I’m a big fan of purchasing sewing supplies second hand.
Usually, my used sewing supply purchases are found through local buy sell and trades on social media and online or from second hand and thrift stores. If I am shopping both used and brick and mortar, I like to hit up our small local thrift shops. They have the best prices and some real gems.
We do also have a large national second hand chain store here. Though, I don’t often patronize our local Value Village, as I just can’t agree with their horrific pricing. Especially since the products are given free, and the staff is paid terribly. The one item that I do look for at VV is Sewing Supplies. Their magazines and sewing patterns are actually very reasonable and sometimes, very rarely, you can score some awesome fabric for cheap.
I would love to see Value Village correct its pricing.
The pricing issues started when they created a company-wide pricing system, moving away from the discretional pricing that most other stores operate on. I understand why, but the system is flawed. I see dollar store cups with tags priced at 4 or 5 dollars each when they’re 3 for $1 brand new because they fall under tableware. Or extremely common and kind of terrible craft books from the 1970’s priced at $15 because they’re a hard copy, even though they’d normally sell for pennies if they’re purchased at all.
Regardless, I stopped in today and got some neat items. Surprisingly, they actually had sewing patterns in my size! That rarely happens. I also scored some cute fabric!
Heres what I got:
Simplicity 3671 – size GG (26W-32W) – $1.99
I love sewing patterns that are convertible. This one pattern has multiple sleeve lengths, including sleeveless, and works as a dress, a tunic, or a shirt. The princess seams will make for easy Full Bust Adjustments that I usually need. The fit and flare and frills I think would be very flattering on my plus size body as well!
Butterick B5846 – Size GG5 (18-26) – $1.99
Any pattern that is vintage or is vintage styled, I am immediately drawn to. Especially ones that offer plus sizes! This pattern is part of Buttericks 150 year anniversary line. It’s a beautiful shirt dress. It has multiple dress lengths. It also offers some gorgeous details. Tucks give shape in the bodice. Button plackets run the length of the dress, and it has an adorable collar. I can’t wait to try this pattern out.
Butterick B5815 – Size F5 (18-24) – $1.99
A cute, simple dress that looks like it’s straight out of the disco era. The pattern offers a dress, tunic, and shirt length top with full-length tulip sleeves. I’m actually not sure that this will suit my shape well but I’m still curious of the construction, and will definitely be playing around with this one.
Butterick 4033 – Size (20, 22, 24) – $1.99
An interesting 3 piece outfit. It includes a long, semi-fitted jacket, skirt, and pants. The pattern, as it is, does not suite my style even a little bit. It is calling to me though, so I will eventually pull it out and hack it up and see what ends up happening.
Pom-Pom Puppies Book – April Chorba – $1.49
Pom. Pom. Puppies. This is a book about how to make puppies out of homemade pompoms. It didn’t come with the pompom maker that originally came with it, but it’s easy enough to use any pompom maker, store-bought or homemade. These are insanely cute, and I can’t wait to try them out.
Grey Fabric – 4 yards – $5.99
I’m terrible at identifying non-knit fabrics, so, unfortunately, I can’t tell you what type of fabric it is. I can tell you though, that it is incredibly soft, drapes beautifully and has a pretty herringbone looking weave to it. It’s gorgeous! I’m thinking of making a nice work blazer out of it,
Moustache Fabric – 1 x 2 yards – $3.99
I guess this is actually more of a scarf than fabric, but since there is actually a good amount of fabric, and it was in the fabric section, I grabbed it and I will call it fabric! I love moustache prints. I’m envisioning a cute overlay on a skirt with a gathered bodice.
Total spent: $19.43
The lovely thing about thrift shopping is, just like anything you need or desire, you can almost always find it cheaper and just as good second hand. And while I don’t always feel good patronizing places like Value Village, it’s better than purchasing from large corporations who sell brand new products. Besides, most towns have a couple of small, local, second-hand shops which are often non-profit, or support community programs. And buying stuff from those places is good for me, the stores, the community and the environment. And who doesn’t like to save a few dollars?!
What are your favourite items you’ve found second hand?