Posts Tagged: thrift stores

Screw You, J. Crew

I just spent 45 minutes taking in a boxy thrift store denim shirt so that I could recreate a shirt I saw at J. Crew.

This is the face of a woman who just saved herself $90. Also this is the first post of my new blog called “Screw You, J. Crew,” wherein I just recreate their outfits out of stuff I find for almost free. Seriously, it’s a denim shirt. Give me a break.

Thrift Store Find: Crazy Print Dress

One of the best things about learning to sew is that you’ll be able to alter your own garments. You’d be amazed how much your world will open up once you learn to hem or take things in a little. Like this dress, for instance. When I pulled it off the rack at Goodwill, it was floor length and a few sizes too big. For about five dollars and an hour of my time spent shortening it to right-above-knee-length and taking in the bodice a bit, I have a totally wearable dress that I feel like I could find at some hipster store for $50.

Okay, maybe you think the print is a little crazy. But that’s the beauty of thrift store shopping; if I decide I think something is monstrous, I’m only out a few dollars and I can always donate it back or cut it up to use as scraps for another project. I liked the way this dress turned out, though, and guess what? So did a sales clerk at J. Crew! “Your outfit’s really cute,” she told me, leaning over the table of $45 dollar scarves I was looking at with no intention of purchasing.
“It’s from a thrift store. SUCK IT, J.CREW!” I yelled before ripping a scarf in half and running out of the store. Just kidding. I said thanks.

Thrift Store Find: Amazing Paintings

I found a pair of these paintings at Volunteers of America and I didn’t buy them. I thought about them the entire next day, then went back and got them. Inexplicably, no one else bought them while I was making up my mind. They’re going to look great in my new place (more on that later!).