This year has been a whirlwind. It was last June when I made the decision and started the process to make Restitch Studio my full time endeavor. A lot has happened since then and I have gotten to do many, many alterations as well as a few original pieces and redesigns.
We have made the decision that to continue to grow, improvements are needed in my studio. So in the month of June, renovations will be happening! A door will be put directly into my studio, eliminating the need to wind through the house. This is especially great for the winter time when snow and slush can be problematic (I will spend more time sewing and less time cleaning!) Of course, putting in a door where there was once a window means that I need to completely reorganize and rearrange the studio as well.
On one hand, this is very positive, and means a new, improved and more efficient working space. The drawback (there is always at least one of those) is that the studio will need to be closed to make the necessary changes.
I will be moving forward with the alterations that I already have as well as any more that are currently scheduled, and will have them all wrapped up by early-mid June. Then, I will be closed until the completion of the renovation/reorganizing project, which will take until the end of June. Look for me to be accepting new clients again in early July.
I am very excited to be taking this next step and look forward to not only seeing the project comeplete, but seeing the reaction of my clients to the improvements! As a refresher, here is the before:
After to be posted in the weeks to come!
You may have noticed if you read my blog normally, I have started a personal campaign to make fewer purchases. I am trying to buy better quality items that last. Adjsuting them to meet my needs is a much better use of money than buying lots of cheap junk that needs constant replacement. This conscious consumption benefits not only my wallet, but also the environment and stands to oppose "fast fashion" which exploits many workers in under developed nations.
That being said, buying better quality (champagne taste!) means shelling out more dough up front. That can be difficult on a beer budget. Some of my clients have come up with a great solution, they buy their clothes used.
Yes, yes, we all know that Good Will has diamonds in the rough, but shopping there is time consuming with a "hit and miss" experience that can be frustrating, especially when you need something specific. Enter modern technology. These clients use online consignment. Online consignment allows you to filter by size, color, garment type, budget, etc.
A recent client purchased a skirt (which retails for about $110) for about $16. It fit her well, but not as perfectly as she would've liked, so I did my thing- which was $38- and she got her flawlessly fitted skirt, at her desired length for about half of what she would've paid for it new and not fitting exactly as she preferred. Oh and this skirt will last. The zipper won't break, and the fabric won't pill because it is a very high quality garment, in a classic silhouette, made in New York City. Think about what $54 get you at the mall- a (fleetingly) trendy skirt, made (in a factory of questionable safety?) in Bangladesh, with flimsy fabric and findings (I'll have to replace that zipper for you next year anyway!)
This isn't to say that those same fleeting & flimsy pieces aren't on online consignment sites (they are, and in abundance), it is just that there is generally a much larger selection of high quality pieces to choose from as well.
I don't have a single online consignment site to recommend, (so far I've only used Thredup), each has benefits and drawbacks. It's importatnt to know the shipping and return policies for each of them as well, so read that fine print and spend some time reading the FAQ. Here are some sites that were recommended to me:
In addition to buying clothes you can also sell (* or donate) clothes and clear out your closet while getting some cash as well. If you have experience with buying or selling with an online consignment site, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below! I recently signed up for Thredup.com and made a purchase (which I am waiting for). If you use the link below , you get $10 of credit, and I do too. No pressure to sign up, I just thought I'd offer.
Finally, if you live in the State College area, you can shop LOCALLY and try on the pieces before you bring them home. Some local resale shops include:
Clothes Mentor (Misses clothing, shoes and accessories)
Plato's Closet (Junior's and Young women's clothing, shoes and accessories)
St. Vincent DePaul
and for kids:
Kid 2 Kid
Rugrat's Resale (semi-annual sale)
Just Kids Resale (semi-annual sale)
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!