Sunday, May 22, 2011

Beltane to Memorial Day Countdown: The Magic of a Bag Sale

It occurs to me as we get deeper into this countdown that the tanks I have reserved for the end may not be the most flashy of my tanks, nor are they the ones which look the most impressive. Indeed, these tanks are some of my most loved, and therefore are now the most worn, stained, ripped, etc. Please take my word that these pieces were once pristine, even by thrifting standards.

That said, I present you with a piece that didn't immediately wow me. In fact, if it wasn't for a bag sale up near Spooner, WI that Laurie and I accidentally stumbled upon (resulting in a incidence where we may or may not have made a small child wait at a closed zoo while we were ravenously stuffing whatever we could into a bag for $2), I probably wouldn't have picked it up. At Laurie's urging, however, I did, and boy am I glad I listened.

Red Ribbed Button-down Tank
Red Ribbed Button-down Tank (detail)

For what was probably about 10¢, I came away with an excellent casual tank that has been a staple in my wardrobe since—the ribbed, button-down red cotton tank.

Now cotton tanks are a dime a dozen and most don't age well—think pilling, stains, fading. But for this piece, age has done it well, as it has settled into a perfectly worn comfort zone. Even the red hasn't faded into a color that resembles a pair of period panties—while it is surely not as radiant as it once was, it still provides a perfect amount of pop to any outfit. With the subtle ribbing (alternating lines of thick and thin, which puts it above the typical ribbed tank of this material) and buttons, it perfects that 90's tank look but not in a dated way. A perfect example of why bag sales are so bomb, this tank proves that given a good enough sale, you can walk away with treasures you don't even recognize until you begin to incorporate them into your wardrobe. And that, my friends, is why bag sales are so magical!

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