Sep 25, 2012

Thrifted Tuesday: My Record Time Dress

Short Story Time-

It was a dreary Monday morning.  Cohen had eaten his "breakfee" and was rambunctiously running around the house.  I flipped on Sesame Street for him to watch as I tried to sit down on the computer and work on some photo's.  It wasn't long before my little man was at my side, grabbing my hand and motioning me to follow him.  "Momma, Momma," he would say clearly and purposefully, so I couldn't ignore his persistence, and cuteness.  He led me to the front door and said "side" translating to, "I'd like to go outside please."  I opened the front door and looked up at the grey sky, covered with heavy clouds.  The faint smell of impending rain and the approaching dark horizon made it clear that our walk would have to be here and now or not at all, or he would be disappointed by having to stay in all say.  I quickly burned a photo cd I needed to mail anyway and strapped him in his stroller.  He could not contain his excitement as we made our way out of the door and began our walk downtown to the post office.  As we walked it felt nice and cool and I was thankful for him urging me out of the house.  When we got to the post office I looked across the street and noticed the small thrift store among the long row of antique stores.  I had been in there before, and was not impressed, after all it was very small and never had much room for furniture, mostly figurines and usual collective junk.  I had been wanting to go the thrift store for a while so it just reminded me that I should go to the big one across town.  After I mailed my cd and walked back outside, the little thrift store caught my eye once again, calling to me, so I felt like I should give it another try.  I looked up at the sky, even more full with clouds that looked so grey and heavy with water they would give at any second.  I decided I would go and be very quick, after all, it was so small and the stroller had a cover in case it rained.  As for me, I don't mind a walk in the rain.   As I squeezed my oversized jogger through the cluttered isles of assorted junk, I was questioning my decision.  I filed through a rack of boy clothes and found a flannel shirt that would be great for Cohen to wear over his new fox t-shirt, premitting that the weather would ever get cold enough for him to wear the combo.  As I made my way to the back I was not impressed by the selection of women's clothes, but the prices all seemed to be fair.  As I was passing through the dresses a white peter pan color glimmered in the corner of my eye.  I reached up and turned it around and smiled the biggest smile I had ever smiled in a thrift store.  This was just like the dress I had been pining for on Modcloth for some time.  The Modcloth dress, with its charming name, the "Record Time Dress", was a too short for me adorable black dress with a white peter pan collar.  Simple, classic, understated, perfect in every way.  It quickly sold out and I dreamed of finding the same dress only longer.  Well, the magnetic pull into this shabby thrift store was all but destiny.  The dress was $3.00, my size, knee length, and I even scored a pair of faux pearl earrings for .50 at checkout.  The nice lady running the place even gave Cohen a toy for free.  As we made our way back home, Cohen was busy discovering the world around him as the first droplets of rain began to fall.  He laughed as the drops hit his forehead and I was busy daydreaming of getting my own "Record Time" dress back from the cleaners, slipping it on with my yellow flats, and filing through my father in law's record collection.

Earrings and Dress (thrifted)  Shoes ( Bracelet (from Mom) Chair (auction) Records (Father in Law)

Here is the "Record Time Dress" story from Modcloth that inspired this blog post.

When the week is over, it’s time to flop your olive anorak and striped satchel on your bed, kick off your yellow ballet flats, and set your favorite album on the turntable. As the record starts to spin, so does the pleated A-line skirt of your black, mod-inspired dress. With its white Peter Pan collar, short sleeves, and exposed zipper, this simple, sweet shift is the perfect dance partner. Its slight stretch fabric hugs your torso as you twirl and hop through your room, exercising all those dance moves you’ve kept bottled up during the busy week. Your tunes have your toes tapping in an instant, but it’s your adorable outfit that has you dancing for joy!---Modcloth

How to thrift-

Many people say they don't know how to thrift store shop, and that they don't know how I come across some of this awesome stuff!  A part of it is luck, and a part it can come from following some guidelines/advice I have learned along the way!  Here are some ways to make your thrifting more fruitful!

1.  Have something specific in mind you are hunting.  An example is this dress from Modcloth, the  "Record Time Dress."  If I had not seen this cute dress I might have walked passed it racks, but since it was stuck in my mind as something I wanted to find a version of, I had luck!  This also requires a slight obsession with clothes that you see online and won't rest until you have it or something similar!

2.  Look for textures that stand out.  Textured items were probably quite pricey when they first were bought and well made, so they would be good investment pieces to add to your wardrobe for cheap!  They are easy to spot even squeezed between hundreds of hangers and they are worth pulling and checking out.  Look for pencil skirts, dresses, and blazers!

3.  Don't pass something up that is wrinkled or stained.  You can iron it, send it to the cleaners, or cover up that little stain with a flower clip.   If its the wrong color, grab some ritt dye and dye it whatever color you need it to be!  This skirt has the cutest print and colors, don't pass on it because of the wrinkles!  You could pair it with a cream cardigan, mustard tights and brown mary janes.  

4.  Dont forget to check the kids section.  Kids grow so fast that their special occasion and dressy items are not that worn, such as church shoes.  I also look for interesting colors, like these cute green overalls!

5.  Look for vintage pieces that have come back in style, like these cap toe flats.  Every store carries cap toe flats right now!  Other vintage styles are pleated skirts, denim jackets, rompers, and bodysuits.

6.  Need a slip?  I always do, and I need them in muliple lengths, so I stop by the lingerie section.  Ignore the used undies, thats kinda gross, and continue on to the huge selection of slips at every thrift store!  I like finding them in pretty colors, like red and black, and of course they have a ton of white and nude.

7. Lastly check out the furniture and dish section, you could end up bringing home something great and Anthropologie inspired for your home.  Frames are always plentiful as well!

8.  And one more thing, don't buy it if you don't love it, even if it is a dollar, it will end up back where you found it!  If you do love it, don't worry about "what you will wear with it."  Just get it and get creative when you get home, it will force you!

Hope this helps!

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust
Love Cassidy


  1. I love those tips! I definitely want to test them out now!


    1. Thank you Sara! Happy Thrifting! Off to check out your blog now :)

  2. Mara! You are my favorite...and you just made my day!! So happy that you stopped by! I stop by yours daily :)

  3. Love these tips! There's nothing better than finding gems at thrift stores. Now I need to go shopping!!!

  4. Hi Cassidy. I love your style! It's adorable and best of all, there's a nostalgic classiness about it - can't really explain. I found your blog on Ruche (a store which I just recently became a disciple of), and I can't stop being surprised at the awesome things I find there.

    I just started blogging, and I would love it if you wrote a guest post on my blog. I have virtually no readership, so you have nothing to gain. I'm actually just trying to reach out to students within my university, and I think if they see someone with style and great advice write on it, I could at least get a reputation. Please email me if you're interested! And it could be any topic you want.

    If you don't want to, that's fine as well. Love this blog either way! Thank you!

  5. Love this post! You took so much time to write something thoughtful and this will surely help a lot of people with their thrifting handicap ;) Speaking of thrifting... I need to get out there again. I just love the rush of finding something special for a great price and making it my own :)