I’ve been thrifting since I was a child. I have very distinct, early memories of waking up on Saturday morning to go with Mom to the local AmVets’s thrift store. Character print tees for 25¢, rifling through racks of poufy old prom dresses, and digging through piles of vintage knick-knacks for things that caught my child’s magpie-like eye (and I could afford with my allowance or convince Mom I needed). Thrifting has been as much an economic necessity as a creative outlet (refashioning, anyone?). I may not be quite the thrifting maven that some are, but I do enjoy a good few hours at my favorite haunts, seeing what new treasures I can find for a few dollars!
This 1960s nightgown is a bit frou-frou, I will admit. But I’ve always wanted one of these obnoxiously pink, floaty garments from the early to mid 60s. They’re so much more fun than pj pants and a tank top for nightwear, don’t you think? (A little bit of Doris Day glamour!) Now all I need is to tease my hair up into a bouffant, find a pair of marabou trimmed mules, and fix myself a mocktail… hehe! Best part yet? The thrift store had originally priced it at $6.99 (more than I’d pay for vintage lingerie–this particular store knows their stuff and tends to be a bit higher for vintage), but had been marked down to $1.75 (more my speed)! It needed a little TLC: a good wash, a few threads snipped here and there, and the old neckline lace removed (it was shattered in spots) and replaced with some vintage lace from my stash. It’s not perfect by any means, but wearable–which is what I intend!
Have you found any interesting thrift finds recently? Things have actually been really picked over here, so I was surprised and utterly delighted I actually found this nightgown! There have been far too many days lately I’ve actually left the thrift stores empty handed… But thrifting tends to be very “feast or famine”–which is probably why I keep stopping by my favorite places just in case!
P.S. Thank you all so, so much for your heartwarming comments on Monday’s post! I cannot begin to tell you what they meant to me and how encouraged I am. Thank you for hanging in there as I get my footing again with blogging, and being so understanding!