Five Easy Tips to Increase Your Buyback!

A lot of people come into our stores with bag upon bags of old clothing just ripe for the eager hands of our buyers to go through. Unfortunately, we do not always take everything. In fact, sometimes we don’t take anything at all! As your online guide to The Attic Inc., I would not want our dearest readers to go into the vicious world of used clothing without a few simple tips to increase your wallet or wealth in Attic cash:

  • Visiting the store you are selling to can definitely improve your chances of bringing in the right stuff we’re looking for. This step can definitely save you some time and energy to plan your selling adventure accordingly. For example – some of our locations get a large influx of tank tops – which would mean that said locations would be curbing their intake of tank tops. On the flip side, if a location is in dire need of tank tops, then by all means that bag of old school tank tops your parents have from Woodstock would finally be put to good use.
  • Washing your clothes seems like a silly thing to remind people to do, but honestly, we cannot count on two hands how many times people forget to simply run their clothes through a washer before bringing it in. Stored clothes can contract a bunch of smells while packed away in those totes. Just give those shirts a waft before bringing them in can save both of us from utilizing a can of Febreeze to get the smell
  • Presentation can be a variable as well. Clothes that are balled up, mashed and thrown into a bag can sometimes damage clothing or make them appear to be a lot more worn or unattractive to buyers. Folding your garments or just neatly placing them in your bag can go a long way.
  • Give your clothes a glance over before bringing them in. Sometimes, you as the seller can spot some frays, stains, deorderant marks, etc., before we look through your items. This cuts out the middle man – and prevents you having to carry a bunch of clothes back to your car (or long, romantic walks with garbage bags of old clothes).
  • Asking yourself “Would I see this at ____ store?” is sometimes a good way to approach whether or not it would be accepted. We specialize in buying vintage clothing as well as clothing that has been popular within the last two years. We do, on occasion, accept clothing that is older than 2 years – however these items are usually in near perfect condition with little to no wear.

These are only a few tips that we’ve come up with. If anyone else has anything else to add, feel free to comment below!

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Imaginary Landscapes: A Beautiful Art Zine by Shannon Keller

Our staff at The Attic are a very creative bunch.  When we’re not doing our best to help out customers, we’re often making and creating art.  Laden with illustrative landscapes, art zine “Imaginary Landscapes”, reflects topographic mapping while presenting alluring compositions.  Every zine is handbound in black thread and includes 24 pages and a cover.  If you’re interested in getting your hands on your own copy, go here!

 

DIY: “Bow and Arrows” Zip-Up, Crop Top, Bustier!

Turn heads this summer with this awesome DIY!  Perfect under a cardigan or paired with some high waisted shorts, you’re gonna want to have this one of a kind piece in your closet!  It doesn’t take long to make and would look great on anyone.  Here’s how to make it:

What you will need:
1. Fabric-enough to fit around your chest with 11/2 extra. The fabric used here is thick but I recommend something a little stretchy, may be easier to fit into.
2. Ruler
3. marker
4. scissors
5. A zipper, size depends on how long you would like your bustier to be. This one is 7.4 inches long.

Start by measuring how long you would like your bustier to be.  Remember to add an inch for the seams on the top and bottom. Here, this piece is measured out to be 10 inches.

Next, fold the top and bottom edges twice and pin.  It takes less time to pin if you iron the edges down first.

Now your edges are ready to sew. You can use a straight stitch here.

Measure how far up you would like your zipper to end. Here, the bottom of the zipper ends 1in from the bottom. You can have the zipper end all the way at the bottom, it may be easier to wear.

If you would like the zipper to show, as seen here, you can cut about 1/4 inch into the fabric on either end so that a big rectangle is cut out. Pin the zipper in and you’re ready to sew!

This fabric seems to shred easily so if that is the case for your fabric as well, use a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch. You can also tuck the fabric in for a cleaner edge.

This step is optional but it adds a little shape to your bustier. Find the middle of the front. Take a needle and thread and sew in and out up the front 4 or 5 times and for about 2 inches.

Pull the thread tight and watch the front of your bustier bunch up. This will pull the middle in a little to give the front a heart shape. Tie off your thread and your bustier is ready to wear!

Later, criss-cross braided straps were added but it would look cute without them as well!

DIY “South American Summer” Bohemian Messenger Bag

Check out our latest DIY project!  From Free People to Forever 21, everyone is getting into the South American patterning and bohemian styling.  Now you can too but without the high cost!  This bag is super easy to make and it’s the perfect little on-the-go bag.  With it’s lightweight quality, comfortable braided strap, and chic fringe texture, you’ll want to bring this bag everywhere!

All you need for this project is:

  1. fabric of your choice (preferably a little heavier).  This fabric was bought at a thrift store for $3
  2. a pair of scissors
  3. a ruler
  4. pins
  5. and a sewing machine or needle/thread

First, you want to cut out your bag shape. Cut a piece that is 30in x 13in. You can make it bigger if you'd like.

Now fold your fabric over (right sides facing each other) and pin the sides. Make sure your front flap will be smaller than your bag size.

Now sew up your sides. I did two different stitches so that the fabric would not come undone.

To give the bag more of a shape, you can square off the bottom. With the bag still inside out, fold the bottom of the bag so that the side seam matches the middle of the bottom of the bag (where a seam might be). This makes a triangle. Measure 1 1/4 in down and mark it.

Sew across the triangle and cut the excess fabric off. Continue to do this on the other side.

Turning the bag right side out, you can see that the bottom of the bag is now squared off.

To make the straps, cut 6 strips of fabric. Make two braids, each from 3 strips of fabric. Now tie the braids together in a knot. Sew each side of the strap into the sides of the bag.

Now you have a really awesome bag!

DIY: “Naut Up Your Heartstrings” For This Adorable Peep-Hole DressN

Looking for a Valentine’s Day Dress?  Why not pump up the volume on a dress, or a shirt, that you already have?!  Check out our latest DIY for some heart-full inspiration 🙂

This vintage nautical style dress was purchased from the Bethlehem location. It was nearly floor length so I decided to shorten it. The belt was included and was not made during this project.

First, you'll need a dress or a shirt. You may want to use a sewing machine for this project, if only to keep your edges clean. Then you'll just need some pins, paper, something to mark your fabric, scissors, and needle/thread.

Step 1. Fold your paper in half and cut out a heart shape. To figure out how big you would like the heart to be, measure the area in which the shape will be cut out. Then draw half that area onto the folded paper.

Step 2. Turn your dress or shirt inside out and trace the heart shape in the middle of the back. Don't worry about the zipper (if you have one) for now.

Step 3. You're going to end up cutting out part of the zipper so you'll want to add a stopper. To do this, take your needle and thread and sew around the teeth of the zipper until it is secure enough.

Step 4. Cut out the zipper from the top of the dress.

Step 5. Now you can make button holes and sew your buttons on.

Step 6. Fold back the edges around the heart and pin them.

Step 7. Sew around the edges. To give the edge texture, I used a jaggedy stitch. Now turn your dress right side out and it's ready to wear!

Try this project with a non zipper dress or even a shirt.  Add some flair to it by sewing in some lace behind the heart shape.  If you try this project, send us your pics!

DIY: Turn That Old Shirt Into A High Waisted Flirty Skirt!

All you need for this project is a button up shirt, or flannel, a pair of scissors, and a sewing machine (may be difficult to do without a machine but more power to you if you’re sewing by hand!).  Mens button-up shirts work best, with or without the pockets (although I think they add a nice flare to the skirt).  This flannel was purchased at our Bethlehem location.  Pop into any of our locations to find more stylish shirts like this one.

Cut off the sleeves.

Step 2. Cut off the top and collar just below the second button.

Step 3. Turn the shirt inside out, put the skirt on, and pin the sides in place so that the skirt is as tight as you want it to be.

Step 4. Sew the sides, cut the excess fabric, and turn the skirt back to the outside. It's a good idea to try the skirt on again after sewing the sides to make sure that the skirt fits correctly.

Step 5. If you'd like to, you can shorten the skirt. Here, I am going to shorten the skirt just under the last button.

Step 6. To hem the bottom of the skirt, turn the skirt inside out again and fold the edge over once or twice. Pin it and sew it.

Step 7. Now you can make the waist band. Cut off the collar about a half inch from the seam. Cut the collar in half. Cut a piece of fabric for the back of the band. Mine was 18" long.

Steps 8, 9, & 10. Hem the back band piece. Pin the collar pieces to the back band piece so that the outside of the pieces are facing eachother. Sew the pieces together and flip them over.

Step 11. Pin the waist band to the skirt so that the band is upside down and inside out. The band will be flipped back up when finished.

Step 12. This is an optional step. Make a belt loop for the back of the skirt by cutting out a small piece of fabric. Fold the fabric in half the long way twice. Sew down the middle, fold over the ends, pin it and sew the loop to the skirt.

Now your skirt is ready to wear! Pair your new skirt with some leggings and boots for a more casual look or a pair of heels for a night on the town. Whatever look you choose, we hope you enjoyed making this skirt! Send us some pics of your twist on this project: contactus@atticclothes.com

DIY: 1920’s flapper Warm Woven Headband

We’ve got a new DIY this week!  We know the weather is getting colder but that is no reason not to look fashionable this winter.  Check out this modern headband inspired by the “roaring 20’s.”

All you need for this project is some stretchy fabric, like knit jersey, and a pair of scissors.  This was made out of an old dress but you can use an old tee shirt or anything lying around.  Make sure there is enough fabric to fit around your head plus extra.

1. Begin by cutting 6 strips from the fabric. If there are seams in the material, don't worry about it. You can tuck seams in later but make sure they are sturdy enough not to come apart.

2. Next, tie the strips in a knot around a sturdy object like a chair.

3. Now here comes the weaving. To make it easier, I numbered each strip. Take strip 1 and go over strip 2.

4. Now weave strip 1 under strip 3.

5. Now weave strip 1 over strip 4.

6. Now weave strip 1 under strip 5.

7. Lastly, weave strip 1 over strip 6. This is what the pattern will begin to look like.

Just to reiterate, you will take strip 1 and go over and under to the last strip.  Make sure that you go over strip 6 and that they do not get mixed up.  It helps to keep the first 5 strips to the left and once you have finished with the first one, put it to the right.  Once you have finished, strip 2 will now become strip one and you will repeat the pattern.

8. Repeat this pattern until the piece is long enough to fit around your head. Cut off any excess fabric.

9. Now you can fold each end together. Split one end so there are three strips on each side and place the other end between them.

10. To finish it off, take a piece of excess fabric and wrap it around the middle. Tie in the back and tuck in. See above on how to wear.

 

Cats Taking Over Fashion

We hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend, the weather was absolutely beautiful!  Now it’s back to work again and we’ve got a new blog post for you.  This latest post was written by our employee, Ashley.  Check out this article and learn how cats are taking over the fashion world. 

      

When you think about fashion, you think about inspiration, but where does all that inspiration come from? It can stem from anywhere really; runway, nature, different cultures, but lately I’ve been noticing that a good majority of clothing seems inspired by animals. We wear animals more often than we think. For years, animal prints, furs, and graphics have become popular throughout the fashion world. However, one animal has taken the fashion world by storm. Cats! Cats are a ferocious animal with a bold attitude and unique patterns so it’s no wonder they are an inspirational figure to the fashion world. One of the most popular uses of cats in clothing is through print. Wild cat prints such as cheetah and leopard are two of the most commonly used. They can be seen on articles of clothing such as dresses, pants, and especially shoes. If you aren’t big on wild cats, why not keep it simple with a house cat? A big craze right now is house cats on T-shirts. Another way to keep it simple, but still maintain that fierce cat style is through accessories. Necklaces, rings, bracelets, and even earrings have become part of the cat trend. Cats are taking the fashion world by storm, but is it really that big of a surprise? I mean, fashion does start with a “cat walk.”

DIY: Delicious Gluten Free Pancakes

This post was written by our Kutztown Employee, Maddy.  Thanks Maddy, these look great!

About six months ago, my mom and I found out we can’t eat gluten. Since then we have been trying out different recipes for gluten free foods. Here is our favorite recipe for gluten free pancakes. (Based on a recipe from AllRecipes.com)


Ingredients:
1 cup Brown Rice Flour
3 tbsp. Tapioca Flour
1/3 cup Potato or Cornstarch
2 tbsp. Ground Flax Seed (optional, makes pancakes even more fluffy)
1 tbsp. Sugar
1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Xanthan Gum
2 Eggs
3 tbsp. Canola Oil or Butter
1 ½ to 2 cups Buttermilk (depends on your preferred thickness of batter)

Directions:

 

  1. In a large bowl, mix or sift together the flours, starch, flax seed, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum.
  2. In another bowl, mix eggs, buttermilk, and oil.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir until a few lumps remain
  4. Heat a pan, skillet, or griddle over medium heat. Put some oil or butter in the pan to keep the pancakes from sticking.
  5. Spoon batter onto pan and cook until bubble start to form.
  6. Flip over and cook the other side until golden brown.
  7. Take out of pan and eat!

You can put syrup on your pancakes or I like to put jelly on mine. Also, you can put cut up fruit or chocolate chips in the pancakes during step 5. Enjoy!

DIY: Hoot! Hoot! Make Your Own Felt Owl Necklace

If you have ever set foot in one of our Attic locations, you probably noticed that there are owls everywhere!  From owl jewelry to owl collectibles, this animal is incredibly trendy.  Today, we would like to show you how to make your own owl necklace using just a few scraps of felt or fabric. 

What you will need: scissors, embroidery thread, needle, buttons, felt, and a chain (this could easily be a pin as well).

Begin by cutting out a body and stomach shape.

Now you can trace your shapes onto the felt. Begin by tracing the body (This will be the back). Then fold the pointed part down and trace it (this will be the front of the body). Now take your stomach shape and trace it onto the folded body shape.

Now trace the folded body shape onto the stomach color felt. This will go between the two body pieces.

Cut out each piece including the small stomach hole. Cut the stomach felt piece a little smaller than the two body pieces.

Sew little red lines into the stomach for a feather effect.

Using the white thread, sew the stomach onto the front body piece.

Now around the outside edge of the front and back of the body.

Now it's time to sew the beak down. Tie a knot in the white thread and sew from the front to the back. Bring the thread down and through the front body piece. Repeat a few times until the beak is secure.

Now sew your buttons on for eyes.

Slide your necklace chain through the beak space and your owl is ready to wear!