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Outfit 15.10.10: primary colours and a free coat

15.10.10: primary colours

15.10.10: free plaid coat

A casual Friday outfit. Can’t go wrong with primary colours!

I don’t think I have shown this coat on the blog before. If you’re squeamish, you may not want to read on, because I found this coat in a bin. Right at the end of last winter, it was stashed away in an overflowing communal bin, right next to two bin bags that I’m pretty sure contained clothes as well. While I wasn’t going to actually jump in and start fulling stuff out of the rubbish, this coat was placed there on it’s own, easily accessible and not touching anything disgusting, so I sneakily picked it up as I walked past.

It was in good condition, not dirty at all. The only thing wrong with it was that there was a button missing. The person chucking it in the bin really should be ashamed of themselves for not donating it to charity. And it fit me! It said dry clean only, but given that it was free, I stuck it in the washing machine and it worked fine. I’ve worn this lots, though I still have to move the button from the top to the bottom, and it badly needs ironed, I’ve even had a few compliments on it.

What’s your thoughts on picking stuff from the bin? A step too far?

dress- goodwiu etsy
belt, jeans – charity shop
top under – vero moda
shoes – converse
coat – found in a bin!

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  • interrobangsanon 26 October 2010, 3:09 pm

    That's a fantastic coat – it was just waiting for you to find it.

    I've no objections to bin searching for clothing, especially when you think the other bins are full of clothes and not just general trash. I'm not ready to be a free-gan and find my food that way, but clothing can be cleaned. Growing up on military bases, my mum and I always used to look through the trash people put on the road before they moved and found the best stuff.

  • Linda 26 October 2010, 3:28 pm

    That coat is worth whatever you had to do to get it. A coat like that should not have been thrown out. Good job rescuing it. It looks great.

    The Auspicious Life

  • poet 26 October 2010, 3:37 pm

    Awesome coat. I would have done the same! I think as long as something isn't obviously disgusting you can pick it from wherever it is…

    (This is, coincidentally, what Balu sings in the German translation of "Bear necessities": "Und wenn du stets gemütlich bist / und etwas appetitlich ist / dann nimm es dir, egal woher es kam!" 😉

    I recently spent the larger part of an evening with friends on the market square picking up purple glass beads from between the cobblestones. Now I have a nice stash for making jewelry!


  • Shallow Mallow 26 October 2010, 6:31 pm

    Great coat 🙂 What a find!

    I found the most Christmasy cardigan ever in a bin a couple of years ago while cleaning a hotel room. It looked so pretty I assumed it ended up in the bin by accident, brought it down to reception and asked her when she returned lateron. Poor lady got all flustered but the cardi looked brand new so I would have felt like a thief just assuming. As soon as she was gone I did a "It is mine" dance around reception.

  • Biba 26 October 2010, 6:47 pm

    Congratulations on the great find! Had I been in your position, I wouldn't have hesitated for a minute either – the coat looks fabulous! I agree with you, the previous owner should have donated it to charity. But then again – the coat might not have found its way to you…

    Love the outfit!

  • Bad Taste Toast 26 October 2010, 6:48 pm

    Aaw I love playing with primary colours in an outfit! You inspired me to do that again soon 🙂

  • northwest is best 26 October 2010, 7:11 pm

    Definitely not a step too far! A good find and I applaud your thriftiness. I have some friends who regularly have skipping Sundays – they pick food from supermarket bins and cook a communal meal. Obviously not meat or anything gross, but sounds like fun.

  • Helga! 26 October 2010, 7:26 pm

    Hi Franca! Thanks for viviting my blog,and also for your feedback/comment!!
    I have scrounged things out of bins and off the side of roads before-who cares,as long as you give it a good wash!?

  • sacramento 26 October 2010, 7:26 pm

    That is something very commonly done in Berlin: people leave bags of good clothes for others to enjoy.
    I think that you look absolutely brilliant with both outfits.

  • Alli 26 October 2010, 8:54 pm

    That coat is fab – good for you for rescuing it!

  • Mamushka Marie 26 October 2010, 11:02 pm

    that coat is totally cute, can't believe you rescued it like that! nice find! i really like your red top/dress in the first photo too <3

  • Terri 27 October 2010, 12:39 am

    I've salvaged other items from a bin…but not clothing. You're lucky that this fit!

  • Lemondrop Marie 27 October 2010, 3:21 am

    I'm pretty brave about dumpster diving for furniture and repurposing but I cannot believe some idiot threw that away!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  • Work With What You've Got 27 October 2010, 4:49 pm

    Love the coat!

    I am far beyond being above bin diving. I dont mind it at ALL.

  • Miki's scrapbook 29 October 2010, 11:43 pm

    Awe, I love the first outfit! Cool clothes!


  • Kelly 30 October 2010, 3:12 am

    That coat is *killer*! I can't believe someone threw that out.

    I have to admit I probably wouldn't get it out of a bin, just because I know people who have gotten fleas that way!

  • Lorena 2 November 2010, 9:40 pm

    I was just going to compliment your jacket and now I like it even more after reading that you got it from a bin.
    I agree with you, it was a terrible choice from the previous owner to throw it away and not donating it…
    I have been taught that nothing is thrown away, your trash can be someone else's treasure.
    I give food away to security guards or concierges before it spoils. No food is thrown away in my house, period.
    I give stuff away, nothing goes to waste.
    My grandparents taught me that, I am so grateful- my grandfather would pick up furniture from other people's bins… we still have all of them !