Thrift Store Treasure: $5 Vintage Dress

Posted On Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime, Thrift Stores

A few months ago I gave you guys a little peek at a dress I found from the Salvation Army and judging from the comments, you love her! She’s a bright emerald hue, has a paisley pattern and is 100 percent silk. Oh yeah, and she’s vintage and only cost $5!

Here’s a closer look at her and how I snagged such an amazing find.

I’m a frequent shopper at the Salvation Army on 46th St {between 10th and 11th avenues} since the store is so well organized. If I’m looking for jeans, I know to head to the racks near the front of the store. If I want a black skirt, I go to the middle of the skirt rack where everything is color coordinated. So imagine how excited I was when I walked in and found a new section specifically for vintage frocks.

The options were pretty limited, I think there were about a dozen or so pieces, but I immediately noticed the bright colored dress. It’s really the little details that make this frock such a gem. And the price tag wasn’t bad either.

I’m normally not a fan of patterns but this one is subtle and gorgeous.

Nipped and draped at the waist.

Judging from the label, I think the dress is from the 70s or 80s.

This is probably one of the most figure flattering dresses in my closet. It skims my body without being too restrictive. However, I can easily see some wardrobe malfunctions happening. The v-neck plunges a little too much and the wrap style mixed with the silk fabric makes for embarrassment on a windy day. But I’ll just add some pins, a brooch or stitches to remedy that.

I can’t wait to wear this within the next week or so, I’ll be sure to post some Thrifty Threads pics!


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4 thoughts on “Thrift Store Treasure: $5 Vintage Dress

  1. That does not look like a vintage label to me. Usually vintage cloths are made in the USA and the piece that hangs down and says “100% silk Made in China” would be more like a thin piece of paper with a very basic type writer looking print. The way LLOYD WILLIAMS is written also looks contemporary because older pieces usually have a more whimsical tag whereas newer tags are more basic and streamlined. I would say maybe early 90s. What makes you think it looks vintage?

    • @9c4f9b3195e342092cb6b6292b99f315:disqus A quick Google search shows similar style of Lloyd Williams dresses are from the 70s and 80s (it’s most likely 80s) and more importantly, the tag specifies Shanghai. Newer tags rarely (if ever?) specify the city the piece was created in.

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