One of the great perks of my job, being in a thrift store at least once a week, is finding cool things for my family while I am there. Not only do I find the funky and fabulous, but things I need. If I walked into a thrift store, I would not be able to buy a wardrobe for my son, but since I am there weekly, I am always picking up a piece here & there. He already has at least 5 pair pair of Gap jeans (fits the skinny guy best) in the next size up waiting for him, along with shirts & jammies. I'm picky, but I can be, since I am always buying in advance. Sometimes, if it's a rock bottom price & has a bad stain i'll roll the dice & see if I can get it out. I almost always do get them out. Pssst... wanna know my stain secret? Fels Naptha. I just wet the stain and rub the bar on it, work it into the material where the stain is a little, and throw it in the wash. I have been told that this isn't the most earth friendly soap, but one bar lasts me for years, so I am not worried about it. I only use it to get stains out of thrift store finds, so that in itself is earth friendly... keeping clothes in use. I just bought a Hanna Andersson sweater this past weekend. It was only 33 cents because it had a huge oil stain on the front. I used my trusty Fels Naptha & it looks like new now.
Here are some of my finds from this winter....
A pair of organic cotton Hanna Andersson pjs that were 80 cents because of some huge stains. What stains, you ask? Exactly (thanks, Fels Naptha!)! Also a pair of Tony Hawk jeans that I got for 33 cents because of a small hole in one knee, that I patched with a small piece of brown striped merino. I think when it gets fringy around the patch, after a couple of washings, it will look really cute. They will be great for playing in the park in the spring.
My son's favorite dogs are pugs and Boston Terriers, so when I saw this throw pillow I had to buy it for him. It looks cute on our couch :)
My colander, now accent lamp.
I have been wanting a little shallow tote bag to carry my coupon organizer in, and found the perfect one for 80 cents.
These are just a small example of all the many thrifted goodies i've brought home with me on my sweatering adventures. Most of our clothes come from thrift stores & garage sales. Tell me about your thrifted treasures!