At the end of this week I plan on showing you what I have been making for meals and snacks (this post idea comes from the lovely Stephanie) and how I manage with a limited budget and feeding a large family.
Anyway today my boys were all at either school or day care, so I decided it might be fun to take my little girl thrift shopping. I had a limited budget (read whatever small change I could find in my car and handbag....surprisingly there was $20 in change) and I found a few wonderful treasures.
I gravitated towards the knitting and craft section, being a new found hobby of mine, and immediately discovered this amazingly beautiful hardcover book. A tiny bit creased at the top of the dust jacket, but otherwise it is in pristine condition. It is full of gorgeous vintage looking crafty projects and the most beautiful photography. It was $1.
Then I found this one which was also a $1....
Another craft book, it also has great photos, with a mix of vintage inspired things and lots of fun projects. This one also comes with patterns, all neatly tucked away in an envelope in the front cover of the book.
Finally I found this, and nearly fell over, considering I'm right into vintage fashion now and learning to knit....
Fashion through from the 1940s (my favourite decade), and lots of lovely knitting patterns that are well above my skill level (yet...hopefully...) but one day I might be able to give them a go. I especially love this green short sleeve knit top on the cover. It shows photos from the original pattern as well as the patterns made up today. The lady in the charity store didn't know how much it was, there was no price, so she tossed it in the bag for free. What a lovely bonus!
My last four purchases were an apron, two dresses and a skirt. The apron was $1.50, and something I've been thinking about getting for a while since I've started dressing up a bit every day and baking a lot. I have kids and work with flour at home way too much to not have an apron!! Anyway I'd been looking around but had been holding off because every one I saw was $30 and over...some were even over $60. What!?! I considered making one too but with fabric at around $25 a metre on average I didn't think this was much better. I was very happy with this one. So much so that I decided to snap myself being a '1950s happy 'off-my-face' with joy' housewife...kind of like this....
Am I close??
Ok, I'm weird, but I like my cheap apron, which I think I will practise my sewing skills on and jazz up a bit.
The skirt I bought needs to be trimmed and hemmed...because I'm 5 foot nothing basically, and with the massive amount of fabric that will be left over I am considering making pockets to sew onto it for a bit of decoration. Not sure yet. I'll have a fiddle and let you know. It has a pretty pale pink rose pattern on it and it was a bit hard to walk away from when I knew all I really need to do is shorten it.
Finally I found these two dresses for a steal at $4. Not bad for loose car change!
This one I ummed and ahhed over, and finally went to try it on. It has a shirt front, although I don't think it is supposed to button all the way up because this pink cami showing is actually part of the dress. It has elastic around the middle and frankly I look a bit like a potato sack in it. The pale pink is a bit washed out for me, but I loved the navy bird print. Luckily I was wearing my blue cardigan today so I threw that on over the top and voila! I was happy with this! It's a little shorter than I would like really, but it's a chiffon type material and will be fine for summer. (sorry about my blindingly white legs, my excuse is that it is winter over here....sunglasses anyone?)
This last dress has a very 1940s shape about it, a bit like the bird dress does with the cardigan.
This is another floaty material, a good one for the warmer weather, and has that real 1940s bust line going on, with the darts under the bust. I always wear a cami top underneath everything...since having had four kids I feel more secure...so to speak....and I just happened to have this red one on today when I tried this dress on, which picked out the red flecks in the dress. I thought it looked fine with this red cardigan (also a charity shop bargain), altogether making up a nice outfit.
Thrift shopping is not for everyone, and it's normally not something I do often, but when you are on a budget it is something worth considering. I've had some wonderful finds, and knowing the quality of things that I have given away to op shops in the past, I know there is all sorts of high quality things out there to be recycled, up-cycled and given a new lease of life. In today's world perhaps we should all consider it a lot more?
Have you had any great charity store finds lately?