The cream coat that almost got away

It’s becoming an obsession.  Because unlike any other store;  shipments are ever flowing, never stopping.  There is never anything  “new this season”, no “let me get that for you in a different size”, and often no guarantees or returns.

You can go to the same place twice in one week, and feel like you’ve never been there before.

My favorite thing is not finding clothes with the original tag still on it.

I don’t lust to find the super expensive designer pair of jeans (although I have, and it does get my blood pumping).

And I could care less if my purchases are not delicately folded with tissue paper and placed into a cool looking logo imprinted bag.

Let me tell you.

Right now, I’m addicted to the old. The classic. The iconic. The often timeless. The Vintage.

I bought a coat last week. To date, it has been my most expensive thrift store purchase ever. I splurged, $18.

I *almost* didn’t get it, because I just got a new ski coat for my birthday. And, I try not to collect too much stuff I don’t need.

But I had to. I had to get it. I knew if I didn’t, it would forever be the “one that got away”. 5261999592 cc5245abda The cream coat that almost got awayI justified my purchase by telling myself that I would wear it once or twice, then sell it. Or maybe give it to a friend.

I love the color. I love that it has all of it’s original big tortoise shell buttons. I love that the lining is 100% original, and is in mint condition. I love that it was made, ages ago, in my City.  Admittedly, the arms are a tiny bit short and the pockets are shallower than I typically like. But I can’t complain.

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The real mystery for me will always and forever remain the same. I want to know the coats story.  Who did this piece belong to? Was it a gift? Did the owner love it?  And honestly, how the heck did it end up in a dirty thrift shop on the dodgy side of Indianapolis?

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  1. The buttons! So awesome. What a fun pick!
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  2. Wow that is one beautiful cream coat :-) And those button are a gorgeous contrast :-)
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  3. WOW that is a gorgeous coat! I hope I find something that nice while thrifting one day. The buttons are so so so cute.
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  4. That coat is SO gorgeous!! And L.S. Ayres – be still my beating heart! I miss that store so much.

    But what an amazing find. I have never been to a thrift store, ever. Well, maybe I’ve been but I’ve never bought anything other than costumes.

    Must investigate. Take me shopping?
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  5. Susan Alberda says:

    Oh my. This is beautiful, and beautiful on you. If my arms weren’t a foot longer than yours I would totally be begging you to take this out for a night on the town. (Have you ever considered hiring yourself out to people? ‘Cause I would totally pay you the big bucks to thrift store shop for me. Or I’d pay you in “trips to Indy to watch your kids while you go thrift store shopping for me”. Whatev.)

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  6. What a score! I love the story of “things” too. Since I’m a history geek, everything old I see speaks its own language, tells its own tale. You look gorgeous in the new pic lady. Way to rock a bargain. :)
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  7. I’d love to know that story too.

    And yeah, that one is a keeper. Those buttons are fabulous.
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  8. LOVE!

    I have a coat/jacket addiction. It’s bad. And expensive. It’s bound to get me in trouble someday.

    We definitely need to set up a shopping date soon.
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  9. Wow, I really love it and I love that its your new profile pic! I’m a dedicated thrift store shopper because it’s so fun to find the deals. I agree with you, I’d love to know where it’s been…

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  10. I can lose 50 pounds and you can totally sell it to me – I want to make sure you don’t have too much stuff :)

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  11. I love that coat! Some days I have such good luck thrifting and then I can do 3 or 4 stops with out finding a thing. But the one constant, the sleeves on the cool coats are always too short. Did we evolve in the last 50 years to have longer arms??

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  12. That is BEAUTIFUL. I love it!

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  13. I think you’ve finally convinced me to go into that store. And your new avatar? So gorgeous!
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  14. damn you and your awesome finds.
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  15. The allure of vintage… beautiful clothes, gorgeous accessories, and their romantic stories. That coat was one good find!
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  16. my family and I love going to thrift stores. it’s about the only places we shop at now a days. our big thing is if it cost $10 then we have to use/wear it 10 times to make it worth it. helps put it into perspective on whether or not you really need it.

    p.s. LOVE the coat

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  17. I seriously want to go on a thrifting trip with you. I don’t know where to go…and you always find such stunning things!! I’m so insanely jealous of that coat…I love it! Beautiful…you are one great thrifter!!
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  18. Love that coat!!!!! You would have regretted not getting it. Oh the stories it could tell… :)

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  19. wow. skills beyond a doubt.

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    Emily Reply:

    @emily, I don’t think about it as a skill. I just spend way too much time in used clothing stores than I would like to admit.

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  20. honestly, not skill at all. I just go often. And take an open mind. And snacks to use as bribes for the small shoppers.

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  21. @Ordinary Sarah: girl, just pack a little heat and you’ll be fine. Trust me. If I can do it, so can you.

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  22. That is one fabulous coat. I am in love with the buttons. You are one stylin’ momma : )
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  23. Don’t feel guilty. A coat that beautiful needed to find a loving home. And L.S. Ayres made me think of my grandma who worked there in the 60s. This post is filled with all kinds of wonderful.

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    Emily Reply:

    @Katie @ Nap Time in Naptown, I think this coat was bought in the 1960′s, probably. Don’t you think?

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  24. Looooooooooooooove the coat! I wish I could find me a good buy like that! You totally have an eye for the thrift stores! Happy for you! I think I know your next biz endeavor: Personal thrift store shopper! I’d hire you for sure;-)

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  25. Oh, great coat! May I ask: where are the good places to thrift here in Indy? (I’m several sizes larger than you, btw, so no worries that you’re giving away your trade secrets! ;-)

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  26. Where or where do you find these great things in Indy? I live in Indy too and I’m dying to know!

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  27. Simply beautiful coat!

    Great find! And totally worth it, even if you wear it only once or twice, but you’d be crazy to not wear it all the time!
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    Emily Reply:

    @punkinmama, I pretty much don’t dare to wear it everyday, it’s too pretty! I’m keeping it for special occasions, aka: times where my kids aren’t trying to trash me.

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  28. As soon as I submitted that comment, I thought, “Duh, she can’t wear it all the time, she’s a mother!!”
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