Yup, a few weeks ago, our two Salvation Army thrift stores had 50% off sales. Unfortunately I had to work at my second job on Saturday morning, so I only had a few hours in the afternoon to visit one of the stores.
I'm always needing office clothing. Right now blazers, blouses and nice cardis are at the top of my list. So I typically hit up those racks up first. If I have time, I'll do a slow troll through the craft area, and shirts and sweaters. I'm always on the lookout for glitzy buttons to salvage, and things I can repurpose.
Without further ado, here is my haul. And just for giggles, I am posting some prices for comparable garments.
|Banana Republic knit top, Ann Taylor cardi|
|Kasper sage green skirt suit. Check out the pin tucks at the waist.|
|Covington blouse? Casual blazer? Made of a linen rayon blend.|
Is it a structured blouse? Is it a flowing jacket? Either way, it's going to look FAB over a sundress. Slip this top over a strappy sundress, add a belt and some accessories and you have a great office look. Slip the top off, and I'm ready to relax after work at an outdoor pub.
|Talbot's lambswool cardigan with rhinestone buttons|
|American Eagle crested blazer|
Remember the Seinfeld episode about the crested blazer?
In addition to these treasures I found some neon green ribbing, quilt fabric, a slightly-oversized collarless blazer, a loose linen top with a loon silk-screened on it, and a FABULOUS blue silk blouse with a rambunctious paisley pattern....and more!
I purchased about ten items of clothing for $50. So everything averaged about $5.
Instead of dry-cleaning the clothing, I carefully handwashed it. Yes, you can handwash blazers. The trick is to be selective and look for certain fabrics. Use lukewarm water and gentle detergent. Do not wring the clothing, soak it, and gently agitate the water. Then rinse thoroughly, squish the water out, and shape to dry on a towel or hanger.
May the sun shine and the snow melt wherever you are.