The Salvation Army has been around a long time, and I’ve been shopping their stores since I was a teenager. “Sally Anne” was my very first exposure to thrift shopping. A couple of my friends took me and I couldn’t believe we’d find jeans for $4, but at the mall they were five times that much. I remember a phase where men’s button up shirts were totally in, and SA was the place to go. When you’re working a crummy part time job for minimum wage, building a wardrobe from Sally’s was a no brainer.
Recently, I had twenty minutes to kill, so I stopped in my local Salvation Army to see what I could find. My treasure hunt resulted in some random purchases:
Two records for $.99 each
A purple patterned skirt in my size for $2.50
A vintage sheet for $1.99
A Children’s Place bathrobe for Gracie $2.99 (which she has been asking for!)
A blue embroidered table runner $1.99
A crocheted shirt/shawl $2.50
I found the “coat of many colors” hanging in the skirt section. Skirts are one of the easier items for me to refashion/ hem/ cut/ whatever. The colors and texture grabbed my attention, and I decided to bring the sweater-skirt home with me. It was half off, which helped my decision for whatever reason. $5 on a weird skirt? No thanks. But $2.50? Sure, why not. I know…it’s some kind of sickness.
Anyway, someone spent a heck of a lot of time crocheting this baby and I always appreciate items like that. I washed it and then wore it with some purple leggings and a purple sweater. I had to put it on over my head, since it didn’t fit over my hips and there is no zipper or buttons. I think I actually went out in that outfit. Maybe the grocery store….ha. A sweater on the top and a sweater on the bottom. Oh boy. It was not particularly flattering. The sweater-skirt is not a good look for me or possibly for anyone. As I took the skirt off over my head, I realized –HEY- Maybe this is a shawl!
What do you think?
I also found a couple of vintage records for one of my girlfriends who recently got a record player from a VOA thrift store. A COMPETITOR!!!!! (do thrift stores compete for thrifty shoppers? hmmmmm) It works, it looks great as a piece of furniture and the AM/FM stereo also works. “This is a true Hi-Fi Stereophonic Record!” the back of the Christmas compilation record claims. Sure, I bet it’s just great quality. The second record was a good find: KC and the Sunshine band! With songs like “That’s the Way I like It”, “Get Down Tonight” and “What makes You Happy”, my girlfriend is going to have some fun tunes to rock out on that vintage record player! I hope it can play Hi-Fi records…..
If you visit dear old Sally Anne, here’s what to keep in mind:
The good : many locations, (one right near my house) lots of clothes, decent furniture section, often have sales
The bad : clothes are organized by color. If I’m looking for jeans? Forget it. I don’t have the patience to weed through 400 jeans looking for my size.
The ugly: the price tags are stapled onto clothes. STAPLED!!!! What the…? Staples leave holes, Sally!