I ♥ Op-Shops6:09 pm
This filters into my sewing. I mean, I sew because (a) I LOVE making stuff and (b) I want to save my husband money on our clothes. And I do. A LOT. So buying designer brand fabric just doesn't make sense to me, really. Why buy fabric that costs you an arm and a leg? It really just reminds me of highschool when everyone had to have brand name stuff (in my town it was like surf labels). I don't get it.
SO. Back to my love of op-shopping! I think second-hand stores in Australia are a little more expensive than the thrift stores of the US of A but lucky for me, my little town has a good reputation for quality cheap stuff (some places in Brisbane want to charge me $30 for a pair of second hand jeans? No) and there are a few op-shops that are my Go-To places for the good stuff! Now that I sew
|My sister Betty perusing the racks|
Most times I search for clothes to refashion, t-shirts I can resize or use the fabric for something else, pants I can take in or reconstruct into little pants for Vincent, even just clothes that are good to go as is for us. I check the bedding section for sheets to use the fabric and also for pillowcases because you can find some quirky novelty pillowcases that are awesome for future projects (or even just pillowcase dresses).
There is one op-shop in town that I always always ALWAYS score some amazing fabric hauls at. Pictured below is metres and metres of fabric that I bought in just one trip there. It probably all came to about $30?
I took this photos ages ago, so you will have already seen some of these fabrics! The fabric piles are on a few metres of grey marle knit, I used it here in the tutorial for the Ruffled Portrait shirt for Edison. The pastel zig-zag at the bottom centre I used for Edison's tribal skinnies (remind me to blog the finished jeans!). The white and black fleece I used for Vincent's Alpine hoodie that he wore to New Zealand! I have used a few of the other fabrics pictured too, in upcoming projects!
|Jelly Sandals for Edison, 50c!|
The shirt on the left I cut up and used for one of Edison's tumble tees, and the cardigan on the right is super soft and I ended up sizing it right down into a little cardi for Edison
|My niece Ruby is a good shopping partner!|
I usually score a lot bigger with the kiddie clothes, but since we are right in the middle of moving houses (and finding a new house to live in) I decided that the kids have more than enough clothes! So Edison got this cute little vintage dress...
And Vincent got this gnarly acid-wash denim jacket!
|The dude did not want to model. He wanted to jump on the trampoline.|
The most awesome thing about op-shopping these days for me, apart from the above reason of saving a lot of money (and also finding really unique stuff!) is that it's good for the environment too! I'm tired of buying cheap crap (although awesome) from Kmart that falls apart after a few washes. I'm sick of supporting places that outsource all their sewing in poverty-stricken countries (and although in my mind I feel bad that that might mean those people won't have jobs?), I like that I am doing my own bit. People get rid of SO much crap. Also I like being different, in case you haven't noticed, not because I want people to look at me but because I'm not a sheep ^_^
So go plan a second-hand shopping trip some time soon! Some days you will turn up nothing you fancy, but don't give up because some days you have this STREAK and you can find some amazing stuff! Good luck!