Friday, September 07, 2012

Thrift Store Bag Sale Haul #3!

I can't really call this a Thrifty Thursday post since it's already Friday, but I wanted to share my thrift store bag sale finds from this month, anyway! If you've missed the previous haul posts, the basic idea is that one of my local thrift stores has a monthly sale where you can stuff a garbage bag full of clothes for $5. I get great pleasure from buying ugly stuff and transforming it into cute stuff!

I'll post the tops first, since they're not all that exciting:

The only one that's really noteworthy is the one in the top right corner of the 2nd photo. I picked it up because it has AWESOME lace, which I'll probably snip off to use on a different creation!

Lace close up!

I got 3 skirts this time. One ended up being too small, so I don't think I ever even photographed it, but here are the other two!

Simple black suede-type skirt

This skirt is kind of weird, but I think I can do something with it.  The blue stripe and the buttons have a little bit of a nautical feel.

I also got a couple of pairs of shorts!  Both of these will get dyed:

Hard to see, but these are sweatshirt type fabric shorts (brand new, yay!)

These will soon be teal! (Hoping that spot will come out or blend away with dye!)

Okay, on to dresses, my favorite part!

I'm posting these two together because I think I'm going to combine them. The plain black one is WAY too big, and the printed circles dress fits, but is SUPER clingy through the lower half (which is weird, since that's my smaller half!). I think I might take the cute top part from the circles dress and attach it to part of the skirt from the black one.

Wait, you may be thinking, this is supposed to be the dress section!  Why are you posting a shirt? This is part of a 2 piece set, but I was too lazy to figure out how to get both pieces in the photo. You think this is bad, with its super loud dots? Well, imagine it with its lower half, which I thought was a skirt, but turned out to be shorts.

Actually, because I love you, I won't even make you imagine it.  I'll show you the "before" photo I snapped of this outfit:

I can't even begin to figure out what I'm going to do with this. Let's just hope that whatever I come up with ends up being awesome! Oh, an amazing side-note about this one? There are no tags, and judging by the way its sewn, it is all hand made. So basically, someone was sitting at home thinking "You know what would be rad to own? A silky polka dot blouse with matching elastic waist shorts!  Oh man, I'm gonna make some right NOW!"

This shirt/skirt set isn't that exciting after the dots, but hey, some acts are just hard to follow. This reminds me a little bit of Zach Braff in Garden State when his shirt matches the wallpaper:

Continuing the floral theme, this dress is very 3rd grade teacher. (And a lovely example of super sloppy photography!)  The pattern has flowers and butterflies, and makes me think of the Flower & Garden festival at Epcot. It's actually kind of cute on, so it has hope!

This ended up being my absolute favorite dress from this set, and I can't wait to work on it! I already know what I'm doing, but I'm going to leave you in suspense!  Oooh, ahhh!

This is the amazing back of a blue dress that ended up being way too small for me. I thought about figuring out a way to use the back on something, but it would be *so much work*, so I'll probably just give this one away.

It's hard to see in this pic, but this dress has a sort of cute pattern:

It's just a really simple, lightweight dress that I'll probably shorten quite a bit.

Yes, another coral colored dress! Unfortunately, I may not end up being able to do anything with this one.  Why?  Well, the story involves this other dress:

And also cat vomit.

My sweet kitty Jasper was been having some trouble keeping food down (he's finally doing better, thank goodness!) and seemed to be enjoying throwing up in the most inconvenient places possible. Now, out of ALL the dresses that I bought, only 2 are dry clean only- the stripey one here and the black and white one above. I had the clothes from this haul scattered about my bedroom in that phase between photographing everything and sorting them into piles to wash. So of course, Jas ended up throwing up on these two dresses.  I tossed them both into the sink without really thinking about it, rinsing off the cat vomit and then letting them soak until I could wash them.

And of course, I totally forgot about them. (They were in the bathroom that I never really use.) So the next morning, when I pulled them out, the stripey dress had bled ALL over the coral one!  Arrrgh!  I'm not sure if the stains will come out, but at least I'll try.

I put the striped dress back into the sink with some water to see if it was going to bleed any more color, and the water in the sink turned a really creepy orangeish brown color. It reminded me just enough of blood that I decided this dress is going straight to the yard sale pile instead of being worked on! (Well, the creepy factor was only half of that decision. Truth is I'm also totally not into dealing with a dress that's going to be a pain to wash!)

Last dress! I've actually almost picked this one up the last two months of the sale, so when it was STILL THERE this time, I decided to grab it. I already have a couple of ideas for its ruffled goodness.

All together, this month's trip yielded 3 skirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of pants (not pictured, got em' for my mom), 18 shirts and 13 dresses! 37 items total for $5 comes out to 13.5 cents per item. SCORE!

And now I have a question for all of you!  Do you enjoy these haul posts, or would you rather I skip them and only post about each piece as I work on it? It takes a LONG time to photograph everything, resize photos, blah blah blah, but I kind of like having the collection of items to look back on. Still, it's a LOT of hours of work if you guys just skip past these posts or think they're boring or whatever, so let me know!


SamanthaD said...

Great deals! I would love it if a local store had a deal like that! Can't wait to see what you do with them!

Kate Fuller said...

I wish a store near me did a sale like that!