When I visit my parents in my hometown, Danville, PA, I always make a point of visiting the Salvation Army. When I told my husband my plans, he was like, “Why??” He pictured more of a Red Cross emergency center than a thrift store. While the organization does have a Christian, humanitarian overview similar to the Red Cross, it also runs a chain of thrift stores where people donate their once-loved, no-longer-needed stuff.
Danville is located in rural Pennsylvania, 2.5 hours from Philadelphia, 3 hours from NYC, 1.5 hours from Harrisburg, the closest city. Scranton is also about 1.5 hours away. This is just to say that the town is not exactly centered around the fashion industry. And yet I always score at the Salvation Army.
I spied this nautical jacket on my last visit just a few weeks ago. The fabric caught my eye: at first I thought it was denim, but it turned out to be a some sort of non-denim cotton weave (I’m not knowledgeable enough about textiles to name it). Upon closer inspection, it was clearly handmade, with red accent stitching and a red star sewn at the corner of the cape-like collar. I nabbed it along with five pairs of Levi’s, dresses for Frida (see one of them below), and a few graphic t-shirts. Total price: $54. Score!
[Photos by Richard Philipkoski]