Udelco is a really, really cool used/vintage clothing store located in Hawthorne, New Jersey. My daughter Tory heard about it in December 2012, and we hopped in the car and found it, tucked on a little light-industrial side street. That day, we came away with a pair of boots (slightly worn), a pair of shoes (never worn), a black Calvin Klein gown (perfect condition), an ice blue satin Marilyn Monroe-style 1960s gown (needs a bit of TLC, but I can do it), a faux fur shortie jacket (never worn) and a few other items that escape my 50-something mind at this moment. We spent $50. And priceless hours together laughing, talking and searching for those few perfect pieces of clothing.
Since then, I’ve returned to Udelco twice. Alone. I spent two-plus hours each time. And had the best time. One trip I purchased a designer cummerbund, tux vest and tux shirt for my son Max; those three pieces match the nearly new (pockets were still sewn shut!) tuxedo jacket I bought for $4.50 for him at a local Goodwill Store. That same trip to Udelco I found the perfect vintage pea coat for Max, plus two vintage chamois shirts. And a duplicate of his favorite Army surplus wool jacket. Total cost? $50.
Another time I found a black beaded gown in perfect condition in Tory’s size. Cost? $10.
Tory works part time in the fashion industry and attends numerous events that require her to dress in evening wear. That said, she’s a college student and can’t afford to buy a brand new gown for every event. Thrifting has allowed her to look beautiful and appropriate on a very small budget. And she loves that no one ever has the same outfit on as her.
Thrifting reminds my a lot of my girlfriend Pat’s “time or money” approach to gardening.
Do you thrift? What’s your favorite find?