Mercury Blvd in Hampton, Virginia is a treasure trove of thrift stores.
Since I've got the clean up and reorganize bug, maybe everyone else does too and the local thrift stores would be the beneficiaries of all this industriousness. I have already taken several bags of discards to the Goodwill myself.
It was a fruitful stop at the DAV Thrift on Mercury today. I walked away with this drop dead gorgeous vintage coat.
I believe that it is persian lambs wool and the collar is either mink or fox. Typically you see this type of fur in black but this is a lovely mix of colors (which totally does not show up in my pics) that I'm going to call salt and pepper. Like the miniature schnauzers we had when I was growing up.
This jacket came from a furrier in Norfolk, VA and they still have a store in Virginia Beach. Next week I will take the coat over there and have them tell me more about it.
The condition is pristine, it truly appears to have only been worn for, perhaps, special occasions. It only took me a few minutes to debate whether or not to make the purchase, but the clincher was the inside.
The lining is a silvery grey satin and look at this pocket! The owners name is embroidered in this fabulous script and look how they matched up the details in the lining fabric. sigh.
This beauty wasn't my only jackpot score. I also found a distressed velvet jacket and a couple of great skirts, package of vintage trims and a frame kit.
My favorite place to dig in this thrift is the bins of craft supplies. I had to patiently wait while another patron blocked the entire aisle with her cart while she dug through each bin once, then reversed herself and went back through them again. arrrrgghhh.
Once she was done I dug around and came up with a roll of needlepoint canvases. I quickly peaked at just one of them, threw them under my arm and headed for the checkout.
I'm not an expert on needlepoint, though I have dabbled. But I do know how expensive handpainted canvases are.
There were eight canvases in the roll. Most of them are french, one is german. I researched them on the internet and found out they are all from well known artists and they are worth some serious $$$. I got the lot for $5. I know. damn.
Tomorrow is the last day to leave a comment for the apron giveaway.
Thanks to everyone that has left a comment so far. Good luck!