Thursday Threads : 314 days retail free

Hey there, stitchers…

314 days of retail free! I can hardly believe it. To be clear, my commitment to a year of retail free  means not buying new outer items from retail shops. I can op-shop and sew to my heart’s content (and I very much have) but I can’t buy new outer clothing.

I’ve learned a few things. One, there’s nothing you cant find in a thrift store! Generally you’ll find it for a 10th of the price, in excellent condition and often a better product than what what I can get for a reasonable ‘buying new’ price point.

That said, there’s are a few things that are more challenging to find in a thrift store.

The little black cardi, leggings and basic tee’s. Why? Because these are staple items. They often cost more like $5 in the shops – throwaway prices! And they are everyday wear.

Really though, it just comes down to patience and persistence. You will find what you want, but the difference is that – instead of going out and buying what you want – you have to wait for it to come to you. Which is, I’m realising, just what I need to learn right now.

I find most things I need when I’m not even looking…

We are a instant society. We are fast paced. A black cardi did find it’s way to me. It’s gorgeous – a long one, down to my thighs, 30% wool, totally cute with vintage buttons and it cost me $4.

Sometimes, you find just what you need. Other times, I buy and item an it doesn’t fit at all (I don’t try things on anymore, I just buy my size or hold it up against me and hope for the best!). For example, this overall dress was my favourite find through Frocktober, but slight problem: it was huge on me. I had it ready to give away, but really really loved it so decided I’d take the time to alter it.

 

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You can see the scissors in my hand here. Kris means business.

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Done. There are so many goodies floating around in the recycled world. Go find ’em!! And reap the rewards – more in the bank, more creative wardrobe, more complements, more joy in every find!!

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Find your nearest op-shop here and go check it out

xx

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