Sunday, August 26, 2012

Remixing fail and a thrifty haul

Well, yesterday was a remix fail.  Saturday became a catch up on all the dry cleaning and hand washing kind of day, so I didn't even bother to dress in a 30 for 30 outfit when I ran to Wally World for groceries.  I'll be back later today with my remix outfit for today.

There's something about remixing that (a) makes me want to thrift and (b) makes everything in Goodwill look appealing.  I had stopped doing Thrifty Thursdays, simply because going thrifting every week isn't always in the cards.  But, sharing my finds is half the fun of going to Goodwill!  Here are a the things I found in the past few weeks.







I can't believe I cropped out the Target dresses I found.  To be honest, they may never be photographed again.

See, here's the thing about Goodwill.  Most of the clothes are used.  They've been through the 'wringer,' so to speak.  When things get washed and dried and wash and dried over and over again, you kind of expect that once you purchase them used, the dye in the fabric isn't going to be an issue in the wash.  Usually .. or, rather, all the time, I just throw my thrifted clothes in the wash without a second thought.  I mean, I read the tags and obviously I hand-wash and dry clean things that required that.  But, I don't separate colors as much as I probably should.  Black, whites, and colors.  That's pretty much how I separate the wash.  Oh, and in the fall I'll divide the colors into darks and lights.  However, usually in the summer, we don't have a TON of darks.

So, I threw pretty much all these clothes in with our clothes yesterday.  There was just one teeny tiny detail that I forgot.  That dark blue Target dress?  The 'Evil Xhilaration Dress'?  It had the tags on it when I purchased.  Yup.  Never been washed.  INDIGO BLUE NEVER BEEN WASHED DRESS.  The washer gets done with its thang and I start pulling the clothes out.  And I notice on the yellow dress, the black/white sweater, and the orange sweater that there are strange blue splotches.  Xhilaration dress of evil!  Noooo!  I quickly sprayed all the splotches with Oxi-Clean and dunked the sweaters and the dress into a sink bath of Woolite.  The stains disappeared completely from the sweaters.  But, the yellow dress has a couple of tiny splotches left.  If I can't get them out with Oxi-Clean, I'll just have to figure something.  Maybe I'll use the fabric for something else.

Oh!  And the yellow flowers on the indigo dress are muddy looking. The dress probably should have been hand-washed (it didn't say that on the tag), but I don't know if that really would have kept the flowers looking crisp.

I'll be saving this dress for the beach.  One thing it has going for it?  Pockets.  Yup, that's about it.

So, lesson learned, folks.  Um... don't always follow the tags on clothing and if you buy new thrifted clothes be super careful what you wash them with.  You know, if they happen to be evil indigo blue.

10 comments:

  1. I always wonder what will happen when I throw new thrifted clothes in the wash... I haven't had quite a devastating event before, though I have ruined a scarf before. I can't help that I want to wash everything before it goes against my skin!

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    1. I am the same way, even when I buy clothes new from a store.

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  2. Ugh! That happened to me with a hot pink skirt! So sad.... Glad you were able to salvage the sweaters, though!

    peace&love, Jill
    Favor the Brave

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    1. I have some hot pink skinnies that I accidentally washed with a set of pajamas that are white with a pattern all over, and now they're white/pink with a pattern all over. And the skinnies weren't new with tags. They were thrifted and had been washed/dried before!

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  3. Oh no! That's the worst :( Well, I'm glad the stains at least fully washed out of the sweaters.

    Love that polka dot pencil skirt! Great finds.

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    1. Me, too!

      Thanks :) I'm thinking of putting the skirt with the striped skirt.

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  4. That pencil skirt looks beyond adorable!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  5. oh no!!!! what a tale of woe!!! i'm glad you got the spots out of the sweaters...

    can't wait to see these pieces in action!

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