Thrift Store Coat Makeover

One reason I love shopping at thrift stores, is that if I am patient enough, I can usually find what I am looking for for much cheaper than if I had gone out and bought it at a regular store. Part of the thrill is the hunt, so to speak. Keeping my eye out for something, eventually finding it at a brilliant price, and then doing some work to it, if need be, in order to make my new treasure perfect. I have been looking for a coat for a while now. A nice, warm coat in a neutral colour. I thought that instead of getting a coat in a different colour, I would find one that would last for years by just switching up accessories. If I get tired of the colour of my scarf, I can change it and update my whole outerwear look without changing the coat. Much more frugal, I thought. Anyway, when we were down with Hubby’s parents, I visited their local thrift store and guess what I found? This little beauty, well maybe not quite yet, but it had potential, lots of potential. All of the clothes were half off that day so I took her home for just $5. I didn’t like the faux fur, the colour made it look a little dirty and besides, I wanted complete neutrality. It didn’t take me long to figure out exactly what I was going to do, and now I am done. I hope it doesn’t sound like I am bragging, I am just so excited. Are you ready to see my new, much improved coat? Remember these little granny squares? I turned them into a new collar to replace the fur one. I absolutely love how it turned out. I also crocheted strips of half trebles stitches to replace the fur on the cuffs and trim of the coat. My favourite part is definitely the collar. I am so thrilled with my new coat. $5 dollars for the coat, less than $2 dollars for some natural coloured cotton yarn, and a little bit of time gave me a coat that is perfect for me. One of the best things about it? Not a single person on this entire planet has the same coat, it is a complete original. Hope you all have a great weekend!

crochet, green, thrift store finds • Saturday, January 9th, 2010 • 24 Comments »
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24 Responses to “Thrift Store Coat Makeover”

  1. Sandie says:

    What a brilliant idea! It looks really good … would never have thought of doing that. Well done you.

  2. Petit Filoux says:

    That is absolutely brilliant!!! Well done, it looks fantastic!! Can’t believe what a difference it makes actually! Honestly, I’m in awe!! x

  3. Jen says:

    This turned out beautifully. Can you imagine what you would pay for that at say Anthropologie? Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

  4. SparklePetal says:

    You are right to be proud of your coat makeover! It’s a brilliant use of those little granny squares, I hope the coat lives up to your plans and is in your wardrobe for a good few years to come!

  5. Mousy Brown says:

    What a fabulous make over and the end result for under $10 is stunning! Very ,very clever – you should be very proud of yourself πŸ˜€

  6. Emily says:

    Well done!! It looks great and so creative.

  7. Bley says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Jen is right, it would fit in perfectly at Anthropologie! What do you think of “Good Evening Mrs Craven”? I’m pondering adding it to my reading list…

  8. Emma says:

    Oh Wowee that is so amazing and as you say no one else will have a coat quite like it!!
    And for so little money too..I think $7 is about Β£5 and that to me is an amazing bargain!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Thanks everybody, I really am thrilled with it.

    Bley, I haven’t quite finished it yet, but so far it is really good. It actually works well to read short stories for me, because a few pages is usually all I can get in during the daytime with the kiddos.

  10. Very nice looking and very creative of you! Well done!

  11. French Knots says:

    That is a brilliant idea! A unique coat that would cost a fortune in a boutique!

  12. Sherry says:

    nice! πŸ™‚

  13. Charity says:

    This is awesome! What a great idea, nicely done! πŸ™‚

  14. AG Ambroult says:

    nice job! …and a very original idea!

  15. Blimey! Thats fantastic! You’ve made a great job of that. Totally unique. You have a lot of potential, I definitely think you should join us with our 20 mins a day. You can do what ever craft you want, there are no rules. It’s just for personal learning and development. Go on, you know you want to. lol.

    love Fi x

  16. hurrah! nothing like getting something cheap and making it better… well done.


  17. Trudy says:

    Awww, Jennifer! I am so proud of you! You are a wonderful daughter, mother, sister, wife and friend and being clever is just a bonus! Great job! Love, Mom

  18. Allison says:

    Genius! Looks Awesome!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Fab-u-lous coat makeover.

  20. Amber says:

    Wow, I absolutely love it!! I haven’t though about crocheting little granny squares out of cotton but it’s a great idea… πŸ™‚

  21. I love charity shopping, and fiddling about with things afterwards. This is a fantastic job!

  22. Jonie Arrow says:

    Beauty comes in many different shapes as well as types – it’s up to you to be able to locate it.

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