Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Thrifty Day...

I'm on holiday till the end of the week and because I've been at home sewing most of the time I decided it was a beautiful day to get out and about.  First stop was save mart where I got this little red dress.  Now I wasn't sure and almost left the store without buying it before doing a u turn and picking up again.  It was in the vintage section for $9.99 and made by a company called Girl Friday Uniforms that used to live in Christchurch - I hardly think its still there today, though if it is please correct me.  It obviously used to be some lady's uniform back in the day but its so well made and there is very cute detailing on the back.  I do need to take it in a smidge but I think it will look quite cool with a black belt and some woolen stockings in the winter?  If you don't think it will work do let me know, I'm still a little unsure of it myself - any styling tips much appreciated too :)


I then went into Dunedin's premier vintage shop I suppose you could call it - Modern Miss.  Now don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful shop with many lovely things in it but I honestly haven't really been inside since vintage became 'In' because the prices just soared!!  I did buy the most beautiful Navy Bag (brand 'So Obviously Rex', isn't that the coolest name?) that was only $38 down from $45 but really, I have another bag from there and two woollen skirts that I got two years ago and all together they cost me less than that!!  (I'll show you the other bag soon!!).


Along with their ridiculous prices (a dress I picked up was $175 and it was marked down - cough!!  It wasn't even that great of a dress and their scarves cost all of $18 each - EACH!!) they dont have eftpos.  Now tell me Ladies and Gentlemen, who actually carries cash or cheques around with them these days?  I had to go to a money machine down the road and round the corner to get money to pay for the bag and as I was walking back I was wondering how someone must feel if they had to with draw $175 and walk around town with it - I felt strange even carrying $40 round with me.

Okay, rant over.  I apologise, I just can't believe some people would charge that much for vintage things, especially when they aren't even all that amazing!

I've nearly finished that cream pencil skirt and will show you all tomorrow - have a fantastic rest of your day.

XX
Jen

8 comments:

  1. I agree, some of the prices for vintage these days is outrageous - you found some fabulous finds, though! :) I definitely think your little red dress could work with a good belt, stockings and an awesome pair of heels - super cute!

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  2. 1) I love that dress. It's so PINK. And the shape is lovely. I am picturing it with white heels and a white pillbox hat, kind of a 60s air hostess look. But I could be completely mad, of course. :)

    2) Vintage stores charging huge prices for not-very-special stuff make me very annoyed.

    3) Places without EFTPOS make me very annoyed too. I never have cash.

    4) The bag is awesome, love the colour.

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  3. That dress is great, the bag too! Vintage store prices can be ridiculous, it's all very well paying through the nose for something that's decades old and in perfect condition, but a lot of them try and charge these prices for what is basically second hand stuff only a few years old.

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  4. I'd definitely rock something like that in the winter... possibly with a turtleneck underneath (and the front zipper on the dress unzipped a bit to reveal the turtleneck) and a pair of tights. I have a vintage uniform smock that I wear around the house when I don't want to dirty my clothes, it's nowhere near as lovely (or street ready) as yours!

    As for "hey, now vintage is COOL let's raise the prices" goes... It gets my goat to see homemade (and I have nothing against homemade) items with prices that "label" pieces command. I own quite a few label-free items and some were definitely made by professional or at least an exceptionally talented seamstresses and I would not turn my nose up at things like that being priced on par with a brand... but I'm talking about the stuff that just lacks a superior workmanship being hawked at full price. My general vintage philosophy is "Just because it's old does not make it gold" and it seems as if some vintage sellers are totally unaware of this fact!

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  5. Such great stuff.
    We haven't vintage stores here, and I think it's a pity...

    xoxo

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  6. Vintage can be a terrific steal, or highway robbery!

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  7. yay for vintage shopping.. that bag is fantastic.

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  8. Cool dress, can't wait to see what you do with it! Also, why is it that brands don't give themselves awesome names like 'So Obviously Rex' anymore? I think they so obviously should ;)

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Jen