Before & After: Another Rit Dye DIY

As I mentioned in my April Thrift Haul post, I found a pretty Line of Oslo blouse at the thrift store for $6 and immediately decided to buy it and dye it.

Here is the before:

I don’t know if it’s actually a blouse, tunic, swim coverup or dress… it’s flowy and hits about the top of my thigh. I found the brand website and this pretty little top traveled here from Norway, so that’s pretty dang cool. I love the drape of the top, the sleeves, the neckline and the silver accents. However, I don’t really wear white.

So, that brings us to the dye! I was initially thinking I’d go for a dark grey but when I checked my stash, I found a box of purple dye that I had never used. So, I figured why not? Here’s a link to the exact box of dye on Amazon if you’re looking for it.

Anyways, I could not have been lazier with this project. I put on a pair of gloves, wet the shirt, added the powder dye to a pot of hot water (it’s a pot I only use for dying… not for food) and swished it around for maybe 5 minutes.

I didn’t want it to be super dark purple, I just wanted it to be less white. And I wasn’t sure if the silver was going to show through or not. So, about 5 minutes and I was done. I rinsed it and rinsed it until the water was mostly clear. The photo on the far right is the rinsed color, however it always gets a bit lighter once dry.

I threw it in with the rest of my load of laundry through the washer (on cold) and the dryer.

And here is the after:

I love how it turned out and the fact that the silver came right though, so I didn’t lose the pattern at all. It’s still somewhat transparent, so I’ll have to wear it over something more than a bra. However, I’m thinking I’ll use this as a swimsuit cover up (with and without shorts) on our next trip. It also will look really cute knotted over the front of a dress, so I still get coverage but it can pretend to be a shirt.

So yeah, certainly worth $6 and not much of my time!

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April Thrift Haul

Today’s thrift haul is extra fun, since it includes thrifting from our spring break trip to Tucson, Arizona as well as closer-to-home finds!

We had a rainy day in Tucson, so we decided to stop by the local Savers to see if we could find any treasures. I love thrifting while on vacation – you get awesome souvenirs that remind you of your trip, it’s less expensive than the local stores, and you find some super cool items.

First up, two items thrifted by my husband:

  • Steel City Cycles t-shirt, $6.49
  • American Red Cross long sleeve shirt with hood, $13.49

My husband will very occasionally come with me on my thrifting hunts, but has less patience for looking through every dang thing in the store to find some winners. He was graciously keeping busy (and keeping Jack busy) while I had my thrifting fun and ended up finding two shirts that he loved. Both are in great condition, super soft, and his size… so he’s pretty happy with himself!

Jack also found a couple fun items – a cool assortment of fidgets (including a rainbow pop-it keyboard that is super snazzy) and a TrueBalance game. I forgot to take photos of them though.

Okay, on to my finds!

  • Universal Threads V-neck T-Shirt, $2.79
  • Old Navy fern top, $11.99

Quite the price range with these two tops and there was really no rhyme or reason with the pricing at the Savers we went to. I have a couple Universal Threads t-shirts that hold up pretty well, so I figured I’d grab this one for less than $3. As for the flowy fern top, I really like the cap sleeves and the pattern. You can see it paired with a skirt here.

  • Don’t Be a Salty Heifer t-shirt, $5.99
  • Vintage skirt, $8.29

Did this shirt make me laugh out loud in the store? Yes. Do these two items look awfully cute paired together? Also, yes! I love the colors and message of this fun t-shirt and will absolutely be adding it into my weekend rotation. The vintage skirt is also super flowy and cute and I love it so much. Love them both and they are currently hanging next to each other in my closet for the next warm weekend day!

  • Handmade pottery tray with handle, $6.49

You guys know that I love a beautiful handmade pottery piece and I couldn’t resist this one and was determined to fit it into our suitcase to come back home. It is pretty large — about plate sized — and beautifully done. I currently have it next to my reading spot in the den to corral miscellaneous stuff.

Once we were back in Maryland, I was able to do a little thrift store visiting later in the month. I surprisingly found more luck in the homegoods section than the clothing.

  • Jeannette Cube Pink Depression Glass Sugar Bowl, $7.99

This adorable pink Depression Glass sugar bowl is the Jeannette Cube design, which was produced between 1929 – 1933. I love vintage pink glass, and the cube design is so beautiful in person so I had to scoop it up.

  • Birds Outdoor Pillow, $4.49

According to Google Images, this outdoor pillow is from Plow & Hearth and cost $25 new. I just really like the colors and design and it’s in super great shape, so I plopped it right on the chair on my front porch and it’s living there quite happily.

  • Ceramic ‘egg crate’ jewelry dish, $5.99

I really like this pretty green ceramic dish with the gold accents. After looking at it closely and seeing no marks on the bottom, I think someone made this by hand (perhaps at one of those paint-your-own pottery places, if they have gold filigree to work with?). However, it also looks like some I found at Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, so who knows where it came from. I added it to my jewelry area and it looks adorable next to my vintage jade hand.

  • Leather braided belt, $3.49

I’ve been casually looking for a new braided leather belt since the one I’ve been wearing for 20+ years is starting to look a little sad. This one is a little thinner than the one I’m planning to replace, but I’m working it into my rotation to see if it’s a keeper.

  • Line of Oslo blouse, $5.99

I found this pretty blouse/tunic/swim coverup/dress-like thing hanging with the dresses at the thrift store and love the gauzy material and the pretty silver accents. However, I don’t really wear much/any white, so I bought it with the intention of dying it a different color. Upon googling, I found that Line of Oslo is a brand from Norway, which is a long, long way from Maryland. A little dip in a purple dye bath and I love the way this turned out.

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March Thrift Haul

I really thought I’d have some fabulous items to show you this month. I even went thrifting twice and hit stores that typically give me some winners. However, both days I walked away with my hands empty. It could be because I’m also doing a bit of a closet clean out and it will take me really loving an item to add it in. Or, it could be that I just kept finding a ton of crap.

So, this month, rather than a “thrift” haul we have a secondhand haul:

South Parade Hoodie, $15

Source: Poshmark.com

I love South Parade, especially the brand’s t-shirts, but it can be super frustrating when they only have limited releases once a season. Every so often I’ll do a Poshmark search to see if anything cool pops up, which is how I found this super cute hoodie. They typically sell for around $90, so $15 was a steal. The seller sent it to me quickly and it’s just as soft and comfortable as I hoped it would be. And honestly, at $15 it’s pretty darn close to thrift pricing…

Birkenstock Arizona Sandals, $40

Source: Poshmark.com

For the past few years, I’ve been getting Jack a pair of Birkenstock leather sandals for the summer. The first year, he wore the same shoes for 2 summers, last year he got just one summer out of the next size. Well, this year… he’s in adult sizes. {sob}

The difference in price is huge – kid’s sandals are $60, while the adult version of just ONE SIZE UP is $120. And yes, I know I can get him a knock-off version for much less. However, I decided to give Poshmark a try and found a pair of never worn Birkenstock Arizona sandals in Jack’s new size for $40! They just came a few days ago and they are absolutely perfect… so I’m calling this one another secondhand steal!

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