Friday, April 27, 2012

On consignment

Every once and a while I see a fashion article with one of the garments "vintage from the consignment store" or some arty jacket made of felted Fair Isle cardigans.


I have gone down to my local Value Village and all I have found are acres of acrylic 80's tunic sweaters completely pre-pilled, dusty Fisher Price with the people missing, plastic purses pre-cracked, and salt and pepper shakers stolen from some restaurants.


Is this vintage I wondered?


Well yesterday my daughter and I went back to one of the baby consignment stores and, what do you know, there was a modest looking resale store for adults next door.


Bingo folks we have a winner.


This I could not believe.


As far as I can figure everyone from New York comes to North Florida with their little black dresses, takes one look at the beach, and decides to off-load them.


Designer names. Coach bags, Louis Vuitton, not the knock-off, and even a beautiful St. John knit suit, sadly in size 4 and not in my colour (this one had estate written all over it). 


My daughter picked up a trendy knit dress in turquoise and silk sandals to match. And this is what I got myself to boost my retro wardrobe:



Wool crepe and fits perfectly. I particularly liked the curved seams which would be a pain to do. Anything tricky to sew is a bonus purchase to me. $14.00




  
O.K. a fish beach cover-up is a bit of a cliche but then again so am I sometimes. On the bod today. $12.00.






Very 60's hostess to me. Maybe if I lost some weight I would wear this with white cigarette pants and drink Martinis if only Martinis didn't taste like gasoline IMO. Or I could wear it with shorts to walk Mr. Rascal. $12.00


After this little episode we felt guilty, we had left the little girls with Poppa just when they were due to wake up from their naps, and we moved on to the baby store. But now we have realized the potential for local consignment shopping we may revise the itinerary.


Now I almost never buy clothes but at this price a few things I wouldn't make myself are exceptions.


Do you ever shop recycled?

12 comments:

BeeBee said...

I do occasionally shop re-sale but, like you, usually find old prom dresses and red sweaters you could refashion into a roomy tent. But I did score a BEAUTIFUL black leather skirt for $4 - I've never owned a leather garment (not counting jackets) before. Almost makes me want fall to hurry - almost. And my New Home sewing machine from the 80's for $15 - I don't think it had ever sewn a stitch.
Happy hunting, I love your finds. It's so much fun when you score.

gwensews said...

I do. But mostly I shop for things I can deconstruct and make into something else. Sometimes though, I find something that is great on it's own.

Debbie Fox said...

Very nice find! Where in North Florida?????

LinB said...

Yep. I shop used. Sometimes all I come away with is an ugly dress with beautiful buttons -- but for less cost than a card of new buttons at the discount store. Sometimes I find perfectly good styles and fabrications in my size. Sometimes the racks are full of woolen suits donated by the tiny women who anchor local news shows, and I walk away empty handed.

shams said...

You got some cute things! I agree that martinis taste like gasoline. :)

Mary said...

Do I ever shop recycled? Do fish swim?

We have some nice shops in town, and across the mountain. I pick up most of my accessories and my work out gear through these shops.

You scored!! Those are seriously cute 60s looks.

Sewfast said...

I love to thrift for quality items I might otherwise admire but be stopped at the price. My greatest thrift was not clothes, but 4 nursing text books I needed for school that would have cost me 400.00 new. My cost? $4.00 for everything I could stuff in a grocery bag! Books and a new Fall wardrobe!

Audrey said...

I love browsing consignment shops, they are like a step up from thrift stores, but still full of treasures. I love that wool crepe dress you scored. It is really pretty and unique.

marysews said...

I shop consignment shops but prefer thrift stores, since items seem to cost less. I've been known to shorten long skirts or re-purpose garments for fabric - both from thrift stores, of course!

Bunny said...

I almost never find a hundred percent wool sweater or garment in our local off price stores, no matter the kind. I swear, someone is out there getting an in on the wool clothing before it even its the floor. I live in one of the coldest climates in the country and all I can find is acrylic? Something wrong about that and I can so sympathize.

Love that curved seam dress.

Lesley said...

I'd shop recycled if we had 2nd hand stores near me. Then I would modify the clothing. But you guys really got beautiful pieces of clothing here, especially that black and white 60's piece, just looove that collar, I can't believe the price, it looks so classy.
If I hadn't already bought my mom a Tracfone LG500g qwerty keyboard phone ($20, $7/mnth for service)you would have convinced me to get a nice shirt for mom for mothers day.
It's so much fun to modify second hand clothes for sure. Thanks for the idea.

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