We know you’ve done it and the truth is we have too. No matter how many times we swear that we’re going to stay away from anything with labels containing those three magic words “dry clean only,” oftentimes our carts are filled with nothing but things that need to be professionally cleaned.
We’re not going to lie…dry cleaning can get pricey. That leather skirt or jacket that’s chillin’ in the thrift store in mint condition is likely there because it costs a grip to clean it. Reese and I have each purchased a leather skirt this year and I’ve also purchased a leather jacket.
The only reason Reese’s leather skirt is clean is because her dry cleaner was offering a special on leather cleaning for $22.95. I’m awaiting a Friday to take my items to the cleaners because that’s when they offer 20 percent off. I’ve actually worn my leather jacket, but only after spraying Febreeze on the inside and cleaning and applying leather conditioner to the actual leather. Our advice to you is to always look at your labels and make a determination about what kind of investment you want to make in what you’re purchasing. If it’s something that you intend to wear a lot you’ll want to keep it in tip-top shape and dry cleaning will help you keep it that way. If dry cleaning isn’t an option consider giving the delicate cycle on your washer and some Woolite, or handwashing the item.
Until next time…Keep it thrifty.