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?
- I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon