Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cheap Thrill

All thrift store shoppers have stories of finding that one incredible bargain - a designer piece at a dirt cheap price, a beautiful vintage item in immaculate condition, or just an incredibly flattering outfit for a couple of bucks.  It's the thrill of the hunt that keeps so many people going back to places like Goodwill, Value Village, flea markets, rummage sales, etc.  There is a little place in my neighbourhood called the May Court Shop, which is a consignment store run by volunteers, and the profits go towards breakfast programs for children.  On most days, the stock consists of primarily conservative styles from labels like Talbots, Eddie Bauer, Smart Set, etc. but occasionally, there will be an item that catches my eye, like this red spring coat....
The colour was great, the fit almost perfect (the sleeves were a little short), but the best part was...
Recognize the pattern in the lining?
Yep, the holy grail of trench coats.  Had it have been one of the traditional beige trench style, with a belt, I would not have been nearly as excited, and probably wouldn't have looked at it in the first place, but I was drawn to the orangey-red colour, and a simple, unadorned cut.  The coat itself was $15, it cost me $25 to get the sleeves let down, so a total of $40 for a Burberry, in beautiful condition.  It's the rare gem like this that makes the time and effort searching through racks and racks (or piles and piles) of stuff all worthwhile.

18 comments:

  1. Ahhhhh. Perfection. The thrifting gods must be smiling down on us all because I, too, had amazing luck today. This coat is a forever piece and you look stunning in it.

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  2. Gorgeous coat and you look AMAZING in it! I love the colour. Sarah xxx

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  3. This colour is made for you! It doesn't get much better than this, style-wise and bargain-wise. You look fabulous here, and I love what you're wearing inside the coat too!

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  4. This is why we do what we do! What an amazing find and in the most beautiful color, which looks gorgeous on you. Did your heart skip a beat???

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  5. What a fabulous find and that colour is to die for! Lucky you!
    jill in Ontario

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  6. Yay! You definitely found a winner. I bet you'll own this for many years to come.

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  7. What a lovely consignment store that is......the beautiful colour of your fabulous find so caught my eye!

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  8. Wohoo, amazing find! I love the pop of colour too - just what we need on those icky rainy days. :)

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  9. Now that's what I call a good find!
    The colour is wonderful, so much better than drab beige, and I prefer that style to the belted trench coat style. Wonderful! xxxx

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  10. It's Gorgeous! What a find and it looks great on you too.

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  11. Oh my god! Shelley that is a fabulous find, lucky girl!

    Ariane

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  12. I've never been a Burberrys fan until I saw yours! Wow! It's incredible, the colour is fabulous. x

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  13. I am trembling just looking at it! What a bargain! I found a Burberry,a gorge navy one from the 70's such classic design and great quality for $2.00. It was too small so I sold it for $75. A tidy profit but I'd rather had it fit. I like your red one a lot!

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  14. Hi there I recently found a similar beige mac in a charity shop and it had the same pattern on the inside as yours. Your one is the only one on the internet I can find with that pattern so I was wondering whether yours had any other markings on it so I can try and work out how old it is/how much it's worth etc. Sorry for the hassle but thanks :) x

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    1. The pattern inside is the classic Burberry pattern, and if it is a genuine Burberry it will have the Burberry label inside.

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