Why I like my local op-shops

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Some of my local op-shops sell damaged clothing, either torn, stained, or out of shape. Such garments would never reach the shop floor of your high street charity shop chain, where only the best wearable clothing is sold.

One of my local church based op shops has a plastic box in a room at the front of the store, labeled with an "everything 50c" hand written sign. Within the bargain box, I find a skirt with potential.

50c bargain skirt

White skirt. Labeled a size 14, but evidently not (shrunk?) with tiny little blotch marks all over it, which although cannot be seen in this photograph, would be noticeable if worn.

I still have a fair bit of dye leftover from my last jar dye experiment, so I'll give you three guesses as to what I decided to do with this little number?

Dye in a bucket

Progressing from jar dye to bucket dye, I went for a dip dye effect this time, firstly dunking the entire skirt into teal dyed water, then left the bottom 10cm or so in the bucket for around three hours. Rinsed, hung to dry, and ironed and here we go..

She isn't perfect, dunking didn't leave a perfect line, but she turned out pretty sweet, no?

Top; $3.50 church op shop
Shoes; $6 Family Life op shop

Psst. Join me on my next Melbourne Op Shop Tour (Bayside Route) Saturday 9th April

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Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, SO much better! You can actually see the pretty pattern! It looks sort of Indian or at least 60's ish, and is very pretty. I like the fade effect from the dye, maybe i will try it one day...

pippi said...

I agree, you can see the pattern in the skirt now. I love it.

That Crazy Ajumma said...

Ooh...I really love the new color!
It's funny how just a simplecolor change came make something look much better.

Liz said...

That's gorgeous :)

Lindsey A. Turner said...

Looks great! I love dying clothes!

Lindsey turner

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