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Thrifting in Austin, TX (and a Dress Refashion!)

Manmosa Dress
First Plane to Austin: Dress to Top Refashion

After Dan and I arrived in Austin post-plane nap,  we immediately hit up a few thrift shops.  You see…I intentionally packed quite light.

Douglas doesn't want me to go!
Douglas doesn’t want me to go!

The only change of clothes I had was a little black dress.  So, unless I wanted to look like a bedraggled Audrey Hepburn all weekend, I needed to get some not-so-new duds!

I found a couple of terrific frocks at Treasure City Thrift!

Treasure City Thrift Exterior
I wonder what treasures await! 🙂

Then, Dan and I stumbled upon the BIGGEST thrift store I’ve ever seen!

Texas Thrift Store Exterior

Apparently, everything really IS bigger in Texas, as this place is flippin’ HUGE!!!!

I highly recommend giving Texas Thrift Store and its sister stores a visit.

refashionista in front of thrift store window
Never Never Ever Buy New!!!

While I was looking through the endless racks,  Dan ran up to me with this!

jillian with dog purse
It’s a Purseranian! 😉

We made a friendly wager.  If this pic could get 10 likes on facebook, I would invest the $3 for this fine creature.

He won.  :/


We got back to our Airbnb home, where I washed and dried the day’s finds!

two dresses hanging on clothesline outside
Old-fashioned dryer!

I thought that zebra number on the left would be just the thing for a dinner with friends in the 100+degree heat!

refashionista Thrifting in Austin, TX (and a Dress Refashion!) after
It’s seriously 105 degrees out there, y’all!

I couldn’t resist taking a second “before” pic with our hosts’ chickens in the background.  🙂

Thrifting in Austin, TX (and a Dress Refashion!) after with chickens
Aren’t they cute?

I retreated from heat to the comfort of our air-conditioned room and got to work on my new thrifted dress!

First, I pinned that collar down on the inside. I didn’t want to completely get rid of it, as I think I might occasionally like it (just not tonight).  🙂

I brought safety pins!
I brought safety pins!

Then, I made a few chops!

cutting off arms and bottom of dress
It’s just too darn hot for any of that!

I added a hem to the bottom of my new dress.

pinning hem of dress
I brought a mini pin cushion!

I stitched my new hem down…

sewing hem
I brought a mini sewing machine!

…then pinned those cut-off sleeves and sewed ’em up!

Taking up those sleeve holes!
Taking up those sleeve holes! 
sewing arm hole

Now…I always tell you guys to press your hems, but there I was…stuck without an iron!  :/

…Or was I?

jillian holding curling iron
I’m sure my hostess won’t mind!

I pressed my hems with the curling iron, and it worked just fine!  

ironing hem with curling iron
I’m the MacGyver of Refashioning!

I turned that bottom scrap into a sash, and was ready for fun evening in this terrific city!

Thrifting in Austin, TX (and a Dress Refashion!) after
Not bad for an on-the-road refash, eh? 🙂

Of course, Dan talked me into bringing my new accessory with me.  😉

Thrifting in Austin, TX (and a Dress Refashion!) after with purse
She got a refashion of her own! 🙂
Dan with dog purse
We named her Ladybird!
Natalia and Jillian with Dog purse
Natalia <3s Ladybird too!

If you’re ever in Austin, I can’t recommend Takoba enough!  They have delicious cocktails and fabulous food!

Jillian eating at Takoba
Soooo much yum in front of me on that table! *sigh*

Stay tuned for MORE Austin adventures!  🙂


Thrifting in Austin, TX (and a Dress Refashion!) before and after
Manmosa Dress
First Plane to Austin: Dress to Top Refashion