This is why I love thrift stores....

Monday, January 10, 2011

My mother and I donate a lot of things to Goodwill. Not only do we get a tax deduction (which can be quite beneficial during tax time if you end up donating a lot of stuff), but we get clutter out of the house. Whether Goodwill actually helps out people in need can be debatable, but I know that our local Goodwill has prices low enough to service the people who really need it.

I don't purchase many items from thrift stores, but I enjoy browsing. The trick with thrift is to browse often, and buy little. It may take a while to find something really good, but if you have a good eye, you can find some real treasures. I try not to go overboard at thrift stores - I want to save money, so I only tend to purchase really special or unique items.

I was very, very lucky last week. I was browsing the dress racks, and I flash of black velvet caught my eye. I pulled out a gorgeous Scott McClintock short party dress from the 80s. I immediately fell in love and bought it on the spot. It has a beautiful shape and fits me like a glove. The off the shoulder lace collar has thick, gorgeous lace. I was greatly attracted the to the design, since it echos the Victorian dance dresses that I'm so fond of. It has silk covered elastic straps that help keep the dress in place and a delicate tulle petticoat with decorative lace edging.

I will most likely be wearing it to the social dance parties that my dance partner and I have been planning on going to, like Swing Goth and Friday Night Waltz.

Size: 4
Total Cost: $7 (Not a typo!)

3 thoughts:

Nami said...

Wow, that is an amazing find indeed! What a beautiful collar.. I envy you greatly! We don't have a lot of thrift stores around here. We have vintage shops but the prices are usually 10 euros+ and most nice things are above 20 or even 30 euros (yeah that's 30 or 35 USD or so..). It's quite sad haha. But such a lovely dress, and the social dance parties sound so lovely (we don't have that here either I think) :)

ansley said...

When you're done with it, I'll buy it from you. Gorgeous dress.

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