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Quality Is Worth It

I paid $16.20 for a tank top a few days ago. That may sound excessive, especially for someone who calls herself “The Wardrobe Miser,” but I think this was a worthwhile purchase. I’m pretty sure this shirt will last for a long time.

You see, just before my son was born, my sister gave me a bunch of baby clothes. Some of them had been worn by her two children, and some had been handed down to her children from their cousins in Belgium. These miracle onesies that were still in good condition after being worn by four babies were made by Petit Bateau.

So when I saw a Petit Bateau tank top on sale at Bluefly, I knew it would make a good investment piece. This ought to last well past the point when it goes out of style, and even then I can keep wearing it as pajamas or a layering piece. Plus it’s substantial enough that I can wear it as a top by itself, yet stretchy and lightweight enough that it fits me nicely.

More than Just a Clothing Swap

Swap-O-Rama-Rama takes the concept of a clothing swap and expands it into a traveling clothing recycling event. Once you’ve shared and swapped from the donated clothes, on-site experts help you sew and modify your finds, then everyone gets to show off their new outfits in a fashion show. I just wish there was one of these near me!

Resale Review: Aiken Salvation Army

Aiken Salvation ArmyHaving just moved to Aiken, I thought it was time to check out the local thrift and consignment stores. I began with the Salvation Army on Whiskey Road. After dropping off a load of tschochke the previous owners of our house left behind, I perused the store. Their clothing selection is average and a bit on the frumpy side, but they do have an extensive selection of jeans and a rack of nursing scrubs, which I hadn’t seen before in a thrift store. They also have a $1 t-shirt bin where you might find a good gag gift or vintage treasure.

My lucky find was this silver Pierre Cardin sweater set, which should make nice separate pieces for not-too-dressy/not-too-casual evening wear. Those plus the children’s book only set me back $5.53.
Sweater set and book

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