Boutique Thrifting in Florida

Boutique Thrifting in Florida

Calling all thrifters: If you like bargains, make your way to southwest Florida. Goodwill alone has 29 stores in the five counties that cover the resort towns of Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Sanibel. But only one of these stores is a Goodwill boutique, where the inventory is high-end donations, [...]

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 [...]