Thrift store clothing shopping

Dear Diary,

Adam:  For the past 2 1/2 years, Jesse has been a volunteer at the local Red Cross thrift shop.  Once each fortnight he pulls a shift, working in the store.  He loves doing this because he feels he is giving back to the community where we live.  In addition, he has met many people and become well-known.  The other day he went to pick up something he purchased on-line and when he arrived the woman said to him "I know you from the Red Cross shop!"

A few weeks ago when he went for his shift, there was an 18" boy doll for sale.  I use the word "doll" loosely because it isn't really a doll because it could never be played with.  It's more a manikin; you know the type: ceramic head, hands and feet, cloth body and wired into a pose to represent something (like a dancer, little child, etc).  Think Franklin Mint.  Anyway, this boy doll had on an old fashioned newspaper boy outfit and Jesse thought it would probably fit me.  So, he bought the doll, stripped it down and donated it back to the charity shop much to the chagrin of the other volunteers!

As a rule, the clothes on these dolls can be  pretty nice and in this case, they weren't too bad.  The shirt was too large but the leather shoes fit.  The tweed woolen trousers were fine in the waist but too long so Jesse shortened them and added cuffs.  The braces (suspenders) were also too long but they were successfully shortened.  The cap is hopeless.  It was made so poorly that nothing can make it look good.

It has a bit of an Edwardian look.

This cap is absolutely dreadful!

As soon as we're done, I'm going to find a shovel, dig a hole and bury this awful cap!
Anyway, since I'm really short of clothes, this gave me some more options (minus that cap!).  Jesse  says I shouldn't be fussy about where we buy our clothes; after all, he buys lots of his clothing there.  He says you never know what treasure you'll find in a thrift shop.  Perhaps that's why in New Zealand we call them "opportunity shops"!


  1. Dear Adam,
    What a good find! (except for the truly awful hat! although I would want to unpick it to make a good-looking well-fitting version - there seems to be more than enough fabric in it to not even unpick it, just cut it apart!)
    I love the braces and the roominess of the trousers is just right for an Edwardian look, especially when eld up by such excellent braces.
    You must thank Jesse for seizing this excellent opportunity for you.
    Rose & Co - and Usha

    1. Hi Rose & Co (and Usha, too!). It is a dreadful hat and it's been put away, hopefully, never to be seen again. You're right that there is enough fabric in it - to make another pair of trousers! The braces are even better from the rear and I like the buttons on them. Jesse has been striving to get me more clothes to wear so I can change clothes with some variety. Adam

  2. We visit Charity Shops a lot as well, although Mum hasn't found anything good in there for me yet clothing wise, although she did find me a skateboard once which is good fun!

    The outfit is great Adam and you look pretty cool in it. I wonder if the cap is unstitched from cap and then the 'circle' made smaller and then restitched on, whether this would help a bit. What a shame it isn't as well made as the trousers. My Mum said NZ Op Shops are great!


  3. Hi Henry, I know that Angelo would really like a skateboard! Thanks for the compliments; I think the fabric and style suits a guy like me very well. I can't understand why the manufacturers did a great job on the other items but such a terrible job with the hat. Jesses says it's a hopeless case as is but he might have a go at fixing it. Your mum is correct - our op shops are great. Just look in Jesse's closet! Your friend, Adam


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