Getting Taken to the Cleaners!

Dry Cleaning and Washing Vintage Clothes, Thrift Store ClothesAbout a month ago, I found this really cute dress and blazer on one of my thrift outings. I guess I was just so happy about snagging them that it didn’t really occur to me how much it would cost to get them dry cleaned. After picking them up, and $28 dollars later, my enthusiasm gently turned into resentment- at myself for not thinking about it or calling around to different dry cleaners first to see how much it would cost.

It’s great when you find a cool vintage dress or jacket, but not-so-great that the dry cleaning actually costs more than the item itself! I decided to call a handful of local dry cleaners to check out the pricing differences, and here’s what I found…

Dry Cleaner Info Women’s Dress Women’s Blazer Women’s Blouse
Thompson Cleaners 4040 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa, 707.545.4172 $11.75 $9.75 $6.50
Brookwood Cleaners 915 4th St., Santa Rosa, 707.576.0950 $13.25 $13.25 $8.00
Park Avenue Cleaners 320 W. 3rd St. #H, Santa Rosa, 707.525.9510 $6.00 $3.50 $2.00
U-Save Cleaners 600 Lewis Rd., Santa Rosa, 707.578.1470 $13.75 $8.75 $6.50
Village Cleaners 2324 Midway Dr., Santa Rosa, 707.542.7744 $15.00 $11.00 $6.75

As you can see, one of these things is not like the other…Park Avenue Cleaners is significantly cheaper than all the rest. This is where you might have to do some further research: I would suggest heading over to Yelp to get the low-down. When I looked up Park Avenue, they had a laundry list (;D) of bad reviews. So, would you chance taking a vintage dress or one-of-a-kind jacket to a place like this? Probably not.

The other option is to attempt using one of those home dry cleaning kits, like Dryel. For a starter kit, with one use in the kit, it’s around $10- it claims it can clean up to 8 garments. This might not be a bad option…I’ve never used it before, has anyone tried it and had success?

How do you care for your thrifted and vintage clothes?