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January 27, 2017

What Not to Thrift

If you haven’t figured out that I absolutely looooove thrifting by now, you really haven’t been paying attention. 😉 Goodwill might as well flash a giant “G” across the sky a la the bat signal during my lunch breaks. I just can’t stay away.

When you’re scouring the racks for your perfect thrifted/refashionable wardrobe in thrift/vintage stores, it’s easy to spot the things you want to buy. But sometimes it’s a little tougher figuring out what you probably shouldn’t buy.

Here are a few common clothing maladies I won’t mess with:



Stains make me all sorts of squeamish and grossed out, especially if they’re of the food or biological variety.



There are plenty of tricks one can try to remove a pesky stain, but they don’t always work. Unless I’m just absolutely in love with a piece of clothing or I know I’ll be removing the stained part in a refashion, I treat those stains with extreme disdain.


You know what I’m talking about.  Don’t you just hate when your sweaters get those nasty balls of lint all over them?

Take a chill pill, sweater.

Take a chill pill, sweater.

So do I.  If the item is really nice other than the pilling, I’ll just take an old razor and shave the pills off (electric clothes shavers are a waste of your time and money, friends).  But usually when I see pilling, it means the garment is of poor fabric quality, over-washed, or both.  Best to stay away from these unless you want to spend hours with your razor and a lint roller every time you want to clean it.

Weirdo Smell

Whoa! What’s that smell???

Even Archaic Meme Cat understandz.

Even Archaic Meme Cat understandz.

It’s normal for thrift store duds to smell a little weird.  But if your chosen future refash reeks of White Diamonds, gasoline, or some other overpowering stench, you might want to take a pass on it.  Some strong odors are just impossible to get rid of, no matter the number of washings.

Worn Out

This one makes me sad.

Sometimes I stumble upon something that could have been absolutely PERFECT…except it’s just completely worn out.



Unless there’s a part of the fabric you know you can harvest to make a trim, a pocket, or some such, it’s best to move on.  I’ve turned down really well-made designer pieces that were lovely at some point in time, but were just too worn out to save.

It’s okay.  It fulfilled its destiny.

What are your thrifting dealbreakers?