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mrs.benjimadden
« on: May 02, 2005 04:43:42 PM »

So you could spend up to $10 on an outfit, required to be atleast a top and bottom, then reconstruct it, we could do before and after pictures, and vote based on best bang for their buck and best reconstruction job. What do ya'll think?
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2005 06:54:28 PM »

It sounds like fun but I think the limit should be less like $5 and not be limited to top and pants but an outfit (dress, skirt, top, shorts...).
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2005 09:21:51 PM »

Me!
Could we use things that have recently been made???
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2005 05:37:27 PM »

It sounds like fun but I think the limit should be less like $5 and not be limited to top and pants but an outfit (dress, skirt, top, shorts...).

It wasn't limited to just a top and pants, it was atleast a top and bottom.

Yeah ten dollars seem kinda high once I think about it more, $5 sounds good to me.

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Yeah, I guess, I mean I have no problem with it.


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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2005 10:04:10 AM »

Although I do agree that the reconstructed outfit idea is a great one the $ limit is a bit of a tough thing to decide.  The area I used to live in (a bit more urban) had TONS of thrift stores and you could easily find tops for $1 and bottoms for $2.  That's if you weren't lucky enough to find a $5 per bag sale. BUT, the area I live in now is further out of the city (to the point of being surrounded by rural areas) and the nearest thrift store (there's only one) is a Value Village.  I don't have anything against value village but their prices, at least in this store, seem to be higher and would make an outfit for $5 pretty difficult to find.

Maybe a halfway point would be okay?  Like $7?  I've managed to get outfits at even our "ritzy" Value Village for that amount, even if it was tough.  Oh my, I can't believe I find our Value Village "ritzy".  lol  Just to venture off-topic, has anyone else noticed big price differences in various thrift stores?
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2005 03:45:25 PM »

Although I do agree that the reconstructed outfit idea is a great one the $ limit is a bit of a tough thing to decide. The area I used to live in (a bit more urban) had TONS of thrift stores and you could easily find tops for $1 and bottoms for $2. That's if you weren't lucky enough to find a $5 per bag sale. BUT, the area I live in now is further out of the city (to the point of being surrounded by rural areas) and the nearest thrift store (there's only one) is a Value Village. I don't have anything against value village but their prices, at least in this store, seem to be higher and would make an outfit for $5 pretty difficult to find.

Maybe a halfway point would be okay? Like $7? I've managed to get outfits at even our "ritzy" Value Village for that amount, even if it was tough. Oh my, I can't believe I find our Value Village "ritzy". lol Just to venture off-topic, has anyone else noticed big price differences in various thrift stores?

Yeah that's why I had it at $10 because my thrift shop here is in a rural area and its prices are a bit high too, and I read on here about people finding things for $1-$2 and I sit there and think "LUCKY".
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2005 01:00:22 AM »

I must say I'm getting very excited about this.
I have planned a lot of my outfit already, even though it hasn't been verified yet.
My thrift stores are also VERY expensive, so I think $10 is a good price.
LEAH!!! Please make this a challenge- I just can't wait...
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2005 04:09:29 PM »

Our Value Village has one particular color for 99 cents every monday. Half the week another color tag is half off then that become the new color on Moday. The Goodwill down the street from VV does the same thing only 30 cents more. Also on holidays they have half-off sales. Smaller thrift stores seem to do the whole-bag-for-dirt-cheap thing.
Oh my, I can't believe I find our Value Village "ritzy".
The VV near my BF's house is "ritzy", too. It's, sorta, in rich people land so the prices are higher than the prices in the sorta.... slummy neighborhood VV that I normally shop at.
Oh, and I'd so be in for this one.
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2005 03:08:48 PM »

I'm posting on a lot of these ideas because they're all great!  I love this thrift shop outfit idea very much.  That's the fun of thrift stores - reconstruction!

I live in thrift store central and I see huge variations in price.  We have a Discovery Shop that's fun, but very ritzy.  Then we The Thrift Store where you can get tops for .40!  The Goodwill is probably the mid range choice.  For the prices, there is a LOT to choose from.

Oh I hope we do this one!
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2005 01:10:21 PM »

sounds like fun  Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2005 01:19:31 PM »

I love this idea! But I've recently decided I can't buy any new clothes... and I can't go into my favorite place on earth without buying anything... or can I?
Decisions, decisions.
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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2005 02:02:08 PM »

I LOVE this idea! Especially since last week I took my first trip to Goodwill (I know, tragic, but my mom is all snobby about it) and love it. I've been to our other thrift store millions of times but they just don't have anything good. I love the fact that I can go get new clothes for tons cheaper, support a good cause, AND not hand over tons of money to line the pockets of the greedy corporations of America.

(and yes, I've noticed the price diffrences too)
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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2005 02:19:56 PM »

This is a great idea! I just have one question: I know that you initially have to buy the clothes as a top-and-bottom type outfit. But is it alright if you reconstruct one of the pieces as an accessory (like a purse)? Or does it have to be a reconstructed top/bottom outfit?
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2005 07:41:34 PM »

You could do anything you want, and have anything in the outfit you want, just as long as you don't spend more than $10, and you atleast have a top and bottom.
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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2005 09:15:24 PM »

does the $10 include the supplies you need to finish the product (notions, embellishments, paint...)?
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« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2005 04:11:07 PM »

Only if you got them at the Thrift Store, I don't know, what does everybody else think?
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« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2005 06:04:31 PM »

Visited Goodwill today and well I have two outfits. One I'm only doing a bit of reconstructing (sleeves) and the other I already had the shirt...so what should I do? Which one would work? Or should I see what else I can find?
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« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2005 08:18:12 PM »

Great idea! I already have some stuff from the thrift store waiting to be cut up.. this is gonna be fun!
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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2005 11:41:30 AM »

Hey guys! Since this thread has the most replies of all the suggestions so far, I'm gonna make this the next challenge.

So it sounds like the rules are basically:

1. spend $10 or less in a thrift store and make an outfit that has a top and a bottom to it
2. you can use extra notions and embellishments (thread, ribbon, zipper, velcro, snaps, etc) that don't come from the thrift store and they don't have to fall into the $10 limit

Does this sound right?

Fun fun fun!

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« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2005 11:48:20 AM »

Yipee! Only question now is...which of my reconstructed outfits? (or maybe I'll go find another one just for this Grin)
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« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2005 11:49:15 AM »

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« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2005 02:30:21 PM »

This craft challenge as been accepted and you can find it here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=36620.0

Go there to ask questions or comment on this challenge.
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