Sal’s Boutique

Sal’s Boutique as my friend Maryann affectionately calls the Salvation Army Store, is a blessing for thrifty clothing lovers like myself (my daughter prefers the term cheapass). As a regular customer I have managed to amass a huge cashmere collection, some fabulous sweaters and a few big name jackets, not to mention a fair amount of art pottery. Sure, you have to put up with some fairly colorful people, and it usually doesn’t smell too great in there, but that’s part of the adventure. And where else can you get an Armani jacket for seven dollars? Sal’s satisfies the “champagne taste” textile junkie in me while catering to my beer pocketbook.

Years of working in the sewing business gave me an appreciation for good clothing and fabrics, so even if I don’t buy an item there is still a chance I can experience the thrill of happening upon a couture Chanel jacket, a vintage silk cheongsam or a retro Harris Tweed suit. Sal’s is also a good place to find the occasional EBay resale item; I once paid five bucks for a silk Japanese Hapi coat which sold on EBay for seventy two dollars.

The conservationist in me appreciates the recycling aspect of my Sal’s habit.  When I get tired of a piece of clothing it goes back to the donation bin (or one of my sisters) and I get to buy more.  If I itemized on my tax return I could even write off the donations…how great is that?



  1. The Hebrew Hammer said,

    March 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Im in need of a lesiure suit…. disco style.
    i should wear it to watervliet.

  2. chickenminnie said,

    March 9, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Do you want to get beaten up?

  3. The Hebrew Hammer said,

    March 9, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    OK OK, i’ll stick to the 1920’s gangster look…

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