Monday, March 09, 2009

Femininity Doesn't Have to be Expensive

"Oh! But I can't afford to wear skirts all the time! Do you know how many holes I get in my jeans?!

My reply is, have you ever looked into buying skirts at the thrift store? =) Two thirds of my skirts have either come from Christopher & Banks at a greatly-reduced price or a thrift store, and the other third have come from JoAnn's (ie, I made them myself).

Today I stopped off at a local thrift shop that "never has anything," you know. But I still frequent it every now and then when I'm in the mood. And am I ever glad that I went this afternoon!
I found this beautiful Ralph Lauren skirt that has easy wash instructions with the "twist to dry" method. It is a lovely cream and pink floral cotton and silk blend. Perfect for church or special occasions. I love all the godets (is that what they are called? The triangle insets?) that makes this skirt perfect for twirling in.
It even had the original price tag, which leads me to believe that it has never been worn!

With sales tax, I paid $4.26 for it. That's not to bad considering the original price!


Sarah Jane said...

{jaw dropping} WOW! That is a beautiful skirt and a BEAUTIFUL price!

Shannon said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on your very thrifty find! :-)

Yours in Christ,

Rebecca said...

How lovely! BTW, thanks for sending the corduroy skirt so promptly. I got to wear it one day before the weather turned warm. :-)

Ruth Ann said...

WOW...I agree, when there's a will, there's a way.

I make most of my skirts unless I find something I like at the store and buy it. I really don't frequent thrift stores because it seems like the ones we have never have anything. You've forced me to rethink those thoughts and maybe try it again. That is a lovely skirt, and oh, what a wonderful price!

Congrats to you on your find!

YayaOrchid said...

What a beautiful feminine skirt! You sure did get a good bargain on it it. Wish our thrift store carried items at those prices. They seem to want to charge the 'new, never worn' prices from the retail stores!

Shannon said...

(not the Shannon above, obviously; I'm one of Rachel M.'s friends.) Lovely bargain. The word you're looking for is "godets," pronounced "go-debts" with the accent on the second syllable.

Cheri said...

Thankyou all! I'm looking forward to wearing it when the weather warms up.

Rebecca, so glad you received the skirt in a timely manner, and that you were able to wear it!

Shannon, I appreciate you letting me know of the correct spelling and pronuciation. I take it you're a seamstress? =)

Laura said...

Great find for a great price! I haven't been to the thrift store in a while... I should try to make it there soon. :-)

Shannon said...

(The other Shannon) Yes, Cheri, I'm a seamstress. I'm the second of 10 children, 8 girls, and do most of the wardrobe sewing for my family as well as alterations and garment sewing for people on request. I discovered godets when I was researching formalwear sewing techniques. Thanks for sharing your projects on your blog. I enjoy seeing the pictures of your fun and pretty creations.