I decided that I wanted to try this. I usually don't shop at thrift stores because I have always been under the impression that my area does not have any good ones. I live in a very small town that has no major department stores. We don't even have a movie theater. Even the local government has taken down two red lights on Main Street in our town and turned them into four way stops. I joke that we are trying to become a one stop light town. The neighboring town I work in has only one major department store and the closest Anthropologie and JCrew to me is 3.5 hrs away (probably a very good thing!!) A friend of mine suggested to me that I try a particular thrift store in the town where I work. She said she has found some very good items in there. I decided to go visit today on my lunch break to see if I could find a sweater to embellish.
Well, I began to search through racks of clothing--something I have always thought I would hate. I am a mathematician and I like order. Therefore, I gave myself my lunch hour to do this. It didn't take but about 2 minutes to come across a very good looking sweater (no pilling) in my size that I thought would work well to embellish. It is this very nice looking orange sweater. It was marked $3.50, but the cashier sold it to me for $1.25. I am considering turning it into something similar to JCrew's Traversa Cardigan.
After that success I kept looking. About 2 minutes later I found some JCrew City Fit skinny ankle pants in an orange color. I remember wanting a pair of these when they first came out, but I would not drop $98 (or was it $78) on them. $98,$78--- it is all the same expensive. Unfortunately, when JCrew stuff goes on sale, it is usually FINAL SALE (read...NO RETURNS). I have learned the hard way not to take this Final Sale chance with pants. (read...I have a pair in my closet that doesn't fit). I took a good hard look at them and decided they would fit. Now these can't be returned, but in this case, I am only out $3.25. But, guess what...?!?!...THEY FIT!!!!! There is a slight discoloration under one of the front pockets, but it is not noticeable from 3 feet away.
I was on fire now!!! I kept going down the racks like a mad woman. Next I found this cute little black and cream striped dress with lacing down the back. I haven't decided what I will do wtih it yet. It is to long so I am either going to hem it shorter or I may just salvage the fabric and make a cute little top like maybe this anthro top. I really love the style of it and the big bow on the shoulder.