What do all of these items have in common?

They’re all from thrift stores and none of them cost over $15 (most of them cost less than $10!). Read more about my adventures in bargain hunting here.

Clockwise from top left corner:
1. Ralph Lauren Plaid Wool Blazer. Thrift Center. $4
2. Lands End Boots. Goodwill. $6
3. Bola Necktie. Goodwill. $1.50
4. Made in San Francisco Red Cardigan. Goodwill. $8
5. Black and White Belt (came with matching skirt and shirt!). Goodwill. $13
6. Green and Blue Raincoat with Whale Print Inside. Thrift Store in Georgia. $7
7. J.Crew Stretch Cornflower Blue Pencil Skirt. Goodwill. $4
8. Made in U.S.A. Tan and White Heels. Ducky Derby Rummage Sale. $3
9. Mexican Dress (I took in the sides and shortened it so it would fit me better). Goodwill $10
10. “Gold” and Brass Bracelet. Goodwill. $3
11. Blue Sailboat Shirt. Salvation Army. $4

From Muumuu to New Do

I love me some thrift store shopping. From shoes to clothes to most recently a windsurfing sail (to make bags out of, duh!), thrift stores are the way to go for really bringing character to your wardrobe. One thing that all thrift stores seem to have plenty of are muumuus. These big, comfy, loose house dresses are cool in their own right since they’re usually made with awesome colorful prints and are perfect for lounging around at home for the day (key word AT HOME).

I got to thinking, wouldn’t it be great if you could take these sweet dresses from the couch to the cafe? From the vacuum party to the dinner party? From the bedroom to the boardroom? (Just kidding, you could never wear the dress I’m about to show you to a boardroom. You get the idea though). So, I picked up this very nice, very bright, very clean, but very wide house dress at the Goodwill last week. $2.

I love love love the colors and print, but the shape was not happening for me. So, after a thorough wash, I got to cutting. I first took in the sides, then created a casing on the inside for the elastic to slip into. Once that was done, I took out some of the extra fabric from the back top by taking in the excess. There you have it!

Now I have a perfect dress from my trip to Spain and France (or Spance as it’s officially known). I see many reconstructed muumuu’s in my future…