Thrifted Cats: Oh, My!

Thrifted Cats: Oh, My!

Shannon Williams of Eugene, Oregon, a thrifter with a practiced eye, alerted us to one of her favorite shops --  a place that immediately earned a place in our pantheon of great thrifting destinations. It is S.A.R.A.’s Treasures in Eugene, which stands for Shelter Animal Resource Alliance, the nonprofit that operates the store. It has [...]

Fixing a Ferragamo

Fixing a Ferragamo

This poor, poor couture jacket had been mistreated. When spied at an inner-city Salvation Army store in Los Angeles, there was a 4-inch tear down the right front, and all the buttons had been carelessly snipped off, leaving scissor holes in the fabric.   Still, it was a fine wool Salvatore Ferragamo blazer, made in [...]

Hitting the Jackpot in Rochester

Hitting the Jackpot in Rochester

Resale shops have multiple benefits, including aiding the environment, recycling our closet inventory and reducing clothing costs. One of the best advantages, for those who admire the creativity of top designers and their fine workmanship, is to allow those of moderate means to afford lovely, exciting pieces for their wardrobes. Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment, [...]

Goodwill’s Second Début

Goodwill’s Second Début

As experienced thrifters know, America’s stalwart resale empire – Goodwill Industries – now has updated stores and locations in a variety of neighborhoods. It has a big digital presence, with some of its best items displayed and available online at shopgoodwill.com and at the Goodwill shops on eBay and Amazon. But did you know there [...]

London’s Charity Shops

London’s Charity Shops

Peggy was in London at the end of December, and of course found time to go thrifting. She filed this report. In the United Kingdom, if you’re looking for thrift stores, you’ll want to search for “charity shops.” Customarily, they are single stores run by churches and nonprofits. But several British charities, including The Salvation [...]