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Recently Thrifted

Recently Thrifted

I've been complaining to anyone who'll listen lately that thrift stores have gotten exceeding picked over. Leave it to me to eat my own words when I hit the jackpot at Goodwill near my house on Sunday.

I spend two hours combing the store and found tons of worthy items. The sweater above is probably my favorite of the bunch. Can't complain about the $7 price tag!

Next up is a denim midi skirt that I'll definitely be pairing with the aforementioned sweater. The neat thing about this skirt is that it's a factory sample from Levi Strauss' 1980s collection "Sport Timer." There's a tag inside that says "sample garment," and the buttons are clearly placeholders, but they look kinda rugged, so it's fine by me.

The nice thing about going to Goodwill is that it carries Target overstock, so it's easy to get brand-new merch (especially from Target's designer collaborations). These perforated shower slides are by Mossimo, one of the brand's in-house labels. They'll come in handy next summer!

This was my big prize for the day: a mint-condition 100% cashmere tunic from All Saints. Who in their right mind would donate this to Goodwill?? At $36, I felt like I was stealing it.

This is the perfect example of a dress that looks terrible on the hanger, but I knew it had potential. For starters, it has a hidden elastic waistband that causes the shirt half to blouse over the skirt half, creating this cool two-piece effect. 

Secondly, the neckline had thick, bright pink trim that I hated. Twenty minutes with a black Shaprie fixed that. Hopefully it won't rub off! The label says Dry Clean Only (I think the fabric might be silk), so it won't get hit with any water.

Next up is a sweater that's so oversized I can't imagine wearing it as anything other than a dress. I was a bit skeptical when I found it, but it looks pretty cute on. Just had to snip out the shoulder pads!

That's it for yesterday's Goodwill finds. Now I'd like to share a couple pieces that I scored at my friend Claudia's garage sale. She retired this spring, and she and her husband decided to sell off nearly everything they own and travel across the country. Claudia's been collecting vintage since before I was born, so this was a garage sale not to be missed. Here are my two favorite finds:

It may look like culottes, but this is actually the box-pleat skirt of my dreams. I've been looking for a skirt like this for eons, and lo and behold, it was in Claudia's house all this time. The brand is Classiques Entier, Nordstrom's private label of sophisticated, European-inspired workwear.

I love black. I love fringe. And I love silk. This blouse was basically made to tantalize every fibre of my being. It replaced an identical fuchsia blouse that I already owned and secretly wished were black. Problem solved!

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