Lace dress at Hospice Thrift Store was interesting

Lace dress at Hospice by Pat Z Anthony
@PatZAnthony (11942)
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 5, 2017 4:13pm CST
The photo taken by me at a Hospice Thrift Store seemed to be a wedding dress. It was obviously at least vintage if not antique. No one at Hospice knew the history of the dress. While trying to think of how the lace dress could be repurposed, the thought came to me that the dress needed to stay right there at the Hospice Thrift Store. Someone out there with better ideas might purchase it and put it to good use. Do you buy items at thrift stores to repurpose?
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@sol_cee (13972)
• Japan
5 Apr
How much do they sell it for?
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
5 Apr
Can't recall @sol_cee but now I am going to go back to the store and see!
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@sol_cee (13972)
• Japan
5 Apr
@PatZAnthony lol. Thank you. Is it near?
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
6 Apr
@sol_cee Yes, it is near and we plan to go there tomorrow for other things.
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@RubyHawk (21151)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Apr
Sometimes I do. I often buy pretty silky sheets to line my quilts and I'm always on the lookout for material. The dress is lovely but I wouldn't know what to do with it.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Apr
Other than for window dressing, this item would probably be useless. The material is very dehydrated and the threads are starting to let go @RubyHawk
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@RubyHawk (21151)
• Atlanta, Georgia
8 Apr
@PatZAnthony Some people hang pretty fabric on the wall as decoration. You might consider that.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Apr
@RubyHawk Some we know would have the perfect place to do that.
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@JudyEv (104036)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
I love fossicking through thrift stores. You never know what you're going to find. Isn't it sad that no-one knows anything about the dress?
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Apr
We also found family photos in a thrift store. How sad these would just be donated @JudyEv
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@JudyEv (104036)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Apr
@PatZAnthony That is sad. We have a photo album in a cupboard that has no connection with us. Vince scanned and put images from it onto a website for the owner of the album. She doesn't want it back and is now dying. We don't even know her well so the album sits there for the moment. I might send it back to the museum in the lady's home town although the photos aren't particularly interesting to anyone other than family.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
8 Apr
@JudyEv Sending it to a museum might be a nice idea. We are not sure what to do with many items we find.
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• United States
6 Apr
I don't shop at thrift stores....but some young bride who wants a 'different' wedding gown would probably use that dress as such. Although on taking another look - it appears to me to be a dressing gown,maybe used for the wedding night.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Apr
That might be just what it was @AbbyGreenhill
• United States
7 Apr
@PatZAnthony the bottoms down the front would indicate that....I think
@Inlemay (16758)
• South Africa
6 Apr
we buy them to use in our Ballet shows - they make for great costumes for period dances
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Apr
That would make sense @Inlemay Maybe a local person will buy it for such a use.
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@Kandae11 (29301)
5 Apr
It does look antique - and probably expensive.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
5 Apr
It was probably an expensive item at one time @Kandae11 but at the thrift store, a bargain.
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@amadeo (51434)
• United States
5 Apr
sometimes I do.I like to support them.The lace dress is neat.someone should buy this.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
5 Apr
Hopefully someone has purchased it by now @amadeo
@jaboUK (51510)
• United Kingdom
5 Apr
No I'm not clever with my hands, so I couldn't do anything with it.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
5 Apr
It was a passing thought for me @jaboUK and then I knew it should be left for someone else.
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@sallypup (23449)
• Moses Lake, Washington
6 Apr
Pretty dress. Some people are clever at reusing old plates and cups in the garden.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Apr
Hospice Thrift Store and other such shops are perfect places to find such things @sallypup
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@sallypup (23449)
• Moses Lake, Washington
8 Apr
@PatZAnthony I love to get my souvenirs from second hand charity shops when we travel. I'm helping a cause and getting to talk to the locals at the same time.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Apr
@sallypup That is a really good idea
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@KristenH (21248)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
5 Apr
That's a new dress. Not to repurpose, but to donate and be put in good use. I donate books when I can when I finish reading them.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
5 Apr
It was an older dress as evidenced by the sewing style and thread @KristenH We really enjoy looking for bargains we don't need in these shops.
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@KristenH (21248)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
6 Apr
@PatZAnthony Ah I see. I do like the style though of that dress. Hope you find a good bargain in those stores.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Apr
@KristenH Always go find good deals. Love the older glass items we find as we try hard not to use plastic.
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@Shellyann36 (8562)
• United States
7 Apr
That is an interesting dress. I do not blame you for leaving it for someone else. I am not creative enough to come up with ideas on my own. That is why I am an avid Pinner and YouTuber and I look for great ideas on their sites. If I find something I like then I will hunt for items to repurpose.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Apr
Sometimes things have just run their course @Shellyann36 and this was something that could be cut to line picture frames, but could not serve for much else.
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• United States
9 Apr
@PatZAnthony That would be a good idea but it would be rather wasteful. You made the right choice to just leave it. Someone may fall in love with it and buy it to wear. Good luck on finding your next craft project!
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
9 Apr
@Shellyann36 It is so still and tattered with age, don't know how anyone could wear it, but maybe.
@1hopefulman (21540)
• Canada
6 Apr
I would only buy it if I could use it as is.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Apr
It looked like something that could be used in a store window @1hopefulman as part of the decor of a store.
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@1hopefulman (21540)
• Canada
8 Apr
@PatZAnthony So true! It could be a nice spring dress for someone with a nice matching hat.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Apr
@1hopefulman This is so stiff with age and the threads are crumbling. Not good for too much now.
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12 Apr
That is so pretty!
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
12 Apr
It really is pretty but not something we could repurpose @OldRoadsOnceTraveled
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@KrauseHome (33911)
• United States
8 Apr
Actually that looks like something that needs to be kept as is for a museum or something
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Apr
That would be a really nice idea @KrauseHome
@OreoBrownie (3401)
• Elberton, Georgia
7 Apr
It looks really old. I bet it was beautiful in its day. I didn't know hospice had a thrift store. It's great.
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Apr
Yes, the stores benefit those needing assistance @OreoBrownie We purchased more glassware there this week.
@DeborahDiane (17179)
• Laguna Woods, California
13 Apr
@PatZAnthony - I occasionally buy things at thrift stores. You never know what you might find or how you could use it!
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@PatZAnthony (11942)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Apr
We have found some really strange things recently@DeborahDiane Might have to publish more photos!
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 Apr
@PatZAnthony - Oh, yes! Show us photos of some of the things you have found. I have found clothes a few times at a fraction of their retail price. That always feels like a win to me!