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a thread for secondhand/used clothes (and shoes/accessories) shopping in 2012

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:27 (six years ago) Permalink

i didn't know if we had a thread specifically for current secondhand apparel shopping

A little personal tmi/history: I have had a longtime aversion to buying new clothes, and generally try to keep my acquisition of new things to new-to-me things. i have a pretty decent collection of casual-but-attractive clothes, but old clothes fall apart eventually and I don't know if I can really continue to wear this dress from The Limited that I got for my college graduation to work once a week. It has had a good run. There's nothing wrong with it, but I have been wearing it on and off since 1997.

Time for some new old clothes.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:29 (six years ago) Permalink

I did have some serious luck at my favorite thrift store over the weekend (three totally wearable dresses, only one is ridiculous (but handmade!), for $8.50)

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:30 (six years ago) Permalink

I do buy new things -- don't get me wrong -- but I have long enjoyed the experience of thrift store shopping. It's a really homey feeling for me, for better or worse.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:32 (six years ago) Permalink

well i guess i'll share some deets
these are the dresses i got

* Pucci-style BCBG polyester stretch dress in green, purple, yellow, and white flowers, wore it yesterday, requires NO IRONING and will not fade because it's pure synthetic material YES (comfy too)
* chartreuse cotton tank dress, the kind of thing you sleep in and then wear around to do errands the next day before finally deciding to take a shower; casual, decent, and modest enough
* homemade off-the-shoulder huge front ruffle ties in the back around the waist peasant style dress -- omg this thing, it is crazy and kinda fits but a little large in the bust, but that's covered by the ruffle. makes me feel like emmylou harris only without her head, unfortunately.

total cost $8.50

it helps to have very low standards when it comes to 100% perfect fit since basically nothing has ever fit perfectly

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:46 (six years ago) Permalink

Most interested in The Ruffle tbh. What color is the peasant dress?

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:48 (six years ago) Permalink

It's blue and purple flowers with a lace bust ruffle. This hilarious man at the checkout next to me said, "Oh that dress is very nice. No man will ever look at you in it." and I was like O_O Mister, are you blind? He clarified by saying that what he meant was that it was very European.

So weird.

Maybe I'll give it a spin in front of the camera and just crop out my head. You'd think it's a hilariously awful dress!

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:50 (six years ago) Permalink

None of that exchange makes the slightest bit of sense but it does crack me up.

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:53 (six years ago) Permalink

OK so what kind of thrift store do you find the best stuff in and do you generally spend a long time searching for things? $8.50 for three dreses is extremely appealing.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:56 (six years ago) Permalink

it was good natured but very strange

other good things about thrift stores in 2012:

* when you take a spin around the blazers to see if there's anything good, you can take a little side trip to the mugs and records, maybe even lamps if there are a lot of them. tapes are everywhere too.

* there are no boxes or packaging or advertising costs involved in the transaction you make there.

downsides: sometimes the proceeds go to a charity you would not otherwise support

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:59 (six years ago) Permalink

I find the very best stuff at resale shops where the collection is pretty well curated -- things are a little more expensive, but they are also WAY cuter than your average crummy thrift store

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:00 (six years ago) Permalink

that said, i don't usually go there unless i want a special treat

usually it's one of two places, one independent thrift store with some kind of environmental cause behind it and a salvation army in evanston. and a lot when i go home to ohio.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:02 (six years ago) Permalink

stay away from anywhere near hipsters, but near a college is good because college kids often give away their nice clothes that their parents bought them, at least IME.

there is also ebay etsy etc but

i have just found liketwice.com, and i feel like my work clothes problems are basically solved now

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:03 (six years ago) Permalink

OK, that's basically what I was wondering. There's a local chain of the curated kind around Boston that I've always been curious about. I will give them a try some time soon.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:03 (six years ago) Permalink

i just stop by when i feel the pull, don't really shop for anything specifically, buy nice stuff when i see it and find an occasion to wear it later

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Ll, you gotta come out to the bay area - I will take you to this (sort of hipster) thrift store that has the most amazing vintage costume-y dresses

just1n3, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh that site is interesting!

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:06 (six years ago) Permalink

i will admit to actually enjoying the looking-through-stuff part -- it's no skin off my back to just look around for a while and examine the things that people give away

j - will take you up on that if i ever find myself out that way!

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:09 (six years ago) Permalink

I will take some photos next time I'm in there - their stuff is insane!!

just1n3, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:11 (six years ago) Permalink

i feel drooly thinking about it tbh

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:12 (six years ago) Permalink

oh hey thanks for making this thread for me LL

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:14 (six years ago) Permalink

You're welcome! I knew you were an enthusiast, this will be our palace.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:16 (six years ago) Permalink

EA do you have experience with Poor Little Rich G? I think there's one in Prov.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh wait - there's only one of those. I think I was thinking of Second Time Around.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:19 (six years ago) Permalink

i have a general method of approaching thrift stores.

records / tapes -> books / mags -> housewares -> art -> furniture -> shoes -> ties -> shirts -> sweaters -> blazers

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:21 (six years ago) Permalink

oh you gotta have a method!

i look for magazines and books (heavy), then women's shirts --> dresses --> purses ---> hats ---> shoes ---> nighties (shut up, i found a lot of pretty things in there) then put some stuff back, then finally records and housewares.

usually. sometimes i skip the clothes because i can tell there won't be anything.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:23 (six years ago) Permalink

i can't say that i've ever found anything great at 2nd time around but I'm not there very frequently, tho i recall their prices being absurdly high for non-vintage consignment

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:24 (six years ago) Permalink

There's a giant Goodwill by my office that I go to usually to look for costume accessories etc when I'm goign to a theme party or whatnot.

I tend not to shop for clothes a whole lot, bc I find that a v disappointing exercise being larger than most of the stuff on the racks. I tend to limit myself to jackets, occasionally glance at skirts.

But I always get a kick out of looking at things like furniture and books and coffee mugs and framed pictures and whatnot. Years ago Mr Veg found these awesome matching coffee mugs printed with PRESBYTERIAN FAMILY CAMP :D

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:24 (six years ago) Permalink

also - i skip pants usually because really, like i am going to find any pants that fit me? ha. it has never happened.
i used to look for men's pants when i was a teen who wanted to disappear and even got some super sweet and durable *perfectly snug* turquoise Levis cords from the little boys section yeeeeears ago (RIP) but i think that covers my success with used slacks/jeans/trousers/pants.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:26 (six years ago) Permalink

also lol because 'second time around' is just the most common predictable names for a consignment store, like that or 'second helpings' or 'second-hand rose' or whatever.

my boyfriend and i joke that when we open our consignment store it will be named 'sloppy seconds'

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:28 (six years ago) Permalink

ANYWAY, my clothing scores have been limited lately, the only thing of note would be a couple vintage pendleton wool shirts and a few ties. always, always with the neckties.

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:30 (six years ago) Permalink

oh, well that's not entirely true, i did buy a vintage denim jacket during my trip to the east bay (i needed a layer, so) -- it's got a navy / gold / red wool plaid for the collar and placket facings, raglan sleeves, and a drawstring waist? it's a bit odd and is fitted more like a parka than a denim trucker jacket. but it's nice & i like it.

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:35 (six years ago) Permalink

I've lived in poor areas for a while, and the goodwill & second-hand stores are useless except for housewares so that's the only section I check (but housewares can be a good mine--witness the rare Fiesta candlesticks I found this summer). Would have to go way out of the city, or else uptown to rich neighborhoods to find good clothes.

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:39 (six years ago) Permalink

*gold mine

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:39 (six years ago) Permalink

i feel like there should be some sort of demographic analysis you could perform to locate the areas where thrift stores most likely to contain treasures

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:48 (six years ago) Permalink

A long time ago, around 2001-2003, I used to take the train out into NJ to Paterson and Passaic and walk from the train station to a local Sal Arm in a building with one of those big chalet-style rooflines and an all-glass front wall. It always had THE BEST STUFF, including great furniture that I just had no way to truck home. My favorite shirt in the world in my entire life came from there, it says "Vulcan Science Academy" on it and is the perfect degree of falling-apart soft.

The Red, White, & Blue in Paterson used to be amazing as well, I bought a bunch of silk Vera scarves from there for $2 each.

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:51 (six years ago) Permalink

it would depend on what you consider a treasure, no?

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:52 (six years ago) Permalink

as far as i am concerned, i long for the golden age of the late 80s/early 90s, when there were lots of people in NEOH giving away their old tiny party dresses
other dream area would be in california in the mid-late 80s (?) when people were giving away their crazy 60s and 70s clothes

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:54 (six years ago) Permalink

i think higher-than-average median income + low or negative population growth provides a pretty good starting point, tho

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:55 (six years ago) Permalink

ime it helps to go where the old folks are (or had been, until recently, r.i.p.)

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Bingo.

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:56 (six years ago) Permalink

one of my best finds is an oscar de la renta shirtdress with gold tinsel and brown embroidered lederhosen
it was like $2 because it was in the kids section

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:58 (six years ago) Permalink

but i could reminisce about old clothes forever -- there's another thread for that

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:59 (six years ago) Permalink

i really love church & community thrift stores the most

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:03 (six years ago) Permalink

and the old ladies who volunteer there 7 hours a week

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:05 (six years ago) Permalink

oscar de la renta shirtdress with gold tinsel and brown embroidered lederhosen

wait is this one item or two?

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:06 (six years ago) Permalink

i love the woman who runs the thrift at the episcopal church in providence, she is always there and ALWAYS at least a little bit drunk

real men have been preparing manly dishes for centuries (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:06 (six years ago) Permalink

I love the places where they hand-write receipts and you get awesome little old lady handwriting

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:07 (six years ago) Permalink

oh, i'm kind of obsessed with boxes of old postcards...but those are more often in antique stores than thrift stores

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:08 (six years ago) Permalink

one item -- the dress had the lederhosen sewn on
i still have it

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Now I know where they've all disappeared to.

Florianne Fracke (La Lechera), Friday, 12 June 2015 22:09 (three years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

totally scored at my hometown thrift over the weekend! got the following:

-- small cross-body purse for going out
-- gold sequined j crew miniskirt w/ elastic waistband in my size
-- diagonally striped button up rayon shirt in pastel ice cream colors
-- really cute pink and green summer dress with cute details on the pockets

and a teacher's discount = total cost $12.51

La Lechuza (La Lechera), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Nice! I'm not good at thrift stores. I need a tutorial.

ljubljana, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:01 (two years ago) Permalink

First step: stop telling yourself you're not good at thrift stores :)

La Lechuza (La Lechera), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:12 (two years ago) Permalink

i totally forgot about this thread a few months back when I got my ironic baby blue "super bacon" t-shirt and grey sweater with a french bulldog with a rhinestone studded collar on it.

also the useful thrift store staple: black knit mini-skirts with elastic waists from the 80s

i have a theory that thrift store stock has really improved with the increase in people buying clothes online. i definitely recognized more than a handful of modcloth items on the racks.

sarahell, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:58 (two years ago) Permalink

the quantity of wacky dresses/other is definitely higher than it was 10 years ago or so. i'd credit forever 21 and places like that too. i honestly can't believe the range of styles i see when i do enter a retail store, which is rarely but enough to remind me why i don't go more often (too expensive for such crappy stuff!) i've worn other people's hand-me-downs a lot lately too.

grey sweater with a french bulldog with a rhinestone studded collar on it.
O_O amazing <3

La Lechuza (La Lechera), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:05 (two years ago) Permalink

i also feel like the selection at your standard thrift store: goodwill, out of the closet, etc. is often better and more interesting than the "curated" vintage stores. Maybe it's just because I live somewhere where real estate is expensive and vintage stores have less space? But I went to LA in May, and their vintage stores were so much larger, and my theory still held.

Being a larger sized person definitely makes a difference though. If I were a size 8 again, maybe I'd feel differently ...

sarahell, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Every so often (but not often enough) I have the idea of having a vintage/thrift store for larger women's clothes because I'm sure there'd be a market for it.

sarahell, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:16 (two years ago) Permalink

i think that's a great idea - consignment shop!!

yeah sometimes the curated vintage stores have a lot of old 60s party dresses or whatever but that is not what i'm looking for -- i just want everyday clothes for the most part. of course it's good to find a comfortable sequined skirt at the thrift because i wouldn't want to pay $40 for it, but i already have a pretty good selection of ridiculous party dresses. why shell out for another one? that's just me and my needs though.

La Lechuza (La Lechera), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:19 (two years ago) Permalink

also ljub i wasn't trying to be dismissive of your request -- i do genuinely think that is the first step to success in many (most?) endeavors at learning how to do something new.

La Lechuza (La Lechera), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:22 (two years ago) Permalink

you're not wrong! And I need to find some stores I actually like. When I come across those stores it tends to be in hipster areas, and I feel all wrong in there and everything in me screams 'leave'.

ljubljana, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:30 (two years ago) Permalink

it's actually something I've thought about -- thrift store strategies -- and it of course depends on how you feel about buying clothes, in general, and what your values and anxieties are.

sarahell, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:31 (two years ago) Permalink

exactly -- everyone has different priorities/needs. if you can figure out what yours are, you are most of the way there.
if you feel the need to leave, you should leave!

La Lechuza (La Lechera), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:39 (two years ago) Permalink

that's how i feel at virtually every retail clothing store
get me OUT OF HERE NOW

La Lechuza (La Lechera), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 17:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Have definitely had that experience in retail stores too. They are harder for me in N America than in the UK, because of the solicitous attention... I enjoy clothes shopping about 200% less in general than I did ten years ago.

ljubljana, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:42 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

does anyone here have feelings or opinions about thredup or swap.com?

sarahell, Sunday, 26 February 2017 11:15 (one year ago) Permalink

The wife loves thredup. Haven't tried swap.com

El Tomboto, Sunday, 26 February 2017 13:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm sure they are useful websites. Personally I try not to look at anything that will allow me to buy used clothing on the computer -- I can't control myself! I only eBay specific things and rely on irl swapping and thrift shopping for unplanned purchases.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 26 February 2017 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink

i bought a few vintage items from an etsy store a few days ago -- I don't know whether it's the limitations of the etsy storefront architecture but there wasn't any way to select by size. I was reminded yet again why I spent so much money and bought so much used vintage clothing when I was in my early 20s and a size 8, and of course now, most vintage clothes are too small for me. So it was a lot of scrolling --- so cute! waist size ... uh, no.

Thredup is cool in that not only can you sort by size, but you can pick designers/brands you like and that's what it will show you -- most of the time. It also does the standard try and predict what you would like thing based on what you click on or buy. There was an interesting looking gray skirt that I clicked on so that I could try and figure out what the fabric was like, and then Thredup gave me a page of gray skirts, and nothing but gray skirts. Which made me think that as far as clothing goes, there are so many different criteria and factors that make me like an item of clothing that aren't just "gray" and "skirt" and made by a certain company.

sarahell, Sunday, 26 February 2017 19:12 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I scored some good stuff today.

* Spring green velvet blazer that's slightly too big so it doesn't look overly fussy/can be worn over things
* cropped patterned wool sweater w short turtleneck, "made in Scotland"!
* red cotton cable knit cardi for a friend
* brown sweater vest & western-style dress shirt for mr

Good day!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:34 (one year ago) Permalink

i was just thinking about this thread!

i got my first box from thredup the other day, including this amazing dark purple cardigan with a dark purple and black fur collar.

blazer sounds great! Now I feel like I need something along those lines, that's a color other than black ... maybe? idk

sarahell, Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Ha yeah the way I see it, if I'm wearing a green blazer and the rest of my outfit is a total snooze/slobby at least I'm wearing a fresh green jacket. lol!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:53 (one year ago) Permalink

oh totally! I have a few things like that -- including this new/used purple cardigan. The other, which is more for receptions and fancy occasions is this cream and black striped sequined jacket that I inherited from my grandmother. I can wear it with leggings and a black t-shirt dress from target and still look dressed up.

sarahell, Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:01 (one year ago) Permalink

This is reminding me that my tshirts are getting pretty gnarly

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:11 (one year ago) Permalink

i have too many t-shirts. this past summer I spent a day doing artful cutting of t-shirts: turning them into tank tops, making party vents, making them into scoop necks and v-necks because the standard t-shirt collar isn't all that flattering on me ... I still only regularly wear a small percentage of the t-shirts.

sarahell, Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:18 (one year ago) Permalink

shopping at thrift stores since i've been in tokyo i've added lots of things to my wardrobe that i always wanted to wear like weird as fuck japanese/euro pieces from koenji 2nd hand shops, like i can wear margiela! i never imagined wearing margiela replica boots and being able to pay my rent and then when i get tired of them, sell them back at don don down for 20% less and buy a stupid yves st laurent marching band jacket or facetasm fake fur shawl. i can wear ann demeulemeester! and that sweet spot of 2000s japanese designer stuff like issey/yohji/comme and subsidiaries like sacai, undercover, etc. is cheap because? 1) it was cheaper in the first place, compared to buying it in paris or new york? 2) nobody buys yohji but gothy 17 year old instagram kids who buy recent stuff and whatever the new cheaper yohji brand is and wear it with limi feu and rick owens boots and gothy older men. koenji is dominated by 70s jean jackets and flannel shirts from shops that always make me a bit sad, like the jacket will have the name of the old owner penned in the collar and the feeling is like pictures of my dad from 1983 in general--or by niche niche obsessive: only like three british brands from 1965 in one shop and only purest 19th century french moleskin/patched cotton workwear in another. but recycle shops in older neighborhoods are like the thrift store i'm more familiar with: old beer signs, blenders, ski boots-- all those bubble era suits for ten bucks, going from really conservative tweedy british stuff to bizarrely cut italian suits and like the other day gianni versace tuxedo with silk psychedelic 1994 miami mansion rave pattern, hermes scarves under a stack of school uniforms, and like a prada fur collecting dust since the showa for fifty bucks-- all that money sloshing around and men wearing suits and i guess most of them are dead? and their kids found a bunch of italian suits and packed them up with their spoon collection and hawaiian guitar records and sold them for fifty bucks. you can get a used humidifier and a nice suit for twenty bucks.

dylannn, Monday, 20 March 2017 11:00 (one year ago) Permalink

when I was an exchange student in Japan in the 90s, I was told that buying secondhand clothes had a strong stigma in Japanese culture. Is that still true, or has it changed? I remember going to the equivalent of rummage sales at a temple in Kyoto or Nara and was seriously in awe of how cheap I could get things.

sarahell, Monday, 20 March 2017 18:27 (one year ago) Permalink

i don't think so? there're chains like off, mode off (and spinoffs BOOK OFF for books and LIQUOR OFF for used liquor), don don down + kichioji has dozens of second hand stores that range from cheap three dollar sweaters to niche collector shops and shimokita and nakano have the same vibe, 90% of clothes shops are vintage/2nd hand. harajuku is 45% shops selling old bape hoodies. shibuya, shinjuku. local recycle shops.

all the money that paid for those designer clothes in the 80s and 90s dried up, so it makes sense.... i guess.

dylannn, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Although the Japanese consumer has a history of high purchasing power and discriminating tastes, currently consumers report having less to spend on clothing. Price sensitivity is increasing, changing the way consumers in Japan shop for apparel.

Overall, Japanese consumer apparel spending has declined steadily for many years. According to Euromonitor International, apparel spending fell 19% from 2000 to 2009 and is projected to fall 9% from 2009 to 2010.

http://www.cottoninc.com/corporate/market-data/supplychaininsights/the-shifting-japanese-apparel-consumer/japanese-consumer-10-10.pdf

uniqlo + 2nd hand

dylannn, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:36 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I think there's a lot more work that can be done on predictive algorithms as far as what clothes you may/would like. Multiple sites are doing this now, as well as thredUp. I just got a promo email from thredup with "we think you will like these items" - and none of them were things I'd want, all very basic, staple-y stuff that is kinda the opposite of what I like.

sarahell, Thursday, 6 April 2017 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

attn: tangenttangent -- this thread exists if you wanna talk about dresses

sarahell, Saturday, 3 March 2018 07:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

i scored some nice stuff at the goodwill near my grocery store recently. a few shirts for work, a red/black polka dotted cotton dress, a stretchy black a-line dress with a little white collar and sleeves that isn't too tight, and a replacement gray cardigan because mine had a hole in the armpit. can't write on a chalkboard under those circumstances!

if i had smaller feet, i would have walked away with the most amazing stash of shoes i have ever seen collected in a thrift store at once: off-white laceup granny boots (curved heel!), bright orange minnetonka moccasins, and silver pumps with the least-jacked-up dainty heel i have ever seen in a thrift store

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

I just watched the newest season of Love on netflix. It's really making me want to start scouring for vintage clothes again, although I got rid of so much 2 years ago when I realized that I am never that keen to wear all polyester.

Yerac, Friday, 23 March 2018 14:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

scooooooooooooore today at the thrift -- muted silver pleather biker jacket in exactly my size
i got two other things as well but this jacket is totally the shit, i can't wait to wear it. it's 90+ degrees today (and thrift had broken a/c) so i give myself credit for thinking ahead to cooler temps and snagging this extremely cool jacket

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 6 August 2018 00:33 (four months ago) Permalink

also yesterday i brought home one of those classic thrifted women's cardigans with a little shell pattern on it, totally acrylic, you know these sweaters. mine is yellow but they come in easter egg colors like light blue, pink, white, yellow.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 6 August 2018 00:35 (four months ago) Permalink

PICS PLEASE

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 6 August 2018 13:47 (four months ago) Permalink

i haven't posted a pic to ilx in ages -- idk how to do it anymore!?

this is the same jacket only it's gold and mine is silver and mine only cost $10! https://poshmark.com/listing/Express-Gold-Moto-Biker-Leather-Jacket-Small-5a49bd23daa8f68062036973?utm_source=gdm&l_con=PREOWNED%2FUSED&gdm_bottom=false&campaign_id=1068438942&utm_campaign=1068438942&enable_guest_buy_flow=true&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqf2ttMrY3AIVStbACh1RfQFYEAQYAyABEgKPEPD_BwE

the sweater is something you probably saw on someone you knew in high school or college -- these fully synthetic old lady sweaters have been floating around since i was in high school and almost everyone i knew had one. to the point where i never bought one because we can't all go around wearing the same sweater...until now!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 6 August 2018 14:02 (four months ago) Permalink

oh man i want a silver jacket

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 August 2018 14:18 (four months ago) Permalink

i just googled and there are apparently abundant options -- you should get one! you can even get a puffy one a la missy

it was super weird because just a couple days ago i watched Single White Female (hilarious, awesome, template for so many USURPER Lifetime movies, that weird little orange hairdo) and Bridget Fonda's clothes were really cute in that movie (heels aside). She had a silver raincoat that would have been a holy grail type item if Jennifer Jason Leigh hadn't waltzed out with the same exact one! lol

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 6 August 2018 14:39 (four months ago) Permalink

i saw a little girl at the farmers matket yesterday in a silver windbreaker & i nearly squueeeed out loud in envy

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 August 2018 15:50 (four months ago) Permalink

this is within your grasp -- we are living in a rich era of wacky affordable clothing. i looked around at Target the other day and marveled at the variety. It almost made me want to stock up for those times when things become more austere.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 6 August 2018 16:48 (four months ago) Permalink

I need a raincoat and am now looking up silver raincoats.

Yerac, Monday, 6 August 2018 17:05 (four months ago) Permalink

thing = her coat, not her specifically

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 6 August 2018 18:46 (four months ago) Permalink

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/03_04/EastendersBBC_468x316.jpg

(jk - the leather one looks ace)

kinder, Monday, 6 August 2018 20:21 (four months ago) Permalink

who are those miserable-seeming people?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 15:27 (four months ago) Permalink

the ginger lady is the iconic Bianca, from British aspirational soap opera 'Eastenders'

kinder, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:22 (four months ago) Permalink

aha
i've heard of that but clearly not familiar with the characters

tbh i'm pretty useless at figuring out what people mean with solitary image posts

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:25 (four months ago) Permalink

sorry, that silver puffa jacket is kind of famous over here!

kinder, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:28 (four months ago) Permalink

no need to apologize! i wish we all could be more forgiving of people not knowing things/needing to ask questions, self included.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:30 (four months ago) Permalink


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