Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Resale Heaven - Shopping SGF Style

Fellow SGF-ers I have shopped. It has been 16 months since my last clothing purchase...

Until I actually looked at the blog archives, I had no idea it had been that long. But I'm not one for clothes shopping as
  1. I don't like spending money,
  2. Buying food is WAY more fun than buying clothes
  3. I have a tendency to get frustrated when nothing fits quite right - of course, part of this may be that I shop second hand so it's a bit of an treasure hunt to find what you're looking for ...
But as I've been biking more and more, including to places where at the end of the bike ride I need to look decent enough to do a presentation on local food, I've been in need of finding some clothes (particularly pants) that look good and are bike worthy.

Jackpot (you may need to click on the photo to get a better view)!

My first stop was the Hospice Thrift Shop where I found
  1. That gorgeous red sweater ($6), and
  2. The 3/4 sleeve blouse ($3)
They don't just have great clothes, though, they have a little bit of everything. It was a great store, so if you're local be sure to check it out, not to mention it's in support of a great charity!

My next stop was to Resale Trends, another used clothing store not far from the Hospice Thrift Shop. The owner is a really nice lady from Denmark. She noticed I was wearing a bike helmet and she was telling me all about biking in Denmark. Soon we were talking about recycling, enjoying good food, and I (of course) invited her to the farmers' market on Saturday (always the local food salesman...)

Anyway, back to clothes. I really hit the jackpot here! I found
  1. A pair of long kaki pants that roll up and button into capris ($5.50) and PERFECT for biking
  2. A pair of tan capris ($4) - also PERFECT for biking
  3. A denim sleeveless blouse ($5) - looked good with the pants....?
Both pants fit like they were made for me and because they're capri style, they won't get tied up or greased up in my bike chain, AND I'll still look good (ok, decent - there's not much I can do about helmet head) when I get where I'm going.

What an awesome and hugely successful trip and all for about $25. Cha-ching!


Krista said...

Thrifting for clothes is the best! We have a Goodwill Outlet nearby. They sell most of their stuff by the pound. Everything but furniture, rugs, and bikes are in these huge bins so it's like a treasure hunt each time you go.

I just went there because I needed some maternity sweaters for winter. I buy XL or larger shirts and then narrow them down for my body. That way they're long enough to cover the bump.

I bought:
six sweaters for me, three of them wool
one sweater to turn into two sweaters for my son
long john pants
three long sleeved thick shirts
a curtain with super fabric to turn into a skirt
some blue courdary fabric to make some pants for the kid.

All that was $17.50!

And shopping for clothes in retail stores is no fun either, nothing ever fits me. I'd rather alter something for myself and have fun sewing than shop for hours and spend too much money.

two vegan boys said...

That is awesome. I love our thrift stores. I find some great deals on clothes.


Heather @ SGF said...

Krista - That's awesome that you can sew and create your own clothes. I'm not there yet, but I have a feeling I'll pursue learning to sew at some point in my simple-green-frugal future. How did you learn?

two vegan boys - I love thrift stores too. Especially the fact that I can create my OWN style and not be dependent on what fashion might be currently popular. I was also reminded at the Hospice Thrift store that some of the kitchen items I've been looking for could be found at a thrift shop. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for a few things I've been wanting. I guess that means, I'll have to be a bit more frequent a shopper, but at least I'll find a bargain and be supporting local businesses...

p.s. I checked out your blog - those pretzels look delicious!!!!

Krista said...

My mother-in-law showed me the basics, but I taught myself. I started out making cloth diapers for my son and just messed around until I figured it out. The Reader's Digest sewing book helps a lot, as do blogs that show tutorials.

Heather @ SGF said...

Krista - Wow! That's really impressive. There's hope for me yet... :)

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