I took a risk by buying a pair of damaged pants on eBay. These were dark black, long and maternity–exactly what I was seeking. This style of Gap pants came out earlier this year, and the pair seemed to be in good condition…
…except it had a bleach spatter near the waistband.
Bleach turns black cloth into a disgusting yellowy/orange color. It’s ugly and almost always ruins the item.
But, this stain was high enough in the pants that the seller thought a longer shirt would cover it no problem.
Since the “buy it now” price was $4.95 with free shipping, I decided to take a chance to see if I could salvage the pants.
I dug out my black Sharpie and doodled over the damage on both sides of the fabric. It was working! The black marker matched the pants close enough that it made the bleach mark much less noticeable.
It didn’t completely erase the appearance of damage. If you look closely, you can tell that there were spots.
But, I’m confident that it’s covered up enough for people to not notice. Plus, my shirts will probably cover the spot anyway–the Sharpie is just great back-up protection.
I don’t want the marker ink to bleed onto other clothes, so I’ll probably hand wash these pants. No biggie.
Saving a pair of dress pants from the dump (and for less than $5) is a great way for me to add to my maternity wardrobe without breaking my budget.
Check out other frugal ideas at Crystal’s blog.
P.S. In the photo, the pants almost look charcoal gray. They’re actually a dark black–the lighter appearance is just how my camera captured it.