Vintage Scores!

Nothing warms my heart like a day of thrift shopping (or as my Australian friends say..."Op Shopping"). After seeing how a  hem could transform my vintage red dress, I was on a mission to find more cool pieces.  Of course.... you can never find what you're looking for if you have something particular in mind, but this is where fate comes in and something new will end up in your lap. Something you never even knew you wanted.

Let me introduce you to the PENDLETON 4 piece suit:

One of my favorite stops is a little church-ran thrift shop. They don't advertise, so it's one of those little shops you can always find great stuff in since it's never busy. This time I was not having any luck (READused clothes tunnel-vision and mental space-out) and the sweet elderly volunteer asked me what I size I was. I told her 2, and she got this excited look on her face and then scurried into the back room. Out comes this MINT CONDITION 4-Piece Pendleton Suit Set.

Please ignore the pink turban - that was my yoga outfit from earlier in the day (yes..... I wore my nasty yoga clothes all day).

Not photographed is an A-line skirt and flat front back-zip pants. I can't button the skirt (just how teeny tiny was the previous owner?), but there is room to have it let out.  The pants fit PERFECT (so perfect I forgot to photograph them - I was that excited). The 4 piece fully lined set was $8. Yes people - $8! I doubt I will wear these pieces together. Too matchy-matchy - plus I would like a big PLAID BOMB. Separately though, these pieces are classics and will fit nicely in my wardrobe.


One of the stores hung their pants with the waist band pointed out. Clever....I'm so tired of digging through my jeans and pants. If you have room to hang your pants, this is a brilliant idea.

I'm going to start a new segment showcasing more of my thrift finds - RECYCLED FASHION.

WANT TO BE PART OF THE FUN? Send photo(s) of your thrift store find(s) to and I'll put on the blog. Be sure to include the cost and what city you found it in. If you  need style advice or input - be sure to include that in your email as well.



Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

What a bargain and in such perfect condition.

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

Sounds like fun! I just went thrifting the other day. I LOVE IT! =)

Krista said...

That suit looks great on you and I love the pink turban!

Victoria said...

Great Pendleton. Since I'm in Seattle I'll have to check out the thrift stores, after the other touristy fun things.

Miss K said...

what a great find! it's a great plaid

Christianna said...

What a cool find! I love shopping in these types of places too!

And the new feature will be so much fun!

Talitha said...

holy moly only $8!! I almost bought a suit from the thrift store (was $15) but ended up deciding I wouldn't wear it nearly as much.

Great finds, can't wait to see more!

Talitha xx

Anonymous said...

Wow! What great finds! Love that suit! :)

Bibi said...

Suh-weet! The suit looks gorgeous on you :) Great find, Michelle!

The Fashionable Traveler said...

I have been vintage/thrift shopping like crazy lately. Some of my favorite pieces have come from my local consignment store.

Since, I'm in the fashion business, I'm constantly analizing people's shopping patterns (including my own). I've come to the conclusion that I seem to be shopping more thrift stores lately because I'm a little fed up with the quality compared to the prices at retail today. Do you find that to be true? Plus I just love the thrill of the hunt.

By the way, what a great find in Pendleton.
I'm sad, I let a red plaid Pendleton coat get away from me on Ebay last week. I love the heritage of this brand; and think they are poised for a comeback. They've updated their look---saw the cutest Pendleton eyelet dress in WWD the other day, in an editorial right along with Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren.