Fabulous coats are one of the redeeming qualities of midwestern weather. Each season I lust after a new style but hold back based on budget. This fall I decided to enlist the help of my friend Krystle of Fly Vintage to satisfy my craving for a new coat under $50. Krystle is a vintage expert that buys and sells vintage pieces.
She took me straight to one of her favorite thrift stores (which I agreed to keep under wraps) to begin searching for options. I didn't really have an idea of what I wanted, which she said was a good thing. Krystle told me to be open minded and know what items you are looking for but be willing to experiment with new shapes and looks.
We dug into the coats and I pulled out a 70's era hooded trench. I loved it but it needed some work. Several of the buttons were missing and the pocket seams were split but I decided for $4.00, it was worth the attention.
Krystle found a stunning ivory wool coat with a real fur collar for only $6. With a good professional cleaning, it would look brand new. She plans to spend about $30-$40 on cleaning due to the fur collar.
I ended up investing about $40 into the coat in professional cleaning and tailoring plus the new buttons I purchased. Grand total: $44.00 for a one-of-a-kind feminine khaki trench. It just goes to show you should never discount the extreme discount stores!
Stay tuned formore thrift store finds and check out Fly Vintage for more photos from our shoot and Krystle's take on our mission!
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