Thrifting for a Cause

Merci

My name is Liza Showalter, I am a mother of two, I have a15 year old and a 8 year old, both girls.

And I love downtown Iowa City

I work for Catherine, she and Sheila Davidson, who owns Revival, this was their idea and she just asked if I wanted to a part of this again. Because, we were open in April and May.

The concept is to be able to give people affordable name brand clothing, we have

Tory Burch dresses that are $80 instead of $500, and they’ve been used once or twice.

We also give 10% of our proceeds back to the community. Last time we did four charities; Domestic violence, Crisis (center), a shelter house, and James gang for the arts.

This time we’re just going to split the 10% between Mission Creek and Domestic Violence.

The secret with, like, thrift stores and second-hand stores and consignment is to move the material around a lot. So that what people didn’t see last time they were in and this time they come in and it looks like a different store.

Because, you know, you do have to dig a little bit, to find great deals but also it just kind of refaces the store. And it’s fun to see something different when you come in.

They’re more willing to give it up (clothes), per say, when they know it’s going to a good cause.

And we did have such good luck last time we were here, that a lot of the same repeated donors came and gave stuff again.

Last time I noticed we had a lot of high-end bags, this time we didn’t get as many, but I think that you can only have so many Louis Vuitton bags.

I’m putting together a Halloween Facebook today, so just putting together some of the weird, funky stuff we have. Like, we have a “Thing 1” sweatshirt.

Catherine and Sheila wanted to find a better way to give money back to the community, and also do something that they were experts at. So they knew it couldn’t fail.

Do you take only cash?

Nope we take credit…

 

(Background noise, sales exchange.)

REfurbished Tweed

I’m wearing: Vintage yellow stone necklace from the 40’s, Polka Dot Top from H&M, vintage tweed skirt, and beige bow flats found in a second hand shop.

While I was out hunting for my next find, I came across this tweed skirt. The first thing that caught my attention was the quality of the tweed and the beautiful colors woven through turquoise. When I first held it up to get a better look, I knew the length had to go. Here is my photographed journey of turning this tweed skirt into something worth showing off.

What you’ll need: a really cool tweed skirt that needs some attention, scissors, buttons, thread, a hand sewing needle, and a steady hand.

First: Try the skirt on and decide what length you want. I found safety pins helpful in trying out different lengths. Once you’ve decided on a length, have a friend be your fit model and cut the skirt while being worn. This will ensure precision and an even cut.

TA-DA

Look! You can see my knees. (gasp)

I did a raw cut with no hemming. This just means that I left the edge of the skirt untouched after it had been cut. I think this adds a rugged look to the feminine skirt.

Now, Details. By now you know that I love the little details. It’s frosting on top of the cake. It’s necessary. I purchased this skirt at Crowded Closet in Iowa City, IA, and this second hand shop also has buttons, needles, fabric, etc. I picked up a set of gold cabochon buttons to add to the pockets. I hand sewed two buttons to each pocket by hand.

And there you have it! A tweed skirt that doesn’t look like something your grandma would wear.

This skirt cost me $2 and the buttons cost $2. My grand total is $4 for this chic steal that will look amazing with a pair of black tights and leather booties in the fall.

xo,

Elvira