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Every morning you stumble to the closet, take a peek inside at the jumbled, crumpled, and disorganized mess, and then you wander away mumbling something about “not having anything to wear.” We all do it at one time or another. Of course, some of us are so organized and in control of everything in our lives, including our wardrobes, that perhaps this little scenario doesn’t play out in YOUR home very often, but as women we all have days when we just don’t feel “good” about our clothing. For others, it just might be that we no longer even take that peek into our closet, because now that we work from home, we can just work in our jammies all day! That’s fun for awhile, but eventually we all have to get dressed sometime!

 There are lots of reasons that we go through this little ritual. It could be that you’ve gained weight or lost weight; maybe you just don’t have the money to go out and buy new clothes to fit your realigned body. Perhaps you have accumulated so much “stuff‘” in your closet over the years, that you just can’t wade through all of it to find something that still fits, that you like, and just happens to be the right season. It is also possible that, if you are anything like me, you have worn your “favorites” until they are threadbare, and you just don’t want to invest the time or money looking for something else that will be your next “favorite.” But in the end, those of us who struggle with this frequent drama, know that it can be a real discouragement, trying to get dressed so that you feel good, look nice, and have the confidence to face the day.


 If you are in the midst of the “mid-winter blues,” one thing that will bring back a spring in your step and a bit of hope in your heart, is to update your wardrobe. But NOT by going out and racking up a huge debt on your credit card or busting your budget! The inspiration behind my little Etsy shop, “Tatters to Treasures,” was this very situation. And since I have spent my entire life shopping in “thrift shops,” it was just natural for me to find some great deals and then share them with my customers. I grew up wearing “hand-me-downs” from friends and neighbors (and even strangers sometimes, too!), and then as a teen-ager I had great fun sewing my own clothes, or fixing up a “new” dress that I had found at the thrift shop. I remember my mama telling me about the sweet little coat that she made for me when I was just a tiny girl . . . . . she bought a ladies large coat for 25 cents, cut it apart and used the fabric to make me a winter coat!


 As a mom, I frequently would take thrift store garments and “recreate” them for myself and my children. Of course, I’m not sure they appreciated all of that at the time, but now they realize that when there isn’t enough money to go around for everyone to have everything brand-new, this was one way of covering all those pesky bases that mamas need are responsible for! Now, my little girls love to go to the thrift store and we find all kinds of amazing items! My theory is, “Why go to the mall and pay $120 for a dress that I can buy at the thrift store for $5.00?” Of course, I may not always find the PERFECT outfit in my size . . . . but it definitely leaves room for lots of creativity!

 And so, out of my love of all things vintage, and my life-long interest in “upcycling” and “recreating” clothing, I’ve built a small online business offering vintage, “Almost Vintage,” and hand-embellished, upcycled, and recreated garments, shoes, and accessories. I hope you will stop by my little Etsy shop, “Tatters to Treasures,” and see some of my newest creations. Thank you for your interest in “Tatters to Treasures,” and please be sure to email me if you have a custom order you would like to discuss.

Nina @ Tatters to Treasures

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      Vikki Hall wrote Feb 8, 2011
    • I can’t say that my closet is super organized but it is pretty easy to pick thru.
      Most of my clothes are black and I always dress in layers. Most of the stuff I buy is bought with the intention of dressing up or down.... double duty! I also usually only keep so many hangers in there so when I run out it’s time to clean out.

      I think your idea of tatters to treasures is a fabulous idea!!!

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      Cathie Beck wrote Feb 8, 2011
    • Hi, Vintagemama. I love to recreate clothes too. ;oD  Good luck with your business!  


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