Quite often, my subscribers mention that they wish they had an “eye” like mine for finding thrift store clothes to refashion. I certainly don’t claim to have any special thrift store magic but throughout this tutorial I would like to give you a few tips that might be helpful the next time you venture out to your friendly neighborhood thrift store.
In order to keep their merchandise moving and fresh, most thrift stores will have a half price day. Usually a certain color tag is on sale. When I shop, I will only look at the sale items. I don’t like to spend much money on items to refashion. It makes me much more likely to take risks and start cutting if I know I didn’t spend much on a piece of clothing.
It was pink tag day at the Goodwill. The dress I’m going to refashion was normally $5.99 but I bought it for $3.00.
Another trick to thrift store shopping, especially if you love to refashion as much as I do, is to check out the L and XL section. Don’t limit yourself to your regular size. I’m an average size and quite often, my section doesn’t have much. The large clothing will give you plenty of material to work with and you can find some great fabrics and styles. Just a few modifications can result in some great changes.
This dress was a Lane Bryant size 22. I normally wear a 10 or 12.
But, I loved the great details on the front and the fabric was a nice stretch cotton.
If you train your eye to look for interesting details, quality fabrics, and great patterns, thrift store shopping can become an adventurous treasure hunt. I don’t always know immediately what I’m going to make, but many times I’m drawn to something on the garment and if the price is right, I’ll buy it and put it in my stash for later.
I decided this big dress would be perfect to refashion into a long shirt to go with my newly refashioned jeans.
So I started by cutting off the sleeves and the skirt.
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