Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thrifted for $11.25

I got this brand new (tags still on it) H&M button down white shirt for $4. It’s not the most exciting shirt, but it’s a good basic to have.

I do not need more boxes…at all. But they are my weakness. My kryptonite. I got these two slide boxes that feel very 1970s to me.

The large one was $2. It has two levels to it.

The small slide box was $1.50.

I got four silver tins for $1. I thought I could use them for gift boxes if I couldn’t find a reason to use them for myself.

I got a Cuisinart frying pan for $2.

I bought Janet Jackson’s Design of a Decade cd for 25 cents. It had some songs I was missing—like “Nasty” and “What have you done for me lately?”

And I got the My Fair Lady soundtrack for 50 cents. I really like the music—it’s fun and has good lyrics.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fur Trimmed Winter Coat

I’ll often shop to avoid the summer heat, and I did so recently when the temperatures got to uncomfortable heights. I went to a thrift store that has booth areas for different vendors; the vendors all sell different stuff and set their own prices. It’s always an interesting mix of things. Some are carefully curated items. Others are handmade. And then you have some that you know they’re just cleaning out their garage.

I planned on buying nothing because I didn’t need anything. I got about halfway through the store and was pleased with myself…nothing caught my eye. Yes, there were some interesting items, but nothing I couldn’t live without.

Then I came upon a clothing rack with about twenty jackets and coats on it, and I immediately knew these were quality items. These items didn’t feel piecemealed from thrift stores—they felt like they all belonged to one woman with expensive taste. Many items were nice but not my style. Then I saw this vintage tan coat with white fur trim that I had to try on.

The large pockets, the stitching detail on the pockets, the hood, and the tie belt feels very 1970s to me. Although I’m often wary of anything in the brown family, (because the wrong shades make me look sickly), this tan was very neutral and flattering. It doesn’t say what it’s made of, but I’m guessing wool (whether 100% or a blend)—it’s a very warm and heavy coat. I have very little knowledge of fur, but I’m guessing it’s rabbit.

And the back has a lovely pleating detail.

It’s a Youthcraft coat.

And it was union made in the U.S.A. It’s just so well made. [Sigh of appreciation.]

I admired the coat in the mirror and then took it off and put it back on the rack. I certainly didn’t need another coat—I already had a wine-colored wool coat and gray wool cape that I loved. So I was on the fence on getting this tan coat. However, as I walked around the rest of the store, every so often I’d think, “Did anyone take my coat?” That’s when I realized that I was going to buy this coat. I already owned it in my mind.

I bought the coat for $25. It’s in very good condition—no stains or holes. It does need a little mending where the lining is torn about three inches at the waistline, and both arms need a little stitching on the outside of the coat. But these are very minor things. I want to wear my new coat…but it will be some months before it’s cold enough to do so.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Things I Didn’t Buy 77

This mailbox coin bank was fantastic.

I liked this wall piece to hold letters.

Awesome old Safe Cure bottle label.

This vintage BP truck was cute.

I thought this old Portalloy binder cover was interesting.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Bishop Method of Clothing Construction

I got The Bishop Method of Clothing Construction book from 1959 for $2. I didn’t need it. But I found the “trimming details for the quality look” pages to be inspiring. I love nice details. Here are some of my favorites:

I liked the details around the buttonholes.

And these collar details are so cute.

I love these buttonholes made from tubing.

These bow details are cute.

I like the graphic look of the added felt to the dress.

The cut out parts on the collar were interesting. And I love the button pattern created on the collar.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Things I Didn’t Buy 76

I thought this “Good Cooks Never Lack Friends” embroidered art was very cute (and very true).

And although this isn’t really my style, I appreciate the effort it must have taken to create this embroidered flower art piece.

I thought this glass flower art was quite interesting.

This 1970s picture was quite cute.

And I really liked this coffee pot.