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sarah in nyc

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Date: 11/12/13 3:13 PM

I just picked up a navy blue short Chanel jacket at the local Salvation Army. Yes with the linked C buttons and the gold chain in the hem!!. My wallet is now $14.99 lighter. I am very happy.

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Date: 11/12/13 6:18 PM

Wow! That is good. I think it's always such a thrill to be right at the right place at the right time.

My best one was probably a 1970's Emilio Pucci from Saks, silk chiffon Nehru collared top, all heavy beaded with glass drop and seed beads covering the whole fabric and matching to it non beaded paisley skirt, even though it was a long time ago, and it was at that same magic price of $14.99. I also once found what looked like a really never used at all, large Coach backpack purse at the thrifts for only $9.99 once, I'm still lugging that one around everyday and it's been in use maybe 8 years now.

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Date: 11/14/13 11:17 AM

My local thrift store sucks.

Yes. I am pouting like a petulant child as I type that.

You know what sorts of things I find? Hanes crewneck sweatshirts for $7.

Really. $7 for a used top that I could buy new at Walmart for about the same price.

Nice find! :)

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Date: 11/14/13 11:20 AM

Can you imagine the thoughts of the person who donated those treasures? "Let's donate this to GW and make some lady totally happy when she finds it!"

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Date: 11/14/13 1:39 PM

My usual rule is to thrift shop in fancy neighborhoods.Rich people get rid of better stuff than poor ones.

One of my favorite thrift store finds was a child's sweater made out of TDF silk yarns. To tell you the truth..I was angry that someone would donate such a beautiful garment that was clearly hand made. each of my kids wore that sweater and I put it away for the next generation in my family.

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Date: 11/14/13 4:46 PM

Post a picture please!

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Date: 11/14/13 6:04 PM

Sometimes it is all about finding the right neighbourhood a Sarah says. I knew someone who visited family in a fairly far out of town suburb regularly. She found out that the thrift stores there got all their stuff from the "ritzy" parts of the big city for some reason. She was always scoring great clothes there.

And a bit off topic, but someone used the term "second hand store" the other day at work and it sent me back in time to 2nd handing with my grandparents. In one small store way out somewhere the owner was a woman who had an amputation just above her elbow. She would knit all the time, which hugely impressed my grandmother, who was also a knitter. I think I had to have it explained to me (at age 5 or 6) that "second hand store" and the fact that this lady was missing one hand was purely coincidental.

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Date: 11/14/13 6:13 PM

the sweater is in a storage locker..awaiting grandchildren. I'm sorry.

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Date: 11/14/13 6:42 PM

I wish we could make this thread "sticky" at the top of the board. I seriously love reading about the goodies everyone finds.

I haven't found anything too impressive lately. I have found some basic Old Navy, Talbot's, Land's End, Jones New York, and those kinds of things. They do make good basics though.

I did find an Anthropologie "Sketched Rosemallow" blouse for 99 cents a few weeks ago. It originally retailed for over $100!

I also found a really nice Harvie and Hudson brand men's button down which I sold on Ebay since DB unfortunately didn't like it.

I've never found any really high end designers before. I did find a great 70's wool knit jacket from Bergdorf Goodman on the Plaza New York but it has no designer tags in it.

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Date: 11/14/13 6:57 PM

I found a golden yellow hand knit hooded child's sweater when my DD was small. Instead of buttons, there were large snaps hand sewn into the sweater. Both of my girls wore it (from a bit big to snug) and then both neices wore it and I just saw my great niece wearing it this fall. It washed a dream and held up to several rather wild girls! I bet it was a gift from a well meaning family member whose gifteed mom looked at it with distain.

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