A couple of weeks ago, I ventured over to the Humane Society thrift shop in Reeds Spring to check it out, and totally fell in love. The whole place is so well organized! For example, they actually sort their jeans by size! It was like paradise compared to some of the dumpy places I've been to lately. I poked around quite a bit, but didn't end up getting anything. I did, however, learn that they have a bag sale on clothes on the first Tues of each month! You can get a Wal-Mart sized bag of clothes for THREE DOLLARS! Just to compare, the last thrift store that I wrote about (here) has a bag sale that runs constantly, but the same sized bag is $10! It's almost embarrassing how excited I was counting down the days till the first Tuesday of July.
So, imagine how much MORE excited I was when I called the day before to make sure they still had the sale, and learned that there is also the option to fill a big kitchen sized (the white kind) trash bag for $5!! Sign me up!
I went over around 10:30 am on Tues, but I think I'll go earlier next month, because given how fast things were disappearing while I was there, I have a feeling a lot of good stuff was gone before I arrived! I picked up my trash bag at the front door, but instead of stuffing things in it, I just tossed them over my arm until it got too heavy, and *then* stopped to fold everything before going on.
It doesn't look like much from the outside.
I was reeeeally tempted to pick up this little vanity table for $5! It's too small for an adult, but would have been really cute to store makeup and such on!
This was pretty much the best part of the whole store! They have a TON of patterns, most of which are vintage. There is some major 50s-90s fabulous happening in there! And they're only 25 cents each!
Seriously! Check out that perfection! Amazeballs.
So, what did I get in my giant bag-o-stuff? Well, shoes were included, so I grabbed a like-new pair of strappy black heels. Unfortunately they ended up being a little too small (Probably should have tried them on, oops!) so they went into my yard sale pile. I also got a pair of knee-high brown boots that DO fit. SCORE. They also look like they've hardly ever been worn! Yaaaaay. (Purses were also included in the sale, but none caught my eye.)
What else went into the bag? Let's start with dresses! I'll also give you a quick summary of what I'm planning to do to each one to make it wearable! (I should probably put a disclaimer here that few things delight me more than buying an incredibly fugly dress for practically nothing and turning it into a masterpiece. In other words, don't judge them too harshly by what they look like *now*. And yes, I will post about each one as I fix it up!)
Dress #1 is a late 80s/early 90s wonderland of red. It's one of those suit-type things where there's a simple red dress underneath, with an attached jackety thing. (that being the technical term). I *thought* this one would be super easy- some hot seam ripper action to remove the jacket and voila! Cute red dress!
Oh, how wrong I was.
It tuns out that only about 50% of the red dress beneath the jacket is actually made of the red fabric you see. The rest is this thin, sheer stuff. This is going to require some super serious creativity to fix, but it will happen! (eventually).
#2 is kind of awesome. I've already ripped out the shoulder pads and removed the sleeves, so now I just need to sew up the seams where the sleeves used to be, and it will be a whole new dress! I may end up doing something to the neck line, since it's a little high on me, but otherwise this dress took almost zero effort.
I am not yet sure what I want to do with #3. It's practically brand new, but it does have a little tear along the side seam that needs mended. I haven't tried it on yet, so I'll probably have a much better idea of what I want to do with it once I see how it falls on my body.
#4 is a hot mess of 70s goodness. It's kinda like a polyester prom dress and a flannel bath robe made sweet love and had this baby. However, I see potential in there. The sleeves are definitely coming off, and the skirt will be short, but that's about all I have figured out so far.
#5 is probably the one I'm most excited about. If you can't tell from the pic, it's a basic ribbed fabric on top (usually seen in tank tops) and a handkerchief-style print on bottom. (This dress still had the tags on- scoooore!)
I plan to bring the waistline up to an empire waist, and then shorten the skirt to a little above knee length and remove the sleeves. It's a shame I didn't have time to do this for the 4th of July!
#6 needs something to make it more fun, although I do like the row of buttons running down the side. This one is definitely going to become much shorter, and probably needs taken in quite a bit. It needs some kind of embellishment- maybe just belting it will help? We'll see!
Grandma called, she wants #7 back. (That's kind of creepy for me to type, since both of my grandmothers have been dead since before I was born, but you get the idea.) This thing is so old lady that even the Golden Girls would run from it. However, although it's hard to tell from the pic, it is a gorgeous seafoamy-turquoise color, and the fabric is this really pretty pleated lightweight stuff. It's going to make an amaaaaaazing skirt, once I buy some elastic and get over my fear of sewing this type of fabric.
#8 is the first dress I really dug into, and is now lying in pinned together pieces upstairs on my kitchen table, waiting to get sewn. I removed the shoulder pads, sleeves and weird fabric flaps that aren't really visible, as well as the collar. I'm using where it originally buttoned up the front to create a pretty v-neck. I just need to figure out how to take it in several inches in the waist without messing up the drawstring belt that's sewn in! Expect awesomeness when this is finished!
I have no idea what I am going to do with #9. Birthday present for Betty White? I haven't really been able to do anything yet, because my kitten Tiny is obsessed with it, and keeps rolling around on top of it blissfully. Stay tuned for a hopeful epiphany on this one.
10 is also already a work in progress. It's a kind of stretchy, sporty mini dress. However, it is a medium, so while it fits my body fine, my boobs were smooshed as flat as pancakes. I'm working on opening up the neckline a LOT, and I think I might cut it into two pieces and add a band of black fabric in the middle. to make it a little longer and more interesting. I promise this makes sense in my head.
#11 is just a random cute mini dress. It's an XL, so I need to bring it in a little, but I probably will just keep it as-is. Similarly, #12 is pretty cute the way it is, too.
So, yeah, TWELVE dresses! Insanity! Oh, you think we're done? You obviously underestimate my ability to stuff crap into a trash bag. We still have shirts to discuss!
I know it's hard to see in the pic, but #1 is a crochet tank over a simple nude tank. I haven't even tried this on yet, but it was cute.
2 is either going to become the top half of a nautical tank dress, or some kind of beach bag.
3 is just a simple black top. 4 is a white t-shirt from Target that appears to be new. Hooray for basics!
5 will probably also become the top of a nautical-type dress.
6 is an Old Navy long-sleeved tee that someone had dropped on the floor by the clothing racks. I picked it up to stick back on a hanger, 'cause I'm a good person like that, but the fabric was so soft and comfy I just stuck it in my bag instead. This will probably be an around the house/sleep shirt, because the bow design printed on it is kind of ugly, but at least it's soft.
7 is a kind of rad metallic lightweight sweater. I'm not sure how that "tighter at the bottom" design is going to look on my "I eat cookies daily" stomach, so if it ends up being unflattering, I'll just chop off the bottom part, slice up the center and turn it into a bolero length shrug. (Moral of the story: Make me look good or I'll cut you!)
8 is one of those tank tops with a built-in bra that I despise. It's in good shape, though, so I will probably use it as the top half of a dress eventually.
9 is one of my favorite finds- I love the paisley design at the bottom! I think I might flip it so that the back becomes the front and vice versa, give the new front a cute v-neck, and remove that creey faux-cami white fabric from the new back. And maybe make it sleeveless, who knows.
10 is just a kind of cute pale blue button-down shirt. I'm not sure if I'll keep it, but I had plenty of room left in my bag, so in it went.
Not pictured are the white Target shorts I also got, because I was too lazy to find a hanger with clippy things to use to photograph them. They looked about my size, but they turned out to be a 6, so they're an inch or two too small at the waist,. I had planned to dye them turquoise, since I've been on the hunt for the perfect turquoise shorts with no luck.
Anyway, if you did the math, that was 12 dresses, 10 shirts, 2 pairs of shoes and 1 pair of shorts, all for $5. 25 items in total, which works out to exactly 20 cents per item! SCORE. I should probably mention that I totally look at this as a record to beat next month.
Any ideas for how to transform these items, other than what I've already mentioned? I'd love to hear!