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Making It Mine


I hope that you all are well and happy on this Friday.  I hope your week was good.  Mine was busy, busy, busy.  I feel like it ran me over, actually.  But that’s how it goes.

I’ve kind of got that duh? sort of feeling that comes with Friday afternoon.  So,there won’t be anything mind-boggling on this blog today — or ever, really, right?  But I figured that I can always write about things that I’m passionate about.

So, today I’m talking about the Goodwill.

I know that I’ve talked a lot on here about my love for the Goodwill.  Yes.  I love it.

But I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned exactly why I like it….besides the price, of course.  What I really love about finding clothes at the Goodwill is the challenge.

What kind of challenge?

Well, I don’t know when it was, probably around this time last year, when I discovered that the wealth of the Goodwill plus my semi-okay sewing skills were a really happy match.  Since that time the size of an interesting item hasn’t concerned me all that much. My knowledge of garment construction has grown by leaps and bounds as I’ve made shirts out of dresses, changed the sleeves on long sleeved shirts, made a huge skirt fit by taking out panels, made a size zero skirt fit my nowhere-near-a-size-zero body, shortened skirts, removed ruffles, and made a very large, beautiful, expensive (in its former life) eyelet dress fit me.


$4.50 + a dime's worth of thread = dress I've worn all summer


I’ll admit that it has become a bit of a distraction for me as I shop, because now I not only note the condition of the item but I also think about its future.

But, what fun!

Anyway, I just thought that I’d share some of my craziness with you today.

Happy Friday, y’all!!!


  1. How cute are you?! I love that you can do all of that. I never could. I still haven’t made my cushions. I blame you. Just kidding. I am glad you never took me up on it because I have changed my color scheme completely. I’m sending the fabric to my sister. Anyway, I love the dress!

    🙂 Abby

  2. I’m constantly amazed at all the ways one can “tweak” thrift store and discount clothes to make them into something that really fits and gets worn a lot for not very much money…and I love your dress!

    When you are MUCH older, you can look forward to senior discounts at Goodwill and most other thrift stores once a week…at least here in the Dallas area!

  3. Thanks, Abby and Ruth!

    Now, Miss Abby, what are you talking about? I’m sure that anyone who can smock like you can could definitely alter clothes. It’d be a snap for you. 🙂

    And, Ruth, I am looking forward to getting discounts later in life. Until then I’ll just have to be content with the Goodwill outlet that we have here. I went there recently and felt like I was stealing, almost, with all of the wonderful stuff that I got for less than 10 bucks.

  4. The dress is summer perfection, and you did a wonderful job tailoring it. No wonder you love Goodwill so much. Who wouldn’t with that kind of find!

  5. ann….so pretty you are!

  6. Thanks for your kind comments, Kathleen and Fittsy! 🙂

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