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Vintage Leather Jacket | Similar – Pixie Market Nash Oversized Leather Jacket
Last summer, I found this incredible leather jacket at my favorite secondhand shop in Dallas, Dolly Python. Even though it was peak summer heat, I knew it would be perfect for the fall and winter.
I’m so glad I ended up getting it a few months before I needed to wear it, because it had a strong thrift shop smell that needed to dissipate.
In my experience, there’s really no way to rush getting the smell out of leather — you can do things to help speed up the process a bit, but overall it just takes time. But it is possible!
Here’s what I did to get the smell out:
When I first got it home, I put it in a sealed bag with a box of open baking soda. I left it in there for a couple of weeks, then changed the box of baking soda and repeated the process.
After that, I’d take it outside a few times a week to let it air out for a few hours at a time.
At that point, there was still a bit of smell left, but nothing like it had been. I felt comfortable hanging it in my closet and keeping lavender sachets in the pockets.
Within about 4 months, the smell was entirely gone — just in time to start wearing it when the cold weather rolled in!
Sometimes it can be a process to get those secondhand pieces ready to wear, whether it’s getting rid of a smell or taking them to the tailor or having a shoe re-soled. But, in my experience, it’s so worth it.
Got any thrift shop success stories to share? Ever found anything that just needed a little TLC, and you decided to go for it? Also if you’ve ever had a smelly leather success story I’d love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments.
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