As you know, I do like a good op shop rummage, and I was curious about the renovation, too. I actually like my op shops to be a bit jumble-y, maybe a bit messy, with low prices and the occasional bargain. I don't really expect to find vintage, but then you never know, it has happened before – I found a late 1940's dress at my local Vinnies a few years ago. Yus!
I was hoping that this new look for Vinnies wouldn't be too flash or over the top. And, happily, it isn't; I hadn't been to this one before, but my local Vinnies is a mish mash of shop fittings complete with tennis ball protectors, and this one has been spruced up, with fresh, stable fittings (no tennis balls) and clothing styles grouped together. It was easy to get around and have a good look at everything, and the prices were the same, which is good.
The hard bit was, of course, putting together entire outfits! The rule with op shopping is you never know what you will find, and one day you might find gold, while on another you'll leave empty handed. I also tend to find things to go with other pieces I already have in my wardrobe, rather than complete looks.
To make things even harder, I'd just taken three huge full bags of clothes and shoes down to my local op shop (the Vinnies I mentioned above) a couple of days before, and was enjoying that virtuous, I-cleaned-out-the-clutter-at-long-last feeling.
So, how did I go? As per usual, I found things that would be great when put together with what I already had. A dress, a silk scarf, a top and a belt came home with me, and... here they are! The dress is a comfy early 1980s number, with a great orange floral pattern on a black background. It's too big, really, but with the black patent Jigsaw belt I picked up for $3 (still with its original price tag of $89, aha!) it works. I was actually chuffed with this belt, as a good belt is, for some strange reason, hard to find. It worked well, too, with the black gypsy top by Cue, which I wore with a vintage red square dancing skirt gifted to me by Trish. This is, by the way, going to be my summer look: Rita Hayworth's Carmen meets Lola Flores, and they have a diva skirt twirl off... ANYWAY. The scarf is easy – a really pretty print in a lovely green that will go with lots of things. I'm always happy to pick up a good silk scarf. I must try Leeyong's suggestion of using them as pillow cases! And that was my bounty from Vinnies. Pretty good going for a 45 min run! It was great to try a new Vinnies, especially an outer 'burbs one – you never know what you'll find but there's always something!