Posts Categorized: thrifting

This Week I Love …

… my leather punch.

I thrift most of my belts. This means I get them for bargainous prices, but it also means that I sometimes compromise on fit. And since some belts need to fit closer than others – especially those that are worn at the natural waist versus the wearing waist – some belts need adjusting.

A too-small belt isn’t going to do me much good, but a too-big belt can be adjusted simply by adding additional holes.¬†Husband Mike and I have been using the slapdash method for eons: We take a board, a thick nail, and a hammer. The nail gets hammered through the belt several times on either side until a sufficiently large hole has been made. It’s a fairly frustrating and laborious process. And, as you can imagine, the results tend to look … well, crappy. Not so much that passersby stare at my belts, alarmed and disgusted, mind you. You have to get pretty close to see the crappiness. But it’s there. It’s definitely there. read more

How to Ease Into Thrifting

learn to thrift shop

Yep, time to talk about thrifting. AGAIN. But this time, I’m hoping to bend the ears (er, eyes?) of you readers who still aren’t sure about the whole deal. The germs, the disorganization, the lack of size selection/diversity, the sheer amount of time it takes to wade through the racks at a used clothing store … something is holding you back. But you’re open to the idea of easing into thrifting. If you’ve been reluctant thus far but have just a smidgen of curiosity, this one’s for you. read more

Thrifting Deal-breakers

thrift shopping deal breakers

Thrifting can lead to shopping-related compromise. A shopper who would never consider purchasing a brand new pair of jeans that have a stain at the hem might be perfectly willing to plunk down a dollar for said jeans at a thrift store with the intention of cutting them into shorts. Another shopper would scoff at a coat that’s missing a key button in a department store, but might consider a similarly buttonless coat as a DIY project waiting to happen should that coat turn up at a secondhand store. But we’ve all got our thrifting deal-breakers. And here are mine: read more

Originally posted 2012-10-16 06:17:19.