stitch n’ save

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There’s something magical happening at Marshall’s these days. I was there last week checking out their clearance section (where else would I be?), when I found their yellow stickers. Hmm. I was not familiar with their yellow stickers, which apparently are similar to the yellow DSW stickers. These stickers mean further reductions than their standard red clearance stickers. Anyway, I saw a dress marked down from $130 to $7. $7 you guys. Why was that, might you ask? Well, I’m guessing because the strap was broken.

Exhibit A:

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Now, a quick stitch job will generally not get in the way of an otherwise good quality find. I figured I would be able to repair the strap, no problem.

Exhibit B:

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One thread had come loose, so I fixed that thread and then the strap, and the dress was as good as new!

I was loving this high/low dress in the wind! I added my mini blazer for in-office wear:

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And then was able to ditch the mini jacket once outside:

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I wore it with flats for day wear, and then heels at night for dinner. I think flats or heels would have worked for day or night, but my feet wanted a break from heels during the day!

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Dress: Romeo and Juliet Couture ($7 marked down from $130)

Mini jacket: Forever 21 ($20)

Shoes (heels): Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)

Shoes (flats): Dolce Vita ($20 marked down from $100) (If these look familiar it is because I also have them in orange! I randomly found them at Marshall’s, thoughI found the other pair at the Bloomingdale’s outlet. I loved the orange so much, I definitely wanted them in turquoise as well!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Even if you don’t know how to sew, simple repairs are generally pretty easy to fix. Quick fixes, to me, are buttons missing, broken strap, or a loose thread along a seam. I’m not a particularly talented seamstress, so I will not even attempt to fix an obvious tear in the middle of a piece or something that needs a lot of tailoring. If you don’t know how to sew and don’t feel comfortable trying to repair something, ask one of your friends or family to help. I do this for others and truly don’t mind- most things take approximately five minutes to fix, such as the strap. Don’t let a quick fix deter you from an otherwise good piece!

2) Apparently Marshall’s has yellow stickers just like DSW. Most items I saw with the yellow sticker were $15 or less. Interesting, the dress I picked up was the only one with a repair needed, everything else with a yellow sticker was in great shape. The yellow sticker items were in the clearance section, and then a subsection labelled as “final sale.” Check it out for yourself!

What do you think, readers? Do you ever buy something even if it needs a little love? Or do you leave those items behind in the store?

Thanks for stopping by, readers! Happy weekend!

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22 thoughts on “stitch n’ save

  1. Excellent job – the dress looks great on you! I recently bought a $350 Elie Tahari top for $20. It was literally 4 sizes too big for me, but I could tell the cut would allow for ample alterations without much effort. Brought it to my MIL’s & I was wearing the top the next day. These are the deals that make my heart sing, haha!

    • WHOA! That is awesome! I’d love to see the top, if you have any photos or links to it! I’ve definitely gotten things that are too big if I can belt them. I’m not great at tailoring, and would also need a tailor for something like that. With the money you saved, it’s definitely well worth bringing it in for tailor! You’d still come out WAY ahead on that top! Those deals totally makes my heart sing too 😉 xo

    • Sometimes I’m on the fence about having to fix something too, especially if I’m not confident I can fix it. With this dress, I figured even if I messed up the strap, it probably wouldn’t be worse! And I could toss on a cardigan! 🙂

  2. you are the one to have as a shopping partner, you find such great deals! And I totally empathize on the flats to heels. My feet do not tolerate an all day heel event quite like they used to…good thing there are a lot of cute flats out there! 🙂

    • Haha! If you’re ever in Chicago, we can tag team on deals! There have been times when I’m like “what was I thinking, I can’t fix this…” but for the most part, I try and not shy away from a quick fixer upper! 🙂

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