my shop now.
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Vintage Dutch print cotton

Keep or sell: Sell
Sorry about the blurry photo, but isn't this print cute? Unfortunately, the fabric has some spots where it got sun-faded along the creases where it was folded.
Good or bad buy: Not a great buy at this price, considering the damage.

Vintage brown and green plaid wool fabric

Keep or sell: Sell
This one was exciting for me, because I NEVER see wool fabric at rummage sales or thrift stores. It's a fairly small piece, but you could squeeze a skirt out of it, or you could definitely make something in a child's size (how cute would it be to make a girls' dress with a white lace collar?)
Good or bad buy: Good buy — it's for sale in my shop sold!

Vintage brown floral polyester fabric

Keep or sell: Keep ...?
For whatever reason, I really fell in love with this print and immediately put it in my "keep" pile. What can I say, I'm a sucker for wacky 70s prints. I just love the rich rust color of the background and the texture of the oversized floral print. But I am wavering. I think I'll hang on to it for a while longer and see if I can be parted with it.
Good or bad buy: Good buy either way

Vintage bronze satin

Keep or sell: ??
When I first saw this fabric, I thought, "Oh, a nice lining fabric, that could be useful." But the more I am looking at it, the more I see a beautiful draped gown, or a full skirt, or something other than a useful lining fabric. One section of the fabric is a bit worn, with some small snags and scuffs, so I am thinking ... I may just keep that itty bitty part and sell the rest. Is that nuts?
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Vintage striped stretch knit fabric

Keep or sell: Keep
This one I knew right away was a keeper. I really, really love stripes, and I am already fantasizing about making another version of this striped dress (and doing a way better job of stripe-matching this time).
Good or bad buy: Good buy

Overall grade: A-
Keep/sell ratio: 
22% keep / 78% sell

Honestly, I'm well pleased with all this. I only have to sell a couple of these to make up for what I spent, and even though a few were on the pricey side, they are balanced out by the other bargains I found. I've got a bit more photographing to do to get the remaining fabrics listed, but look for those in the shop soon — and, as always, if you see anything you like, make an offer (I have measurements/yardage for everything shown here). And stop back next week to see the clothing half of this epic haul — there are some real gems.


  1. These fabrics take me back! I used to watch my great grandma sew all the time when I was a little kid. She always made the best patchwork quilts and hodgepodge pillow cases. The third fabric down, with the horses on it, definitely looks familiar! I may not be a huge fabric fan but I like nostalgia. Great haul! (And, of course, I'm looking forward to the clothing one next week!)

    Hannah | The Outfit Repeater

    1. Isn't the horse one cute? My grandma sewed all the time when I was growing up — I was always begging her for scraps of fabric to try to make Barbie dresses, haha.

  2. Oh, I wish you were keeping the "jungle/tropical" print! It's so goergeous, and that way I'd get to enjoy it vicariously as you sew and wear something from it. ( no way I can justify buying it as I have fabric and don't sew at the moment at all).

    1. Don't tempt me!! I am seriously wavering as it is, although I don't even know what I would sew with it. A super-full midi skirt? A blouse? A QUILTED JACKET? I am kind of obsessed with the idea of sewing a quilted cotton jacket right now, even though a) I've never sewn anything so complicated as a jacket and b) I've never done any quilting, at all. But I'm nothing if not ambitious!

    2. Well, you could make a really simple maxi skirt out of the whole piece, centre-back seam and gathered to your waist), and them take it apart to make a quilted jacket once you feel your sewing is up to it! (Sorry! Couldn't help it!). ;-)


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