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Located in the East Bayside area of Portland, Maine, we strive to provide an encouraging community for fellow fiber-lovers by offering classes and carrying supplies for weavers, spinners, wet felters, needle felters, and dyers.  Stop in and let us help you on your merry fiber way!  

PortFiber Blogginess

Casey and Julie's ramblings on spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, and of life in Portland, Maine.

Buying Local, Thriftily + Some Sweet Socks + Bowie & Swayze

Casey Ryder

On days off, my partner and I like to peruse our favorite, local thrift shops; Find, Material Objects, and Second Time Around are our usual go-tos.  Yesterday, while I had use of my mother's car, Jordan packed up a bag full of clothes to consign and we braved downtown parking in order to make a drop off at Find.  Well, Jordan made the drop off.  I shuffled along slick sidewalks in boots that have absolutely no tread and made my way down to Second Time Around, managing zero wipe outs.  I snagged a basic tank and a long-sleeved jersey shirt that kinda looks like a button up.  It was a bit worn, but I'm hoping to indigo dye it at some point.  

Basic tank + long sleever destined for an indigo dye bath.

Basic tank + long sleever destined for an indigo dye bath.

Knowing that I needed to return my mother's car rather soonly (I know that's not a word), I left STA and skated up the sidewalk towards Find, passing one of my favorite (but WAY out of my price range) shops, Bliss.  I debated, "Do I have enough time to look around?  They're having a sale!  Of course I have enough time."  Plus, my mother would be proud of my thriftiness if I found a really good deal.  20% OFF all sweaters?!  Let's do this!

They had some beautiful sweaters...in the $200-$300 price range.  Woah.  However, of all the tags I checked, none of them claimed to be "Made in the USA."  So I admired their construction, and pined over the cashmere, but said, "Bye bye."  

Lisa B. Reindeer Trouser Sock

Lisa B. Reindeer Trouser Sock

Bliss does have some nice Made in the USA clothing, though.  Stuff from Prairie Underground, J. Brand, and Steven Alan.  But what I was drawn to, well, I was drawn to some $200 hoodies, but what my wallet was drawn to was the display of Lisa B. socks.  This past summer, I purchased a pair of Lisa B. red, cotton, polka dot socks and I love 'em!  But this time of year, cashmere/wool socks are what my feet are asking for.  It took a little time to pick out a color, but I ended up with the teal reindeer beauties.  At $24, my mother was not going to approve, but they were having a 10% off sale... soooo.  [Just noticed that the socks are $22 on the Lisa B. website with free shipping.  Mine ended up being less than $22 with my 10% off.  And it's always nice to support local shops.]  

I did manage to meet back up with Jordan at Find.  Also picked up a black hoodie there for $12 and a Fendi, denim dress for $18.  We shuffled back to the car, made a pit stop at Whole Foods for a couple of burritos (those burritos are insane!), and managed to only be an hour late getting home.  My mother waited patiently at our apartment with our big, white dog.  

Cannot resist the comfy.  And Jackson cannot resist shedding all over it.

Cannot resist the comfy.  And Jackson cannot resist shedding all over it.

Why do I buy dresses?  Dress + Bike = Indecent Exposure.

Why do I buy dresses?  Dress + Bike = Indecent Exposure.

I showed her my finds before she scooted out, trying to make it to Bangor before the weather turned rotten.  She shook her head at the price of the socks, but I explained the 10% off and the Made in the USA-i-ness of them and the cashmere and the wool.  Also, the knitter in me justified that I could easily drop $22 on sock yarn!  And I didn't even have to knit these ones. (I have a love/hate relationship with sock knitting.)

I brought the socks to B's for movie night (Labyrinth + Dirty Dancing = Awesome) and wore them whilst we knit, ate horrendously bad-for-you food (plus some veggies and fruit), and watched David Bowie be amazing followed by Patrick Swayze making 90s grinding look tame.  The 80s movie scene was a pretty rad time.

Looking at these socks (you bet they're on my feet right now!), I'm thinking I might need to experiment with carding some of the domestic Rambouillet I've got in the shop with equal parts cashmere, spinning it up into some killer sock yarn, and embracing the love part of my love/hate relationship with sock knitting.  I'll letcha know if I ever get around to it.

Just chillin.

Just chillin.