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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Finders keepers

Moving 54 boxes from storage to a one-bedroom apartment makes one less enthusiastic about acquiring new stuff. So I haven’t been thrifting lately. Well, not too much.

Today I bought a couple items of clothing that need to be re-fashioned. Sorry, for the lack of ironing, but they're going to be cut up soon.

This top is made of soft, lightweight block-printed cotton with mirrorwork. It appears to have been stitched in India and doesn’t have a label. It’s huge so I’ll probably re-size it to fit me. $4.99 at my local Goodwill.

I love the wild print and bright colors of this homemade 1970s smock-dress. It was either made for a child with very long arms or is an adult dress gone horribly wrong as the armholes are miniscule. There are some holes in the sheer fabric of the sleeves, so this will be made into a skirt. Also $4.99 at Goodwill.

Walking home from the thrift store, I happened upon two pieces of furniture abandoned on the sidewalk in front of my apartment building.

This 5-foot long early 20th-century mirror from a long dresser or sideboard will make a great topper for a 6-foot long low bookcase I was just given. The bookcase is now sitting on the plastic in the middle of my living room floor, waiting to be painted.

With the mirror was this vaguely Aesthetic Movement-looking shelf from the top of a cabinet. I have no idea what I am going to do with it.

I’m always finding interesting things in the trash or abandoned on the sidewalk in my neighborhood. There is a fairly transient population here and the last and first weeks of the month, when people are moving in or out, find the sidewalks littered with books, furniture and all manner of things. It’s better than thrifing ‘cause it’s free and serendipitous.

Have you ever found anything wonderful in the trash?

I think all of these finds qualify for Lakota’s Ta-Dah Tuesday!

Reader Comments (5)

Those furniture finds are beautiful. Sadly the only things that seem to get abandoned in the streets around my way are old fridges which people can't be bothered to pay the council to come and take away. But I live in hope!

That 1970s smock top is just stunning. I'm pleased you're going to repurpose it, it would be a crime not to use that amazing fabric ! Love the overmantle and the mirror. It is strange the things people just chuck out. Most of our house is furnished/restored from other people's rubbish including the Victorian doors and skirting boards! Madness! x

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Lovely fabrics on the top and tunic, I am looking forward to seeing what they become.
And what stunning finds, I can't believe someone just discarded those amazing pieces. I rarely find anything of interest. I picked up a washing up bowl and some plates that someone had left outside their house the other day, but that is very dull in comparison to your finds! xxxx

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

Lovely finds! Can't wait to see what you do with them. I saw a top quite like that psychedelic one just yesterday but it was baggy and looked like a pj top. If I could sew I would love to have restyled it somehow.

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Love the clothes - can't wait to see how they turn out. The mirror and shelf are great too - the things people throw away!

Nikki x

August 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

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