|Yena and Jasmin on the bus|
Before I get into the thrift hauls, we're going to go into the basic observations I have on the thrift culture here.
In general, the items at the thrift stores are typically pretty new. I imagine this is due to the huge college student community turning clothes around quick. Back in NOVA you can find everything from things someone wasn't able to return (never worn out) to things from the 70s and sometimes the 60s or 50s. Things were pricier over here. Books were $1 for paperback and $3 for hardback. Up at home it's typically $0.50 for a paperback and $1 for a hardback. This is going to stick a bit of a dagger into the heart of my plans to deal more books to Hatley, my new best friend and owner of Mermaid Books (why yes, I did write a review for Mermaid), which is a fabulous antique books store full of fantastic bits and bobs. We'll see.
|Mermaid Books, my favorite place in CW|
|Hatley, my new best friend at the register of Mermaid Books|
In general the items priced for $7 were things I could probably get for $4-5 in NOVA. But, considering that the profits went to charity, I didn't mind-- especially when I got such quality items out of it.
|the CHKD had fun friendly service.|
The Goodwill was pretty interesting. I had never been to a Goodwill before. It was enormous. Everything was organized by type and then color with each rack with a sign stating the type of clothes and a $X unless otherwise marked. The selection was ridiculous. It was very clean and much better lit than the CHKD. Like I said, everything was a couple bucks more than I imagined it'd be from my experiences in NOVA, but I guess with such a huge college population flooding the thrift stores, it's easy for them to bump up the price a couple bucks without sales suffering. I wasn't able to satisfactorily peruse all the interesting shelves because we were short on time, but I guarantee you I shall return!
Now for our hauls-- or at least, mine and Jasmin's. Yena was unable to pose for our photo shoot.
This is my Jessica McClintock dress that was mentioned in a previous post. I bought it in Fairfax. I have yet to get it dry cleaned, but I'll get it done. It was thrifted for $5 since it had a couple stains on it.
This is Jasmin's very warm carnation pink corduroy jacket which she picked up at CHKD for $8. She's wearing it with some strappy sandals, faded jeans, and a white tank.
Here's Jasmin in her adorable Dorothy-esque button-down that she got from CHKD for $6. She's modeling it with her white tank and elastic buttoned down skirt and strappies. I also adore her necklace (I picked it out)
my last post. I bought this for $4 at Goodwill. I like it because it's wearable even after Halloween. I've got on my converse and grey-wash jeans.
Jasmin got this dress at CHKD for $7. She's also wearing strappies and a bracelet she got on my recommendation from Plato's Closet.
Well I hope you enjoyed our thrift haul :)