Thrifted Dress: How A Small Fix Made it New Again

Contributed by: Tijana McAllister of A Plentiful Life, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

When I saw this blue dress on a rack at my local Salvation Army thrift store, I prayed to the thrift god’s it would fit. It did! When I washed it, I think I ended up shrinking it a bit as it was a little shorter, oops. It’s the perfect thrifted dress for summer walks. My two favorite features are the pockets and the little buttons on the shoulder. 

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This thrifted dress is made by Zara and was in great shape. Except it was missing one button on the shoulder! I knew it would be an easy and affordable fix. To DressSew I went and ended up finding new buttons for only $1.25. This still kept the cost of the dress low as this thrifted dress from the Salvation Army thrift store only cost $8.99. With the $1.25 button investment I was only at $10.24.

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Do you think a small fix like new buttons is worth it on a thrifted piece? I do if the quality of the pieces is really good. As it was in the case of this Zara dress. After I fixed the buttons it was a brand new piece. 

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A quick fix was necessary on this checkered dress, the bow on the back had come undone. I looked up the dress online to see what it looked like. Put the bow back in place and did a little bit of hand sewing to make sure it stayed. A really easy update but it created a piece that looked brand new!

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FRUGAL FASHION FRIDAY

THRIFTED DRESS WITH A QUICK FIX

Zara Dress: $8.99 (Salvation Army thrift store), New Buttons: $1.25 (DressSew), Artizia Hat: $4.99 (Salvation Army thrift store), Red Espadrilles: $34.99 (H&M)

TOTAL COST: $50.22

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This weekend we are headed out of town and this is definitely going to be in my weekender bag! A simple outfit that doesn’t take up a lot of room, perfect! Plus it’s supposed to 30 degrees this weekend, so lightweight clothing will be key.

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Have you ever fallen in love with a thrift store find and mended it? Maybe a seam needed fixing or new buttons? I would be interested to see what else people have fixed. In order to have a brand new piece of clothing on a budget from the Salvation Army thrift store.