Thrifting is a huge mother-daughter bonding experience for me and my mom. I think I got the thrifty gene from her, but, she will attest, I did not get my creative gene from her. She mostly thrifts “cat” related items. (Side note: We have 4 cats. Everything in our house is cat-related. It’s insane.) And she doesn’t need anymore cat-things, but we all have our hoarding tendencies. Right? Right.
A while back, we went to the Salvation Army Family Store located at 2601 Hermitage Road in Richmond, VA. This trip was by chance; we had planned to go to Diversity Thrift which is a few streets away from the SA, and we did, but after a disappointing selection (not totally disappointing – I got a Jones New York wool sweater and a 100% Cashmere sweater for around $7 for both) we decided to stop by the Salvation Army. (Side note: Something is wrong when a thrift store sells used Chinese take-out containers for $1, shame on you Diversity Thrift!)
The Salvation Army store is really nice. You almost feel like you’re in a department store. Everything is well-organized by “type” of clothing (long sleeve blouses, short sleeve shirts, sweaters, etc.) and they weed out a lot of bad items. Additionally, they have a large selection of gently used furniture and household appliances like washing machines, stoves and refrigerators for amazing prices. I don’t remember the exact prices, but significantly less than buying them new. They also had a couple of pianos for less than $100. I can vouch, these pianos were in great shape, maybe needing a tune-up. Not in need of a piano, but if you’re looking for a second hand piano in Richmond, this is your place!
During this trip, I was shopping for long sleeve blouses. I think there’s a fashion trend (note “I think” – not a big fashion person!) for these flowy, blousy tops. I’ve seen them in many stores and as much as I like them, they are often over $20 and made of that dreaded fabric – polyester. I don’t have anything against polyester or blends – they are washable and low maintenance – but I don’t feel right paying exorbitant amounts for poly.
I’ve found that many thrift stores carry the original inspiration for this trend – silk blouses. Sure, these might have belonged to grandma, but after a quick dry clean, they are better, cheaper alternatives. I think they have much more “character” too! Yay for vintage pieces!
I ended up purchasing a few blouses for about $5 each. I’m thinking these tops were from the ’70s, but I’m not sure. I love pairing them with leggings or skinny jeans.
Here is a lovely burnt-orange blouse with pretty embroidery:
Mom also bought Dad two button down shirts at the SA – one made by Vineyard Vines for $6. I love Vineyard Vines, but they are so expensive. I found the identical shirt online and it retails for $98.50 – Are you kidding me?!? I’ll update with a picture of the shirt next time I’m home. I swear, it’s the same shirt in absolute perfect condition!
The Salvation Army is a bit more expensive, but it’s so well-organized and sells quality items, so the higher prices don’t bother me. Also, the SA has a great mission statement – the proceeds from sales go towards helping people get back on their feet from homelessness, drug addiction, etc. and provides work-training. It is a religious-affiliated organization.