Thrifting Thursday’s – Pantaloonsđź‘–đź‘–đź‘–đź‘–

Thrifting Thursday! 

Sew Frugal is slowly but surely getting back to thrifting and we are beginning with “Thrifting Thursday’s”. On Thursday’s we will showcase the latest thrift scores and we welcome guest thrifters. 

This week we addressed the need for work pants and jeans. SF Scored three pairs of slacks three pairs of jeans and a fun pair of capri’s. 

Total spent $40. 
All slacks are fully lined. Banana republic and Ralph Lauren. Slightly flared leg, one with cuffs and flat front straight legged. The jeans, Abercrombie and Fitch, Gap 1969 and lucky brand jeans. Straight and flared. Gotta have some variety with styles changing so quickly.

 #HappyThrifter #ThriftingThursdays 

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Edited4Goodwill – Spring Trunk Show #blog4good

One of my favorite Goodwill events took place last week. Edited 4 Goodwill Spring Trunk Show.


This years event took place the week before Goodwill Industries Week which is an annual celebration of Goodwill Greater Washington’s mission to provide free job training and employment services to people with disabilities and disadvantages. The theme this year is Blog4good. I’m excited to support this event which was held at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery Wednesday and Thursday last week.


The main reason I enjoy this event so much is because Goodwill selects the best stuff for their Edited4Goodwill trunk show. The higher end labels and the merchandise that’s in the best condition is what makes its way to the showroom floor. I’m always looking for brand names so this makes shopping thrift easy peasy.


During my lunch hour I hopped in my car and hightailed it over to the Pepco Gallery. I only had and hour and I needed to make every moment count.

The first few items I picked up was this gray Jones of NY suit. Needed to replace an old gray suit that is overdue for retirement. This beige BCBG wrap dress and these plaid skinny pants. The pants aren’t quite my style but I’m always looking for that one interesting piece I can add to my wardrobe.


My most fabulous find that afternoon was this Victor Costa for Neiman Marcus lace gown with fur collar and sleeves. This vintage piece is almost a perfect fit. With a few minor alterations it will be ready for prime time.


Later this week I will share pics of the other great finds at last weeks Edited4Goodwill.

Happy Thrifting


Goodwill Industries Week #blog4good


This week is Goodwill Industries week which is an annual celebration of Goodwill of Greater Washington’s mission to provide free job training and employment services to people with disabilities and disadvantages.

Did you know the unemployment rate in DC is up almost 3% from 6 years ago. People in our communities need skills, education and resources and Goodwill is working hard to provide that. In honor of Goodwill Industries week I’m taking a break from my regular blog posts to share something with you that I think is important.

You know Goodwill. They’re the place you take all the stuff you don’t want anymore. Some of you know them for one of the best places where you can find some great deals on pre owned merchandise. But, do you know why Goodwill accepts your donations? Do you know where the proceeds from those retail sales go? I implore you to give this some thought.

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Goodwill helps people find jobs. In this tough economy the long-term unemployed are facing real challenges.  What Goodwill offers is a greatly needed resource. Many of the people Goodwill is servicing are people who live in our communities. Everyday people who have children who attend our schools. Everyday people who are looking for a way to become self-sufficient. Goodwill of Greater Washington’s provides these people with job training and employment services.  Their goal is to give people with disabilities and disadvantages the tools they need to give back to society.

Just a little background on Goodwill of Greater Washington: In 2013, Goodwill directly affected the lives of more than 6,000 of our neighbors. These are people who have re-found the dignity that comes with being a contributing member of our society. Goodwill also diverted over 25 million of trash from local landfills through their donation program. In addition to training people for jobs, placing them into jobs, providing consumers with access to quality, low-cost goods, and acting as one our region’s largest recyclers, Goodwill is also a job developer. With each new store and donation center that Goodwill opens, 25-30 new jobs are created. I enjoy being a proud supporter of Goodwill and look forward to working with them in the future while continuing to highlight the fantastic finds and treasures I uncover on occasion.

If you could walk in someone else’s shoes for just one day would you help them?

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Furthermore, if you’d like to learn more about Goodwill of Greater Washington, find their nearest store or donation center, or get involved, please visit or download their free mobile app from the iTunes app store. Tomorrow I will share with you some great buys from the most recent Edited4Goodwill sale that took place last week.


Friday Love from DC Goodwill Fashionista

Fashionista Friday: Jen’s new nude shoes

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No GravatarNine West heels at Goodwill“I love having small feet,” Jen declared on Instagram upon finding these never-worn Nine West heels at DC Goodwill.

It’s easy to be jealous! Finding shoes is often one of the biggest challenges of shopping secondhand. Clothing that’s a bit too big can be tailored, but you can’t do much about the size of a shoe. Either it fits, or it doesn’t. If the fit isn’t quite right, you risk being miserable and having the blisters to prove it.

But Jen, who you may remember from previous events and guest blog posts as the lady behind Sew Frugal and Fashionable, is a pro at finding bargains—and she hit the jackpot this time.

How to wear them? Remember, nude shoes are indeed a neutral. You can pair them with almost any outfit. Jen always looks polished, whether it’s the weekend or she’s come to an event straight from work. I’m sure she’ll get plenty of wear out of this “new to her” pair this spring!

Thanks for shopping Goodwill, Jen! You’ll always be a Fashionista.

Want to be a Goodwill Fashionista? Send a photo of your latest Goodwill find to If we feature your look here, you’ll get a badge to share on your blog or site to show everyone that you’re a savvy Goodwill Fashionista!


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This is why I swap

Those of you who have followed the blog over the past couple of years know that I am a strong proponent of swapping. This is the concept of trading your new or nearly new items for another persons new or nearly new items. What a novel idea right? The best part? It won’t cost you much. Sometimes $10-25.

Last week once again I attended a swap party at the Junior League and it did not disappoint.

I managed to gather several unworn items from my closet the night before. A few were a bit difficult to part with but something about “you get what you give” came to mind and I decided to give a little more. 15 items total I took to the swap.



I actually brought 4 pairs of shoes and that took my total to 19. Although they only required 5-10 items I have so much I need to get rid of I could have brought 20 more items.

While we were waiting for the organizers to prepare the room we enjoyed salad, bread and wine. I enjoyed great conversation in a relaxing atmosphere with the members of the Junior League.

Many of you know that I block out time on my schedule every year for the Annual Tossed and Found Rummage sale sponsored by the Junior League. The event is coming up in two weeks and I am so excited! Blog post coming later…..

Back to the swap:

It was interesting the way they organized this years swap. You were given a tag for each item and you turned those tags in after you grabbed your items.


I managed to find 8 items that I thought were great. One item in particular stole the entire show.



No your eyes are not deceiving you. This Rena Lange dress was originally priced at. $1895.00. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Of course I googled the designer and found many other beautiful creations. What a great find!!!

The Sewing Society is adding Fall Classes

Class is in session! The Sewing Society Fall Sewing classes are rolling out. Beginning sewing, Understanding patterns, Skirt making and Tote bags are all on tap for this fall. Click the link below for a full list.

Calling all beginner seamstresses and those who need a little refresher course.

Have you ever picked up a pattern or guide sheet and you feel like you are reading another language? Or been in the fabric store and it seems like the people are speaking a different language? Do the words bias tape, tracing wheels and notches mean nothing to you? Fear No More! Silver Spring Sewing Society is here to help. Learning how to sew and communicating in sewing terms can become second language within just a few lessons.

This Very Basic Sewing Class will focus in on the very basic components of sewing. You will learn the parts of the sewing machine, how to take your measurements, what to look for if you are buying a new machine and you will practice sewing stitches. Come join us to get all your sewing questions answered. For this class you should bring your own sewing machine and all the attachments including bobbins.


If you do not own or have access to a sewing machine we have a limited number of sewing machines available for rent. Prior to registering for this class please send an email to reserve a machine.


Please arrive 15 minutes early for set up

Additional supplies for this class will be provided.


Please see the supply list below:

A working sewing machine – Please have your machines serviced before bringing them to class if they are older and have not been used in a while


(be sure to bring your foot petal and manual if you have it handy)

Presser feet for the Sewing Machine

Extra sewing needles

Sewing shears

Seam ripper (this will be your best friend :-)

Tracing wheel/tracing paper or chalk (whichever you prefer)

Spool of Thread


Tape Measure

Pin cushion

Bobbins (make sure they fit your machine)

A sewing box or carrying case to keep all your supplies

Patience and a sense of humor :-)

We have sewing machines for rent: Please email to reserve before registering for this class

Classes and Meetups will only be confirmed and booked at the location after at least 6 people have RSVP’d. If registration drops below 5 the class or meetup is subject to be canceled. Please check back periodically.

Tossed & Found Rummage Sale

Hello Readers!!!

It’s that time again for Tossed and Found Rummage sale sponsored by the Junior League Washington of DC.

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If you miss this event you are truly missing a treat. They will have everything from housewares to clothing at discount prices. If you love thrifting then you will love Tossed and Found. The event is kicked off on Friday night with Hoops and Heels silent auction and sneak preview sale. All shoppers will get to see the goods first hand on Friday night. Admission is $45. However Saturday and Sunday they are open from 9-4pm and its FREE all day! If you can make it our group The Thrift Score Society will meet you there at 8:30am Saturday morning and a few of us will show you the best way to navigate the huge show room of items. Bring large tote bags and rolling carts!!  On Sunday you can purchase a large bag for $40 and stuff it with as much as you can carry away. Thrifters Heaven!!!

This year the location of the sale has move a couple blocks away from Crystal City. The Sale will be held at 251 18th street, 5th floor, Arlington, VA.

If driving, pull into the garage of 251 18th Street. Immediately past the ticket machine, take the first left. Drive straight until you can’t any longer. There will be an elevator bank with a large green stripe that says 251 18th Street and Square 5 in front of you. Please take the elevators to the Shops level, where a volunteer will meet you to give you access to the locked 5th floor. If taking other methods of transportation, you will need to meet a T&F representatives on the Shops level of the elevator banks that are located close to the Rite Aid on the Shops Level.

Please note: if you are coming on a weeknight, the parking in the 251 18th street garage is very limited before 7 pm. There is a 2nd garage next to Morton’s on Crystal Drive, labeled “Crystal City Shops at 1550.” You can park here, and take the blue elevators to the Shops level, where you will need to head towards Starbucks and take a right and walk until you see the Rite Aid. The “251 18th street” elevators are directly across from RiteAid. A volunteer will be there to give you access to the locked 5th floor.

Below are a few of the designer items you will find at the sale: