8.10.2012

the $1 dress






recently alex and i went to check out a new junk store in a neighboring town.
while i explored inside, he wandered out back and starting going through box after box of junk.
he found a few goodies and told me he saw an old dress that i might want to check out.
so i went out back and found this silky-soft dress from the 1960's.
it was a little dusty and dirty but in otherwise perfect shape.



is it just me or does it look like a kate spade pattern?
i mean even the navy, white and yellow color scheme is perfect.







vintage junk store dress - $1


try and stay cool this weekend.

xo
janet







64 comments:

  1. You should have your own TV show! Style On $1 A Day...
    This is very Kate Spade. The neckline is gorgeous. I can't wear dropped-waist dresses (my waist seems to have already dropped?), but it looks like it was made for you.
    x
    janelle mcculloch \ library of design

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  2. Bargain of the month. It looks perfect on you, really pretty!

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  3. this dress is just beautiful! you are so good at finding real steals!

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  4. it actually looks more like a Marni design - sooo cool and congratulations, its a beautiful dress!

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  5. Fantastic! You look great. It is rather fun that one of your sons thought it looked like something you would like. My boys do that sort of thing, too.Have beautiful weekend!

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  6. To me this dress says "lunch date". I wonder if Kate Spade's designers go through junk shops for inspiration? Betcha!
    Have a great weekend Janet.

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  7. SCORE! I love a good thrift store find.

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  8. Oh my gosh...you really scored. Its so pretty and does looks very contemporary.

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  9. Very Kate Spade~ish indeed, I love it! Enjoy the weekend Janet.
    Hugs~
    T

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  10. Groovy and classy all at the same time. Goldie Hawn never looked so good!

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  11. Totally adorable on you. And I love that you're junking with your son and he's spotting cute dresses that you would be interested in.

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  12. It's adorable, and fits you perfectly!!!
    Claudia

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  13. What a find - and it fits you so perfectly - and for a dollar no less - amazing!

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  14. Yes it looks like Kate Spade to me and YOU look totally fabulous in it-as usual! GREAT find!

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  15. Looks brand new and very modern and perfect on you, of course. What a find!

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  16. Wah!!! That's so fabulous and fits like it was made for you. Can I come shopping with Alex? xxx

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  17. Cute dress!!!Classic: Sheree

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  18. oh that takes me back!
    i love that simple elegant sytle.
    and it's timeless. you've proven that.
    just beautiful ajj. audrey and jackie would
    envy!!!
    love,
    tammy j

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  19. Makes me happy just to seehtt it... You must ecstatic just to weat it. Love love love
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  20. How do you do it?! This dress looks absolutely current and fits you to a t. What a lucky find!

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  21. Amazing--that dress looks completely fresh! What a find.

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  22. i am very happy that this dress found you.
    who knows HOW long it was waiting for you to come rescue it.
    day after dusty day... and now, it's an internet sensation ♥

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  23. My first impression of the dress was maybe it's a Trina Turk dress.
    You look very lovely in it no matter who the designer, and $1.00!!!
    Lucky you. Have a fun weekend and try to stay cool.
    Sincerely,
    Miranda
    SF Bay Area

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  24. It's a gem Janet. Well "spotted" by your son! Pam in Johannesburg

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  25. Awesome thrifting and very stylish, even better than Kate Spade because you have a one of a kind. I have the J Crew Pop Art Polka Dot Cafe Capri Pants with retro big white dot design that must have been inspired by the same 60 style of your dress. A few years ago J Crew had a Warehouse sale and they were selling what they called their "inspiration" clothing. Basically, it looked like thrift store finds and old LL Bean stuff thrown in. I thought that it was very interesting and fun to see what they were looking to for ideas. Maybe we'll see your fabulous, mod dress in stores next spring!
    You are inspiring me to start thrifting again this fall!
    Have a good week end.

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  26. It looks fabulous on you, I love it.

    Deidre

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  27. Adorable dress Janet!
    This is my first ever blog comment, and it is to tell you how much I appreciate your approach to blogging/life. I have kept up with your blog for about a year and a half now. I love it for your great sense of humor, beautiful photos and our similar interests. I am a vegetarian turned vegan 1 year ago, love simplicity, decluttering, green living, yoga, Redlands, style and enjoying life. Like you!
    But a few weeks ago I found myself crying in the garage while breaking down some cardboard for recycling. I think I had an attack of green/zen/simplicity/waste free exhaustion! I decided that wasn't normal, and that all these blogs I read on those subjects are (for me at least) so far along the accomplishment spectrum that rather than lifting me up they were helping me to feel like a failure. Like I could never quite keep up. I am sure this is just my personality reacting, but I decided to finally delete them all from my top site board and go back to the old days. . . pre blog when I (gasp) trusted myself to know how do something. I had begun to consult a blog on everything, and they were so beautiful and inspiring. . . sort of. But they were also paralyzing because none of them were living my exact life and I had begun to compare myself to them rather than just seek information and inspiration.
    So I deleted them all for now. EXCEPT for yours. Because your blog has never once made me feel like I come up short. I always leave your blog feeling uplifted and inspired. I get a literal and figurative glimpse of sunshine in my misty Seattle days. And a peek at "home" (my husband grew up just down the road and we both graduated from LLU).
    So rock on Janet! Suzanne and I and the rest of us really appreciate you!
    SL in Seattle
    P.S.
    I have been keeping Suzanne in my thoughts and prayers but wasn't sure what to add to her list. I agreed with everyone else. I think now I would say a favorite childhood book. These can take you back to a simpler time. For me it would be The Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, Anne of Green Gables, The Hobbit, Sherlock, The Black Stallion, maybe even a little Nancy Drew :).

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  28. Great dress, and a great score; it would look perfect with stockings and low-heeled pumps.

    - Rosa Rugosa

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  29. Just found your blog and love it. The $1 dress is fantastic. I love it and would definitely wear it. Congrats on a great find.

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  30. tre chic darling and the bargain makes you super cool! Im thinking maybe a belt too!

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  31. Kate Spade, Tibi, Milly, and on and on. Yes. Nifty as heck.

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  32. What a score! This is such a perfect summer dress and looks lovely on you. Kudos to Alex for being able to see beyond its dusty state in the junk store!

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  33. I love black/yellow and navy/yellow combos, it always looks so fresh! I thought I scored when I found 3 pristine Ralph Lauren tops at goodwill this week but you did much better for a buck! You look so classy and fresh! :)

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  34. Oh my gosh...Kate Spade is looking for that dress and you just found it..for a dollar!!!! Just when i think I'm going to give up on the clothing search and stick to household stuff at junk stores...you post this! This might just be my favorite score of yours yet.

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  35. I don't know which is more astonishing to me and makes me the most jealous: the fact that you scored such a great deal on an adorable dress ... or the fact that you have a hubby who will shop and browse junk stores and has an eye for dresses. You made quite a catch there(!) in both the dress and the guy. :-)

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  36. It fits you like it was tailored for you. Stunningly simple yet elegant. Perfect lines.

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  37. Yes, Kate Spade-ish for sure! I want to come shopping with you!!! You find the greatest things!

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  38. Janet,

    That dress was made for you!! What a great find!

    Linda
    xo

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  39. So Jackie Kennedy at Palm Beach! And the dress is pretty fab too!!

    Love your friend who is 40, 40 Janet!!!! 40!!!!

    E gave me a big Chanel bag. You can imagine how I am loving myself sick in it. x

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  40. Adorable!! Will you wear it to the concert?!

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  41. It's so Kate Spade, I bet she'll do a version next year.

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  42. Janet - what a find! You look so lovely! I agree - Kate Spade and a bit of Milly thrown in for good measure!

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  43. amazing how perfectly it fits you! Kate Spade indeed!!
    have a lovely weekend my friend!
    xoj.

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  44. i love it...perfect indeed! xo terri

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  45. All I can say is WOW!
    Is there a manufacturing tag? Just wondering who....
    Betty H.

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  46. What an exciting find! You look amazing in it!

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  47. Fab find - goes to show treasures are everywhere! Stay cool!

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  48. I am green with envy. We did some junking in C'Ville last weekend but nothing quite so chic was to be found.

    Love it. Mean it.

    xo Jane

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  49. Janet, That is one fabulous find. I adore the dress. You look so posh in it. Smiles, Susie

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  50. That is so cute and looks great on you!

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  51. Madeline loves your dress too!! Ans we can't believe it was a dollar!

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  52. Dress-$1
    Copykate bag-$15
    Painted-over sandals-$0
    Million dollar look!

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  53. Beautiful! It looks so great on you! Thanks to you my sister and I have started thrifting. I found a beautiful Talbots jacket for $4 last time we went. I'm now searching for a high end trench coat and am determined I'll find it thrifting!

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  54. Ditto to all that's already been said:)

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  55. I agree with everyone -- great find. Just curious -- did you have the dress tailored or shortened? Or did it fit that way from the get-go?

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  56. this is how it fit. it is a little tight through the bust but really not too bad at all.:)

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  57. Amazing find. You look great in it and I agree with everything wonderful that's been said.

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  58. Amazing dress - and you look very chic! :)

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  59. Wow what a fabulous find!
    You look stunning in it.

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  60. THough I wouldn't wear a pattern like this, it looks great on you and I can't believe the bargain you made!

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